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AMES, Iowa — Oklahoma State safety Kolby Harvell-Peel had no idea just how well his day went.

First, he didn’t know he had six pass breakups. Then, he had no idea it was a single-game record.

“That’s a big-time honor,” Harvell-Peel said. 

During the 34-27 upset of No. 23 Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, the Cowboys’ star safety had a career day as he set the tone for a defense that delivered when it mattered most down the stretch.

He had eight tackles — including one for a loss — and the six pass breakups. The breakups passed the five from former star Darrent Williams, who accomplished the feat on Oct. 18, 2003 against Texas Tech. 

Harvell-Peel was on fire in the first half. He tied Williams’ record before the break. 

“There’s a lot of DBs that have come through here that have been really successful,” Harvell-Peel said. “I ain’t going to lie, though. I want some of them back. I feel like I should have picked off some of those. I’m a little angry I didn’t come down with ‘em.”

Harvell dropped at least two possible interceptions. It just set up the defense to grab three interceptions in the fourth quarter — including Malcolm Rodriguez’s game-winning pick-six — to come away with the upset.

“A lot of mine were on third downs and stuff, so to be able to get them off the field was a big momentum boost,” Harvell-Peel said. “I didn’t bring mine in, but the fact that they were able to get three in one quarter shows that hopefully everything’s starting to come together.”

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Oklahoma State's Kolby Harvell-Peel (31) lines up in the third quarter during the college football game between Oklahoma State University and Baylor at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Baylor won 45-27. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State's Kolby Harvell-Peel (31) lines up in the third quarter during the college football game between Oklahoma State University and Baylor at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Baylor won 45-27. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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