Rudolph rallies Oklahoma State past Iowa State

Ivan Schwartz
November 12, 2017

The Cyclones got inside Oklahoma State's 3-yard line with 32 seconds left, but backup QB Zeb Noland (17 of 28 passing for 263 yards in relief of the injured Kyle Kempt) was intercepted by A.J. Green to end the game. Had Murdock wrestled the ball away from Green in time, Iowa State could have gotten the touchdown. Replay confirmed the interception and Oklahoma State was able to kneel it out for the win. There is a potential for Mike Gundy's squad to earn a rematch, but first they'll have to qualify for the newly reinstated Big 12 Championship game. If a forward pass is caught simultaneously by opposing players inbounds, the ball becomes dead and belongs to the passing team.

Iowa State jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but Oklahoma State scored 21-straight points later in the first half.

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Iowa State has been fabulous this season, but Oklahoma State's offense should be the difference here. The Cowboys defense subsequently forced a three-and-out and got the ball back with five minutes left. Oklahoma State marched right down the field and Mason Rudolph connected with Marcell Ateman from 30 yards out to cut the lead to 42-40 with 5:55 left. Linebacker and (former) quarterback Jake Lanning took some snaps too. That would require a win over Iowa State on Saturday and some help.

Iowa State's last two games are on the road at Baylor and Kansas State, a pair of games that are winnable. After two ISU penalties on the two-point conversion, OSU finally converted to tie it. Iowa State fell to 6-4, and the loss left it behind Oklahoma, TCU, Oklahoma State and West Virginia in the Big 12 at 4-3. While the Cowboys will be tied for second in the standings with Saturday night's loser, they'll lose the head-to-head tiebreaker. That keeps them alive in the race for the Big 12 Title as well.

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