Oklahoma’s football team held off a late Iowa State comeback to beat the Cyclones 42-41 at Owen Field on Saturday night.
Jalen Hurts had another big game at quarterback for OU, accounting for five touchdowns, but the Sooner defense struggled again, and a late Hurts turnover nearly was the biggest play of the game.
The Sooners got the ball first and marched 72 yards in just four plays, with Jalen Hurts throwing deep to CeeDee Lamb for a 48-yard touchdown to give OU a 7-0 lead just 1:18 into the game.
After forcing the Cyclones to punt after three plays, OU marched to another score on their second possession.
Hurts kept on an 8-yard touchdown run to cap a 54-yard drive in seven plays and it was 14-0 Sooners with 9:28 to play in the first quarter.
After an exchange of punts, Iowa State got on the board, going 88 yards in five plays, with Brock Purdy passing to Tarique Milton for a 40-yard touchdown to cut the Sooners’ lead to 14-7 with 4:21 to play in the first quarter.
Oklahoma responded by going 74 yards in 11 plays, with Hurts passing to Trejan Bridges for a 7-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 21-7 with 14:18 to play in the second quarter.
OU got the ball back after a Cyclones punt, and got another big play from Lamb, taking a pass in the flat from Hurts, and weaving through the ISU defense for a 63-yard touchdown to give the Sooners a 28-7 lead with 8:14 to play in the first half.
Iowa State answered with a 75-yard, 5-play drive, with Purdy throwing to a wide open Dylan Soehner for a 23-yard touchdown to cut OU’s lead to 28-14 with 6:00 to play in the second quarter.
The two teams exchanged punts, then Oklahoma ate up all by three seconds of the remaining time, going 82 yards in 11 plays, with Hurts keeping for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Sooners a 35-14 lead at halftime.
Hurts is 16-for-23 passing for 255 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed 21 times for 66 yards and two more scores.
Iowa State got the ball to start the second half and went 75 yards in eight plays, with Purdy keeping from four yards out to cut the OU lead to 35-21 with 10:22 to play in the third quarter.
Kennedy Brooks was the featured offensive star on OU’s ensuing possession, gaining 27 yards on a run to get the Sooners out of the shadow of their own goal line, then breaking a 48-yard touchdown run to cap a 10-play, 97-yard drive and put Oklahoma on top 42-21 with 3:47 to play in the third quarter.
Iowa State responded with a drive, helped by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Brendan Radley-Hiles, going 69 yards in eight plays, and ending with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Purdy to Chase Allen on the first play of the fourth quarter, cutting the OU lead to 42-28.
On OU’s ensuing possession, Lamb fumbled and O’rien Vance recovered for Iowa State at the OU 32-yard line.
The Sooners stopped the Cyclones on downs, then had to punt.
Iowa State then went 80 yards in just four plays, with Purdy passing to a wide open Sean Shaw, a former standout at Jones High School, who went 33 yards for the touchdown to cut OU’s lead to just seven at 42-35 with 3:35 to play.
Oklahoma gave ISU the ball right back just three plays later, as Hurts rolled right and threw an interception to Lawrence White, who returned it to the OU 35-yard line.
It took the Cyclones 8 plays to convert, with Purdy passing to former Norman North standout Charlie Kolar for the 13-yard touchdown to cut the Sooner lead to 42-41 with 24 seconds to play.
Iowa State elected to go for two points and the lead, but Purdy’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Parnell Motley to clinch it.
Oklahoma improves to 8-1 overall, 5-1 in Big 12 play.
The Sooners visit unbeaten Baylor next Saturday at 6:30 pm.
OU is 75-6-2 all-time against Iowa State.