(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: (9) Oklahoma State 59, Iowa State 17
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Zac Robinson threw for a season-high 395 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, leading the ninth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys to a 59-17 thrashing of the Iowa State Cyclones at Lewis Stadium.
"It's a lot of fun. We want to get explosive plays," Robinson said. "A lot of those plays in the throwing game were open today, as well as the running game on options and stuff. Most of the time, it's the other 10 guys that are not touching the ball. The offensive line played great, and they are a reason why we had so many big plays."
Robinson had never thrown for more than three touchdowns in a game prior to Saturday for the Cowboys (8-1, 4-1 Big 12), and the dual-threat also added 66 yards on the ground while completing 18-of-27 passes. His favorite target, Dez Bryant, caught a career-high four touchdown passes, while gaining 171 total yards through the air.
"It was good to get that victory and get back on the winning track," Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy said. "I thought we started sluggish overall. (The) defense kept us in it. I thought they played hard. The offensive line seemed to have played pretty well. (Bryant) made a number of plays. It was nice to get the eighth win."
Kendall Hunter ran for 104 yards and a score on 13 carries, and Jeremy Broadway caught a school-record 95-yard touchdown pass for Oklahoma State, which was coming off a 28-24 loss to top-ranked Texas last weekend.
Austen Arnaud threw for 240 yards on 20-of-35 passing with two interceptions, and Darius Darks caught seven passes for 113 yards for the Cyclones (2-7, 0-5), who remain the only winless team in Big 12 conference play. Alexander Robinson ran for 68 yards and a score and caught two passes for 36 yards, and Sedrick Johnson found the end zone once for Iowa State.
"Big plays were the name of the game," Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik said. "Again, not being able to handle third downs. They played great, and I thought we played really bad defensively, and we've got to get better."
The one bright spot for the Cyclones was Leonard Johnson, who set an NCAA record for return yards in a game with 319.
"I think (Johnson) did a great job," Chizik said. "If you really look at it, it's really one of the only bright spots of our team. (He) was certainly that today. He's been close to breaking them numerous times this year. He's got a knack for it, and I think the guys are doing a great job blocking for him up front."
The Cowboys forced a three-and-out on the opening possession of the game. The offense started out at their own 28 and drove the length of the field in seven plays, as Bryant Ward took it in from one yard out.
An excellent kick return put the Cyclones on Oklahoma State's 22 on the ensuing drive. Alexander Robinson ran four consecutive times, scoring on a one-yard run to tie the game two minutes later.
Zac Robinson drove the Cowboys for a touchdown on the team's next possession, tossing an 11-yard scoring pass to Bryant to go up 14-7 with 4:52 to go in the first.
Bryant caught his second touchdown pass of the game early in the second, making a leaping grab in the end zone for a 26-yard score, as Oklahoma State went 43 yards in just three plays.
After Terrance Anderson intercepted an Arnaud pass in the end zone, Zac Robinson easily threw an 80-yard bomb to Bryant, who waltzed into the end zone untouched for his third touchdown of the game with 6:45 left in the half.
Grant Mahoney pulled the Cyclones to within 18 at halftime, hitting on a 38- yard field goal with 4:02 remaining until the break.
The Cowboys came out in the second half and scored in just three plays. Hunter took an option pitch and raced 36 yards down the right sideline for a 25-point lead in the first minute of the quarter.
Dan Bailey gave Oklahoma State another three points on a 39-yard field goal just 4 1/2 minutes later.
A Cyclones punt backed the Cowboys deep into their own territory, but that didn't faze Zac Robinson. The quarterback threw a short slant pass from the five to Broadway, who beat his defender all the way for a 95-yard score midway through the quarter.
"You know, I was hoping he got to the other side of the 50, and then I saw his form breaking down," Robinson said. "He is definitely one of the fastest guys on our team. He caught it and was gone."
Bryant caught his fourth touchdown of the day with 2:35 left in the third, ripping the ball away from Cyclones' defensive back Kennard Banks in the end zone from one-yard out. Beau Johnson ran for an 11-yard touchdown early in the fourth to cap the scoring for Oklahoma State.
"I think (Bryant) is unlimited as far as his athletic talent," said Cowboys assistant coach Gunter Brewer. "As long as people are going to single him up and challenge him, he is going to respond. He responded well today."
Sedrick Johnson caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Arnaud with 3:05 to play to account for the final margin.
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series between the schools, 24-17-3...The longest touchdown pass prior to Broadway's 95-yard score was Earl Wheeler and Bob Cutburth, who both caught 85-yard touchdown passes...Zac Robinson's career-high in passing yards, 430 against Texas in 2007, is the school record...Iowa State has dropped seven straight games since starting the season 2-0...Oklahoma State reached eight wins for the first time since 2003 and for only the fourth time in the last 20 years.
11/01 20:40:44 ET