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OSU football journal: Cowboys handle bumpy flight to Ames

AMES, Iowa — To paraphrase G.I. Joe, getting there was half the battle.

Oklahoma State’s 34-27 win over Iowa State wasn’t always smooth, but it was smoother than the team flight to get there, thanks to a couple rough patches of turbulence.

“I don’t know how to fly no planes,” said sophomore safety Kolby Harvell-Peel, “I ain’t mad at the pilot, though. I couldn’t do no better.

“I was sleeping when we hit the first little drop. I thought we was dyin'.”

As he seems to do in all situations, junior receiver Tylan Wallace tried to stay calm as the plane fought through the turbulence.

“I try not to panic too much about it,” he said. “I felt like, we’re gonna be all right, we’re gonna be safe. But it felt like a real roller-coaster going up and down. My stomach was flipping. It was crazy.”

Gundy: Fourth-down opportunity will come again

With 2:47 on the fourth-quarter clock and a seven-point lead, Oklahoma State’s offense had a chance to close out the game Saturday against Iowa State.

Mike Gundy chose to go for it on fourth-and-1 at the Cyclone 48-yard line, but running back Chuba Hubbard was stopped for a 1-yard loss on a slow-developing running play to the right.

The Cowboy defense came through with interceptions on Iowa State’s two remaining possessions to secure the win, but Gundy made sure his offense understood that it will be in that situation again.

“We should have been able to finish it offensively, but we didn’t,” Gundy said. “I did challenge them, if we get in that situation again, we're gonna go for it again. We need to finish it and keep the ball. We didn’t get it accomplished.”

Snapping the streak

Oklahoma State brought to an end a streak that had spanned more than a calendar year and more than half the campuses in the Big 12 Conference.

Before Saturday’s 34-27 win at Iowa State, OSU had lost six consecutive Big 12 road games, with the last such win a 48-28 victory at Kansas on Sept. 29, 2018.

OSU is now 6-6 in its last 12 conference road games, thanks to a five-game winning streak that preceded the string of losses.

Scott Wright, Staff writer

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<strong>Oklahoma State receiver Tylan Wallace meets with fans after the Cowboys' 34-27 win at Iowa State Saturday. [AP Photo/Matthew Putney]</strong>

Oklahoma State receiver Tylan Wallace meets with fans after the Cowboys' 34-27 win at Iowa State Saturday. [AP Photo/Matthew Putney]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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