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OSU defeats Iowa State in a battle on the ground

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STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 24: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cylcones talks with head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys before their game on October 24, 2020 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Pool Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) EDITORIAL USE ONLY *** Local Caption *** Matt Campbell;Mike Gundy

The two highest-ranked Big 12 teams met in Stillwater, and it was Oklahoma State that won the day, defeating Iowa State 24-21.

Two of the top rushing offenses in the conference were on display as each team rushed for 227 yards and two touchdowns.

Chuba Hubbard appeared to be brought down at the line of scrimmage when he recovered with his left arm as he broke free on a 32-yard touchdown.

The play was the highlight of Hubbard’s season thus far in a game when he reminded Iowa State why he was a Heisman candidate and is in discussions as the best back in college football.

He totaled 140 yards on 25 carries and was able to break down ISU’s run defense.

The OSU defense had trouble containing ISU running back Breece Hall, allowing a 66-yard touchdown and a 70-yard run.

But the defense stepped up in the most important situations, holding Iowa State to a 28% conversion rate on third down.

This was Spencer Sanders’s first game since returning from an injury he suffered in the opening drive of the season. He connected with Jelani Woods on a 34-yard touchdown through the air and had an additional score on the ground.

His dual-threat ability adds a valuable layer to the offense.

There were several big mistakes by the Cowboys that kept the game close, though.

Sanders threw two interceptions and Tylan Wallace committed three penalties that stalled drives. One holding call negated a touchdown.

But the Cowboys have plenty to build off in their biggest win of the year.

sports.ed@ocolly.com