Saturday, November 19, 2011
Oklahoma State's loss shakes up BCS
Reese Strickland/Getty ImagesWith a four-yard touchdown run by Jeff Woody in the second overtime, Iowa State pulled off a big 37-31 upset of second-ranked Oklahoma State. The Cyclones had trailed 24-7 midway through the third quarter, but scored 17 unanswered points in regulation to force overtime. The win was Iowa State's first over a team ranked one or two in the AP poll in 19 tries.
Jeff Woody scores from four yards out as Iowa State upsets No. 2 Oklahoma State in overtime
The Cowboys became the first team in the top two of the BCS standings to lose to an unranked team in November or later since 2007. Their loss leaves LSU and Houston as the remaining unbeatens in FBS.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for 476 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw a season-high three interceptions including a costly one on the Cowboys' possession in the second overtime. Weeden had thrown three interceptions combined in his last seven games. Oklahoma State also lost two fumbles and their five turnovers were most in a game since September of 2010. Those five turnovers led to 16 Iowa State points. Entering Friday’s game, Oklahoma State had committed 16 turnovers in 10 games this season.
The 31 points was Oklahoma State's fewest since scoring 30 against Texas A&M on September 24th. The Cowboys had scored at least 50 points in each of their last three games. They are the 14th number one or two team in the BCS to lose to a team ranked outside of the BCS standings and the first since 2007.
With Oklahoma State's loss, other one-loss teams hope they'll have a shot at playing for the national championship on January 9th in New Orleans. Third-ranked Alabama (9-1), fourth-ranked Oregon (9-1) and fifth-ranked Oklahoma (8-1) are some of those teams. Alabama faces Georgia Southern on Saturday and then 24th-ranked Auburn in the Iron Bowl on November 26th. Oregon takes on USC at Autzen Stadium on Saturday then closes with rival Oregon State in the Civil War next Saturday. Oklahoma has three games left beginning with 22nd-ranked Baylor, then Iowa State and at Oklahoma State on December 3rd.
The highest AP ranked team that Alabama has beaten is 12th ranked Florida compared to Oregon who beat 3rd ranked Stanford last week.
Both Alabama and Oregon have faced top-ranked LSU earlier this year. Oregon lost 40-27 in the teams' season opener on September 3rd at Cowboys Stadium and Alabama lost 9-6 in overtime two weeks ago in a BCS one vs two matchup in Tuscaloosa.
So if both teams win out and LSU finishes the season undefeated, how does a 13-point loss on a neutral field compare to a three-point loss in overtime at home when it comes to deciding who plays for the national championship.