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OU, Iowa State first met 84 years ago today; Nov. 3, 1928, Cyclones won 13-0 at home

by Jason Kersey Published: November 3, 2012

AMES, Iowa — We’re two hours from kickoff inside Jack Trice Stadium, where No. 12 Oklahoma and Iowa State will meet for the 77th time in series history.

The OU-Iowa State series has lots of history, although not much of it is very pretty. The Sooners lead the all-time series 69-5-2, with Iowa State’s last win coming Oct. 20, 1990 — over 22 years ago — in Norman.

The Cyclones haven’t won a home game against the Sooners since a 10-6 victory on Nov. 5, 1960.

Today’s date, though — November 3 — is an important one in the lopsided series’ history; today marks the 84th anniversary of the first-ever Oklahoma-ISU football game, played on Nov. 3, 1928 in Ames and won 13-0 by Iowa State.

(Note: Oklahoma and Iowa State have only played one other time on a November 3 — a 34-17 Oklahoma win in Norman in 1972.)

Iowa State halfback Paul Trauger ran for a touchdown and threw for another in that first OU-ISU game, which was played in a pivotal season for both schools.

It was 1928 when Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma split from the original Missouri Valley Conference, forming the Big Six Conference. Iowa State’s official website says, “The move was made in part to set up a conference in which every team played each other during the season, which was impossible in the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference.”

Isn’t it funny that now, 84 years later, Oklahoma and Iowa State are both part of a 10-team conference in which every team plays each other during the season?

The AP story that ran in The Daily Oklahoman the morning after Iowa State’s 13-0 win included last names only for all players except Trauger, who was a first-team All-Big Six selection in 1928. Also, there are no references to “the Cyclones,” just “Iowa State” and “Ames.”

At the bottom of this post, I’ve attached the Daily Oklahoman sports cover from Sunday, Nov. 4, 1928.

Here are a few excerpts from that AP story:

On Trauger’s first-quarter touchdown run and the missed extra-point kick:
Trauger twisted through half a dozen Oklahomans on an end run and fell over the goal line. The cold wind blew away Johnson’s attempted place kick for the point after.

On Oklahoma’s second- and third-quarter struggles to get in the end zone:
“In the second and third periods, Oklahoma made several bids for scores, but were piled up by the stubborn Ames line. … Two 15-yard penalties for holding interrupted two other Sooner marches.

“Haskins, who entered the game in the second half, kept Ames worried with twisting off-tackle slants and end runs but Rudi, Iowa State’s line star, and Lindblom did some deadly tackling to turn him back.”

On Iowa State’s fourth-quarter touchdown:
“Larson, injured Ames halfback, entered the game and alternated with Lindblom in crushing the Oklahoma line until the 23-yard line was reached. Trauger split the air with a speedy pass which reached the out-stretched arms of Burton, sub right end, who fell across the line. Trauger made 13 with a kick from placement.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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