No. 9 Oklahoma escapes with 42-41 victory over Iowa State

The Associated Press - November 11, 2019 8:57 am

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley answers a question during an NCAA college football news conference Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma opens the season against Houston. Last time that happened, the Cougars pulled a stunner in 2016 that crippled Oklahoma's chances of reaching the College Football Playoff. The Sooners are well aware and don't want a repeat. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

by: Cliff Brunt

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell saw an opportunity to seize a win that would boost the Cyclones’ chances of reaching the Big 12 title game, so he put everything on quarterback Brock Purdy.

His gamble failed. Parnell Motley intercepted Purdy’s two-point conversion pass with 24 seconds left, and No. 9 Oklahoma held off Iowa State 42-41 on Saturday night. And now, Iowa State’s conference title hopes are bleak.

Campbell went for the victory on the two-point try after Charlie Kolar caught a 13-yard touchdown pass to pull the Cyclones — down 42-21 in the second half — within one. Campbell said he didn’t regret going for two because Purdy already had passed for 282 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 55 yards and another score.

“When I see Brock Purdy making unbelievable play after unbelievable play, I’d rather put the game in his hands because I trust him,” Campbell said. “Yeah, the question if I would do it over again — yes, in a heartbeat.”

 

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