OSU football: Best and worst of Cowboys' win over Iowa State
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State defeated Iowa State 24-21 on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Here’s a look at some of the best and worst moments from the Cowboy victory, which moved them to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 play:
Best change of direction: Chuba Hubbard
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The Oklahoma State running back has been back to the 2019 version of himself lately, and showed it multiple times on a day in which he had 160 yards from scrimmage on 26 total touches, including a 21-yard reception on the first play of the game. But nothing showed Hubbard’s big-play ability more than his 32-yard touchdown run.
Hubbard took the ball going straight, but a defensive lineman had blown up the play, so he bounced right. Still looking for room, he ran out of a would-be tackle and put his left hand on the ground as two more potential tacklers pursued. But he popped up as he cut to his left and burst into open field, outrunning everyone for the score.
Best big-screen appearance: The Caddyshack gopher
Credit is due to the operators of the big screen at Boone Pickens Stadium for their creativity, not just on Saturday but in every game. Late in the second quarter, just prior to an Iowa State field goal attempt — which was going east, directly toward the big screen — a clip of the dancing gopher from the famed movie, Caddyshack, appeared on the screen to taunt Iowa State’s Connor Assalley.
And just like Carl Spackler failed in his attempts to capture the gopher, Assalley missed his field goal attempt, knocking it off the upright.
Best special teams play: Brennan Presley
OSU had to punt with just under seven minutes to play, holding a 24-14 lead. Punter Tom Hutton floated a punt toward the corner of the field and Presley — a true freshman receiver from Bixby — slid as he corralled the kick at the Iowa State 4-yard line.
Mike Gundy called it one of the two most critical plays in the game, along with the near-sack by Malcolm Rodriguez that resulted in an intentional grounding penalty and ultimately a missed field goal by Iowa State in the first quarter.
Worst special teams play: Iowa State’s Greg Eisworth
It’s one thing for OSU to pin the opponent deep in its own territory as a result of a good play by a Cowboy. It’s something else to be gifted such a situation, as OSU was late in the first quarter.
A 49-yard punt by OSU punter Tom Hutton came down at the 5-yard line, where Eisworth, the Iowa State return man, called a fair catch, rather than giving the ball a chance to bounce into the end zone.
Best political reference during the game: Dave Hunziker
While the television broadcast was full of political ads less than two weeks before election day, Hunziker, the OSU radio voice brought some levity to these political times.
After a flag was thrown on an Iowa State defensive back for pass interference against OSU’s Tylan Wallace, the Cyclone coaches argued vehemently.
“The Iowa State coaches are politicking in this election year of 2020,” Hunziker said.
And it worked. The flag was picked up and no foul called.
Worst onside kick luck: Iowa State
Iowa State chose poorly in deciding to kick its last-minute onside kick toward one of the best receivers in the country in OSU’s Wallace, who snagged the ball and fell to the ground before an Iowa State player could reach him.
But their previous attempt at a sneaky onside kick nearly paid off. Using a dropkick method to send the ball wobbling sideways into OSU territory, it hit a Cowboy player and bounced into the middle of a scrum. It was ultimately recovered by OSU’s Sean Michael Flanagan.