Iowa State (4-2) at Oklahoma State (3-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 20, 12:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Boone Pickens Stadium (60,218) -- Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Television: FX. Home Record: ISU 2-2, OSU 2-1. Away Record: ISU 2-0, OSU 1-1.
Neutral Record: ISU 0-0, OSU 0-0. Conference Record: ISU 1-2, OSU 1-1. Series
Record: OSU leads, 25-18-3.
GAME NOTES: Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy takes aim at a piece of
history on Saturday, as his Cowboys host the Iowa State Cyclones in a Big 12
battle at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Gundy enters this tilt tied with Pat Jones with 62 career victories at
Oklahoma State, and his next victory will make him the winningest coach in
school history. This weekend is Homecoming for the Cowboys, who are beginning
a five-week stretch that will see them play four home games. Last week, OSU
had to grind out a 20-14 win over a 1-5 Kansas squad.
Meanwhile, Iowa State is looking to rebound from a tough, 27-21 setback to
fourth-ranked Kansas State, which came a week after a win at then 13th-ranked
TCU. The Cyclones debuted at No. 24 in the initial BCS standings released this
week. Following this tilt, they'll return home to face Baylor (Homecoming) and
Oklahoma over the next two weeks.
OSU leads the all-time series, 25-18-3. The Cyclones won last year's meeting
in double-overtime in Ames, although they have not beaten the Cowboys in
Stillwater since 2000.
Iowa State has made a trend of following up a dominant offensive performance
with a lackluster one the next week. After putting 37 points on the board
playing at nationally-ranked TCU two weekends ago, the Cyclones came up short
against K-State this past week. Down by six with five minutes to play in
regulation, the Cyclones had two chances to take the lead, but they failed to
get a first down on either drive. ISU finished with just 12 first downs
(compared to 25 for KSU) and 231 yards of total offense. Jared Barnett
completed only 16-of-36 passes for 166 yards, with two touchdowns and one
interception. He also gained 35 of the team's 65 rushing yards.
Defensively, ISU enters this tilt with the nation's No. 24 scoring defense
(17.7 ppg) as the team has yet to allow more than 27 points in a game this
season. Senior linebacker Jake Knott headlines the unit with a team-high 57
tackles (41 solo), including five for loss. Knott has also picked off two
passes and broken up four. Junior defensive back Jacques Washington has
notched three interceptions and ranks third on the team with 36 tackles. Last
week, the Cyclones struggled to get stops when they needed to, as K-State
picked up 25 first downs and converted 8-of-17 third downs and 1-of-1 fourth
down. The Wildcats owned a significant 40:54-19:06 edge in time of possession
behind quarterback Collin Klein, who threw for 187 yards, ran for another 105
yards and scored three times.
Redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh made his second career start and his first road
start for the Cowboys last week. The game was delayed for more than an hour
during the first half because of severe weather, and OSU's offense never quite
seemed to get in sync when play resumed. Granted, OSU was without
complementary running backs Desmond Roland and Jeremy Smith, while veteran
receivers Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson both left the game with injuries.
Still, the Cowboys were held to a season-low 371 yards of total offense and a
season-low 20 points. It was the team's lowest point total since 2009. Running
back Joseph Randle was held below 100 rushing yards for the first time
The Cowboys were able to build a 20-0 lead against Kansas, but things got
interesting late when the Jayhawks scored on consecutive fourth-quarter
possessions to make it a six-point game. However, OSU's defense held strong
and forced a turnover on downs on KU's last possession. Nigel Nicholas led the
way with seven tackles, including one of the team's three sacks. Considering
the Jayhawks entered the game with the nation's 109th-ranked scoring offense,
it certainly wasn't an encouraging way to close out what should have been an
easy victory. KU finished with a 22-17 edge in first downs and a 398-371
advantage in total yards against an Oklahoma State squad that has been known
to score points in bunches.
Each of these teams has some holes on both sides of the ball, but OSU's tight
contest against Kansas is particularly concerning. The Cowboys' other two
victories have come against the likes of Savannah State and Louisiana. This
game against a much tougher Iowa State squad should help clear up whether the
Cowboys are contenders or pretenders.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa State 27, Oklahoma State 23
10/17 10:55:50 ET