Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson sacks Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer in the first quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sunday September 4, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas vs. Iowa State: Five key matchups

Posted October 15th, 2016

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Here are five key matchups to watch Saturday:

Shane Buechele (7) of the Texas Longhorns drops back to pass against the UTEP Miners during the first half on September 10, 2016 at Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Shane Buechele (7) of the Texas Longhorns drops back to pass against the UTEP Miners during the first half on September 10, 2016 at Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Texas’ two QBs vs. Iowa State’s two QBs

Three times this season, Iowa State’s Joel Lanning and Jacob Park have each logged double-digit throws in the same game, and the quarterbacks have combined for 1,483 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. Texas also plays two quarterbacks, although you could argue that freshman Shane Buechele (1,204 passing yards, 11 touchdowns) and senior Tyrone Swoopes (five rushing touchdowns) have more defined roles.

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EDGE: Texas

 

Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson sacks Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer in the first quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sunday September 4, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson sacks Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer in the first quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sunday September 4, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Texas’ pass rush vs. Iowa State’s line

Texas has had at least three sacks in four of its five games, but last week’s lone takedown of Baker Mayfield was more of a mistake by the Oklahoma quarterback. Texas’ 15 sacks have been split between 10 players, and five Longhorns have two sacks. On Saturday, the Texas sack attack will face an Iowa State team that’s allowed 19 sacks, seven of which came in last week’s loss to Oklahoma State.

EDGE: Texas

 

Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard, left, tries to catch a pass as he is held by Texas cornerback Davante Davis during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Davis was called for pass interference on the play. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard, left, tries to catch a pass as he is held by Texas cornerback Davante Davis during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Davis was called for pass interference on the play. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

Allen Lazard vs. the Texas secondary

The good news for Texas is that senior safety Dylan Haines recorded the first two interceptions of the season in last week’s loss to Oklahoma. The bad news is that the Longhorns have yielded 100-yard performances to receivers Chad Hansen, Jalen McCleskey and Dede Westbrook over the past month. Lazard has two 100-yard games this season, and the junior is averaging 14.2 yards per reception.

EDGE: Iowa State

 

Kyle Porter (21) breaks free against the UTEP Miners during the second half on September 10, 2016 at Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Kyle Porter (21) breaks free against the UTEP Miners during the second half on September 10, 2016 at Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Texas’ freshman runners vs. Iowa State’s linebackers

D’Onta Foreman can’t be 100 percent of the running game, can he? With Chris Warren III out, Texas needs someone to emerge as the No. 2 option behind the Big 12’s leading rusher. Freshmen Kyle Porter, Tristian Houston and Lil’Jordan Humphrey have all seen their share of speculation. Awaiting on Iowa State’s defense will be linebackers Willie Harvey and Brian Mills, who have combined for 9.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

EDGE: Even

AMES, IA – OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Joel Lanning #7 of the Iowa State Cyclones throws to wide receiver Allen Lazard #5 of the Iowa State Cyclones as Baylor defends in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The Baylor Bears won 45-42 over the Iowa State Cyclones. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
AMES, IA – OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Joel Lanning #7 of the Iowa State Cyclones throws to wide receiver Allen Lazard #5 of the Iowa State Cyclones as Baylor defends in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The Baylor Bears won 45-42 over the Iowa State Cyclones. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)

Texas’ red-zone defense vs. Iowa State’s red-zone offense

Iowa State ranks ninth in the Big 12 with its 26.7 points per game, but the Cyclones have been unstoppable once they reach an opponent’s 20-yard-line. Iowa State is 18 of 18 on its red zone attempts, and those opportunities have resulted in 14 touchdowns and four field goals. Texas’ best bet may be to just keep Iowa State out of the red zone; the Longhorns are ranked 87th in the nation in red zone defense.

EDGE: Iowa State

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