Big 12 power structure shifts with Iowa State stunner over Oklahoma

Kristopher Nichols
October 8, 2017

Iowa State starting quarterback Jacob Park will miss the Cyclones' game Saturday against No. 3 Oklahoma, as he takes a leave of absence for "personal health issues", the team announced Friday.

Iowa State shocked No. 3 Oklahoma in a 38-31 upset Saturday. A team staff member took away the flag, and someone yelled, "Evrett, what the hell?" Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said in a statement that he is not sure when Park will return, and he can not discuss specifics. The Cyclones took the lead for good on Kyle Kempt's 25-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard with 2 minutes, 19 seconds remaining. It's hard to imagine the team that went on the road to beat Ohio State would fall at home to Iowa State, but that's the beauty of college football.

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Noland has not thrown a pass since the season opener.

It's unknown when Park will return, and it's unknown who will even be the Cyclones' new starting quarterback.

Lanning has 14 career starts at quarterback. But he tossed three interceptions in a loss last week to Texas, and also appeared to engage in an animated discussion with Iowa State coach Matt Campbell on the sideline.

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