ATLANTA – Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week following Iowa State’s victory over previously-unbeaten No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman.
Campbell and the Cyclones overcame a 14-point deficit to shock No. 3 Oklahoma 38-31 Saturday afternoon on the road in Norman. The upset was Iowa State’s first-ever road win over an opponent ranked in the AP Top 5 and first win against the Sooners since 1990.
ISU scored 25 second-half points and held the nation’s No. 1 offense to just seven points after intermission.
Campbell’s huge win was orchestrated by walk-on QB Kyle Kempt, who had attempted only two passes in his career prior to his first start.
“Coach Campbell’s ability to quickly turn around the Iowa State football program and insert them into the college football conversation has been impressive,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “A win over Oklahoma is always big, but to do it on the road against the third-ranked team in the country is remarkable. A program-defining win in Norman this past weekend has the Cyclones poised to make some noise in the Big 12 this season.”
Campbell, who is in second season at ISU, has the Cyclones 3-2 heading into this weekend’s matchup at home vs. Kansas. The win over OU was ISU’s third-straight victory on the road, winning three consecutive road contests for the first time since 2004-05.