James Hale said it best today when he said that it was a tale of two halves. There were times that Oklahoma looked like it was a playoff contender going up 28-7 over a team that could have very well come into this game undefeated.
Oklahoma pushed the lead out to 42-21, and that's when it seems the wheels came off. Iowa State got the ball at their own 31 yard line and proceeded to go down the field courtesy of a 15 yard pass interference penalty on DaShaun White, and a 27 yard pass completion down to the 14. Then, it seemed like the Defense stiffened up and found a backbone, stopping a pass for no gain and then Kenneth Murray stoned Brock Purdy for a gain of one.
Then it was going to be decision time for ISU coach Matt Campbell after a 6 yard gain to make it 4th and 3...or so we thought. Bookie Radley-Hiles had picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to make it 1st and goal on the 3. It was all downhill from there.
One play later as the 4th quarter started it was an Iowa State Touchdown to bring it to 42-28. Two plays after that, it seemed like the Oklahoma offense was going to get rolling again, and CeeDee Lamb fumbled on the -30 yard line.
Iowa state converted two first downs, then a fourth down that made you say oh crap here we go, and then the Sooner defense bowed their necks to get a turnover on downs at the 13 yard line. As the Sooners got the ball back with 7:37 to go I'm thinking that Oklahoma can go up and put this thing away with another TD or at least a field goal.
Kennedy Brooks started the drive with a 6 yard gain and a Cyclone 15 yard face mask penalty to go with it. Before you could blink you jump out from the 13 yard line to the 34. Then Trejan Bridges jumped off sides, and all of a sudden it's 1st and 15. Three plays later Iowa State forces a punt with only 4:42 to go, and while it wasn't ideal, you're still up two scores with a 14 point lead right?
Wellll.....the next four plays after the kickoff to Iowa State gained respectively, 27, 5, 15 & 33 for the TD. Iowa St went 80 yards in 1:07, and now I'm thinkin well crap. The defense was completely void of life, and the offense hadn't done much in the 2nd half. Nevertheless, you have a juggernaut as an offense that just hadn't got untracked and I'm thinking they'll do something to seal the game.
After two uninspired zone read plays, one of the worst things possible happened. Jalen Hurts threw an interception. It gave the ball back to Iowa State with 2:43 to go, and at this point I'm starting to panic a little bit. We all know how it ended, but man alive, it was an avalanche of what could go wrong did go wrong. After dominating the 1st half and most of the third, Oklahoma just vanished. Much like the fans in the stands, it seemed like the players and coaches just left for the fourth quarter. I'm hoping to find more evidence as to how as I go back and break down the film, but it was wayyy to close for comfort.