AMES, Iowa — Iowa State clinched a spot in its first Big 12 Conference football championship game Saturday, even before it finished its game against West Virginia.
Texas’ 69-31 victory against Kansas State earlier Saturday assured the 12th-ranked Cyclones would finish first or second in the league, regardless of the outcome of their home game against the Mountaineers. Iowa State started Saturday alone in first place in the league with a 7-1 record.
The Cyclones are headed to the Big 12 championship game for the first time.
A loss by Oklahoma State to TCU shortly after the win by Texas assured Iowa State would be the first-place team in the standings and will be the home team in the Dec. 19 game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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No. 13 Oklahoma is the only other team in the Big 12 with two losses, and the Cyclones beat the Sooners earlier this year. Oklahoma will clinch a spot in the title game with a win Saturday night against Baylor.
Iowa State hasn’t won a conference football title since sharing the 1912 Missouri Valley Conference championship with Nebraska. It has never appeared in the Big 12 championship game.
This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Iowa State football clinches its first trip to Big 12 championship game