Saturday, November 19, 2011
OSU title hopes dashed; Iowa St. is bowling
By David Ubben
No other word for that than unbelievable.
Oklahoma State goes down in double overtime to Iowa State 37-31.
National championship hopes: Over, barring more madness.
Brandon Weeden Heisman hopes: Dashed.
The field at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa: Rushed.
Last month, it was Oklahoma losing to Texas Tech as a four-touchdown favorite. Friday night, it was No. 2 Oklahoma State, squashing a good bit of the hype surrounding a season-ending Bedlam matchup in Stillwater on Dec. 3.
A crushing day for Oklahoma State got worse. Four lives were lost on Thursday night in a plane crash, including OSU women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna. Armed with that news, it's easy to see that this was just a football game.
It still hurts for the Cowboys, though, and a historic season — they were 10-0 for the first time in school history — meets an unceremonious end.
Don't show up one week in college football, and you can lose. Oklahoma State led 24-7 in the third quarter and didn't score the rest of regulation. Weeden threw for 476 yards and three touchdowns, but three interceptions were too much to overcome. The third was the most costly, a ball tipped by Jake Knott and intercepted by Ter'Ran Benton in the second overtime, setting up the game-winning run from Jeff Woody.
Oklahoma State made mistakes but had its chances. Quinn Sharp missed a late field goal. Iowa State hung around and struck when the time was right.
Fans from Oregon and Alabama say thank you. A one-loss team will play for the national title.
Paired with that, Iowa State made a little history of its own. For the second time in three seasons, Iowa State is bowling. It took a win over the nation's No. 2 team — the first in 19 tries for Iowa State football — to do it, and the Cyclones get another benchmark triumph under Paul Rhoads.
There was the victory over Nebraska in 2009; in 2010, a win over Texas and a near-miss against the Huskers. This year, it was a rivalry win over Iowa and now this game.
"It continues to move us forward," Rhoads said. "They continue to add credibility to what we're teaching."
Now, he'll get a chance to teach it a little longer.
Iowa State's season gets extended by a month.
Oklahoma State's? Almost certainly shortened by one painful, painful week.