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3 takeaways from OSU vs. Iowa State

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NCAA Football: Iowa State at Oklahoma State

Oct 24, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Dillon Stoner (17) catches a pass as Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Mike Rose (23) defends in the first quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Phipps-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State stayed undefeated after Saturday when it took down No. 17 Iowa State in a duel for Big 12 supremacy.

Here are three takeaways from the game.

‘Stillwater Strong’ will always ring fresh in the minds of Oklahoma State fans

First and foremost, this has to be the first item on this list. Saturday marked five years to the day that the tragedy struck close to home in Stillwater when Adacia Chambers drove her vehicle into the crowd of OSU fans watching the homecoming parade. Since that day, the term “Stillwater Strong” has been a string to tie everyone together, and yesterday was another year of remembrance for the four lives that were lost on that day.

Oklahoma State’s third-down defense continues to be dominant

Iowa State was the defense’s first real test of the defense early in the season, and it lived up to the expectations. Before yesterday’s game, the Cyclones offense was 22-of-51 converting third downs, which is 43%. However, the Cowboys held the Cyclones to 3-of-13, a 23% conversion rate. The Cyclones’ high-powered offense isn’t easy to get off the field, but OSU’s defense lived up to the task, as it has all season.

OSU’s Cowboy Backs are better than believed, when they get their names called

After four games Jelani Woods finally found his way into the endzone. In a game that was supposed to see Iowa State control the tight end battle, it was OSU’s that came through. Logan Carter and Woods had been run blocking pieces for the offense in the first three games, but with Spencer Sanders coming back, the offense took a new shape with tight ends. They combined for six catches and 81 yards. If they can continue the play into the next games, the Cowboys offense can continue to develop and become more dangerous.

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