Texas 17, Iowa State 7: Sluggish but defensive-minded Horns will take a win in Ames

Posted September 28th, 2017


It’s all over at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. Texas has beaten Iowa State 17-7.

The stories of the game?

1. Shane Buechele resumed his starting role. He played fine, not great.


2. The rebuilt offensive line sans Connor Williams was solid in the first half but not so much in the second half.

3. Most of us figured Texas, which abandoned the run in the double-overtime loss to USC, would ram it down the Cyclones’ throats behind Chris Warren III. Didn’t really happen. Neither Warren nor Kyle Porter separated themselves. In fact, it was freshman Toneil Carter who get an unexpected amount of work and scored on a touchdown catch.

4. The energy and intensity that we saw in Los Angeles wasn’t there in Ames. Still, the Longhorns weren’t Maryland-flat. And escaping Ames with a win hasn’t been easy in recent years.

Why Texas (2-2, 1-0 Big 12) won: This may be more of an indicative loss for Iowa State than any sort of statement win for the Longhorns. It was a 14-0 game at halftime but it felt like it should’ve been a wider margin. Shane Buechele was fine, not great, in his first game back since the opener. If you thought Texas would rededicate itself to the running game, we didn’t really get that. The Horns had issues sustaining drives, didn’t play with the same energy and intensity that they did against USC, but also stifled the Cyclones’ offense, produced another couple of turnovers and got out of Ames with a win, which has hardly been a given recently.

Why Iowa State (2-2, 0-1) lost: It was a long night for Jacob Park, who was picked off three, missed a couple of receivers with high throws and looked rattled most of the night. Texas’ defensive line controlled things and was constantly pressured. Key defensive penalties plagued the Cyclones in the first half and Park’s miscues hurt in the second. Two key instant replay reviews went against the Cyclones — one wiped out a fumble recovery at UT’s 19, the other took away a defensive touchdown.

Next up for Texas: The Longhorns play Kansas State at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Oct. 7. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. It’ll be aired on Fox Sports 1.

The Wildcats play Baylor on Saturday.

Texas quarterback Shane Buechele (7) slips out of the grasp of Iowa State linebacker Willie Harvey (2) to extend a play during the first half of their NCAA college football game at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, IA on Thursday, September 28, 2017. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Key moments of the second half

Third quarter

Michael Dickson, who had punts of 63 and 56 yards in the first half, suffered a 17-yard shank that set up Iowa State, trailing 14-0, at UT’s 28.

On third-and-10 from the 11, Iowa State called time out. Jacob Park hit Matthew Eaton for a touchdown, and the Cyclones cut the lead to 14-7.

On the ensuing kickoff, Armanti Foreman — who handled punt and kick returns instead of Reggie Hemphill-Mapps — fumbled on the return. Iowa State’s Jack Spreen recovered at the 19. The play was reviewed and it was determined that Foreman’s knee was down right before the ball came out.

Had that play gone the other way, it would have put Iowa State on Texas’ 19 with a first down and trailing by 7.

On that ensuing UT drive, a Buechele pass to Toneil Carter flaring out of the backfield was tipped; Carter watched the ball bounce as a Cyclones defender picked it up and ran it in. The whistle hadn’t blown and it was ruled a defensive touchdown, but the review showed that Buechele’s pass went forward. Incomplete.

On third-and-17, Buechele threw it to Lil’Jordan Humphrey for only a 2-yard gain. It led to a punt where Dickson was standing in his own end zone. It was a 54-yard punt.

DeShon Elliott had his second interception of the game — and fifth of the season — with 26 seconds left in the quarter.

Fourth quarter

On third-and-9 early in the quarter, Buechele kept it and came up short. It led to a 49-yard field goal attempt from Joshua Rowland — who nailed it for a 17-7 lead with 13:25 left.

Trailing 17-7 with 12:10 left in the game, the Cyclones chose to go for it on fourth-and-4 at the 50. Malik Jefferson dropped Jacob Park for a 12-yard sack and Texas took over in Iowa State territory.

The failed gamble, though, didn’t hurt the Cyclones. The Longhorns ended up having to punt.

On Iowa State’s next drive, the Cyclones again went for it on foruth-and-4, this time from UT’s 36. Park found Hakeem Butler, but only for 2 yards. Texas took over at its own 34.

On a third-and-11, Buechele kept it for a 13-yard run and a first down with 6 minutes left. The Longhorns ran out the clock.

Texas running back Chris Warren III (25) tries to break a tackle by Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning (7)during the first half of their NCAA college football game at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, IA on Thursday, September 28, 2017. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

How it all went down

First quarter: Texas 7, Iowa State 0.

Chris Warren III had five carries on the opening touchdown drive, which already exceeded his workload in the USC game. The Longhorns also recovered their own fumble on the drive and were bailed out of a third-down sack thanks to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Cyclones defender JaQuan Bailey, who got the sack but then did a cartwheel on the field. Texas was generous, too — Warren tried an unsuccessful pitch to Foreman on a reverse and gifted the ball back to Iowa State. The Cyclones were held to 33 yards in the quarter.

UT: Chris Warren III 11-yard run (Joshua Rowland kick, 7:07)

Second quarter: Halftime — Texas 14, Iowa State 0. The Longhorns picked off Cyclones quarterback Jacob Park twice in the quarter; UT capitalized on the first one. After DeShon Elliott’s pick, Texas drove 60 yards in five plays and Toneil Carter logged the first touchdown catch of his career (the freshman had a 4-yard scoring run vs. San Jose State). The second interception came in the final minute of the half; the Longhorns ran out of time. Park completed half of his 26 first-half attempts.

UT: Toneil Carter 23-yard pass from Shane Buechele (Rowland kick, 5:29)

Third quarter: Texas 14, Iowa State 7. Things went off the rails a bit for the Longhorns. The second drive of the half was a mistake-riddled series that featured three holding penalties (one was declined) and Buechele’s second interception of the season. Michael Dickson, who had punts of 61, 60 and 56 yards in the first half, had a 17-yard shank that set the Cyclones up at UT’s 28; it led to a touchdown pass. Replays then overturned an Armanti Foreman fumble on a kickoff return and a defensive fumble return for the Cyclones touchdown. DeShon Elliott recorded his second pick of the game and fifth of the season.

Iowa State: Matthew Eaton 11-yard pass from Jacob Park (Garrett Owens kick, 2:05)

Fourth quarter: Final — Texas 17, Iowa State 7. The Cyclones twice went for it on fourth down, once from the 50 (fourth-and-4) and once from UT’s 36 (fourth-and-4). They came up short both times.

UT: Rowland 49-yard field goal (13:25)

Drive breakdowns 

Texas’ three drives of the first quarter: Touchdown, fumble, punt

Texas’ four drives of the second: Punt, touchdown, punt, half

Texas’ four drives of the third: Punt, interception, punt, punt

Texas’ three drives of the fourth: Field goal, punt, end of game

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