Iowa State makes big plays to win game, but controversy followed it

Iowa State had to sweat out an agonizing win over No. 8 Oklahoma State in Ames on Saturday night — and it wasn’t without some controversy. With the game tied 21-21 with 1:22 left…

Iowa State makes big plays to win game, but controversy followed it

Iowa State had to sweat out an agonizing win over No. 8 Oklahoma State in Ames on Saturday night — and it wasn’t without some controversy. With the game tied 21-21 with 1:22 left in the fourth quarter, Cowboys quarterback Jesse Ertz re-entered the game after Iowa State had just taken its second timeout of the quarter. He quickly marched his team to the Hawkeyes’ 24-yard line with a 13-play, 80-yard drive that was finally capped off by an Eshelman-to-Baker field goal. Although the Jayhawks turned the ball over on downs two plays later, Iowa State’s victory — their third in four games and fourth overall against Oklahoma State since the 2010 season — was not so secure.

After a 25-yard rainbow of a field goal attempt was missed at the end of the half, Iowa State appeared to make some crucial plays to improve its chances of coming away with a win. But officials were quick to nullify a crucial interception as a result of the pass interference call on a deep ball by Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt. Instead of taking possession of the ball at the Oklahoma State 10-yard line with a one-score advantage, Iowa State was forced to punt, and the Cowboys marched down the field to tie the game and force overtime.

Neither side was able to secure victory in OT, as Tyler Russell’s pass to both tight end Mark Andrews and wide receiver James Washington fell incomplete on the final play.

Iowa State is set to play No. 24 Stanford in Stillwater on Oct. 6. The Big 12 season kicks off on Sept. 1.

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