Oklahoma State’s football team had a chance to tie the game late, but lost to Iowa State 34-27 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
For the first time this season, OSU played just one quarterback, and Alan Bowman had his good and bad moments, throwing two touchdowns and running for another, but also throwing two interceptions, including the game-clincher with under two minutes to play.
Bowman was 23-for-48 for 278 yards passing.
OSU’s running game was improved, as Ollie Gordon had 18 carries for 121 yards.
The Cowboys defense held Iowa State to just 74 rushing yards.
Cyclones quarterback Rocco Becht made up for the rushing deficiency by throwing for 348 yards, completing 27 of 38 passes.
Both teams had to punt on their first two possessions, then OSU got a two play drive for a touchdown.
Ollie Gordon gained 71 yards on a run around the left side, then Alan Bowman kept for a 12-yard touchdown to put OSU up 7-0 with 5:40 to play in the first quarter.
Iowa State got into Cowboy territory, then facing a 4th and 4 from the OSU 38, Rocco Becht passed to a wide open Jaylin Noel for a 38-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7 with 3:23 to play in the first quarter.
Noel had 8 catches for 146 yards.
Each team scored in every quarter, and it stayed a one-score game until the second half.
Both teams had to punt on their next possessions to end the first quarter.
OSU went three-and-out and punted on their first possession of the second quarter.
Iowa State then took just three plays to score, getting a 32-yard pass from Becht to Noel, then two plays later, Becht passed to an open Daniel Jackson, who got behind the Cowboy secondary for a 29-yard touchdown to put the Cyclones up 14-7 with 12:55 left in the second quarter.
Oklahoma State answered with their own score, as Bowman passed deep to Jaden Nixon for a 60-yard touchdown to cap a four-play drive and tie the game at 14 with 11:01 left in the first half.
Iowa State regained the lead by getting a 51-yard field goal by Chase Contreraz to go up 17-14 with 7:12 to play in the second quarter.
OSU punted after three downs, and Iowa State got three more points on a 46-yard field goal by Contreraz and it was 20-14 with 43 seconds left in the first half.
The Cowboys were able to get into field goal range and Alex Hale kicked a 38-yarder as time expired in the first half, to make it 20-17 Cyclones at halftime.
Iowa State punted after three plays to start the second half.
OSU moved into Cyclone territory, but Bowman was intercepted by Beau Freyler, who returned it 18 yards to the ISU 35-yard line.
Both teams punted, and Iowa State took over on the OSU 47-yard line after just a 31-yard Cowboy punt.
It took the Cyclones just two plays to score, as Becht passed to Abu Sama for 21 yards, then found a wide open Daniel Jackson over the middle for a 26-yard touchdown to make it 27-17 Iowa State with 5:30 left in the third quarter.
OSU responded, getting a 17-yard gain on a pass from Bowman to Jaden Bray, which set up a 53-yard field goal by Alex Hale to cut ISU’s lead to 27-20 with 2:54 to play in the third quarter.
The field goal was the longest of Hale’s career.
Iowa State responded with a six-play, 75-yard drive to a touchdown.
The big play was a 20-yard pass from Becht to Jaylin Noel, which got 15 yards added to it after a roughing the passer penalty on Collin Oliver.
ISU capped the drive on the first play of the fourth quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run from Eli Sanders and it was 34-20 Cyclones with 14:54 to play.
OSU moved into Iowa State territory, but on 2nd and 10 from the ISU 49, Bowman was sacked by J.R. Singleton for a loss of 17 yards and the Cowboys were forced to punt.
Three more possessions ended in punts before OSU was able to cut into the lead.
The Cowboys went 65 yards in 11 plays, with Bowman passing to Rashod Owens for a 20-yard touchdown to trim the ISU lead to 34-27 with 2:46 to play.
OSU stopped on Iowa State on three downs and forced a punt, calling timeouts after each down and using up just 23 seconds on the possession.
The Cowboys got the ball back with 2:23 to play with no timeouts left.
OSU got to the ISU 49-yard line, then after three straight incompletions, faced a 4th and 10.
Bowman was intercepted by T.J. Tampa to clinch the win for the Cyclones.
OSU had won four straight games in Ames before a loss in 2021.
The Cowboys fall to 2-2 on the season.
OSU has next weekend off, then will host Kansas State on Friday, October 6th at 6:30 pm.