First Look: Iowa State

Cyclones have had lack of success against OU but are led by mobile QB

Iowa State will come in to Saturday’s game in shambles.

The Cyclones have lost nine of their last 11 Big 12 Conference games – with only a victory against Kansas and an overtime win against West Virginia last year to their credit.

They nearly knocked off Texas, which kicked a game-winning field goal two weeks ago with three seconds to play.

Iowa State’s offense is finding its form of late with 130 points in the Cyclones’ last four contests: 32.5 points per game. That’s behind mobile quarterback Sam Richardson, who leads the Cyclones in rushing.

He’ll present another great problem for Oklahoma (5-2, 2-2 Big 12). The same riddle that the Sooners haven’t been able to solve during the past three weeks.

But really, this game is far more about Oklahoma than it is about Iowa State.

“You have to get ready to play next week,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said last week. “You have to play Iowa State, be better and hopefully not make a mistake or two that will cost us. Just keep improving.”

Oklahoma hasn’t lost in Ames since 1960 and hasn’t lost to the Cyclones since 1961. There are members of the Oklahoma coaching staff who weren’t alive then.

Iowa State has won only five times in the series and only twice since the Great Depression. “We’ve lost two Big 12 games,” offensive tackle Daryl Williams said. “All we can do is keep focus and control what we can. That’s beating Iowa State next week.”

Although they’ve tried during the past three weeks, Oklahoma has still not lost consecutive regular season games since 2000 – and only once under Stoops.

With the way the Sooners played in their previous three games, some of them wanted to keep playing with the hopes of quickly forgetting about the string of bad games.

Others were happy with the break, saying that everything remains the same.

“Nothing’s changed as far as preparation,” linebacker Eric Striker said. “We’ll have a positive attitude the whole week. We’re gonna move on and get ready for Iowa State.”

Preparing for Iowa State means being ready for Richardson, the type of quarterback Oklahoma hasn’t been prepared for all season.


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