Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys: Complete Game Preview

Bradlee RossCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2012

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys: Complete Game Preview

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    On the week of their homecoming, the Oklahoma State Cowboys will host the Iowa State Cyclones, looking for revenge for their late-season loss to them back in 2011. Homecoming is always a big deal in Stillwater, and the fact that Iowa State is coming to town just adds to the excitement.

    After losing a close game to Texas and playing a poor game at Kansas last week, the Cowboys will face perhaps their toughest test of the season with Iowa State. The Cyclones play solid defense, something that is rare in the Big 12, and they can put points on the board when given the opportunity.

    If the Cowboys have a similar game to the one they had last week in Lawrence, they will undoubtedly lose to the Cyclones. Iowa State is looking to rebound after pushing Big 12 leader Kansas State to the brink last week and will be ready to give this Cowboys team all it wants.

    Each of these teams is currently in a huge logjam in the middle of the Big 12 race. A win for either would be a step toward the top.

Game-Day Information

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    Who: Iowa State at Oklahoma State

    When: Saturday, 11 a.m. CT

    Where: Stillwater, Oklahoma

    Stadium: Boone Pickens Stadium (cap. 60,218)

    Series History: Oklahoma State 48-35-7

    TV: FX

    Radio: Cowboy Radio Network, Sirius Ch. 117, XM Ch. 202

    Internet Stream: OkState.com

Lineup for the Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Offense

    Position             Number     Name                     Height   Weight   Class

    Quarterback            4           J.W. Walsh              6’2”         205        Fr.

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    Quarterback           11          Wes Lunt                 6’4”         211        Fr.

    Running Back         1           Joseph Randle         6’1”         194         Jr.

    Fullback                  9           Kye Staley              5’10”        236        Sr.

    Wide Receiver       82          Isaiah Anderson        5’10”        175        Sr.

    Wide Receiver       87          Tracy Moore            6’2”         220        Sr.

    Wide Receiver        5           Josh Stewart           5’10”        170        So.

    Wide Receiver       18          Blake Jackson          6’3”         238         Jr.

    Offensive Tackle    71          Parker Graham         6’7”         292         Jr.

    Offensive Tackle    58          Daniel Koenig         6’6”         295        So.

    Offensive Guard    70          Jonathan Rush         6’4”         284        Sr.

    Offensive Guard    68          Lane Taylor             6’3”         328        Sr.

    Center                    60          Evan Epstein           6’3”         291        Sr.

    Defense

    Position             Number     Name                     Height   Weight   Class

    Defensive End       80          Cooper Bassett        6’5”         270        Sr.

    Defensive End       96          Ryan Robinson        6’4”         246        Sr.

    Defensive Tackle   91          James Castleman     6’2”         296        So.

    Defensive Tackle   99          Calvin Barnett         6’2”         299         Jr.

    Linebacker             11          Shaun Lewis           5’11”        222         Jr.

    Linebacker             37          Alex Elkins              6’3”         222        Sr.

    Linebacker             45          Caleb Lavey            6’3”         240         Jr.

    Cornerback             19          Brodrick Brown      5’8”         185        Sr.

    Cornerback              4           Justin Gilbert           6’0”         194         Jr.

    Safety                      7           Shamiel Gary           6’0”         205         Jr.

    Safety                      8           Daytawion Lowe    5’11”        198         Jr.

    Special Teams

    Position             Number     Name                     Height   Weight   Class

    Punter/Kicker         13          Quinn Sharp            6’1”         205        Sr.

    Punter Returner       6           David Glidden        5’7”         171        Fr.

    Kick Returner         4           Justin Gilbert           6’0”         194         Jr.

    Longsnapper          53          Andrew Suter          6’2”         268         Jr.

    Holder                    39          Wes Harlan              5’7”         178        Sr.

Lineup for Iowa State Cyclones

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    Offense

    Position             Number     Name                     Height   Weight   Class

    Quarterback            7           Jared Barnett           6’1”         198        So.

    Running Back         8           James White            5’8”         190         Jr.

    Wide Receiver       15          Chris Young           5’11”        197         Jr.

    Wide Receiver        3           Aaron Horne            5’9”         177        Sr.

    Wide Receiver       19          Josh Lenz                 6’0”         194        Sr.

    Tight End               81          Rick Howard           6’4”         257        Sr.

    Offensive Tackle    71          Carter Bykowski     6’8”         303        Sr.

    Offensive Tackle    79          Brayden Burris        6’6”         298        Sr.

    Offensive Guard    64          Ethan Tuftee            6’4”         318         Jr.

    Offensive Guard    69          Kyle Lichtenberg     6’6”         294         Jr.

    Center                    74          Tom Farniok            6’4”         280        Fr.

    Defense

    Position             Number     Name                     Height   Weight   Class

    Defensive End       50          Willie Scott              6’2”         231         Jr.

    Defensive End       38          Roosevelt Maggitt   6’3”         246        Sr.

    Defensive Tackle   90          Cleyon Laing           6’4”         290        Sr.

    Nose Tackle           94          Jake McDonough    6’5”         290        Sr.

    Linebacker             26          Deon Broomfield    6’0”         196         Jr.

    Linebacker             20          Jake Knott               6’3”         239        Sr.

    Linebacker             47          A.J. Klein                6’2”         244        Sr.

    Cornerback              5           Jeremy Reeves         5’7”         176        Sr.

    Cornerback              2           Jansen Watson         5’9”         185         Jr.

    Safety                     24          Durell Givens          6’0”         211        Sr.

    Safety                     10          Jacques Washington 6’1”         208         Jr.

    Special Teams

    Position             Number     Name                     Height   Weight   Class

    Kicker                    41          Edwin Arceo           5’9”         187         Jr.

    Punter                     13          K. Van Der Kamp   6’4”         203         Jr.

    Holder                     8           Brett Bueker            6’4”         229        Sr.

    Long Snapper         49          Spencer Thornton    6’1”         238        So.

    Punt Returner         19          Josh Lenz                 6’0”         194        Sr.

    Kick Returner         1           Jarvis West              5’7”         170        So.

What Happened to Iowa State Last Week

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    Last week, the Iowa State Cyclones played the Kansas State Wildcats to one of their closest games of the season. A 27-21 loss was the result, but the Cyclones have to be feeling good about themselves after pushing a Top 10 team that well.

    As impressive as it was that Iowa State nearly won, the Cyclones did have their share of problems. Quarterback Jared Barnett struggled with his accuracy, completing just 16 of 36 passes. He also threw a costly interception into the endzone. The Cyclones were also held in check in terms of rushing the ball, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry.

    The Cyclones will need to correct these issues for next week. Completing key passes on third downs is what the Cowboy defense will force them to do, so Barnett must be on his game. Running the ball is important against any team, and it will be tough against a Cowboy defense that has shown an ability to stop the run.

What Happened to Oklahoma State Last Week

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    The Cowboys squeaked by the Kansas Jayhawks last week 20-14 in one of their most uninspired performances in the past four or five years. The Cowboys were outgained offensively by a Kansas team that is generally considered to be the worst team in the Big 12.

    The passing game was not crisp, the running game could not open any holes and penalties and mistakes creeped their ugly faces back into the picture. This team has got to get a handle on playing with discipline and poise. The Cowboys are entering a point in their schedule where they play a lot of good teams in a row, and these mistakes will kill them.

    Obviously, Kansas did not have the talent that Oklahoma State did, but the Jayhawks still nearly won anyway. That is not a good sign for this team, especially heading into this game with Iowa State.

What It Means for Both Teams

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    Oklahoma State has the biggest homecoming celebration in the nation, which automatically makes this week a huge game for the Cowboys. When you combine that with the fact that Iowa State beat the Cowboys last season, it gets even bigger. Revenge will certainly be a factor in this game, yet there is even more than that for the Cowboys.

    If Mike Gundy wins this game, he will become the winningest coach in Oklahoma State football history, passing Pat Jones with 63 total wins. That is a bigger deal than any of the rest of this, and you can bet that Gundy’s players want more than anything to win this one for their coach.

    Iowa State needs this win to continue to build up their program under Paul Rhoads. With four wins already, the Cyclones needs just two more wins to reach bowl contention. Getting this win will help them achieve that goal and beyond. The tough remaining schedule that they have makes that all the more important.

Key Player for Iowa State

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    Jared Barnett

    This Oklahoma State secondary has struggled quite a bit against the pass, so the chance for Jared Barnett to have a big game is here. However, if he does not have a good game, it will probably be a loss for the Cyclones.

    The Cowboys have done well against the run this season, and that probably will not change. The secondary has severely underperformed. Barnett has struggled with accuracy at times, but he has also shown the ability to make big throws. The Cowboy defense wants to force teams to convert long third downs. If Barnett can complete passes on such downs, Iowa State will be in really good shape.

Key Player for Oklahoma State

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    Joseph Randle

    Joseph Randle is the star on this team, and he will be the key player most of the time. The junior has rushed for 614 yards and six touchdowns so far this season, and he is on pace to shatter his rushing mark from last season.

    The Cyclones have a solid defense, especially in the linebacker core. The matchup between them and Randle will probably be the one that decides the game. If Randle can run on this defense, the Cowboys will win the game. He struggled to find daylight against Kansas last week, so you can bet he will determined to have a good game this week.

Iowa State Will Win If…

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    The Cyclones need to do a couple things if they want to win this road game. The first is move the ball.

    By moving the ball down the field, both on the ground and through the air, the Cyclones can keep the ball away from the Cowboys high-powered offense, which is always a good strategy against them. It will allow Jared Barnett to get into a rhythm and allow them to dictate the tempo of the game.

    The second big thing they must do is defend the running game well. Joseph Randle is a stud, and he ran all over what was considered the best Big 12 defense in the Texas Longhorns. If he finds holes, he will gain huge chunks of yards. He is a big, strong back who rarely goes down with the first hit. It is a must that the Cyclones stop him if they want to win this game.

Oklahoma State Will Win If…

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    The Cowboys are the more talented team in this game. However, as they have proven in the past, that does not guarantee a win. If they want to get their fourth win of the season, they must do a few, very important things.

    Running the ball is key. We still do not know if Wes Lunt will be back for this game, but running the ball is important either way. Balance is an integral part of this Cowboy offensive machine running smoothly, which is a big part of why it did not work so well last week in Lawrence.

    Joseph Randle must get at least 20 carries in this game, and the team must run the ball at least 30 times.

    The second thing is stopping the run on the other side of the ball. Iowa State wants to run the ball. Paul Rhoads understands the importance of that part of the offense, and he emphasizes it in his offense. Stopping the run will force the offense to depend quarterback Jared Barnett, who has struggled at times. The running game will be huge on both sides of the ball for the Cowboys.

Game Prediction

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    This game will come down to emotion. The Cowboys want revenge for their loss last season. They want to win this one for their coach so he can break a huge record. And they want to win their homecoming.

    While Iowa State will put up a big fight, and the game will be very close, ultimately that wave of emotion will be too much to overcome. Expect Oklahoma State to be sharp, executing almost perfectly and playing very well, especially on offense. This game will be one of those that is in doubt for most of the game, but ultimately, the Cowboys will come out on top.

    Oklahoma State 34, Iowa State 28