Iowa State Cyclones claim first home win over Oklahoma Sooners since 1960


AMES, Iowa – It was another big win for Matt Campbell’s burgeoning program at Iowa State. For Oklahoma, it was another crushing loss.Breece Hall scored the touchdown on an 8-yard run with 4:06 left to play and Isheem Young intercepted Spencer Rattler’s pass in the end zone during Oklahoma’s No.18 last practice, giving the State of Iowa a 37-30 victory on Saturday night.

It was the Cyclones’ first victory over Oklahoma at Ames since 1960, when Iowa State had lost 24 straight home games to the Sooners. It was the longest losing streak at home to a single opponent by any team in the days of the AP Poll, which began in 1936.

The Sooners (1-2, 0-2 Big 12), defeated at home by Kansas State last week, have dropped back-to-back regular-season games for the first time since 1999.

“It was a great feeling to pull out a W and make history,” Young said.

The Cyclones (2-1, 2-0) exhausted the Sooners with the run from Hall, who rushed for 139 yards. Brock Purdy of Iowa State had 254 yards and a 2-yard touchdown to tie 30.

“This is our senior class,” said Campbell, a fifth-year coach from Iowa State. “We have 16 seniors who came here to dream that one day we could transform Iowa State football. They came here at 3-9 and believed in us and believed in our vision. ”

The victory was celebrated by a crowd of 13,724 people at Jack Trice Stadium. No fans were allowed for the Sept. 12 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.

“It was really noticeable,” Purdy said of the crowd. “Obviously when you have explosive games it’s good to have people behind your back and go crazy. ”

Isaiah Thomas appeared to gain momentum in the Sooners ‘favor when he sacked Purdy, groping him against Cyclones’ 39. Four games later, Rattler found Jeremiah Hall for a 4-yard touchdown pass that put the ‘Oklahoma ahead 30-23 with 8:17 remaining.

Kene Nwangwu returned the ensuing 85-yard kickoff, setting up a short Purdy touchdown that equalized.

“If you ask me, this is the game of the game,” Campbell said. “If that doesn’t happen, I don’t know what the outcome is. ”

Rattler had played a solid game, committing no turnovers before Young stepped past his pass to Charleston Rambo to secure one of Campbell’s biggest wins at Ames.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley called it a “very, very heartbreaking loss.”

“We were a short game,” he said. “Obviously our back is against the wall as a football team. We know it, we accept it. Our guys are injured.

“Most of our guys haven’t had a start to the season like this. It remains to be seen how you react. I think I know how this band is doing. Despite the nauseating feeling in my stomach right now and how disappointed we are, we know there’s the makings of a good football team in there right now. I will continue to ride with this team. There are a lot of guys down, but they’re not out of the fight. ”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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