There are a few games each year that have a major impact on the Big 12 title race. Sometimes those games are played early in the season but as we all know, the later in the year the more important these games become.
That was the case on Saturday in Ames, Iowa as Iowa State hosted the undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys. Both teams are in the hunt for a Big 12 title game berth but before December comes around, they had to cross paths.
It was a hard-hitting football game with plenty of ups and downs from big time plays, hits and of course officiating. In the end, Iowa State came out on top but there is still plenty to takeaway from this game on both sides. Here are my three thoughts on Iowa State’s win over Oklahoma State.
1. Oklahoma State is still a Dangerous Football Team
I know they didn’t win the game, but I still must give credit to this football team. They played with Iowa State all game long and even outrushed Iowa State 107-67. Spencer Sanders showed me something today that I have not seen all season long which is taking care of the football. Not only did Spencer not turn the football over but he threw for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, this team is still rock solid and when they combine that with an offense who takes care of the football, then they will be fine. This is their first loss of the season and in conference play, so they still are able to control their own destiny moving forward. Some people questioned how good Oklahoma State was despite their 6-0 record coming in, but I am here to tell you, this is one tough football team.
2. Brocktober is Real
Some people had their doubts about Brock Purdy earlier in the year and that’s fair. He wasn’t playing his best football but now he is. Today Brock went an incredible 27/33 for 307 yards and 2 touchdown passes. He was extremely efficient, and he did not turn the football over. Brock has played three games this month and in those three games he has thrown for a total of 760 yards, 7 touchdown passes and zero interceptions. He also completed 82.3% of his passes as well. Purdy is playing the best football of his career right now and when he is playing at this elite level, Iowa State is going to be a hard team to beat. With their win over Oklahoma State, Iowa State is now 16-2 in the month of October since 2017.
3. The Big 12 Refs
There were a few questionable calls in the game but there were two that stuck out to me. The first one was the touchdown that was called back on Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson. Xavier went 51-yards for a score, but it was called back due to unsportsmanlike conduct.
This was a bad call in my book, and I have a tough time agreeing with any official who would make such a weak call like this.
The other call was the fourth down play late in the game. Oklahoma State needed to convert a fourth and short to keep the drive alive and Brennan Presley caught a pass and tried to fight his way for a first down. It looked like he was short live but, on the replay, it appeared that he landed on top of his offensive lineman who helped him moved forward. It was hard to get a clear angle on the replay due to so many bodies, but it is time we get more cameras, officials and maybe get lasers as well as chips inserted in these footballs. Some of the human element needs to be taken out of the game.