ISU's Givens Gets Two INTs In Loss To OU

By Rob Gray, Reporter

Oklahoma receiver Jalen Saunders, left, tries to break a tackle by Iowa State defensive back Durrell Givens after making a reception during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


By Grant Burkhardt

AMES, Iowa — Call it a knack.

A nose.

A talent.

Whatever it is, Iowa State safety Durrell Givens has been in a taking mood.

“It was a great thing,” Givens said of his two interceptions in the Cyclones’ 35-20 loss Saturday to Oklahoma.

Especially when considering Givens’ complete body of work.

The man nicknamed “pig” — and anything porcine-related — entered the game leading the nation with six takeaways.

Now he’s got eight.

“The first one was a big-time play,” ISU coach Paul Rhoads said. “A great, great catch and break on the ball. (Someone) told me years ago that a (defensive back) should be able to cover a third of the distance that a ball is thrown when it’s in the air and he might have gotten a little bit more to stretch out and get that pick.”

Givens returned that interception 40 yards to the Sooners’ 15-yard line.

“I knew I was going to get there,” Givens said. “I knew I was going to have to stretch out for it and extend my arms. I read the quarterback’s eyes. I saw the double move out of the corner of my eye and then I broke on it and got it.”

The Cyclones settled for a 27-yard Edwin Arceo field goal that made the score 7-3 with 4:10 left in the first half.

Givens’ second pick? He snared it after an athletic tip by linebacker Jeremiah George, who started in place of the injured Jake Knott and recorded a game-high 17 tackles.

It also led to a field goal.

“He did tip it to me,” Givens said. “I thanked him for that. He was flying around; he was hitting people.”

“KNOTT” A BAD STREAK: ISU linebacker Jake Knott saw a streak of 35 straight starts snapped Saturday. He started that string in a 17-10 home win over Colorado in late 2009. The all-big 12 player from Waukee underwent season-ending left shoulder surgery Monday and served as a cheerleader, coach and “translator” on the sidelines against the Sooners — as promised. “I’m going to do whatever I can to lead and motivate the guys,” Knott said during a Wednesday farewell address. His presence mattered, said fellow linebacker A.J. Klein, who made his 36th straight start. “His leadership was still there on the sideline,” Klein said.

STOKED: ISU backup cornerback Cliff Stokes stepped in for injured Jansen Watson (MCL) in the first half and Oklahoma took notice. He ended up with a career-high 15 tackles. Watson, Rhoads said after the game, should be back before the end of the regular season.

WOWED BY CROWD: Official attendance for the game (56,585) ranks third all-time in Jack Trice Stadium history. Eight of the 11 biggest crowds in ISU annals have come in the past two seasons.

EASY EDWIN: Kicker Edwin Arceo drilled an ISU career-ling 51-yard field goal with 1:04 left in the second quarter. He was 2-for-2 on field goals and 2-for-2 on PATs.

AS SEEN ON TWITTER: A snapshot of Rhoads and Sooners coach Bob Stoops purported to show a brusque exchange showed up on Twitter after the game.

“Absoultely nothing to it,” Rhoads said.

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