DALLAS (FWAA) – The Iowa State Cyclones
stunned Oklahoma in Norman, 38-31, to end an 18-game losing streak
against the Sooners behind a walk-on quarterback making his first
career start. Kyle Kempt's performance helped end a 20-game losing
streak against ranked opponents, earning the Cyclones earned the
Football Writers Association of America National Team of
the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 7.
The announcement came on "Off Campus with Mark Packer" on ESPNU
Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday during the season, the FWAA National
Team of the Week will be unveiled during the program, which airs
weekdays from 4-7 p.m. ET.
Iowa State (3-2) rallied from a 14-0 deficit to get back to even
at 24-24 by the end of the third quarter. Kempt, a senior who had
only thrown two career passes and was Iowa State's Scout Team Offensive
Player of the Year in 2016, led two key scoring drives in the second
half. Following an Oklahoma fumble in the red zone, Kempt finished
a season-long 94-yard drive by connecting with Marchie Murdock for
a 28-yard touchdown. Later, facing third-and-long at the Oklahoma
25, Kempt made another touch throw to the corner of the end zone,
where Allen Lazard made a highlight grab between two defenders for
the winning points with 2:19 left.
The Cyclones outscored the No. 3 Sooners 28-7 over the last two-plus
quarters. Kempt finished 18-of-24 for 343 yards and three touchdowns
without an interception.
"There’s been a lot of adversity at Iowa State for a long
time and there’s been a cloud around us," Iowa State head coach
Matt Campbell said. "I think our kids said, 'I'm sick of it,
and we’re going to keep grinding, keep swinging and getting better
one day at a time.' So at the end of it, here were are."
Another key was Iowa State holding Oklahoma scoreless in the
third quarter, only the second time the Sooners have been held scoreless
in a quarter this season. This was Iowa State’s first road win over
an opponent ranked in the Associated Press top five, and only its
second win over a top-five foe (now 2-54-2). The 38 points were
Iowa State’s second-most in the 82-game series.
This is Iowa State's fifth time to win the FWAA award and first
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Oct. 7 were:
• Miami (4-0): Malik Rosier threw a 23-yard
touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with six seconds remaining
and the No. 13 Hurricanes beat Florida State 24-20 to end a
seven-game losing streak in the series.
• Michigan State (4-1): The Spartans forced
five turnovers and held on late to upend No. 7 Michigan, 14-10,
in Ann Arbor, winning for the eighth time in 10 games in the
series that dates to 1898.
• Navy (5-0): Zach Abey threw a 16-yard
touchdown pass to Tyler Carmona with 15 seconds left and the
unbeaten Midshipmen defeated Air Force, 48-45, to take the lead
in the race for the Commander In Chief Trophy. Navy lost a 21-point
lead in the second half before the final rally.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. Members of the 12-person
FWAA All-America Committee – plus one fan vote from Twitter –
decide the weekly honor.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key
executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas
that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.
For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
|2017 FWAA ALL-AMERICA
|Bobby La Gesse
||Land of 10
||Phil Steele Publications