How it all happened Saturday night:
Texas 7, Iowa State 3. Collin Johnson, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury, had two catches for 48 yards on Texas’ opening drive. Sam Ehlinger capped it with his 10th rushing touchdown of the season. For only the third time this season, and the first since the Kansas State game, the Longhorns didn’t allow any points on the opponent’s first drive. The Cyclones gained 12 yards on six plays and had to punt.
Texas: Ehlinger 7-yard run (Cameron Dicker kick, 8:50)
Iowa State: Connor Assalley 40-yard field goal, 4:47
Halftime — Texas 17, Iowa State 3. Keaontay Ingram’s second touchdown catch of the season capped UT’s longest scoring drive of the season (10 plays, 94 yards). This could have been a 20-3 halftime lead but Dicker missed from 28 yards out; the freshman had been 3 for 3 on field goal tries of 30 yards or less. That possession was set up by Chris Brown’s interception. Watson’s 39-yard run — UT’s longest of the season — set up Dicker’s short make to end the half.
Texas: Keaontay Ingram 19-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 9:53)
Texas: Dicker 22-yard field goal, :02
Texas 24, Iowa State 3. The Longhorns turned to Shane Buechele after Ehlinger was sidelined by a shoulder injury late in the first half. Buechele went 8 for 8 in the quarter, the last completion a touchdown to Lil’Jordan Humphrey, who broke a tackle and scored his eight touchdown of the season. Humphrey also went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season on that reception, the ninth Longhorn to do so. David Montgomery, suspended for the first half, produced a couple of runs for first down on his first drive but a false start penalty doomed the Cyclones; Assalley’s 48-yard field goal try clanked off the left upright.
Texas: Humphrey 27-yard pass from Shane Buechele (Dicker kick, :36)
Final — Texas 24, Iowa State 10. The Cyclones, trailing by three touchdowns, appeared to throw in the towel when they lifted freshman quarterback Brock Purdy, who’d directed them to five straight wins since taking over the starting job, with 5:14 to go. So he’s now 5-1 as a starter. The Cyclones’ best play of the game was Tarique Milton’s 47-yard punt return down to Texas’ 6-yard line; Montgomery scored with 1:33 left. That should have been it, but Daniel Young fumbled at Iowa State’s 43 with 1:26 left. But Joseph Ossai’s sack caused a fumble, and Charles Omenihu recovered to end things.
Iowa State: Montgomery 4-yard run (Assalley kick, 1:33)
First downs: Texas 20, Iowa State 12
Rushes-yards: Texas 46-179, Iowa State 30-62
Passing: Texas 226, Iowa State 148
Comp-Att-Int: Texas 22-25-0, Iowa State 13-29-1
Return Yards: Iowa State 6-121, Texas 3-52
Punts-Avg.: Iowa State 6-47.0, Texas 5-44.4
Fumbles-Lost: Iowa State 2-1, Texas 3-1
Penalties-Yards: Iowa State 3-20, Texas 3-25
Time of Possession: Texas 35:13, Iowa State 24:47
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 12-15-137, 1/0; Buechele 10-10-89, 1/0. Iowa State — Purdy 10-23-130, 0/1; Kempt 3-6-18, 0/0
RUSHING: Texas — Watson 14-93, Ingram 12-57, Ehlinger 8-32-1, Young 4-9, Heard 1-(-2), Buechele 5-(-3); Iowa State — Montgomery 10-33-1, Nwangwu 7-31, Lang 3-23, Purdy 9-(-11), Kempt 1-(-14)
RECEIVING: Texas — Humphrey 7-86-1, Ingram 5-40-1, Johnson 3-55, Duvernay 2-18, Beck 2-16, Watson 2-8, Heard 1-3; Iowa State — Butler 6-99, Montgomery 3-22, Milton 2-14, Allen 1-9, Lang 1-4