John E. Hoover: Cyclones knock off Sooners in historic upset – and upset Big 12’s playoff hopes

John E. Hoover: Cyclones knock off Sooners in historic upset – and upset Big 12’s playoff hopes


Iowa State coach Matt Campbell (far left) embraces an assistant while two-way star Joel Lanning walks out of Memorial Stadium following the Cyclones’ 38-31 victory over Oklahoma. (PHOTO: John E. Hoover)

NORMAN, Okla. — Iowa State planted the Iowa state flag on the big “OU” logo in the center of Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

It was one giant leap for the Cyclone program. But it was a stake through the heart of the Sooners — and perhaps the Big 12 Conference.

 “It’s expected,” OU quarterback Baker Mayfield said of the move, who did the same with an OU flag last month after a big victory at Ohio State.

What wasn’t expected, though, was a 38-31 Oklahoma loss, a precipitous drop by the Sooners and the biggest upset so far of the college football season. No. 3 Oklahoma came into this game as a 31-point favorite, yet only scored 31 points.

“It’s embarrassing,” Mayfield said, “the fact that we let them come in here and win.”

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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