Before the start of the season, the Iowa State Cyclones looked at their schedule and sighed when they saw this matchup. The Oklahoma Sooners were out for a College Football Playoff bid and would likely roll over the Cyclones for four straight quarters.
After word that their starting quarterback would be unavailable for the game, many thought the Cyclones would do well to keep the score within three touchdowns.
Nobody gave them a chance, and with good reason. Oklahoma was running right through the competition on a weekly basis. There was no reason to suspect anything different. But somehow, some way, Iowa State managed to hang around long enough to make the game interesting.
Then they caught lighting in a bottle to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. They just had to hold the lead. On a 4th-and-4, Baker Mayfield scrambled desperately to keep the Sooners season alive.
Iowa State came away from Norman with a shocking 38-31 win.
What next for Oklahoma? While this doesn’t make their College Football Playoff hopes null, it’s a blow that will be difficult to recover from. The Sooners will need to dominate the rest of the way and hope for some key losses ahead of them and they could drop out of the AP top 10 after this week.
To this point in the season, this is the biggest upset anywhere in the country.