FORT WORTH, Texas – Iowa State linebacker Jake Knott figures at some point people will quit referring to all these big wins by the Cyclones as upsets.
They got another one Saturday, ending the longest winning streak in major college football at 12 games with a 37-23 victory at No. 15 TCU.
This is the third season in a row the Cyclones (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) won on the road against a Top 25 team.
I don’t think they are so much upsets anymore, said Knott, the standout senior who had a late interception. There’s a lot of people now that respect us on a new level. We need to keep winning games like this to do that.
It was the first Big 12 home game for conference newcomer TCU (4-1, 1-1), which played without suspended quarterback Casey Pachall and had five turnovers.
Jared Barnett made his first start of the season and threw three touchdowns to Josh Lenz. David Irving returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown.
The Frogs had won a nation-best 25 conference games in a row.
You can’t give up big plays on defense and you can’t turn the ball over on offense, coach Gary Patterson said. Real simple.
No. 7 KANSAS STATE 56, KANSAS 16: In Manhattan, Kan., John Hubert ran for 101 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries and Collin Klein had two touchdowns running and throwing as the Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) beat the rival Jayhawks (1-4, 0-2 Big 12).
No. 14 OREGON STATE 19, WASHINGTON STATE 6: In Corvallis, Ore., Jordan Poyer had three interceptions and Sean Mannion passed for 270 yards as the Beavers (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12) beat the Cougars (2-4, 0-3).
No. 15 CLEMSON 47, GEORGIA TECH 31: In Clemson, S.C., Tajh Boyd threw for a career-high 397 yards and DeAndre Hopkins had 173 yards receiving as the Tigers (5-1, 2-1 ACC) beat the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3). The shootout expected with two struggling defenses materialized. Clemson gained 601 yards, while Georgia Tech gained 483 yards.
No. 17 OKLAHOMA 41, TEXAS TECH 20: In Lubbock, Texas, Landry Jones passed for two scores and Blake Bell ran for two more as the Sooners (3-1, 1-1 Big 12) avenged a home loss to the Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1) last season. Both of Jones’ TD passes went for 13 yards – one each to Justin Brown and Kenny Stills. Bell, in at quarterback, scored his touchdowns from a yard out.
No. 18 STANFORD 54, ARIZONA 48, OT: In Stanford, Calif., Chase Thomas intercepted a tipped pass by Matt Scott in overtime and Stepfan Taylor ran for a 21-yard score two plays later as the Cardinal rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to stun the Wildcats. Josh Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three more scores for Stanford (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12).
Scott completed 45 of 69 passes – both school records – for 491 yards and three touchdowns for Arizona (3-3, 0-3).
No. 20 MISSISSIPPI STATE 27, KENTUCKY 14: In Lexington, Ky., Tyler Russell passed for two touchdowns and the Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0) held the Wildcats (1-5, 0-3) to just 228 yards on offense. LaDarius Perkins carried 25 times for 110 yards, including a 31-yard score, as Mississippi State moved to 5-0 for the first time since 1999.
No. 22 RUTGERS 19, CONNECTICUT 3: In Piscataway, N.J., Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards and Wayne Warren returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as the Scarlet Knights (5-0, 2-0 Big East) beat the Huskies (3-3, 0-1).