Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt is considered “day-to-day” with a knee injury and it is unknown whether he will play Saturday against No. 5 Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Coach Matt Campbell said Kempt injured the MCL in his left knee in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 13-3 loss to Iowa. But Campbell also said Monday the Cyclones (0-1) “dodged a big bullet” because Kempt’s injury is not believed to be a long-term one.
“I think we’re all (breathing a) deep sigh of relief here,” Campbell said. “His availability for this week I think is still up in question a little bit. But I think it’s a lot better than what we thought.”
Sophomore Zeb Noland would be the starter if Kempt can’t go. Noland was 4-of-10 passing for 43 yards against the Hawkeyes in relief of Kempt.
Kempt made his first career start last season against the Sooners on the road and threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Cyclones to the first road win over a top-five team in school history.