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Three takeaways from OSU’s loss to Iowa State

Three takeaways from OSU’s loss to Iowa State

What is it about Ames, Iowa?

For the first time since 2011’s meltdown, OSU lost to Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones, who beat OSU 24-21 on Saturday, always seem to have the Cowboys’ number when they’re a nationally contending team. Here are three takeaways from the game:

That spot at the end…
OSU lost this football game after a really close –– and to some, really head scratching –– spot from the referees.

On fourth-and-two with 1:09 remaining in the game, Spencer Sanders passed to Brennan Presley, who lunged at the 40-yard-line in an attempt to convert the clutch first down. At first glance, it looked like he converted it.

The refs didn’t agree.

After review, the ruling on the field stood and Iowa State took over possession to win the game. Almost everyone in the press conference disagreed with the refs’ decision. Coach Mike Gundy was upset with the spot, but proud of OSU’s effort.

“Sometimes you come up short,” Gundy said. “That’s the way it is. Fifty percent of the teams that play on Saturday lose. Doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Just means you came up a little short.”
How ‘bout this rivalry?
Speaking of chaotic things, this OSU and Iowa State matchup is becoming one of the premier draws in college football.

In addition to the more notable 2011 game, the 2018 game, where Brock Purdy got his first action, and now the 2021 game, the Cyclones and Cowboys have gone seven straight games decided by seven points or less.
These matchups seem to always have huge implications too. After their win Saturday, Iowa State launched itself into a three-way tie with Baylor and OSU for second place in the Big 12 (behind OU).
Cyclones coach Matt Campbell is a fan of this rivalry’s grittiness.
“The character of this game is what we’ve talked about,” Cyclones coach Matt Campbell said. “It’s not always going to be pretty. It’s not always going to be easy.”

Poll landslide
The inevitable fall came after this loss.

OSU, who came into the game undefeated and ranked No. 8 in the country, fell seven spots to No. 15 in Sunday’s latest AP Poll ranking. They also fell to No. 15 in the Coaches Poll.

Gundy was candid about the current team feeling following the loss.

“That’s the feeling you get in college football,” Gundy said. “You put a lot into it and when you come up a little short you should feel that way. If you don’t then we have other issues.”

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