- The Cyclones wanted to create some early momentum by going for it on fourth-and-3 from the Texas 30. But Bryce Cottrell broke through and sacked Joel Lanning for a 3-yard loss, giving the Longhorns solid field position on their third drive of the night.
- Freshman corner Davante Davis was everywhere in the first half. He made two terrific hits that knocked balls loose for incompletions.
- Punter Michael Dickson was named the Big 12’s special teams player of the week for his potentially game-saving kick late against Kansas State. This time, he made what looked like a touchdown-saving tackle on Trevor Ryen in the third quarter.
- For all of Daje Johnson’s game-breaking ability, he makes some questionable decisions. Johnson chose to field a punt at the Texas 6 in the second quarter instead of letting a punt bounce into the end zone for a touchback.
- Jerrod Heard hasn’t made too many mental mistakes. But throwing into traffic midway in the second quarter was one of them. Heard should have run out of bounds, but chose to throw downfield on third-and-4. Iowa State’s Jordan Harris made an easy interception.
- For whatever reason, UT play-caller Jay Norvell didn’t call for a deep pass until the fourth quarter when the game was all but over. Tyrone Swoopes reached back and threw deep for John Burt, but the ball was incomplete.
OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME
- Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning bounced some passes into the turf and misfired on others. But he threw a beautiful ball to Dondre Daley for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Cornerback Holton Hill appeared to have good coverage, but Lanning’s pass was thrown where only Daley could catch it.
DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME
- Safety Jason Hall came flying through the end zone to break up a would-be touchdown catch by Quentin Bundrage just before halftime. Duke Thomas was credited for getting his hand in there, too.