STILLWATER, Okla. – The Iowa State football team went on the road Saturday and left T. Boone Pickens Stadium with a 48-42 win over No. 25 Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) behind a five-touchdown performance by true freshman quarterback Brock Purdy. The victory improves Iowa State to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 play, as ISU scores its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since a 21-20 victory against No. 19 Memphis in the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The Cyclone defense recorded 16 tackles for loss, its most since 1985, surpassing the previous single-game mark of 15 vs. Missouri in 1986.
The Cowboys got on the board first, marching 70 yards in five plays on their first drive, culminating in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Cornelius to Jelani Woods. The Iowa State defense responded on the ensuing OSU possession, forcing a punt from Oklahoma State’s end zone. The snap was mishandled by the Cowboy punter, resulting in a safety to put Iowa State on the board.
Iowa State freshman quarterback Brock Purdy took center stage from that point forward, completing 18-of-23 attempts for 318 yards and four touchdowns, while running for 84 yards and another score. The native of Gilbert, Ariz. led the Cyclones to a season-high 30 first-half points, taking a 30-21 lead right before the intermission on a 26-yard pass from Purdy to reciever Mattew Eaton.
Following a touchdown drive for OSU to open the second half, Purdy and the Iowa State offense were back at it, marching 75 yards in four plays to extend the Cyclone lead to 37-28. The drive opened with a 40-yard pass from Purdy to Hakeem Butler, and ended when Deshaunte Jones raced into the end zone after a 23-yard pitch and catch.
Following a Conner Assalley 22-yard field goal, an Oklahoma State touchdown narrowed the Cyclone lead to just 40-35 with 10:25 to play in the game.
With the game hanging in the balance, a freshman-to-freshman connection provided Iowa State with a punctuation point. Purdy hooked up with Tarique Milton for 60 yards and an ISU touchdown to extend the advantage back to 48-35 with 6:09 remaining. It was Iowa State’s longest play from scrimmage this season.
Cyclone defensive back Braxton Lewis picked off a Cornelius pass on the following drive, and Iowa State put the finishing touches on its first onference victory of the season.
Players of Note…
Purdy finished the game by completing 18-of-23 attempts for 318 yards and four touchdowns and toted the rock 19 times for 84 yards and one touchdown. It was the fifth 300-yard passing game by a freshman in school history.
Hakeem Bulter recorded his 13th career receiving touchdown, which ranks eighth all-time at Iowa State.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Hakeem Butler increased his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 20, good for eighth in school history.
*Iowa State recorded its first safety since Oct. 29, 2016 (Kane Seeley vs. Kansas State). It was the first safety ever recorded by Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State.
*The Cyclone defense recorded 16.0 tackles for loss, a single-game school record. Iowa State’s seven sacks tied a single-game school record. The seven sacks were recorded by seven different players.
*JaQuan Bailey one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Bailey now has 13.0 career sacks, moving up to seventh in school history.
*Tarique Milton had a game-high 98 receiving yards and one touchdown on four receptions.
*Braxton Lewis’ fourth-quarter interception was his third in as many games. He is the first Cyclone with an interception in three-consecutive games since 2010 (A.J. Klein).
Iowa State returns home to face West Virginia on Saturday at MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium. The game starts at 6 p.m.