And the Cowboys had opportunities, especially late in the game.
With the score tied 24-24, Alex Elkins picked off ISU quarterback Jared Barnett, and a personal foul penalty gave the Cowboys possession at the Cyclone 25 with 3:17 to play. But after two runs by Jeremy Smith gained four yards and a 5-yard pass to Josh Cooper left OSU a yard shy of a first down, Quinn Sharp barely missed a 37-yard field goal wide right with 1:17 left.
“You have to take advantage of that,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “Had a chance to get the first down, kick the field goal, win the game.”
Then when OSU had a chance to continue momentum after it answered a quick Iowa State touchdown in overtime with Weeden’s 6-yard pass to Cooper in the end zone, Weeden's first pass of the second overtime was intercepted by Ter'Ran Benton.
Three Jeff Woody runs later, the Cyclones (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) were in the end zone, and fans were storming the field.
OSU now goes into a bye week with its national championship hopes likely over but with the opportunity to still win the Big 12 and go to a BCS game with a victory against No. 5 Oklahoma on Dec. 3. But Monken knows rebounding so quickly will not be easy.
“We all know what we were hoping for, and that's going to be hard,” Monken said. “That's going to be hard for me. Shoot, I need a couple days. That's hard. But as men, as a group, you've got to find a way to battle back.
“Our No. 1 goal is still out there — to win the Big 12 and play in a BCS game.”