Third-string quarterback Brock Purdy leads Iowa State over No. 25 Oklahoma State, 48-42

Third-string quarterback Brock Purdy leads Iowa State over No. 25 Oklahoma State, 48-42
Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) runs into the end zone with a touchdown in the first half against Oklahoma State (AP)

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Only guaranteed one series, third-string quarterback Brock Purdy made it count and ended up playing the rest of the game for Iowa State.

Purdy completed 18 of 23 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, and also rushed for a touchdown, to help Iowa State beat No. 25 Oklahoma State 48-42 on Saturday.

A true freshman who had played just one series before this game, Purdy stepped in for Zeb Noland — who was starting his fourth straight game in place of injured starter Kyle Kempt — on the second series and immediately sparked Iowa State (2-3, 1-2 Big 12).

“I’m really proud of our football team today,” coach Matt Campbell said. “We told Brock that he’d play the second series and see what happened from there. I just thought there were some things that he could open up for us. I thought he did a really good job today. He’s a guy that has playmaking abilities.”

The Cyclones entered the day ranked last in the Big 12 in both scoring (17.5 points per game) and yards (299.5 per game) but reached season highs in both categories, amassing 465 yards overall.

With Iowa State missing leading rusher David Montgomery because of an upper body injury, Purdy also led the Cyclones in rushing. He had 84 yards, including a 29-yard TD run, on 19 carries.

“I think it forces another threat that (opponents) have to be ready for,” Campbell said about Purdy’s ability to run. “He gives you a little bit of everything. I think that’s important and it is certainly something that he brings to the table.”

Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles admitted that his team wasn’t sure what to expect when Purdy entered the game and Montgomery didn’t play.

“The first couple of series were three-and-out, so you thought, ‘OK, we’re going to get what we had planned for,’ and then we got a lot of things that we had not planned for,” Knowles said.

Tyler Cornelius was 19 of 33 passing for 289 yards and four touchdowns for Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2), which lost its second consecutive home game. The Big 12’s leading rusher, Justice Hill, was limited to 66 yards on 24 carries, a 2.8-yard average. He did score a touchdown in his 12th straight game, setting a new Big 12 record.

“Our protections weren’t very good,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “We got into too many situations where we put pressure on Taylor and forced him to run out of the pocket. That was a big factor offensively, just not being able to protect and get the ball thrown down the field.”

Iowa St. 9 21 10 8—48

At Oklahoma St. 7 14 7 14—42

First Quarter

OSU: Woods 14 pass from Cornelius (Ammendola kick), 11:03

ISU: safety, 6:56

ISU: Butler 21 pass from Purdy (Assalley kick), 4:04

Second Quarter

ISU: Purdy 29 run (Assalley kick), 12:37

OSU: Wolf 8 pass from Cornelius (Ammendola kick), 9:06

ISU: Croney 12 run (Assalley kick), 5:36

OSU: T.Johnson 28 pass from Cornelius (Ammendola kick), 2:21

ISU: Eaton 26 pass from Purdy (Assalley kick), :21

Third Quarter

OSU: Cornelius 1 run (Ammendola kick), 12:35

ISU: D.Jones 23 pass from Purdy (Assalley kick), 11:06

ISU: FG Assalley 22, :04

Fourth Quarter

OSU: J.Hill 5 run (Ammendola kick), 10:25

ISU: Milton 60 pass from Purdy (Croney pass from Purdy), 6:09

OSU: Ty.Wallace 42 pass from Cornelius (Ammendola kick), :56


First downs 21 23

Rushes-yards 39-140 43-126

Passing 325 289

Comp-Att-Int 19-25-1 19-33-1

Return Yards 42 115

Punts-Avg. 6-40.83 6-43.16

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1

Penalties-Yards 5-36 9-87

Time of Possession 29:52 30:08


Rushing: ISU, Purdy 19-84, Nwangwu 10-49, Croney 4-20, Lang 3-6, (Team) 2-(minus 9), Noland 1-(minus 10). OSU, J.Hill 24-66, Cornelius 14-46, Hubbard 2-22, Wolf 1-6, Sinor 1-(minus 7), (Team) 1-(minus 7).

Passing: ISU, Noland 1-2-0-7, Purdy 18-23-1-318. OSU, Cornelius 19-33-1-289.

Receiving: ISU, D.Jones 6-37, Milton 4-98, Butler 2-61, Eaton 2-43, Croney 2-6, Akers 1-55, Seonbuchner 1-16, Lang 1-9. OSU, Wolf 6-63, Ty.Wallace 5-82, T.Johnson 4-79, Woods 2-33, Stoner 1-31, J.Hill 1-1.

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