Texas Naashon Hughes (40) tackles Iowa State's Jacob Park( 10) in the second quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Texas vs. Iowa State: Our four pregame questions — answered

Posted October 15th, 2016

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On Saturday morning, we asked four questions about the Texas-Oklahoma matchup.

Here’s how they played out:

1. WERE TWO QUARTERBACKS BETTER THAN ONE FOR IOWA STATE?

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No.

Both were equally ineffective. Like Texas, Iowa State utilizes two quarterbacks — Joel Lanning and Jacob Park. Lanning started and finished the game, but Park was used in between. Both struggled against a Texas defense that finished with eight sacks. Lanning was 12 of 21 for 140 yards and was sacked five times; Park was 7 of 13 for 42 yards and was sacked three times. They combined for 19 carries, but finished with only 7 rushing yards.

2. DID JOHN BURT MAKE AN IMPACT?

No.

Burt, as best as we could see, didn’t even get on the field on offense. Instead, it was Devin Duvernay and Dorian Leonard who had the best pass-catching nights for Texas. Remember what the sophomore receiver did in the opener, when he had six catches for 111 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame? Burt’s followed that up with four straight duds — 2 catches for 28 yards against UTEP, 4 for 36 at Cal, 2 for 16 at Oklahoma State, 2 for 6 against Oklahoma and now 0-fer against the Cyclones.

3. DID TYRONE SWOOPES THROW OUT OF THE 18-WHEELER?

No.

Oklahoma shut down Swoopes’ short-yardage package, and Charlie Strong acknowledged on Monday that the Horns may ask Swoopes to throw out of it, not just run, as defenses have been crowding the box. Don’t forget: Swoopes threw for 321 yards against Iowa State back in 2014. But he stayed grounded Saturday night, with four carries for 5 yards.

4. DID TEXAS GET BACK INTO THE WIN COLUMN AT HOME?

Yes.

And did the Longhorns ever need it, after those three straight losses. Things looked — and felt — dicey enough in the first half, as Iowa State took a 6-3 kickers’ duel lead at the break. But the second half was a different story both offensively and defensively. Texas is now 8-7 at home in the Charlie Strong era, but a perfect 3-0 this season.

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