Big Eight Roundup : Iowa State Upsets No. 7 Oklahoma State, 15-10

From Times Wire Services

Iowa State knocked seventh-ranked Oklahoma State out of Orange Bowl consideration Saturday with a 15-10 upset at Ames, Iowa.

Instead, the Cowboys will be going to the Gator Bowl on Dec. 30 against 14th-ranked Florida State.

The Cyclones, 5-6-0 overall and 3-4-0 in the Big Eight, held running back Thurman Thomas to just 54 yards in 21 attempts and quarterback Ronnie Williams to 11 completions in 44 attempts for 206 yards.


Williams scored the Cowboys’ only touchdown on a one-yard sneak with 11:29 left in the third period.

Junior kicker Rick Frank keyed the victory with three field goals, and Alex Espinoza threw 13 yards to Hughes Suffren for the Cyclones’ lone touchdown. Espinoza finished with 9 completions in 29 attempts for 96 yards.

The Cowboys, 8-2 overall, take a 4-2 conference record into next week’s showdown with Oklahoma, which moved into the driver’s seat for the Big Eight title with a 27-7 win over Nebraska.

Colorado 30, Kansas State 0--Quarterback Mark Hatcher ran 12 times for 119 yards and a touchdown as Colorado’s wishbone chewed up Kansas State at Boulder, Colo.

The victory gave Colorado a 7-4 record and established the Buffaloes as the nation’s most improved team; Colorado was 1-10 last season.

It was the first winning season since 1978 for the Buffaloes, who finished in the Big Eight at 4-3. KSU wound up at 1-10 overall and 1-6 in the conference.


Kansas 34, Missouri 20--Mike Norseth passed for 237 yards at Lawrence, Kan., to break the Big Eight single-season passing record as Kansas snapped a four-game losing streak and broke a touchdown drought of nearly 16 quarters.

The Jayhawks, 6-6 overall and 2-5 in the Big Eight, completed their first non-losing season since 1981. Missouri finished 1-10 overall and tied with Kansas State for last place in the conference at 1-6.

Norseth finished with 2,995 yards passing to break the record of 2,789 set by Frank Seurer of Kansas in 1982.