Oklahoma State looks to stop its leaks after losing two-straight in league play to Kansas and Kansas State as Iowa State comes to Stillwater on Saturday afternoon. The 2:30 p.m. kick against ISU (4-5) and OSU (6-3) sets up what could be a pivotal showdown to help determine how the bottom — yes, the bottom — of the Big 12 standings will shake out in conference play.
Can OSU right the ship against the swirling defense of the Cyclones? Without Spencer Sanders and likely Garret Rangel, OSU will have to do so with No. 3 QB Gunnar Gundy likely running the show as he makes his first career start.
Buckle up, folks! We’ll be following along with the action below in our live updates. They will be posted in reverse chronological order so most recent updates will be available at the top of the page.
FINAL PLAYS: Collin Oliver chases down the Iowa State quarterback from behind and on fourth and 10, his sack ices the win. HUGE effort by Oliver and the defense down the stretch. OSU kneels it out and wins.
FOURTH QUARTER, :25: It’s fourth and 10 for Iowa State in striking territory and 25 seconds left. A stop here wins it for OSU.
FOURTH QUARTER, 2:46: The OSU defense holds. Iowa State briefly contemplated going for it on fourth and very long, but ultimately is deciding to punt and bet on its defense to get the ball back. OSU takes over at the 36 yard line. Needs to go about ~40 yards to get a field goal and maybe put this one away.
FOURTH QUARTER, 4:13: WELL THIS COULD HAVE BEEN BAD.
FOURTH QUARTER, 4:19: OSU converts its fourth down stop on Iowa State into three points to take a 20-14 lead with 4:19 left. Iowa State has all three timeouts left. Lot of game still to be played.
FOURTH QUARTER, 5:06: Kendal Daniels STUFFS Iowa State. On 4th and 1, the Cowboy defense holds. OSU nursing a 17-14 lead with under 5 to play.
FOURTH QUARTER: I definitely don’t understand holding Spencer Sanders out most of the game then putting him in in the fourth quarter to close it out — if he was being held out for injury reasons then it seems like a bad look to suddenly loosen those precautions just because OSU is in danger of losing — but it’s clear why OSU would make the call. Night and day difference between Gunnar and a 60% Sanders.
FOURTH QUARTER, 9:18: Spencer Sanders has entered the game and completely changed things. OSU is back on top 17-10 after this TD throw.
FOURTH QUARTER: OSU trails 14-10 and has now trotted out Spencer Sanders — who hasn’t practiced since before Halloween — to finish out this game. Sanders has been dealing with a shoulder injury and did not start the game. Totally bizarre decision. If he is healthy enough to finish the game, why wouldn’t he have started the game?
THIRD QUARTER: Ugly pick from Gunnar Gundy, followed by an equally ugly pick from Iowa State as Jason Taylor gathers it. Now Spencer Sanders is into the game at quarterback after he was deemed unlikely to play with a shoulder injury. So many things happening. OSU needs a spark trailing 14-10.
THIRD QUARTER, 12:39: Iowa State retakes the lead, 14-10, after punching it in from one yard out.
HALFTIME: OSU leads Iowa State, 10-7, thanks to an 83-yard touchdown pass from Gunnar Gundy to John Paul Richardson in the second quarter. Lot of good defense being played. Not very much good offense. Going to be a grind in the second half.
SECOND QUARTER, 0:36: Iowa State misses an attempted field goal from 41 yards that would have tied it just before half. OSU leads 10-7 with 36 seconds left to go. Perfect kneel-and-get-outta-here territory for Gundy.
SECOND QUARTER, 2:40: After throwing a laser on the previous possession, Gunnar Gundy this time drops a duck down the field that lands in the hands of an Iowa State defender. Interception.
SECOND QUARTER, 6:31: Heck of answer by OSU. Gunnar Gundy goes deep and connects with John Paul Richardson for a catch and run that goes 83 yards to the crib, marking the longest offensive play of the season for OSU. It’s 10-7, Pokes back on top.
SECOND QUARTER, 7:20: Iowa State converts its blocked punt into easy money. Cyclones score from seven yards out to go up 7-3.
SECOND QUARTER, 8:20: Oh no.
SECOND QUARTER, 8:20: OSU falls to 0-for-6 on third-down attempts for the game as Gunnar Gundy’s attempt across the middle to Brennan Presley is dropped. (Ball was a tad high, but probably should’ve been caught.)
SECOND QUARTER, 12:10: OSU gets on the board first with a field from 37 yards at the boot of Tanner Brown. Free points after the OSU defense forced a turnover — its third of the game.
FIRST QUARTER, 6:40: After Gunnar Gundy’s helmet gets knocked off, SPENCER SANDERS goes in to take the snap at QB for Oklahoma State. That’s unexpected. He hands off on third down, OSU gets stuffed and the Cowboys will punt. Doubt we see Sanders again, but that was bizarre.
FIRST QUARTER, 15:00: With Spencer Sanders out and Garret Rangel doubtful, Gunnar Gundy makes his first career start for the Cowboys today. First pass attempt is a swing pass to Dominic Richardson for a first down. Gundy the son of OSU coach Mike Gundy (duh) who had a really productive career at Stillwater High School. Lightly recruited but a film junkie who takes the opportunity seriously. Excited to see what he can do.
PREGAME INJURY NEWS: Spencer Sanders is out and Garret Rangel is doubtful, setting up freshman Gunnar Gundy to start for OSU at quarterback, per Dave Hunziker. Offensive lineman Preston Wilson also out. On defense, defensive ends Trace Ford and Tyler Lacy won’t be available, and defensive back Thomas Harper is also out.