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NORMAN, Okla. – Iowa State didn’t have its starting quarterback due to a personal health issue, and it didn’t have a starting linebacker due to injury.

By all accounts Iowa State was supposed to get blown out playing the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Okla.

That didn’t happen.

Iowa State stunned college football Saturday, upsetting No. 3 Oklahoma, 38-31, for the first road win over a top-five team in Cyclones’ history.

The Cyclones remained confident, despite having lost 20 straight against ranked opponents. Iowa State’s last win over a Top 25 team came against TCU in 2012.

“There’s been a lot of adversity at Iowa State for a long time and there’s been a cloud around us,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “I think our kids said, ‘I’m sick of it, and we’re going to keep grinding, keep swinging and getting better one day at a time.’ So at the end of it, here we are.”

It looked like a blowout was going to be the destiny for the Cyclones when the Sooners marched down the field for a touchdown in 2:25. When Oklahoma went up 14-0 in the first quarter, it was all but confirmed the Sooners would dominate the Cyclones throughout the game.

In the second quarter, it was still 24-10 in favor of the Sooners. But then the Cyclones came storming back using a combination of quarterbacks in backup Kyle Kempt and former quarterback Joel Lanning. Along with a healthy dose of running back David Montgomery in the pass and run game.

To start the second half, Iowa State marched down the field, but settled for a 42-yard field goal to make it 24-16.

It looked like Oklahoma was going to respond, as Baker Mayfield picked apart the Iowa State defense. But a bad handoff to running back Trey Sermons turned the tide of the game. Sermons fumbled the ball and do-everything football player Joel Lanning recovered.

Iowa State was in the shadow if its own end zone after the recovery, but a completion from Kempt to Lazard gave Iowa State the breathing room it needed. The Cyclones drove the ball 95 yards, capped with a 28-yard Marchie Murdock reception for a touchdown.

Iowa State was still down by two points, so they went to the sure-handed receiver Allen Lazard to cap the drive and tie the game at 24.

The Cyclones didn’t stop there. Oklahoma kicker Austin Siebert missed a 44-yard field goal to give Iowa State the ball back.

Throughout the game, Iowa State used a balanced attack, using the horizontal passing game to give their playmakers space to work.

Kyle Kempt and Iowa State capitalized used this philosophy to perfection when Kempt threw a 57-yard bubble screen to Trever Ryen for the touchdown. Iowa State led 31-24.

Oklahoma didn’t waste any time tying the game back up with 7:18 left in the game.

The Cyclones methodically marched their way down the field using the dual-quarterback system and horizontal passing game.

With 2:19 seconds left, Kempt threw the ball to Lazard, who was double covered. Lazard managed to hang on to the ball and Iowa State scored the final touchdown of the game.

Iowa State won 38-31.

Joel Lanning had one of the most unique games played in college football history. Lanning passed for 25 yards, rushed 35 yards, made eight tackles, one sack and had a key fumble recovery to top it all off.

“It was fun,” Lanning said. “Coming into an atmosphere like this, you can’t ask for anything better — especially playing both ways. It was fun. I can’t say enough about my teammates and what they did to help me out. It was a lot of stuff going on for me. I didn’t have my best game defensively, but we got the win.”

Iowa State’s backup quarterback Kyle Kempt also had a game to remember. The redshirt senior passed for 343 yards and three touchdowns.

“I don’t think he’s a third string quarterback anymore,” Campbell said after the game.

Associated Press contributed to this story

Iowa State 38, Oklahoma 31

Iowa St. 3 10 11 14 — 38

Oklahoma 14 10 0 7 — 31

First Quarter

OKL — Sermon 23 pass from Mayfield (Seibert kick), 12:35

OKL — Lamb 15 pass from Mayfield (Seibert kick), 5:49

ISU — FG Owens 25, 1:20

Second quarter

OKL — FG Seibert 25, 11:53

ISU — Montgomery 2 run (Owens kick), 6:12

OKL — Mayfield 13 run (Seibert kick), 2:43

ISU — FG Owens 32, :04

Third quarter

ISU — FG Owens 42, 9:45

ISU — Murdock 28 pass from Kempt (Lazard pass from Kempt), 2:07

Fourth quarter

ISU — Ryen 57 pass from Kempt (Owens kick), 12:57

OKL — Flowers 1 run (Seibert kick), 7:18

ISU — Lazard 25 pass from Kempt (Owens kick), 2:19

A — 86,019.



First downs 21 28

Rushes-yards 32-81 35-190

Passing 368 323

Comp-Att-Int 20-27-0 25-34-0

Return Yards 0 71

Punts-Avg. 2-43.0 1-39.0

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1

Penalties-Yards 3-17 6-59

Time of Possession 28:57 31:03




IOWA STATE — Montgomery 17-55, Lanning 9-35, Warren 1-2, Kempt 3-0, (Team) 2-(minus 11).

OKLAHOMA — Sermon 18-90, Mayfield 11-57, Adams 3-42, R.Anderson 1-2, Flowers 1-1, (Team) 1-(minus 2).


IOWA STATE — Lanning 2-3-0-25, Kempt 18-24-0-343.

OKLAHOMA — J.Mead 1-1-0-17, Mayfield 24-33-0-306.


IOWA STATE — Montgomery 7-89, Ryen 4-99, Lazard 3-69, Murdock 2-40, D.Jones 2-10, Butler 1-54, Eaton 1-7.

OKLAHOMA — Flowers 7-95, Sermon 5-54, Andrews 3-50, Smallwood 2-40, Lamb 2-26, M.Brown 2-16, Badet 1-19, M.Jones 1-10, Adams 1-7, R.Anderson 1-6.

MISSED FIELD GOALS — Oklahoma, Seibert 44.

Tackles (solo-ast-total)

IOWA STATE – Wilkerson 9-4-13, Lanning 4-4-8, Spears 4-4-8, Edwards 3-4-7, Cotton-Moya 4-3 7, Payne 5-0-5, Peavy 2-3-5, Alexander 1-3-4, Ruth 3-1-4, Bailey 1-1-2, McMillen 2-0-2, Waggoner 1-1-2, White 1-0-1, Hummel 0-1-1, Uwazurike 0-1-1, Sutton 0-1-1. Lima 0-1-1. Trent 0-1-1.

OKLAHOMA – Johnson 4-4-8, Beal 4-3 7, Murray 2-4 6, Okoronkwo 3-3-6, Overton 1-5 6, Motley 3-2 5, Thomas 3-1-4, Lampkin 2-2-4, Parker 1-2-3, Kelly 1-2 3, Sylvie 1-2-3, Gallimore 1-2 3, Mann 0-2-2, Ward 1-1-2, Bledsoe 1-0-1, Jackson 0-1-1

Tackles for loss

IOWA STATE – Lanning 1-10, Payne 1-2, Peavy 1-1.

OKLAHOMA – Okoronkwo 1.5-6, Lampkin 1-2, Parker 0.5-2, Kelly 0.5-1, Mann 0-5-3, Ward 1-2.


IOWA STATE – Lanning 1-10, McMillen 1-1.

OKLAHOMA – Okoronkwo 0.5-4, Mann 0.5-3


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