It’s over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas got the much-needed victory that it needed over Iowa State, 27-6.
The Longhorns, who had dropped three straight, improve to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12. Iowa State drops to 1-6, 0-4.
“That should be our standard, week in and week out,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said.
It was a tale of two halves. Texas slumbered through the first two quarters, as the Longhorns trailed 6-3 in a generally ugly battle of kickers that was marred by one Longhorns mistake after another. There was a Jake Oliver offensive pass interference that robbed Texas of a chance at an opening-drive field goal. Another offensive pass interference call, this one by Jacorey Warrick, killed another drive in the second quarter. A D’Onta Foreman fumble — his second in as many weeks — and a Caleb Bluiett unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the same play set Iowa State up at Texas’ 18. A field goal ensued. A 22-yard catch by Dorian Leonard came back thanks to an ineligible man downfield call on Tristan Nickelson.
But then there was the third quarter. You can make the case that it’s been the single best quarter of the season for the Longhorns — a 37-yard touchdown pass from Shane Buechele to Jerrod Heard, a 75-yard touchdown pass (the longest play of the season) from Buechele to Devin Duvernay, a fourth-down defensive stop and an 18-yard touchdown run from Foreman that saw him go over the 100-yard mark.
By the time that third quarter was over, Texas led 24-6 and it felt like this one was already over.
Which it was.
The Longhorns slowed things down in the fourth, producing drives of 12 and 11 plays (though they got only 3 points out of them).
Shane Buechele was 26 of 38 for 296 yards and two touchdowns, with one pick.
D’Onta Foreman had 30 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry. Kyle Porter had seven carries for 37 yards.
It was more spread-the-wealth when it came to the passing game. Dorian Leonard had five catches for 47 yards, Devin Duvernay had four for 96 yards and a touchdown, and Lorenzo Joe, Armanti Foreman and Jake Oliver each had three grabs. Jerrod Heard, Collin Johnson and Jacorey Warrick had two each.
Chris Nelson led the way on defense — a team-high seven tackles, with 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Naashon Hughes had 2.5 sacks. Kris Boyd had three pass breakups.
For Iowa State, Joel Lanning was 12 of 21 for 140 yards. He was sacked five times. Mike Warren had 18 carries for 60 yards. Allen Lazard was held in check, finishing with seven catches for 65 yards, including one for 30.
The Longhorns had 505 yards of total offense, their fourth 500-yard game of the season.
Buechele had his best stats game of the season, only four yards shy of his first 300-yard game as a Longhorn.
Duvernay (4-96-1) now has two of Texas’ three longest touchdown catches of the season. He had a 63-yarder last week against Oklahoma.
D’Onta Foreman shined again. These last two games, played without Chris Warren III, have seen Foreman put the offense on his back. He had 159 yards and a pair of scores against OU, and 139 yards and a touchdown against the Cyclones.
Foreman’s last five games:
24-131-1 (Notre Dame)
21-157-2 (at Cal)
17-148-2 (at Oklahoma State)
30-139-1 (Iowa State)
The pass rush was on tonight. Texas, which had only one sack last week in the loss to OU, had eight of them against Iowa State — 2.5 from Naashon Hughes, 1.5 from Chris Nelson and one each from Breckyn Hager, Deshon Elliott, Malik Jefferson, Bryce Cottrell and Jeffrey McCulloch. It was McCulloch’s first as a Longhorn.
That first half. Atrocious.
One second-half drive for Iowa State featured two big mental mistakes from the Texas defense — a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, one by Kris Boyd that nullified a Hager sack on third down, and one by Hager on a fourth-down play.
We’re still trying to figure out how Sterlin Gilbert is choosing to use Tyrone Swoopes and his 18-Wheeler package. Swoopes was inserted into a first-and-20 situation in the shadow of his own goal line, then later was not used on a fourth-and-1 play in the fourth quarter; Buechele threw on the play, and it was tipped at the line and intercepted.
How they scored:
First quarter (Iowa State 6, Texas 0):
Iowa State: Cole Netten 39-yard field goal
Iowa State: Netten 25-yard field goal
Second quarter (Halftime: Iowa State 6, Texas 3):
Texas: Trent Domingue 21-yard field goal
Third quarter (Texas 24, Iowa State 6):
Texas: Jerrod Heard 37-yard pass from Shane Buechele
Texas: Devin Duvernay 75-yard pass from Buechele
Texas: D’Onta Foreman 18-yard run
Fourth quarter (Final: Texas 27, Iowa State 6):
Texas: Domingue 29-yard field goal
The last five Texas-Iowa State games:
2012: Texas 33, Iowa State 7 (DKR)
2013: Texas 31, Iowa State 30 (Ames)
2014: Texas 48, Iowa State 45 (DKR)
2015: Iowa State 24, Texas 0 (Ames)
2016: Texas 27, Iowa State xx (DKR)
Saturday night’s attendance was announced at 96,851. That’s higher than the UTEP game (92,863) but smaller than Notre Dame (102,315).
On deck: At Kansas State
Saturday, 11 a.m. We’re still waiting on a TV announcement. The Wildcats will be smarting after their 38-17 loss to Oklahoma today. But they should be comforted by the fact that they’re 6-1 all-time vs. the Longhorns in Manhattan.
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