Iowa State defeated Oklahoma State at home on Saturday, possibly with the help of the refs.
In a high-stakes Big 12 conference game, Matt Campbell’s Iowa State Cyclones held serve and handed Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State Cowboys their first loss of the season, albeit in a controversial fashion.
Though the officiating was not great in this game, a terrible ball spot in the aftermath of a fourth-and-2 by Oklahoma State proved costly for the Pokes. Quarterback Spencer Sanders’ short completion to wide receiver Brennan Presley looked to have been enough for a Cowboys first down. However, the ruling on the field had the Pokes coming up short in their first loss of 2021.
Iowa State went into victory formation to beat the No. 8 team in the land on Saturday, 24-21.
Big 12 officials cost the Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. the Iowa State Cyclones
Football is a game of inches, and nothing should come down to one play. However, this horrendous spot by the officials ended Oklahoma State’s bid at a perfect season. The Cowboys now have to win out to have any shot at making the College Football Playoff. While Iowa State had two early losses on the year, it seems as though the Cyclones are back to playing great ball of late.
What a win for the Cyclones and what a heart-breaking defeat for the Cowboys up in Ames.