Iowa State shocked unbeaten and No. 2 ranked Oklahoma State, 37-31, in two overtimes and derailed the rival Cowboys national title hopes.
Entering the home game in Ames, Iowa, the Cyclones were 27-point underdogs and had failed to win its last 58 games against teams ranked sixth or higher in The Associated Press college football poll. Iowa State’s huge upset after trailing by 17 points early in the third quarter led to its selection as the winner of Week 12 in the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 College Football Game of the Year contest.
Cyclones backup running back Jeff Woody scored on a 4-yard run in the second overtime. The winning score came after Iowa State’s Ter’Ran Benton intercepted Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden’s first pass in the second overtime. Iowa State intercepted Weeden three times and forced five turnovers in the game.
The Cyclones’ first victory over a top-five opponent in school history was led by its freshman QB Jared Barnett, who finished with 460 yards of total offense and three TDs. Iowa State outgained Oklahoma State on offense and the Cyclones’ defense held the Cowboys’ running game to 60 yards total, which is more than 110 yards a game below its season average.
A national panel of experts selects the Academy’s College Football Game of the Week. Each week’s winner is then considered for the College Football Game of the Year contest at the end of the regular season.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.