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December 15 2017, 12:20 | Sammy Rose
Oklahoma looks to impress vs. Iowa St. as CFP rankings near
With AP Photos.Iowa State'sJoel Lanning played both offense and defense and helped the Cyclones stun No. 3 Oklahoma 38-31 on Saturday. Kempt threw for 3 touchdowns, including the game victor to Alan Lazard with 2:19 to play.
The Cyclones (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) scored 28 of the game's final 36 points to earn their first win over OU since a 1990 victory at Owen Field.
Oklahoma had collected one of the most impressive victories in college football this season, winning at Ohio State 31-16 on September 9. "When you do that to a team that has their backs against the wall - we know exactly how it's feels - it's something that you can't do". He remains a member of the team, but he will be inactive beginning with Saturday's game at Oklahoma. He also was second on the team with eight tackles, had one sack and recovered a third-quarter fumble.
The Cyclones marched 94 yards to tie the game at 24-24.
It was announced just before the game that Iowa State starting quarterback Jacob Park did not make the trip with the team and would not play against Oklahoma.
That dream is on life support after a loss to Iowa State on Saturday.
Iowa State also received an iron-man effort from senior Joel Lanning, the quarterback turned middle linebacker.
The Sooners face the Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas next Saturday.
The Cyclones took a 31-24 lead with 12:46 left when Kempt hit Trever Ryen with a 57-yard TD pass down the right sideline.
Oklahoma is 4-1. Still, it's time to ask whether or not the Sooners were a byproduct of Bob Stoops' coaching prowess. This year, he was a preseason All-Big 12 selection.
"They pressed up on Allen, which gave us the play to take a shot", Kempt said. With Park out, senior Kyle Kempt was the primary quarterback, throwing for 343 yards and three TDs to outplay Baker Mayfield.
If Iowa State's offensive line holds up and gives Park time, the Cyclones could have success.
Notre Dame (5-1) used backup quarterback Ian Book, a sophomore, in place of injured starter Brandon Wimbush, and it still had enough firepower to overwhelm the Tar Heels (1-5).
Two teams from the same conference (ahem, SEC) in this year's CFP?