"I know how important the football team is to Jacob and how important Jacob is to the football team".
Down 24-10, the Cyclones scored 21 straight, taking their first lead on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kempt to Trever Ryen with 12:46 left in the game. He remains a member of the team, but he will be inactive beginning with Saturday's game at Oklahoma.
But while Lanning made big plays on both sides of the ball, it was Kempt who made the final big offensive play, hitting Allen Lazard on a fade route with 2:19 remaining to put the Cyclones ahead for good. He wasn't the only Iowa State quarterback to make headlines, either, because the Cyclones also utilized quarterback-turned-linebacker Joel Lanning as a two-player.
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"Jacob is a great young man dealing with some personal medical concerns", head coach Matt Campbell said in a statement. The converted quarterback had 20 tackles last week against Texas, the most for any Big 12 player this season. The senior ranked second in the Big 12 and fifth in the nation in tackles per game heading into Saturday's contest.
Iowa State will be without starting quarterback Jacob Park when the Cyclones face No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday morning. After knocking off the Sooners via a second-half rally, Cyclones defensive back Evrett Edwards took a page from Baker Mayfield's celebration playbook.
The move mimicked what Mayfield himself did at Ohio Stadium earlier this season when he planted an Oklahoma flag in the middle of the block "O" at midfield.