AMES, Iowa – No. 5 Oklahoma took control of the game late in the second quarter and held off Iowa State to win 37-27 Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones fall to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in Big 12 action, while the Sooners improve to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Iowa State outscored the Sooners in the second half, 17-13, but were unable to get closer than one score despite a strong showing from redshirt sophomore Zeb Noland, who started in place of an injured Kyle Kempt.
Noland finished the game 25-for-36 for 360 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Hakeem Butler for scores of 57 and 51 yards, the second of which drew the Cyclones to within a touchdown early in the third quarter.
But OU had an answer for everything the Cyclones threw at it and eventually sealed the game with an Austin Seibert 42-yard field goal with 2:51 remaining.
OU led 24-10 at the half after a pair of late touchdowns broke up a 10-10 tie. Noland connected on a 51-yard pass to Hakeem Butler with 13:15 left in the second quarter to knot the score. The play came after a fumble was forced by Greg Eisworth and recovered by Richard Bowens.
Players of Note…
Butler finished with five receptions for a career-high 174 yards and two touchdowns. Deshaunte Jones pulled down a career-high nine catches for 66 yards and David Montgomery had 82 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown.
Eisworth led the defense with 14 tackles and Willie Harvey added seven.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Today’s Attendance: 58,479
*Butler caught his 10th and 11th career touchdowns, moving him into the Iowa State top-10…he has six catches of 50 yards or more in his career.
*Noland’s 51-yard touchdown pass was the third of his career…all three have all went for 35 or more yards.
*Iowa State allowed more than 20 points for just the second time in its last 10 games.
*ISU kicker Connor Assalley hit both field goal tries in the game and is now 3-for-3 in his career.
Iowa State hosts Akron at 11 a.m. on FSN next Saturday.