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(Friday, November 18th)
Final Score: Iowa State 37, (2) Oklahoma State 31 (2-OT)
Ames, IA (Sports Network) - Oklahoma State's national championship hopes essentially ended in double overtime Friday night, as Iowa State shocked the second-ranked Cowboys, 37-31, to further muddle college football's landscape.
A heavy favorite, the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) had a chance to pull out a narrow win in regulation, but Quinn Sharp narrowly missed a 37-yard field goal wide right.
After trading touchdowns in the first overtime, Brandon Weeden's pass intended for Justin Blackmon was tipped into the hands of Ter'Ran Benton for an interception.
Jeff Woody then barreled his way for six yards, then 15 and finally for the final four into the end zone to secure the unlikely victory, the Cyclones' (6-4, 3-4) first ever against a top-5 opponent.
"We got a group of young men that put their hard hats on every day and just continue to go to work," Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads said. "I could not be prouder of the effort they put out tonight. It was a complete team effort."
The outcome has severe repercussions on the BCS standings, as teams ranked No. 2 through 10 all have one loss.
A loss much more significant struck the Oklahoma State community hours earlier, as head women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed in a plane crash Thursday night.
Despite the tragedy, the Cowboys, playing their last hurdle before their regular season finale against rival Oklahoma, held a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter after Tracy Moore hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass.
It was one of three touchdown passes for Weeden, who threw for a whopping 476 yards on 42-of-58 efficiency, but was picked off three times.
Iowa State's Jared Barnett matched the Heisman hopeful with 376 yards, three TDs and two interceptions while adding 84 yards on the ground. The redshirt freshman helped answer the Cowboys' opening drive of the second half with a quick score, as James White ran around the left end for a 32-yard TD.
Zach Guyer inched the Cyclones closer with a 24-yard field goal later in the third, and Leonard Johnson came down with an interception of Weeden in Iowa State territory early in the fourth.
After trading punts, Barnett marched the underdogs 89 yards in 12 plays for the tying score, finishing it off with a seven-yard TD to Albert Gary with 5 1/2 minutes to play.
The Cyclones forced a three-and-out, but Alex Elkins came up with an interception off a tipped pass on the second play of the ensuing drive. A 15- yard penalty moved the ball to the Iowa State 25-yard line, and nine yards later the Cowboys lined up for a field goal that Sharp barely pushed wide with 1:17 showing.
Barnett nearly lost a fumble on the next play from scrimmage, and Iowa State wisely opted to kill the clock.
On the first play of the extra session, White was left wide open on a wheel route to the right side and scampered in for a 25-yard TD.
Weeden countered with a six-yard toss to Josh Cooper in the left corner of the end zone to extend things, but his next pass all but ended his Heisman campaign, and more importantly, Oklahoma State's undefeated season.
Iowa State had a golden opportunity to score midway through the first quarter, but Guyer missed a 34-yard field goal.
A fumble and interception on Oklahoma State's next two possessions kept it scoreless before Shaun Lewis stepped in front of Barnett's outlet pass and slowly returned it 70 yards for the touchdown with 1:04 left in the opening quarter.
Sharp booted a 29-yarder early in the second before Iowa State got on the board on Darius Reynolds' 16-yard touchdown reception.
Blackmon, who finished with 10 catches for 99 yards, hauled in a 27-yard TD with 5:26 remaining in the half.
Oklahoma State spoiled a chance to clinch a share of the Big 12 title...Cooper had a team-high 13 catches and 128 yards for the Cowboys, who were outgained, 192-60 on the ground...This was Iowa State's first win in the series since 2005...White had 97 yards from scrimmage.
11/19 01:58:21 ET