Iowa State QB Park takes leave from team for medical reasons


A stunner in Norman, Okla., has shifted the Big 12 power structure.

Ohio State fans remember Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield planting a flag at midfield after the Sooners' 31-16 win at Ohio Stadium earlier this season. The Sooners have won 14 consecutive games, a streak that dates back 385 days to a 45-24 home loss to Ohio State on September 17, 2016. After posting 24 points in the first half, Mayfield and company fell nearly completely silent in the third and fourth quarters, managing just one late touchdown. He threw for 160 yards with 55 percent accuracy, along with two touchdowns and no interceptions. In five seasons leading Toledo, Campbell was 35-15 and that sort of success led to him being hired as the head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones prior to the 2016 season.

Down 24-10, the Cyclones scored 21 straight, taking their first lead on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kempt to Trever Ryen with 12:46 left in the game.

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For Iowa State, this was a monumental triumph, among the greatest in program history. Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, however, denied the rumors via a text message to the Ames Tribune's Dylan Montz.

To make matters worse, they would have to go this one without starting quarterback Jacob Park, who took a leave of absence from the team recently to deal with unspecified medical issues. Kempt appeared in one game for the Cyclones last season and completed both of his passes.