Oklahoma State's upset loss to Iowa State was a 'perfect storm'

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL — Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said before Friday's game the Cyclones would need some breaks in order to upset No. 2 Oklahoma State. ISU got just that with five OSU turnovers and suspect special teams play.
by John Helsley Published: November 19, 2011

3) Despite all that went wrong for OSU, it still had a chance to win with Quinn Sharp setting up for a 37-yard field goal late in regulation. Sharp's kick missed – barely – and allowed the Cyclones to get into overtime.

GROUNDED

OSU's run game managed but 60 yards on 18 carries – a 3.3 average per rush, compared to its 5.2 average entering the game. Needless to say, the offensive line didn't have a great day.

The Cowboys' longest run from scrimmage: 10 yards. Randle's fumbles led to a lengthy benching, removing one of the offense's premier playmakers, and turning OSU's offense one-dimensional.

QB QUANDARY

ISU redshirt freshman Jared Barnett didn't always look pretty, but he was effective, producing 460 yards of total offense. As a runner, he gave the Cowboys fits. And when OSU tried to pressure him with blitzes, defenders often raced right at him, allowing him to make one move and flee for big yards.

ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE

The postgame scene, with students and fans flooding the field in celebration, provided a stunning visual painting the excitement of what the win meant for Iowa State.

That was only taste of what Jack Trice Stadium represented all night, with a raucous crowd singing and swaying and roaring throughout. The crowd was a factor, more than A&M or any other place the Cowboys have played this season.


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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