The No. 3 team in the country has gone down.
The Big 12’s College Football Playoff chances took a major hit Saturday afternoon. Oklahoma, the league’s highest-ranked team – a team that took down Ohio State on the road just a few weeks back – fell to unranked Iowa State at home, 38-31. It’s a stunning result – even more stunning when you realize the Cyclones didn’t have their starting quarterback.
Iowa State fell behind 14-0 early, but kept the game close heading into halftime – trailing just 24-13. In the second half, the Cyclones outscored the Sooners 25-7 – holding on for a seven-point victory.
Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt finished the game 18-of-24 for 343 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Baker Mayfield, one of the Heisman Trophy hopefuls, had a solid game as well – finishing 24-of-33 for 306 yards and two scores – adding another touchdown on the ground.
The Cyclones took the lead for good on a pretty 25-yard pitch-and-catch from Kempt to Allen Lazard. Check it out:
Upset Alert: Kyle Kempt pass to Allen Lazard for a 25-yard TD. Iowa State is leading Oklahoma 38-31 with 2:19 to play. pic.twitter.com/bl8ojY42o6
— Football Dungeon (@DuaneLively) October 7, 2017
Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff chances, clearly, have taken a major hit. They’ll likely have to win out to have any shot at playing for it all.