Wide Right and Natty Lite: Iowa State Swirls Back from 14-35 Half Deficit, Falls 41-42 to #9 Oklahoma
Parnell Motley (11) was the savior of the ninth ranked Sooners Saturday night when he intercepted Brock Purdy's two point conversion with 24 seconds left.The Cyclones started this game very poorly, CeeDee Lamb had a 48 yard touchdown reception 1:18 into the game, and Jalen Hurts faked a handoff before taking it in from eight yards out 5:32 into the game.
Brock connected with Tarique Milton five minutes later and "the freak" sped 40 yards to make it as close as it would be for the first.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: The Best Cyclone Performance Against: Oklahoma
Coming off a well-timed bye week, the Cyclones head to Norman to take on the Sooners. Iowa State and Oklahoma have a deep history, meeting in 83 of the last 90 seasons, with the Sooners getting the best of the 'Clones in the all-time series, 75-6-2. The Cyclones however have tallied 4 of their 6 wins on the road in Norman. While Iowa State has gone 20+ years at a time without beating Oklahoma, things are different this time around.Matt Campbell started the process in 2015, and did something no one thought was possible in 2017. He brought a team looking for an identity - and frankly a quarterback - and found a way to upset a College Football Playoff contender, thanks to a 5th year quarterback, Kyle Kempt.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: Offensive Player to Watch vs. Oklahoma: ....Tom Manning?
You may be thinking to yourself "damn, Levi, this makes no sense. Tom Manning isn't even a player." To that I respond, "don't tell me how to live my life." We've seen on numerous occasions this season, especially since the emergence of Breece Hall, that Iowa State is plenty capable of picking up yards on the ground, whether it be with a running back or Brock Purdy's legs.Last time out against Oklahoma State, we saw an incredible 62 pass attempts from Brock Purdy. We covered it extensively in the FIlm Room, but when a team passes that often in an early comeback effort, especially to the same 10-20 yard distance in the middle of the field, the defense can then begin sagging off the line of scrimmage, and jumping passing lanes.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: 2019 Game IX: Iowa State vs. #9 Oklahoma University Football Preview
Date: Saturday, November 9th, 2019Time: 7:00 P.M. CST
Location: Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Line: OU -14.5
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network
This is the moment we've all been waiting for. Going into the season, this Cyclone fan base (and myself) marked off their W's and L's. Now correct me if I'm wrong - but expectations were that the Cyclones would travel to Norman in contention for a Big 12 Championship.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: Defensive Player to Watch: Zach Petersen
This Saturday, Iowa State travels to Norman to take on one of the best and most elusive quarterbacks in the country.Jalen Hurts, the former Alabama quarterback has been one of the best quarterbacks in the country this season, throwing for 2,469 yards this season at a clip of 73.9% with 21 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
Over the air, Hurts has been terrific. The bad part is that he's been even better with his legs. He's run for 801 yards while averaging 7.8 yards per carry, and added 13 touchdowns on the ground to his total.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: Bacon Bits: Iowa State Football Recruiting Notes (11/6/19)
Hey Cyclone fans, I hope you are hungry. Hungry for some bacon because who the hell isn't always hungry for bacon? Ok, it isn't real bacon, but this is my feature for Iowa State football recruiting tidbits I have during the week. Anything on my mind or anything that doesn't go on my recruiting big boards will be posted here as "Bacon Bits". Whether you like it crispy, chewy or somewhere in-between. There is always something for everyone.There wasn't a ton of news from the last two weeks, but there have been plenty of 2021 new offers going out and I got the inside scoop to see what these prospects think about their Iowa State offer.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: Betting the Big 12: Week 11 Edition
We are 'Back in the Saddle Again'After a stretch of games that smelled worse than a week of Chinese food sitting out, we are finally back on track. We went 1 for 2 last week, with Baylor squeaking by West Virginia (what the F%*&), and Okie State holding on to win against TCU.
The Big 12 is about as consistent as the Chicago Bears Quarterback situation, so here we go again shooting darts at the wall.
Baby steps. I can see the roller coaster creeping its way back up.
We've got FOUR games this week, as Oklahoma State and Kansas have BYE weeks.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: Cy-onara: Assistant Coaches Climbing the Ranks After ISU
This article series (alternatively titled: Everyone Else was Better at Football: ISU Assistants that Headed to Greener Pastures) will go from Coach Majors first year, 1968, to Rhoads' last bowl season of 2012.Before I get started, I want to draw attention to three former Cyclone football related individuals from before the Majors era.
Rod Rust is a three year letter winner at Iowa State, 1947-1949, and a long time and successful assistant coach in the NFL. He was named head coach of the Patriots in 1990, and to date, the 1990 season is the least good in franchise history.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: The Wide Right Film Room: Oklahoma State
What a profoundly confusing a frustrating performance this was. First, a defense that has been absolutely elite at preventing big plays gives up THREE 50+ yard touchdowns in the first half, while the offense actually doesn't play poorly, but the inability to finish off drives we saw in the UNI and Iowa games reared its ugly head once again. After halftime, the defense tightened up significantly, and the offense continued to play well through the third quarter.Then the wheels fell off the bus.
A few takeaways from the game:
1) Iowa State's special teams unit isn't necessarily a huge negative, but its complete dearth of genuinely positive plays outside of a really nice season from Joe Rivera creates the illusion of a large negative.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: JaQuan Bailey to redshirt, return for 2020 season
After sustaining a season-ending leg injury requiring surgery in the Baylor game, senior defensive end JaQuan Bailey is planning to redshirt and return for the 2020 season. Under the old redshirt rule, Bailey would have had to try to obtain a medical redshirt in order to return, but since he only played in four games he can utilize the new redshirt rule to his advantage since he played as a true freshman.Here's what the position group could potentially look like in 2020, as of right now:
Tucker Robertson Special Teams/Situational
Dan Sichterman Incoming Freshmen (as of 10/28/19)
Obviously, a lot of this could change depending on how players progress in the offseason, attrition, future commitments, etc.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: GAMETHREAD VIII: Oklahoma State
#23 IOWA STATE (5-2, 3-1 Big 12)vs. Oklahoma State (4-3, 1-3 Big 12)
Sat., Oct. 26 | 2:30 p.m. CT | Ames, Iowa
MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium (61,500)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters, Eric Heft, Ben Bruns
Talent: Cory Provus, Shane Vereen, Petros Papadakis
Radio: Sirius 136, XM 200, Tunein
Live Stats: cyclonestats.com
Wide Right and Natty Lite: Defensive Player to Watch: The Linebackers
It's not an exaggeration to say that Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard is the best running back in the College Football.In fact, it's blasphemous to argue against that statement. Hubbard is currently leading nation in rushing with 1,265 yards; the next closest is Boston College's AJ Dillon with 968 yards.
Without a doubt, Hubbard is the biggest threat that the Cowboys are bringing to Ames on Saturday, and could be OSU's key to pulling off the upset in Ames. If the Cyclones defense can contain Hubbard, they should have no problem with the Cowboys, but that's a big if.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: The Mid-Morning Dump: NO RAIN!
TONIGHT WE DINE ON DUST! Lately the Cyclone opponents have been looking up at Iowa State.HOW DOES IOWA STATE CONTINUE THE TREND? The Cyclones will have a struggling Oklahoma State team in tomorrow.
CYCLONE ESPORTS? Iowa State will now make an investment into eSports as the popularity for it only continues to grow.
VIKINGS WIN. The Vikings overcame their mistakes to win on Thursday Night Football.
LOL MOMENT OF THE NIGHT.
Wide Right and Natty Lite: Down the Pipe & Natty Lite (Ep. 63): Holiday Power Rankings, Recapping Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State Preview
After a week off, Levi, Cole, and Marchie are back to talk about Iowa State's three game winning streak, and preview this weekend's game against Oklahoma State with Phillip Slavin of Land Grant Gauntlet, Cowboys Ride for Free, and the Ten12 Podcast. However, before all of the football talk, the guys give their holiday power rankings, and let's just say Levi and Cole like different holidays. More From Wide Right & Natty Lite
Wide Right and Natty Lite: Offensive Player To Watch: Breece Hall
Breece Hall has been an absolute force over the last two weeks. All he has done has lived up to the hype from fall camp and maybe then some. Now, once again, we're asking ourselves if can he do it for a third week in a row.Rumblings from camp fueled some of the early Breece Hall rumors, and his back-to-back 100+ yard games and five touchdowns having converted those rumors into real excitement and anticipation. His 6.3 yards per carry are, to this point, higher than David Montgomery ever posted in his Iowa State career. Obviously the two played in different circumstances, especially in regards to the offensive line, but that stat does demonstrate how good Breece has been so far.
JaQuan Bailey (Redshirt) is out for season
Colin Newell (Knee) is questionable Saturday vs Texas
Corey Dunn (Achilles) is out for season