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Replay: Another week, another second half swoon for Texas in a 30-7 loss to Iowa State

Texas defensive back Josh Thompson (9) swats a ball away from Iowa tight end Charlie Kolar (88). Texas took on Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa on Nov. 6, 2021.

AMES, Iowa — Once billed as championship contenders, both Texas and Iowa State will instead try to avoid a season-defining knockout on Saturday night at a sold-out Jack Trice Stadium.

Iowa State and Texas were ranked second and third in the Big 12's preseason poll. However, the Cyclones (5-3, 3-2) are currently looking up at three teams in the conference standings. Texas (4-4, 2-3) is tied with Kansas State and West Virginia for fifth place in the 10-team league.

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Field goal attempts in the final seconds — a 36-yard kick that Iowa State's Connor Assalley made in 2019 and a 58-yard try that UT kicker Cameron Dicker missed in 2020 — have decided the last two games in this series. Texas has never lost three times in a row to Iowa State. In fact, only four of the other nine teams in the Big 12 have ever owned a three-game winning streak over the Longhorns (Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU).

It's over: Iowa State puts a real hurt on Texas

Texas has lost in Ames, 30-7. 

Texas (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) has now lost four straight games. The Longhorns hadn't dropped four consecutive contests during the same season since a 2010 campaign in which UT went 5-7.

Next up for the Horns is Kansas at home next Saturday. The Big 12 has announced that ESPNU-televised game will kickoff at 6:30 p.m.

Iowa State is now 6-3 this season. The Cyclones are 4-2 in Big 12 play.

Bad day gets worse for Texas as Bijan Robinson gets injured on a lost fumble (4th, 9:29)

Texas entered Cyclone territory for the first time in the second half, but sophomore running back Bijan Robinson lost his second fumble of the day at the Iowa State 40. A 1,000-yard rusher who had never lost a fumble before today, Robinson was injured on the play. 

With 11:47 left in the game, Iowa State took a 27-7 lead on a 29-yard field goal by Andrew Mevis. The Longhorns, who own a 14-3 lead in this all-time series, last trailed the Cyclones by 20 points in a 24-0 loss in Ames in 2015.

— Danny Davis

Iowa State enjoying a large lead as game enters its final frame (end 3rd)

Iowa State will take a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter at Jack Trice Stadium. Texas led 7-3 at halftime but the Cyclones scored three touchdowns in the third quarter. Over its four possessions in the third quarter, UT punted four times, totaled one yard of offense and picked up one first down.

Can Texas rally? This season, UT has been outscored 82-47 in the fourth quarter.

— Danny Davis

A second Breece Hall touchdown shoves Texas into a 17-point hole (3rd, 4:00)

Iowa State has built a 24-7 lead over Texas after a two-yard touchdown run by Breece Hall. So far, the Cyclones have scored a touchdown on three of their four possessions in the third quarter. Texas, on the other hand, lost 13 yards on its first three possessions of the second half.

Hall has rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

— Danny Davis

Iowa State turns to trickery as it increases its lead to 17-7 (3rd, 7:10)

A trick play has helped Iowa State has built a double-digit lead at Jack Trice Stadium. After the Cyclones called for a double pass, Xavier Hutchinson connected with fellow receiver Tarique Milton for a 49-yard touchdown.

This marked the second straight week that a wide receiver has thrown a touchdown pass against Texas. Last week, Baylor's R.J. Sneed had a six-yard touchdown toss in the Bears' 31-24 victory.

— Danny Davis

Longhorns stalling on offense in second half (3rd, 7:19)

After Iowa State took a 10-7 lead at the start of the second half, Texas has had two chances to respond. It has failed to pick up a first down on either possession.

Thanks to an intentional grounding penalty, Texas actually lost eight yards on its first post-halftime possession. The Longhorns were then held to four yards on its second drive.

Hudson Card has remained at quarterback for Texas in the third quarter.

— Danny Davis

Iowa State opens second half with lead-taking drive (3rd, 12:45)

Winners of the pregame coin toss, Iowa State opened the second half with the football. The Cyclones started the second half at their 25-yard line but drove the length of the field in just four plays. 

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A 47-yard touchdown run by Breece Hall put Iowa State up by a score of 10-7. A pass interference that was called on Texas cornerback Josh Thompson was another key moment on the possession.

— Danny Davis

Texas once again leads at halftime

For the seventh straight game, Texas will take a lead into halftime. The Longhorns only scored once during the first two quarters, but Hudson Card's short touchdown pass to Xavier Worthy gave UT a 7-3 advantage.

The three points allowed by Texas marked its best first-half defensive effort since a shutout of Rice on Sept. 18. Iowa State headed to the locker room with 180 yards of offense to its credit.

In the first half, Texas running back Bijan Robinson picked up 65 yards on 11 carries. The sophomore has now rushed for 1,032 yards this season. That is the 24th 1,000-yard season in school history. The last Longhorn to rush for 1,000 yards was D'Onta Foreman in 2016.

— Danny Davis

Xavier Worthy ties Roy Williams as Texas takes a 7-3 lead (2nd, 5:29)

Xavier Worthy has given Texas a 7-3 lead in Ames with a 4-yard touchdown. The touchdown was technically recorded after a catch. Worthy caught a pop pass behind the line of scrimmage from quarterback Hudson Card and then outran the Cyclone defenders to the end zone.

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Worthy now has eight touchdown catches this season. That ties a class record that Roy Williams set in 2000.

The 14-play drive featured a 24-yard catch by receiver Joshua Moore. A five-time starter this season who ranked third among the Longhorns with his 22 receptions, Moore did not appear in the first quarter. Earlier this week, Moore was reportedly involved in a verbal altercation with Texas coach Steve Sarkisian. On Thursday, Sarkisian downplayed the incident and said that Moore would be available for all four of tonight's quarters.

— Danny Davis

Hudson Card replaces Casey Thompson as Texas' QB1 (end 1st)

With its offense struggling, Texas has gone to its bench. With 2:11 left in the first quarter, Texas had redshirt freshman Hudson Card replace Casey Thompson as the Longhorns' quarterback. Card began this season as the starter, but he had not seen any significant snaps since a loss at Arkansas on Sept. 11.

At the end of the first quarter, Texas was trailing 3-0. UT gained 45 yards over its five possessions in the first quarter. The Longhorns lost a fumble, punted three times and ended the quarter facing a 4th-and-2 at the Iowa State 39.

The Cyclones weren't much better on offense. After its early field goal, Iowa State had three first-quarter possessions ended by a fourth-down run that came up short, a punt and a lost fumble.

Iowa State did make some history during the opening quarter. A tag-teamed sack of Thompson upped Iowa State defensive end Will McDonald IV's career total to 25.5. That tied JaQuan Bailey's school record.

— Danny Davis

Texas turnover leads to a Cyclone score (1st, 12:27)

The first points of tonight's game belong to Iowa State. Andrew Mevis has kicked a 24-yard field goal to give the Cyclones a 3-0 lead. The Cyclones had a 1st-and-goal at the Texas 10, but the Longhorns were able to limit the damage. 

Iowa State started its scoring drive on the Texas 39 after Bijan Robinson lost a fumble at the end of a 14-yard run. In each of its previous six games, Texas had scored on its first possession but Robinson's fumble snapped that streak.

Before that miscue, Robinson had never lost a fumble at Texas. The turnover was recorded on the 250th carry of the sophomore running back's collegiate career.

— Danny Davis

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Having squandered a fourth-quarter lead in each of its last three games, UT is stuck in its longest rut since the 2016 season. Texas hasn't lost four straight games in the same season since 2010.

So what's up with Texas? On this week's On Second Thought podcast, Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden chatted about the Longhorns with ESPN's Rece Davis.