Iowa State Joel Lanning(7) looks to avoid Texas Breckyn Hager(44) and Jeffery McCulloch(23) in the first quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

BEVO BEAT Football

At the half: Cyclones lead Texas in ugly kickers’ duel, 6-3

Posted October 15th, 2016

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It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

And Iowa State is picking up right where they left off against Texas: Beating the Longhorns. Only this time, the Cyclones are doing it on Texas’ home field.

There haven’t been too many positives — OK, we’ll go with four first-half sacks by Texas from Charles Omenihu, Naashon Hughes, Chris Nelson and Jeffrey McCulloch — but plenty of negatives.

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Pick your poison:

One Texas drive was sabotaged by Jake Oliver’s pass interference call. The Longhorns, who were moving into field goal range, ended up punting.

Another drive was snuffed by Jacorey Warrick’s offensive pass interference call.

D’Onta Foreman fumbled for the second time in as many games, and Caleb Bluiett was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the same play. It set up the Cyclones at Texas’ 18, and led to their second field goal.

Tristan Nickelson was called for being an ineligible man downfield — nullifying a 22-yard completion to Dorian Leonard over the middle.

Breckyn Hager let David Montgomery out of his mitts in the backfield on a third-and-2 run. With three minutes left, it allowed the Cyclones’ final drive of the half to continue — and kept it away from Texas, still looking to get on the scoreboard.

It’s been that kind of night.

Shane Buechele is 8 of 15 for only 66 yards. Foreman has 18 carries for 78 yards and the fumble. Tyrone Swoopes has played only one snap. That’s one more snap than John Burt has logged. Dorian Leonard has three grabs for 46 yards.

Iowa State has used two quarterbacks. Joel Lanning is 5 of 7 for 44 yards. Jacob Park is 6 of 8 for 41. Mike Warren has 12 carries for 48 yards. Allen Lazard has five catches for 54 yards.

How they’ve all scored:

Iowa State: Cole Netten 39-yard field goal, 3:59

The drive: 12 plays, 58 yards, 5:44

The key play: Joel Lanning found Allen Lazard for a 30-yard gain to Texas’ 20 on third-and-6.

Iowa State: Netten 25-yard field goal, :35

The drive: 6-10-2:36

The key play: On third-and-goal, it appeared Kris Boyd stripped Dondre Daley of the ball at the 5, but the pass was ruled incomplete.

Texas: Trent Domingue 21-yard field goal, :15

The drive: 10-44-1:31

The key play: Foreman was stopped short on a third-and-1 play, but an unsportsmanlike conduct flag with 33 seconds left gave Texas life at Iowa State’s 11.

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