"I don't care either (if this effects my Heisman Trophy chances)," said Wallace, revealing a side rarely seen in his two seasons at the helm of ISU's offense. "If it does, it does. I don't give a hoot about no Heisman or what not. If it damages it, it damages it. Who cares? I'll look on to the next game."
Moving on is probably the best thing for a Cyclone team that mustered just 60 yards of total offense and posted one 29-yard field goal by Adam Benike to show for it.
While holding ISU's tailback tandem of Michael Wagner and Hiawatha Rutland to 46 rushing yards on 14 carries, Oklahoma's defense locked up on a deep receiving corps and made Wallace's afternoon a long one.
The senior quarterback found just one receiver all day, hitting Lance Young three times for 43 yards.
"It was a combination of their speed, aggressiveness, physicalness and intensity," said Lane Danielsen, who had been Wallace's top target this season. "We just couldn't get anything going. We couldn't get a play that would get us going on offense. I could tell (Seneca) was getting frustrated. Sometimes we couldn't get open, the next time he couldn't get protection and the next time he'd get pressured and made a bad throw. We've got to take our hats off to Oklahoma's defense. They played great."
The Sooners attacked with a variety of different blitzes and used tight man coverage to take Danielsen, Young and ISU's receiving corps out of the equation.
"They played their defense and then came with some safety blitzes from the weak side and strong side," said ISU head coach Dan McCarney. "They just did a great job of game planning and carrying it out. Their defensive speed was more than what we could handle. They play physical and sound, but we didn't do a good job of handling their speed."
The Sooners' block of a Tony Yelk field goal on the game's opening possession had a snowball effect on the fortunes of McCarney's team. Derrick Strait came through nearly untouched to deflect the ball into the end zone. Instead of falling on the ball for a safety, Cyclone Anthony Forrest attempted to kick it out of bounds but whiffed. Terrance Simms then fell on the ball for a touchdown and 7-0 OU lead just 1:02 in.
"We've just got to do a better job of coaching that up," McCarney said of his players' mishap.
Known for their miraculous second-half rallies against top-25 teams Iowa and Florida State, the Cyclones had little fight left in them heading to the locker room down 35-0. ISU mustered just four total yards in the opening 30 minutes of action and got its lone first down thanks to a pass interference call on Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, the Cyclone defense found itself on the field for a majority of the opening 30 minutes, as a balanced Sooner attack gained yards almost at will.
"It felt like about four hours of football and we were on the bad end of it," McCarney said, referring to a first half in which his team was out-gained by a 209-4 margin. "It seemed like it would never end and we could not get in sync, first downs and couldn't get off the field defensively. It's a horrible feeling and I'm sick for my football team. But that's really an outstanding football team out there."
How ISU responds to its first loss since August is up in the air, but getting past its worst showing of the season is a necessity, said center Zach Butler.
"We got our butts kicked pretty good, but we can't dwell on this game much longer," he said. "We've got a tough schedule ahead of us and have to put this thing behind us and get ready for Texas."
The Cyclones and Longhorns face off at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday in Austin in front of an ABC regional audience.