No. 24 Cyclones Fall to No. 12 Cowboys on Late Interception

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A high-scoring affair was decided in the final minutes as Oklahoma State's A.J. Green intercepted a Cyclone pass in the end zone and the No. 12 Cowboys held off No. 24 Iowa State, 49-42, Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd.

With the loss, Iowa State drops to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State improves to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in conference action.

Keys of the Game...
The Cyclones held a 42-34 lead with 8:34 left in the game after David Montgomery's third rushing touchdown of the game. Oklahoma State marched right down the field and Mason Rudolph connected with Marcell Ateman from 30 yards out to cut the lead to 42-40 with 5:55 left. After two ISU penalties on the two-point conversion, OSU finally converted to tie it.

The Cyclones were unable to move the ball and OSU took over and scored in three plays to go up 49-42. After both teams failed to move the ball, ISU took over at its own 13-yard line with 2:55 left. The Cyclones quickly moved down the field, including a 4th-and-13 conversion in which backup Zeb Noland hit Montgomery for 19 yards and a first down and goal.

Two plays later the Cowboy defense made the biggest play of the game as Green out wrestled Marchie Murdock on a jump ball in the corner of the end zone for an interception. Replay confirmed the interception and Oklahoma State was able to kneel it out for the win.

Players of Note....
Allen Lazard and Montgomery led the Cyclones on the offensive side of the ball. Montgomery rushed for 105 yards and a career-high matching three touchdown runs, while Lazard had nine catches for 126 yards and two scores in his final game at Jack Trice Stadium.

Lanning also posted a productive day offensively, scoring on a tough one-yard run and then tossing a 22-yard strike to Lazard for a score. Lanning also had five tackles, including half a sack, on defense.

Noland filled in admirably in place of Kyle Kempt, who left the game in the second quarter with an injury. Noland threw for 263 yards.

Brian Peavy, Evrett Edwards and Kamari Cotton-Moya led the Cyclone defense with nine tackles each. JaQuan Bailey had 1.5 sacks in the game.

Cyclone Quick Hits
*Today's Attendance: 61,500
*The fifth sellout at Jack Trice Stadium under its current configuration...ISU's home attendance average of 57,931 is a new school record.
*Lanning's rushing TD was the 16th of his career, a school record for quarterbacks (non-single wing).
*Montgomery's 22-yard rushing touchdown was the longest of his career...he has posted five 100-yard rushing games this season.
*Lazard's two touchdown catches gives him eight this season, one shy of the single-season school record.

Up Next
Iowa State travels to Baylor next weekend to face the Bears on Saturday. The time and television network are to be announced.