Key penalties hurt Sooners in 38-31 loss
NORMAN No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners entered Saturday's game against Iowa State looking forward to another win, another step toward The College Football Playoff.
Then the storm came, and the Iowa State Cyclones left with a 38-31 victory.
Oklahoma had things going early, scoring 17 of the games' first 20 points, but building much more proved to be too much for the Sooners.
Oklahoma looked like it was going to put things in the rear-view mirror when CeeDee Lamb dove for a touchdown early on in the first quarter. It was 14-0 then, the early-kickoff sun was shining and there was a lot of new energy with new uniforms donned by the home team.
From there, the teams jabbed and parried each other for the rest of the first half.
"Offensively we just made some critical mistakes," Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said. "We had a lot of time down there at the end of the first half to get points, and we got nothing. Then they flip it and turn it into a field goal."
Then the fumble happened...
With 5:35 left in the third, the Sooners fumbled the ball at the 3-yard line of Iowa State, ending a strong drive and giving life to the building storm.
Iowa State was put on its heels the first three plays of the ensuing drive, one almost going for a safety by a tackle from Lawton-product D.J. Ward. However, the Cyclones found some room with a 35-yard pass and finished with a 28-yard touchdown play that highlighted a weakness in the OU secondary.
Marchie Murdock went in motion, running from the split left side to the split right side, there he found an easy imbalance of numbers, as Kyle Kempt threw the pass out into the flat and Murdock followed his blockers all the way to paydirt and tie the game at 24.
"In the face of adversity, we continued to fight," Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said. "There's been a lot of adversity at Iowa State for a long time, and there's been a cloud around us. 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."
Then the missed field goal happened...
The storm came to a head after Austin Seibert missed a field goal wide right.
The Cyclone was coming, and it took three plays to take the lead.
After a quick run then another Oklahoma pass interference, Kempt (making his first start at quarterback for the Cyclones) found Trever Ryen with nothing but wide open spaces ahead of him for a 57-yard touchdown. Kempt finished the game 18 for 24 with 343 yards and three scores.