It’s halftime at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, and Texas is leading Iowa State 14-0.
- The defense is pitching a shutout, but isn’t playing with the same energy and intensity that we saw against USC. The offense has had problems sustaining drives; both UT touchdowns came courtesy of key 15-yard defensive penalties.
- Shane Buechele, who missed the San Jose State and USC games with a bruised shoulder, was back in the starting lineup. He’s been fine, not great. He completed his first five passes, nearly had one picked off, fumbled once, broke a tackle to convert a third-down run. He’s thrown to nine different receivers — but none of them have been completed to Collin Johnson.
For the game, he’s 10 of 13 for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Sam Ehlinger has not played yet.
- A key penalty kept Texas’ opening drive of the game alive, and the Longhorns ended up scoring on it.
- Chris Warren III and Kyle Porter have been active. We even got some Toneil Carter in the second quarter. Warren has 9 carries for 31 yards and an 11-yard touchdown and Porter has 8 carries for 16 yards. Carter, meanwhile, has 2 carries for 7 yards but also scored on a 23-yard touchdown catch.
- How’s the offensive line doing? Just fine. ESPN described the Texas front as “patchwork,” which it technically is, and also said All-American left tackle Connor Williams was “out for the season,” which is news to us. But it’s looked good on pass protection, giving Buechele all sorts of time.
- Another interception for DeShon Elliott, who’s now picked off a pass in three of the first four games. This one came in the second quarter on an errant Jacob Park pass. It’s Elliott’s third interception of the season.
Elliott was shaken up late in the second quarter.
- It’s Armanti Foreman, not Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, returning punts tonight.
- Texas won the toss and opted to kick. So the Longhorns will get the ball to start the third quarter.
First quarter: Texas 7, Iowa State 0
Texas used both Chris Warren III and Kyle Porter on its opening drive. The Longhorns drove 81 yards and Warren’s 11-yard touchdown run gave Texas the quick early lead. But it was hardly that easy: The Longhorns survived two drive killers — on the very same play. On third-and-9 at Texas’ 20, Buechele fumbled in the backfield but Zach Shackelford jumped on it at UT’s 17. That should have led to a punt deep in their own territory, but Iowa State’s JaQuan Bailey was flagged 15 yards for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, giving Texas new life at its own 32.
Byron Jones went down on Iowa State’s second drive, an injury that at least looked serious enough for Tom Herman onto the field to check on him. Jones, though, was merely shaken up after getting blocked by Allen Lazard; he was replaced by John Bonney. He suffered some sort of rib injury.
Jones returned to the game on the Cyclones’ next drive. On the drive after that, he was flagged for defensive holding, which gave the Cyclones a first down at their own 44.
Buechele got into a rhythm on Texas’ second drive and we saw catches made by Devin Duvernay, Dorian Leonard, Jerrod Heard, Lorenzo Joe, Toneil Carter, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Warren, Foreman and Cade Brewer. Collin Johnson, the team’s leading pass catcher, hasn’t made a catch yet.
Buechele was nearly picked off near the end of the first quarter. But disaster struck near midfield when Warren, running to his left, pitched the ball to Foreman, who was spinning around to the opposite direction. The ball ended up on the ground and the Cyclones recovered. Was it a designed play or an improvisation? We won’t know till later. Either way, Iowa State took over at Texas’ 46.
Second quarter: Halftime. Texas 14, Iowa State 0.
Toneil Carter appeared in the second quarter. He had a couple of carries and caught a short pass.
DeShon Elliott’s third pick of the season set Texas up at its own 40. Buechele took a shot to the head on a first-down run as he was sliding down; the Cyclones were flagged 15 yards for a late hit down to the Iowa State 33. Buechele carried four times on the drive but it was his 22-yard touch pass over the middle to Carter that put the Longhorns up 14-0.
Iowa State tried to put together a drive late in the half, but it stalled in Texas territory. Rather than go for a 54-yard field goal try with 1:50 left, the Cyclones punted. Foreman, standing inside his 10, let the ball bounce at the five with two Cyclones near it. It was downed at the 2.
Porter was stopped for no gain, then moved it to the 4 on a 2-yard gain. On third-and-8 from the 4, Porter got 3 yards and Iowa State called its final time out with 46 seconds left.
Dickson’s 56-yard punt moved the Cyclones back to their own 39. But Kris Boyd picked off an overthrown pass from Park and returned it 26 yards to Iowa State’s 40.
Texas, though, had only 13 seconds to work with and the first half ended.
Texas’ starting positions so far — the UT 19, UT 20, UT 12, UT 11, UT 40, UT 2 and the Iowa State 40.
Texas’ seven drives: Touchdown, fumble, punt, punt, touchdown, punt, halftime.
Iowa State’s seven drives: Punt, punt, punt, punt, interception, punt, interception.
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