A barb from former OU coach Barry Switzer may be the best way to calibrate Iowa State’s ludicrous upset of Oklahoma


Iowa State’s Joel Lanning celebrates with fans after beating Oklahoma, 38-31. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

To fathom how Iowa State upended the known universe on Saturday, it might help to lurch back 23 years to one loony NFL game of Oct. 30, 1994. As Dallas (6-1) prepared to visit Cincinnati (0-7) that week, first-year Cowboys Coach Barry Switzer managed to commit candor. With defensible rationale, he compared the task up ahead to when he used to coach towering Oklahoma and would have to play puny Iowa State, even as he did not use the exact words “towering” and “puny.”

At the post-game handshake after Dallas had squeezed out a 23-20 win from a 14-0 deficit, Switzer got a chewing-out from Cincinnati Coach Dave Shula. Some game accounts had Shula suggesting a place where Switzer could stick his Iowa State reference. Switzer gave a bizarre post-game press conference in which he kept drifting into near-shouts, as when he said, “Even Iowa State played my rear end off several times! And we had to come from behind and win!”

Clearly, to be pegged as a metaphor for Iowa State was an affront intolerable enough to warrant postgame disharmony.

Iowa State had a lifetime record against Oklahoma of 5-74-2 before Saturday in Norman, Okla. Since 1962, it

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