Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel (8) runs the ball and jumps over Iowa State's Ben Nikkel (18) to score a touchdown in the first quarter during an NCAA football game between University of Oklahoma (OU) and Iowa State at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.

No. 14 Oklahoma scores 29 unanswered to rout Iowa St.

Dillon Gabriel threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more as No. 14 Oklahoma beat visiting Iowa State 50-20 on Saturday in Norman, Okla.

The Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored the last 29 points of the game after Iowa State cut it to a one-point game early in the second quarter.

It was the most passing yards given up by the Cyclones (2-3, 1-1) in nearly two years.

Jalil Farooq led the Sooners with five catches for 81 yards.

The Sooners led 21-10 after the first quarter thanks to a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown by Billy Bowman, Gabriel’s first rushing touchdown, and a 39-yard touchdown pass from Gabriel to Nic Anderson.

But the Cyclones came back over the next six minutes, pulling to within one on Chase Contreraz’s 48-yard field goal at 9:06 before halftime.

From there, though, the Sooners took control.

Gabriel hit Farooq for a 49-yard gain to set up his own 6-yard touchdown run, then Peyton Bowen’s blocked punt resulted in a safety to stretch the lead.

Oklahoma followed that up with a field goal and then Gabriel hit Drake Stoops for a touchdown in the final seconds of the second quarter to send the Sooners into halftime up 40-20.

Stoops’ touchdown was set up by Gentry Williams’ interception — Oklahoma’s 10th of the season.

Then Oklahoma kept it going coming out of halftime, as Gabriel hit Jayden Gibson for a 41-yard touchdown to stretch the lead to 47-20 and make Gabriel the first 300-yard passer against Iowa State since late in the 2021 season.

Rocco Becht finished 15 of 33 for 188 yards and two touchdowns — with two interceptions — for the Cyclones. More than half of those yards — 118 — came on his two touchdown passes.

After posting 270 yards in the first half, Iowa State managed just 82 yards of offense in the second half — only 29 on the ground.

Oklahoma outgained the Cyclones 523-352 overall.

Jayden Higgins, who scored on a 67-yard reception, led Iowa State with three catches for 91 yards.

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Iowa State Cyclones' quarterback Rocco Becht (3) passes the ball around Oklahoma State Cowboys' safety Trey Rucker (9)during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, in Ames, Iowa.

QB Rocco Becht helps Iowa State stave off Oklahoma State

Rocco Becht passed for 348 yards and three touchdowns to lead Iowa State to a 34-27 victory Saturday over Oklahoma State at Ames, Iowa, in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Becht completed 27 of 38 pass attempts with 14 of the passes caught by Jaylin Noel and Daniel Jackson.

Noel had eight receptions for 146 yards a touchdown and Jackson six catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Alan Bowman played the entire game at quarterback for Oklahoma State (2-2) after coach Mike Gundy used Bowman, his son Gunnar Gundy and Garret Rangel at that position in the first three nonconference games.

Mike Gundy made the change after Bowman, Gunnar Gundy and Rangel passed for 114 yards while completing 16 of 35 attempts last week in a 33-7 loss at home against South Alabama.

Bowman completed 23 of 48 passes for 278 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against Iowa State (2-2).

Bowman’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Rashod Owens with 2:46 remaining cut the lead to 34-27.

After Iowa State was forced to punt, Oklahoma State got to the Cyclone 49 before Bowman threw an interception on a fourth-and-10 play with 1:26 left.

Bowman scored the first touchdown of the game, a 12-yard run with 5:40 left in the first quarter.

Iowa State answered with touchdowns on two of its next three possessions, both of them passes thrown by Becht, a redshirt sophomore making his fourth career start.

Becht connected with Noel (38 yards) and Jackson (29), putting the Cyclones ahead 14-7 with 12:55 left in the second quarter.

Bowman’s 60-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Nixon with 11:01 remaining before halftime tied the game.

Iowa State closed the scoring in the half with field goals by Chase Contreraz of 51 and 46 yards.

Oklahoma State’s first scores in the second half were field goals by Alex Hale (38 and 53 yards) in the third quarter.

The Cowboys mustered 84 total yards with 20 on the ground in the third quarter.

Becht’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Jackson with 5:30 left in the third quarter gave Iowa State a 27-17 lead.

The margin became 34-20 on Eli Sanders’ 7-yard run with 14:54 remaining in the game.

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Nov 26, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers (12) warms up prior to a game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa, Iowa State players to pay fine in gambling case

Five athletes from Iowa and Iowa State pleaded guilty Wednesday to underage gambling, a simple misdemeanor, and will avoid jail time.

Instead, each athlete will pay a $645 fine.

Iowa State quarterback Hunter Dekkers and offensive lineman Jacob Remsburg were among those who were charged with tampering with records as part of a gambling scheme. Former Cyclones lineman Dodger Sauser, former Iowa kicker Aaron Blom and former Iowa baseball player Gehrig Christensen were also charged.

That charge, an aggravated misdemeanor, was dismissed as part of the plea deal. The five players could have faced two years in prison if found guilty.

Per the Des Moines Register, none of the athletes will face additional criminal punishments.

Mark Weinhardt, a lawyer for the three Iowa State football players, released a statement Wednesday.

“The original records tampering charge against these young men never fit this case, either legally or factually. Hunter, Jake and Dodge are not and never were guilty of that charge. The charge has nothing to do with gambling,” Weinhardt said. “Other than the fact that Hunter, Jake and Dodge placed some bets before they turned 21, nothing about those bets is a crime under Iowa law.”

Story County (Iowa) attorney Timothy Meals told the newspaper that he could not discuss an ongoing investigation.

Authorities in Iowa have charged more than a dozen current or former athletes at the two universities in their investigation into sports betting in the state, per ESPN.

Dekkers remains on the roster but has not participated in any team activities this summer. Remsburg did not play in Iowa State’s opener on Saturday and has been suspended six games by the NCAA, ESPN and the Register reported.

The other three players have left their respective teams.

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Sep 10, 2022; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones defensive lineman Kyle Krezek (94) and offensive lineman Trevor Downing (52) carry the Cy-Hawk trophy after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Hawkeyes and Cyclones battle for Iowa bragging rights

Iowa State will look to successfully defend its home field in the Cy-Hawk series for the first time in 12 years when it faces Iowa on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

The Cyclones (1-0) haven’t beaten the Hawkeyes at home since Sept. 10, 2011, when they prevailed in a 44-41, triple-overtime thriller. Iowa State had also dropped six straight games to its in-state rival before coming away with a narrow 10-7 victory last season in Iowa City.

Although Iowa has had the upper hand and leads the all-time series 46-23, Cyclones quarterback Rocco Becht insists that his team won’t be backing down on Saturday.

“They’ve been insanely good for the past 20 years. They have a good, solid defense (and) they’re disciplined in what they do,” Becht said of the Hawkeyes. “We’re gonna go into this week prepared and every day we’re gonna get better.”

Becht was extremely efficient last Saturday, completing 10 of 13 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-9 win over Northern Iowa.

Iowa (1-0) also got off to a strong start, beating Utah State 24-14 last Saturday. Despite the victory, the Hawkeyes still fell out of the AP Top 25 poll after entering Week 1 as the No. 25 team in the country.

Cade McNamara threw for 191 yards and two TDs on 17-for-30 passing for Iowa, which struggled to get its running game going. The Hawkeyes finished with just 88 yards on 36 carries, and coach Kirk Ferentz knows it’s going to be tough to move the ball on the ground against Iowa State.

“The challenge is they make it really tough to run, and they’ve done a great job of that,” Ferentz said of the Cyclones. “They really tackle well at all positions, and you can’t say that about every football team.”

Defensive back Jeremiah Cooper headlined Iowa State’s defense last Saturday, recording a pair of interceptions, including a pick-six. He was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Ferentz will be looking for his 200th career win on Saturday. He has collected 187 victories at Iowa since 1999, with the other 12 coming at Maine from 1990-92.

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Iowa State Cyclones' defensive back Trevon Howard (25)takes down Northern Iowa Panthers running back Tye Edwards (2) during the first quarter in the season-opening game at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa St. cruises past Northern Iowa, 30-9

Rocco Becht passed for 113 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score to lead host Iowa State past Northern Iowa 30-9 on Saturday in Ames, Iowa, in the season opener for both teams.

A redshirt freshman seeing extensive action as an ongoing state investigation into illegal sports gambling impacts the Cyclones’ roster, Becht’s steady play augmented solid contributions from the defense and special teams.

Iowa State (1-0) scored its first points of the season when Jeremiah Cooper returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown just 2:15 into the game.

Iowa State limited Panthers quarterback Theo Day throughout the afternoon. Day finished 16-of-34 passing for 164 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked five times. Northern Iowa (0-1) outgained Iowa State 279-250.

Becht’s 1-yard scoring run with 1:21 left in the first quarter put the Cyclones ahead 14-0.

After the next three Iowa State possessions ended with three-and-outs, Becht steered a six-play, 71-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a 14-yard scoring pass to Tyler Moore.

Chase Contreraz connected for a 56-yard field goal as time expired on the second quarter to give the Cyclones a 23-0 lead at halftime. On the previous play, Cooper picked off Day for the second time and returned it 30 yards to the Panthers’ 38-yard line.

The Cyclones all but put things away on the opening possession of the third quarter, as Becht found Benjamin Brahmer for a 36-yard TD.

Northern Iowa got on the board with 8:03 remaining in the third quarter, as Matthew Cook kicked a 31-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 61-yard drive that consumed 5:05 of clock time.

The Panthers closed the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Day to Desmond Hutson with 11:30 to go in the game.

Cartevious Norton led Iowa State with 11 carries for 49 yards. Tye Edwards rushed 16 times for 72 yards for the Panthers.

Iowa State leads the all-time series with Northern Iowa 17-10. The Cyclones boast a four-game winning streak, with Saturday marking the most lopsided outcome in that span.

Panthers coach Mark Farley remained at 174 career victories.

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Jake Remsburg stands for a photo during Iowa State Football media day at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

Report: Iowa State OL Jake Remsburg faces likely suspension

Iowa State starting offensive lineman Jake Remsburg will miss Saturday’s season opener against Northern Iowa, likely as part of a six-game NCAA suspension linked to gambling, ESPN reported.

Remsburg is expected to be suspended six games following a widespread investigation into gambling at Iowa State that has embroiled seven current or former players. They include five returning starters from 2022, including quarterback Hunter Dekkers.

The school declined to comment on a potential Remsburg suspension.

“Iowa State has received the eligibility rulings from the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Reinstatement (SAR) Committee and shared those with impacted student-athletes,” a university statement said. “As we have stated since the outset, we will not comment on any individual’s case.”

Remsburg allegedly gambled on NCAA football and basketball games, though not on Iowa State contests.

ESPN reported that Remsburg is the only one of the five returning players expected to play for the Cyclones this season.

If he receives the six-game suspension, as expected, Remsburg would be eligible to return to Oct. 14 for a Big 12 road clash against Cincinnati.

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Isaiah Lee stands for a photo during Iowa State Football media day at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

DL Isaiah Lee leaves Iowa State after charge in betting probe

Isaiah Lee has left the Iowa State football program after being charged in a student-athlete gambling probe last week, the school confirmed to multiple media outlets Monday.

A defensive lineman who played in 12 games for the Cyclones last season, Lee was charged with tampering with records in an effort to place sports wagers online without being identified, according to the latest criminal complaint in the state of Iowa’s probe.

Lee is accused of betting on 12 Iowa State football games. He allegedly placed a moneyline bet on Texas to beat Iowa State when the Big 12 programs played in 2021; Iowa State won the game.

Lee is one of seven current or former Iowa State football players facing charges thus far, a group that includes last year’s starting quarterback and running back, Hunter Dekkers and Jirehl Brock.

Lee, who’s alleged to have placed 115 total bets for more than $885, is the second player to leave the Cyclones’ football program over the scandal, following offensive lineman Dodge Sauser.

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Iowa placekicker Aaron Blom (1) celebrates with longsnapper Luke Elkin, left, and holder Tory Taylor during a NCAA football game against South Dakota State, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Complaint: Iowa PK Aaron Blom bet (and won) the under in 2021 Cy-Hawk rivalry game

Iowa placekicker Aaron Blom is accused of underage betting, including one “under total points” wager in the 2021 Cy-Hawk rivalry game with Iowa State.

Blom was a backup kicker in 2021 and did not appear in the game. He was 1 of 3 on field-goal attempts last season before Drew Stevens became the starter.

He was added to the criminal complaint resulting from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s sports gambling investigation. The complaint also alleges that Iowa State starting quarterback Hunter Dekkers bet on his team.

Files from the Johnson County Attorney’s Office show Blom is accused of placing “approximately 170” wagers on sports — one bet on an Iowa football game. He’s accused of using his mother’s identification to play the “under total points” on the 2021 Iowa-Iowa State football game. The over-under line for the game was 45. The Hawkeyes won the game, 27-17.

The complaint states that Blom made the bets with his mother’s “consent and knowledge.”

In Iowa, the legal betting age is 21 and NCAA rules prohibit betting on college sports and professional sports in which the NCAA has a championship.

NCAA rules changed recently to allow for the complete loss of eligibility as punishment for gambling.

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Nov 26, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers (12) warms up prior to a game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Iowa St. QB Hunter Dekkers faces criminal complaint over betting

Iowa State quarterback Hunter Dekkers has been charged with tampering with records related to an investigation into sports betting by the Iowa Criminal Division, the Des Moines Register and ESPN reported Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint, Dekkers placed 26 bets on games involving the Cyclones, including a football game against Oklahoma State in October 2021, the reports said. Dekkers did not play against the Cowboys, serving as a backup at the time.

In all, Dekkers made 366 wagers using DraftKings, putting more than $2,799 on games.

Dekkers could lose his NCAA eligibility permanently if found guilty. NCAA guidelines prohibit athletes from putting money on any games at their schools, including their own.

Dekkers was Iowa State’s starter last season, throwing 3,044 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 12 games. He completed 66.1 percent of his passes.

The Des Moines Register reported that two other Iowa State athletes — offensive lineman Dodge Sauser and wrestler Paniro Johnson — were also charged with tampering with records while allegedly betting on ISU athletics. Both Sauser and Johnson are sophomores.

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Jul 14, 2022; Arlington, TX, USA; A view of the Iowa State Cyclones helmet logo during the Big 12 Media Day at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State linebacker arrested on rape charge

Iowa State linebacker Aidan Ralph is facing a felony sexual assault charge after an alleged attack that left a woman with a fractured spine.

The 20-year-old Cyclones sophomore was arrested Wednesday in Story County, Iowa.

He was also charged with a domestic violence misdemeanor in an alleged incident at his home in Ames on Dec. 3, per court records.

Police affidavits say Ralph accused the woman of cheating and shoved her multiple times, including a fall onto stairs that injured her back and left her immobilized. When she pleaded with Ralph to call an ambulance, police say he refused and sexually assaulted her.

A spokesman for the Iowa State athletics department told The Ames Tribune that Ralph is indefinitely suspended from all team activities.

Ralph remained jailed on an $11,000 bond on Thursday, per the Tribune. His next hearing in the case is set for May 15.

Ralph, who is from Chicago, has not appeared in a game for Iowa State. He was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2021.

–Field Level Media