Iowa State upsets No. 2 Oklahoma State in double overtime
Backup running back Jeff Woody scored on a four-yard run in the second overtime and Iowa State stunned second-ranked Oklahoma State, 37-31, on Friday night at Ames, Iowa, derailing the Cowboys’ national title hopes.
The Cyclones (6-4, 3-4 Big 12 Conference) overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1), who were one win away from a showdown with rival Oklahoma with a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game likely to be on the line.
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden’s first pass in the second overtime was intercepted by Ter’Ran Benton. Woody ran for six and 15 yards, then bulled his way into the end zone, giving the Cyclones their first victory over a top-five opponent in school history.
Weeden threw for 476 yards, but he had three passes intercepted as the Cowboys turned the ball over five times.
Oklahoma State was a 27-point favorite against the upstart Cyclones, who lost their first four Big 12 games. But the Cowboys let Iowa State hang around just long enough — and their loss threw the national title picture into chaos.
Iowa State freshman quarterback Jared Barnett found James White for a 25-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime, but Weeden answered with a six-yard scoring pass to Josh Cooper.
Johnson’s interception set up a thrilling finish for the Cyclones and Coach Paul Rhoads, the defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh when it upset No. 2 West Virginia 13-9 in 2007.
Barnett finished with 376 yards passing and three touchdowns for Iowa State.
Oklahoma State stretched its lead to 24-7 less than 3 minutes into the second half and looked set to break it open. Tracy Moore caught Weeden’s pass in traffic and stumbled 30 yards for a touchdown.
That could have been it for Iowa State — but the Cyclones were far from finished.
Iowa State answered with a 32-yard touchdown run from White and recovered an onside kick with ease. Barnett lost a fumble to Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys fumbled the ball right back and Zach Guyer’s 24-yard field goal made it 24-17 with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
Oklahoma State came in averaging 51.7 points a game, but it couldn’t string together the drives that made Weeden a serious Heisman Trophy contender.
Iowa State tied the score at 24-24l with 5:30 left in regulation as Barnett found a sliding Albert Gary in the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown catch. Oklahoma State’s Alex Elkins intercepted Barnett’s pass with 3:17 left, but Sharp pushed a 37-yard field goal right with 1:17 to go, forcing overtime.
It was just the third missed field goal in 20 tries for Sharp.
Toledo 44, at Central Michigan 17: Adonis Thomas rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns, and Terrance Owens passed for two scores as the Rockets (7-4, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) beat the Chippewas (3-9, 2-6).
Missouri’s Pinkel pleads guilty
Suspended Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving Friday and received a 30-day suspended sentence along with two years’ probation.
Two hours after he was formally charged, Pinkel and his attorney were in Boone County (Mo.) court. His plea renders a scheduled December court date moot.
Pinkel, 59, was arrested in Columbia on Wednesday night and suspended without pay the next day for the final home game of the season against Texas Tech on Saturday. He is expected to return for the final regular-season game against Kansas at in Kansas City, Mo.
Columbia’s band is reinstated
Columbia’s cheeky marching band is no longer banned.
The self-styled Cleverest Band in the World was told this week to stay away from the finale against Brown on Saturday at Baker Field because the musicians mocked the team’s poor performance by using alternate words to the school fight song last weekend during a 62-41 loss at Cornell.
The band, whose manager apologized Thursday, posted the news on Twitter on Friday: “We’re back, baby. The Band is grateful that it will be able to honor its seniors and cheer for the Lions this Saturday.”
Columbia’s football team is 0-9 this season and has lost 10 consecutive games.
Division III playoffs begin
Cal Lutheran (8-1) travels to McMinnville, Ore., to face Linfield (9-0) at noon Saturday in a first-round game in the 32-team NCAA Division III tournament. Redlands (8-1) faces Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-0) at 10 a.m. PST in Benton, Texas.
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