Texas

Longhorns

vs.

Iowa State

Cyclones

November 27th, 2020

Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin

You can stop believin’: Texas’ 23-20 loss to Iowa State shatters Big 12 title game hopes

It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. And when we say over, we mean Texas’ chances at playing for a Big 12 championship this season. It’s all about the math. With the Big 12 title game coming down to four teams — Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma State — the number crunchers over at ESPN figured out the implications of this matchup in regards to making it to Arlington: If Texas won, the Horns would have a 78% chance of making it to the title game. If Texas lost, the Horns would have a 1% chance. Texas lost, 23-20. And the way the Horns lost was a dagger, too: After stifling Breece Hall, the nation’s leading rusher, for virtually the entire game, the Horns’ defense took Iowa State’s game-winning drive off, giving up a big gainer by Hall and a couple of passes to tight ends and finally … Read more

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Saturday

November 28, 2020

Football

Texas report card: Eagles, the defensive line lead the way in Horns’ deflating loss to Iowa State

Texas’ three-game winning streak came to a bludgeoning stop that hurt in several ways: It effectively ended all hopes of making it to the Big 12 championship game, it was the final home game at Royal-Memorial Stadium for seniors like Sam Ehlinger and Ta’Quon Graham (and likely NFL draft-eligible juniors … Read More

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Five key plays: No. 13 Iowa State 23, No. 17 Texas 20

There were 134 snaps taken in No. 17 Texas’ 23-20 loss to No. 13 Iowa State on Friday. Here are five plays that ended up making a big difference in the Longhorns’ loss:   1. A costly sack Texas gave up only two sacks in the game. But the last … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ Sam Ehlinger was all-time good, not all-time great, and that’s OK

He was a good quarterback. It’s how we should remember Sam Ehlinger. Was he all-time good at Texas? Absolutely. Was he all-time great? No, he wasn’t. And that’s fine. It isn’t always fair, but quarterbacks are judged by wins and losses and Ehlinger didn’t have enough big wins to be … Read More

Friday

November 27, 2020

Football

Iowa State 23, Texas 20: Our five questions for the Longhorns — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the 17th-ranked Longhorns ahead of Friday’s 23-20 loss to 13th-ranked Iowa State. How they played out:   1. Did Texas look rusty? No. It had been 20 days since their last game, but for the second straight game, the Longhorns exploded out … Read More

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Texas-Iowa State notebook: Brennan Eagles has career day, but Horns can’t find him late

Texas coaches clearly saw something they liked about the Iowa State defensive backs. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger was dialing up one deep ball after another Friday. Nobody benefited more than Brennan Eagles. Eagles’ best day of the season will be largely forgotten after Texas lost 23-20. But he finished with a … Read More

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No. 13 Iowa State 23, No. 17 Texas 20: ‘Wish it didn’t have to go this way’

In the end, after multiple last gasp passes fell incomplete and an inspired kick hooked left, Sam Ehlinger stood, then kneeled and ultimately jogged off the field alone. The Texas quarterback hustled out of Royal-Memorial Stadium after watching his last home game go awry and the last flicker of a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: After a crushing loss, Texas must deliberate on Tom Herman’s cloudy future

Not good enough. Once more. So has Tom Herman had long enough? That’s been the overriding story of the Texas coach and his football program over the course of his four uneven seasons, the latest example a stake-to-the-heart, soul-crushing 23-20 loss to … Read More

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No. 13 Iowa State 23, No. 17 Texas 20: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Friday at Royal-Memorial Stadium:   First quarter 1st quarter: Texas 13, Iowa State 7. No rust at all. The Longhorns, who hadn’t played in 20 days, started on fire — a steady dose of Bijan Robinson, making his fourth straight start, and a nicely-placed throw to … Read More

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You can stop believin’: Texas’ 23-20 loss to Iowa State shatters Big 12 title game hopes

It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. And when we say over, we mean Texas’ chances at playing for a Big 12 championship this season. It’s all about the math. With the Big 12 title game coming down to four teams — Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma State — the … Read More

Football

No rust, plenty of defense: In must-win game, Texas leads Iowa State at halftime, 13-10

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium, and 17th-ranked Texas is leading No. 13 Iowa State, 13-10. The good news: Despite the score, it just feels like Texas is in control. You can make the case that this should be at least a 20-10 lead, maybe even 24-10. The bad news: Despite … Read More

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Texas vs. Iowa State: Five key matchups

Five key matchups out of the Texas-Iowa State game to keep your eye on Friday:   Iowa State running back Breece Hall vs. Texas’ run defense Hall is sensational. The 6-1 sophomore leads the nation with 1,169 rushing yards six multi-touchdown games and eight 100-yard games. Teams can slow him … Read More

Thursday

November 26, 2020

Football

Last chance: In final home game, Texas seniors face No. 15 Iowa State in key Big 12 showdown

For 17 Texas seniors, Friday will bring about a moment of introspection. It’ll be the last time they run onto the field at Royal-Memorial Stadium. “I walk around the locker room and I’m like, I remember when I was a freshman looking at seniors and thinking that they looked really … Read More

Monday

November 23, 2020

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Matt Campell’s Iowa State team could be best in school history

This may not be the best Iowa State football team ever. But it is in first place. In late November. Incredible. The Cyclones have flaws. They may not have elite receivers like Hakeem Butler or Allen Lazard. They’ve got a great quarterback having a … Read More

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Rearrange the schedule all you want, No. 20 Texas must keep winning to stay in Big 12 hunt

The Kansas postponement didn’t really change anything for Texas. The 20th-ranked Longhorns (5-2, 4-2 Big 12) are still in the conference championship hunt. They still must have a “playoff” mindset. Coach Tom Herman said there’s no reason to explain to his players where Texas sits in the league standings because … Read More

Tom Herman: Texas knows ‘that you can’t win ’em all till you win the first one’

Highlights from Texas head coach Tom Herman’s weekly press conference on Monday ahead of Friday’s Iowa State game: Talk about a tale of two weeks. Last Monday, Herman shot back at questions over his job security and recent troubles with recruiting — and that was when he was prepping for … Read More