Dramatic ending gives Horns 31-30 victory

Posted October 3rd, 2013



Texas has beaten Iowa State, 31-30.

And you couldn’t get much closer than this ending.


Here’s how it played out:

With less than a minute left, Sam B. Richardson threw to Aaron Wimberly out of the backfield for 11 yards. He went out of bounds to stop the clock.

A second down pass fell incomplete.

On second-and-10 from Iowa State’s 36, Richardson again threw incomplete. Cyclones coaches wanted an interference call on Dylan Santos, but they didn’t get one.

On third-and-10 from the 36, Richardson hit James White for a xx-yard gain. White beat Tim Cole — making his first start — for 16 yards.

On first down at the Texas 48, with 31 seconds to go and no time outs left, Richardson kept it around left end. But he was tackled at the 42 by Cole and Adrian Phillips with 25 seconds left. By the time everything was re-set, there were only 15 seconds left.

That’s when Texas’ two defensive ends — Cedric Reed and Jackson Jeffcoat — saved the night. Confusion reigned — two receivers stayed near the line at the snap, thinking Richardson might spike it to stop the clock — but Richardson instead dropped back. Reed deflected the pass, and it tipped into the air. Jeffcoat then snared it in mid-air for the interception.

Game over.


The Longhorns are now 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12. Texas plays Oklahoma next week.


There’s 51 seconds left.

It’s Texas 31, Iowa State 30.

Faced with the prospects of having to mount one final touchdown drive in the closing minutes to win the game, Texas’ offense rose to the challenge.

Case McCoy, starting his eighth career game in place of the injured David Ash, took a quarterback sneak into the endzone for Texas’ go-ahead touchdown.

To get there, the Longhorns survived three separate booth reviews on plays. Each one broke Texas’ way.

Here’s how the drive — which was 10 plays long, went 75 yards and took 2:49 off the clock — played out:

Texas moved efficiently downfield, riding Johnathan Gray, who impressed with a nifty spin move on a first-down catch and 11-yard play, then ran it hard up the middle.

On a second-and-10 from Iowa State’s 33, Gray caught a short pass over the middle for 6 yards, then the Longhorns got an additional 15 because of a personal foul on the tackle.

That placed the Longhorns at Iowa State’s 13 with just under 2 minutes to go. A false start penalty on Kennedy Estelle — playing right tackle in place of regular starter Josh Cochran, who’s out with a shoulder injury — moved it back five yards.

Gray, on first-and-15, scampered 7 yards down to the 11 and went out of bounds to stop the clock at 1:28 left.

On second-and-7, McCoy snared a high snap from Dominic Espinosa, and lost a yard on the busted play.

That made it third-and-8 at the 11, McCoy — who had a lot of time thanks to his line — threw incomplete to Greg Daniels in the endzone. But Sam E. Richardson was called for interference, giving Texas new life at the 2 with 1:15 left.

On first down, Gray was popped hard at the line. Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George ended up with the ball, but officials ruled Gray down by contact at the 1. Iowa State called timeout — perhaps in hopes that referees would reverse the call with some extra time — but because a whistle had blown, the ruling on the field held up.

On second-and-goal from the 1, with 1:08 to go, Gray stumbled over left guard. He came up short, and the ball again came loose as Gray tried to stretch it over the goal line. But he scooped it back in.

On third and goal, from inside the 1, with 58 seconds left, Texas lined up Malcolm Brown in the backfield. But McCoy instead kept it and rode the line’s surge into the endzone.



There’s 3:40 left.

It’s Iowa State 30, Texas 24.

The Cyclones have gone up by six, thanks to a 29-yard field goal from Cole Netten.

Texas’ defense stiffened at the end of the drive, coming up with a stop on third down and forcing the field goal.

It sets up what could be a game-deciding drive for Texas.



There’s 11:37 left.

It’s Iowa State 27, Texas 24.

The Cyclones have re-taken the lead, thanks to a gift turnover from the Longhorns.

Aaron Wimberly, closing in on 100 yards for the game, scored on a 24-yard touchdown run that was, at first glance, the worst play for Texas’ defense all night. And that includes the 97-yard touchdown pass earlier.

After stopping Iowa State on a third-and-6 play to open the fourth quarter, the Longhorns gave it right back to the Cyclones when Joe Bergeron fumbled on Texas’ first play of the ensuing drive. That set the Cyclones up at Texas’ 37-yard line.

Sam B. Richardson squirted through a gap for 13 yards. Wimberly then ran it for 4, down to the 20. On second-and-6, Wimberly weaved his way through the line — past Steve Edmond, Chris Whaley and Tim Cole — and then bounced off Adrian Phillips and Carrington Byndom tackle attempts at the 5, lunging in.


There’s 4:30 left.

It’s Texas 24, Iowa State 20.

The Longhorns have retaken the lead on a 6-yard touchdown run from Joe Bergeron, but any good karma that would’ve resulted from that was wiped away by a brutally unnecessary roughness penalty on Mike Davis, who went for a defensive back’s knees on a block that was far away from Bergeron’s run.

Texas will be flagged 15 yards on the kickoff, which means the Longhorns will kick off at their own 20.



There’s 6:34 left.

It’s Iowa State 20, Texas 17.

And, just as Texas shocked the Cyclones on the final play of the first half, Iowa State has returned the favor, shocking the Longhorns and retaking the lead.

After Anthony Fera landed a punt that was downed at the 2-yard line, the Longhorns had worked a third-and-9 scenario from Iowa State’s own 3.

Wide receiver Quenton Bundrage, covered tightly at the line by Duke Thomas, bumped with the Longhorns’ cornerback at the line of scrimmage, then darted inside to the middle. Quarterback Sam B. Richardson placed the pass perfectly past Thomas, who went for the tip, and Bundrage outran the secondary for a 97-yard touchdown.

Safety Mykkele Thompson, who was out of position and off balance near the 25-yard line, was Texas’ last defensive hope.


Texas leads, 17-13.

The Longhorns have shocked Jack Trice Stadium, retaking the lead in Ames on a dramatic 44-yard touchdown pass from Case McCoy to John Harris on the final play of the first half.

Iowa State had momentum — until Texas got the ball with 33 seconds to go following the Cyclones’ field goal for the 13-10 lead.

McCoy moved the Longhorns efficiently down the field — a 12-yard screen play to Joe Bergeron, then an incompletion to Harris, then a nicely-thrown pass to Jaxon Shipley across the middle for 19 yards, a McCoy throwaway to avoid a sack, and then, with 4 seconds left, a miniature Hail Mary into the endzone to Harris, who caught the pass in between two Cyclones defenders.

Texas’ drive: 5 plays, 70 yards, 33 seconds.

So far, McCoy is 11 of 19 for 128 yards and a touchdown.

The Longhorns will get the ball to start the second half.



There’s 33 seconds left.

It’s Iowa State 13, Texas 10.

The Cyclones have scored 13 straight points, the latest three coming on a 41-yard field goal by Cole Netten.

Iowa State forced Texas into a three-and-out on the Longhorns’ last possession.



There’s 4:34 left.

It’s Texas 10, Iowa State 10.

The Cyclones, once down 10-0, have tied it up on a third-and-9 11-yard touchdown pass from Sam B. Richardson to Aaron Wimberly out of the backfield.

It was a long drive that the Cyclones just produced on the Texas defense: 15 plays, 92 yards and it took 7:36 off the clock.



There’s 14:21 left.

It’s Texas 10, Iowa State 3.

The Cyclones are on the board, with a 37-yard field goal by Cole Netten.



There’s 2:27 left.

It’s Texas 10, Iowa State 0.

An Iowa State mistake — a fumble — has led to Longhorns points.

Anthony Fera has kicked a 29-yard field goal, putting Texas up by 10.

Iowa State’s Aaron Wimberly fumbled, and it was recovered by Jackson Jeffcoat.

That set the Longhorns up at Iowa State’s 16-yard line.

In Texas’ second drive, there were two notable Longhorns sightings: Mike Davis, the team’s leader in touchdown catches, and Daje Johnson, perhaps its most explosive weapon.

Johnathan Gray, after rushing for 49 yards on the first drive — including a 45-yard touchdown — yielded to Malcolm Brown, who handled rushing duties for Texas’ second drive. But Gray was back for the third drive, which resulted in the Fera kick.

Davis’ first catch was a third-and-5 conversion on the sideline. Case McCoy overthrew him in the endzone on third down, which resulted in the field goal.



There’s 12:06 left.

It’s Texas 7, Iowa State 0.

The Longhorns have gotten off to that ever-elusive fast start, taking a quick 7-0 lead on a 45-yard touchdown run by Johnathan Gray.

The scoring play came on a second-and-10. Gray started left, then cut it back to the middle — thanks to clearing blocks from Trey Hopkins and Mason Walters — and sped through the Cyclones’ secondary.

Gray has 49 rushing yards so far. On three carries.

Mike Davis, who has been cleared to play, did not start and did not get in on Texas’ first drive.

Texas’ scoring drive was four plays, went 64 yards and took 1:11 off the clock.

Iowa State got the ball first, but had to punt. Malcom Brown recorded an early sack.


Quick update.

Wide receiver Mike Davis, who’s been out since Ole Miss with a sprained ankle, has been cleared to play. But he won’t start.



There may or may not be weather tonight in Ames. It’s currently partly cloudy, though.

Both teams have completed pre-game warmups.

Some updates:

Injuries: Quarterback David Ash (concussion) is out. He didn’t even make the trip to Ames. Case McCoy will make his eighth career start. Right tackle Josh Cochran is out. He’ll be replaced by Kennedy Estelle, who has played at the spot since Cochran exited during the Ole Miss game. Daje Johnson will play. He was in warmups and will line up at the slot. Mike Davis is a game-time decision. No word on his availability yet. Weakside linebacker Jordan Hicks is out for the rest of the season. Tim Cole, the redshirt freshman from Brenham, gets his first career start.

Edmond out. Kind of: Middle linebacker Steve Edmond will miss the first half, suspended because of a targeting penalty against Kansas State. Dalton Santos will start in his place.

Swoopes sighting?: Freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, who has yet to play, is Texas’ No. 2 quarterback tonight. Jalen Overstreet is the No. 3. Head coach Mack Brown said the Horns would like to get Swoopes into the game.

Texas is 9-1 all-time vs. the Cyclones.

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