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A shocker before what is arguably Iowa State's biggest game of the year came when The Des Moines Register reported that QB Jacob Park will be taking a leave of absence from the team.

Kickoff for the Iowa State-Oklahoma game is set for 11 a.m. CT. A team staff member took away the flag, and someone yelled, "Evrett, what the hell?" Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said he is not certain of a timeline for Park's return, noting that he can not discuss medical issues.

"Jacob is a great young man dealing with some personal medical concerns", Campbell said (via ESPN). Between privacy concerns and laws, it wouldn't really make sense for Campbell to say anything about the player - even if it wasn't a big deal. A fourth-down pass from Sooners quarterback fell incomplete near midfield, sealing the outcome, which could damage the Big 12's chances of landing a team in the College Football Playoff.

The Sooners got the ball first and marched 81 yards in just five plays, with Baker Mayfield passing over the middle to Trey Sermon for a 23-yard touchdown to cap the drive, putting OU up 7-0 with 12:35 to play in the first quarter. "But supporting one another in hard times is where we need to be".

Freshman Zeb Noland was Iowa State's No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart this week, and senior Kyle Kempt was third. He has 14 career starts at quarterback. Last season, he completed 99 of 170 passes for 1,290 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

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