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Texas 48, Iowa State 45: Rose’s last-second field goal leads Longhorns past Cyclones

Posted October 18th, 2014



Texas has beaten Iowa State, 48-45.

And needed just about every second to do it.


After the Cyclones tied the game up, leaving Texas with only 28 seconds to work with, the Longhorns won on Nick Rose‘s 21-yard field goal with 3 seconds left.

Iowa State downed the kickoff, setting up the final last-play attempt at its own 10-yard line. With three Texas defenders standing back at the Longhorns’ 40, the Cyclones’ catch-and-lateral pass went backward.

How did Texas do it? Tyrone Swoopes hit Jaxon Shipley for 39 yards on the first play of the drive, down to Iowa State’s 33.

The Longhorns called timeout.

On first down, Swoopes again launched a pass down the left sideline. John Harris, battling Cyclones defender Nigel Tribune, came down with the catch and stepped out of bounds at the 4.

The catch was reviewed, and upheld.

That set up Rose’s winning kick.

The Longhorns improve to 3-4 overall, and 2-2 in the Big 12. The Cyclones fall to 2-5, 0-4.

Texas improved to 11-1 all-time against Iowa State.

Next up for Texas: Kansas State, next Saturday, in Manhattan.

Earlier updates …


There’s 28 seconds left.

It’s Texas 45, Iowa State 45.

And this one looks like it’s headed to overtime.

The Cyclones have tied this game up, making quick work of the Texas defense with a six-play, 75-yard drive in only 51 seconds of game clock.

Sam B. Richardson‘s first-down pass to D’Vario Montgomery went for 10 yards and a first down — and Cedric Reed was flagged for a defensive face mask for 15 yards, which put the ball at the 50.

Richardson then hit E.J. Bibbs for 5 yards, to the 45, and then to Montgomery again for 12 yards, down to the 33.

Aaron Wimberley popped free fdown to the 12.

On first and 10, with 40 seconds, Wimberley was stopped for a 1-yard gain. The Cyclones called timeout.

On second-and-9 from the 11, Richardson hit Bibbs for an 11-yard touchdown in the back of the endzone.

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There’s 1:19 left.

It’s Texas 45, Iowa State 38.

The Longhorns have answered Iowa State’s game-tying touchdown with a go-ahead touchdown.

Texas’ drive began at its own 25 with the game tied, with 5:24 left.

Swoopes faked a handoff to Malcolm Brown and carried it for 18 yards, to the 42. Brown had a short carry to the 45, and then Swoopes kept it to the 50 on second down. On third-and-2, Swoopes rolled to his right and found John Harris for a 9-yard gain and a first down, with the clock counting down toward 3 minutes left.

Swoopes kept it for 7 yards, and Brown netted another first down with a run up the middle, with 2:30 to go.

On second-and-7, Swoopes kept it and lost two yards. Iowa State called timeout with 1:52 left, with Texas at the 26.

On third-and-8, Swoopes found Jaxon Shipley on a bubble screen up the middle, for 22 yards down to ISU’s 4.

Brown scored on the next play.

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There’s 5:24 left.

It’s Texas 38, Iowa State 38.

And we’re tied up again.

The Cyclones forced Texas to punt, then quickly drove down the field and scored a touchdown.

There was a 7-yard pass, then a run for no yards thanks to Malcom Brown‘s big hit at the line. Sam B. Richardson‘s third down pass to D’Vario Montgomery went for 18 yards and a first down over the middle, and then Richardson hooked up with Allen Lazard for 34 yards down to Texas’ 22.

Just like that, Iowa State was threatening. Aaron Wimberley scampered for 14 yards to the 8, and on the next play, he squirted in from 8 yards out for the score.

The Cyclones made quick work of their drive: 6 plays, 81 yards, and it took only 1:59 off the clock.

Iowa State got the ball with 7:23 left, starting at its own 19. Texas punted on its previous drive, Tyrone Swoopes‘ long pass on third down falling incomplete to John Harris, who wanted a pass interference call after having some contact with a Cyclones defender.

The call didn’t come, however, and Texas punted away.

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There’s 10:22 left.

It’s Texas 38, Iowa State 31.

The Longhorns have gone up by a touchdown on Malcolm Brown‘s 1-yard touchdown plunge.

Tyrone Swoopes’ 50-plus yard bomb to Jaxon Shipley inside the 10 resulted in a pass interference penalty of 15 yards, moving Texas close to ISU’s 35.

Brown was stopped for a short gain, then Swoopes, on second down, had a big gainer of 24 yards around the right end, down close to the 10. Brown carried down to the 6, and on third-and-2, Swoopes kept it up the middle and dived into the endzone.

The ball was called down at the 1. It was reviewed, and upheld. Brown scored on the next play.

The touchdown was set up by defense, however. Duke Thomas picked off Sam B. Richardson‘s pass on Iowa State’s previous drive, giving the offense the ball near midfield.

It was the second turnover of the night for Texas’ defense. Dylan Haines had a pick six earlier.

Earlier updates …


It’s Texas 31, Iowa State 31.

Cole Netten‘s 21-yard field goal has knotted things up, but Texas should feel good about holding the Cyclones to a field goal. Iowa State had reached inside Texas’ 5.

Quandre Diggs made two nice plays to prevent a touchdown. The Cyclones’ third-down pass was incomplete.

Iowa State’s scoring drive was 11 plays, 72 yards and took 3:56 off the clock.

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There’s 4:15 left.

It’s Texas 31, Iowa State 28.

Nick Rose has given Texas a small lead with a big kick — a 45-yard field goal that put points on a drive highlighted by a decision to go for it on fourth-and-9, a decision that paid off when Tyrone Swoopes converted the first down on a 10-yard keeper.

Rose’s 45-yarder was a career long for him. He was 1 of 4 on kicks from 40 yards or more heading into the game.

This year’s field goals made by Rose: 45, 42, 34, 33, 28, 20.

A 15-yard facemask penalty moved the ball past midfield. A third-and-9 play was a misfire between Swoopes and Marcus Johnson — the pass went off his hands — but Swoopes, on fourth-and-9, kept it for the big first down.

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And we’re all tied up, 28-28.

Iowa State’s Sam B. Richardson, on third down at Texas’ 5, scored on a keeper around left side with 5 seconds left in the half.

The Longhorns were favored in this game by 12 1/2 points.

Offensively, Texas has been hot and cold. When the Longhorns haven’t been putting together scoring drives, they’ve been turning the ball over to snuff out scoring drives — Tyrone Swoopes threw an interception at Iowa State’s 1-yard line, wiping out the chance for Texas to go up 21-0, and then fumbled the ball on the next drive; a Cyclones’ defender picked it up and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown.

John Harris (6 catches for 102 yards) and Marcus Johnson (2-64-1) have been Swoopes’ favorite targets. Both Malcolm Brown (6-37) is running well.

Defensively, Texas isn’t pressuring Richardson like it wants to. There’s been one sack. The Longhorns did, however, force their first turnover after a nine-quarter drought when Dylan Haines picked off a Richardson pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown.

Haines has produced Texas’ first and last turnovers of the season, incidentally.

Some stats:

Total yards: Iowa State 289, Texas 288

Rushing yards: Iowa State 87, Texas 61

Passing yards: Texas 227, Iowa State 202

First downs: Iowa State 16, Texas 15

Third down conversions: Iowa State 6 of 11, Texas 2 of 4

Time of possession: Iowa State 15:39, Texas 14:21

Passing: Texas’ Tyrone Swoopes 14-19-227, 1/1; Iowa State’s Sam B. Richardson 20-33-202, 2/1

Rushing: Texas — Malcolm Brown 6-37, Swoopes 5-24-1, Johnathan Gray 4-15-1; Iowa State — Aaron Wimberley 7-35, Richardson 8-27-1, DeVondrick Nealy 4-16, Martinez Syria, 2-9

Receiving: Texas — John Harris 6-102, Jaxon Shipley 3-25, Marcus Johnson 2-64-1, Gray 1-14; Iowa State — Allen Lazard 6-52-1, E.J. Bibbs 5-43-1, Nealy 4-25, D’Vario Montgomery 3-34

Texas will get the ball to start the second half. We’re four minutes away.

Earlier updates …


There’s 2:50 left.

It’s Texas 28, Iowa State 21.

The Longhorns have taken a 7-point lead thanks to their first defensive turnover in the last nine quarters.

Dylan Haines picked off Sam B. Richardson‘s pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown; Haines made two nice cut-backs on the return to get in.

It’s Haines’ second interception of the year; he picked one off against North Texas in the opener.

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There’s 10:47 left.

It’s Texas 21, Iowa State 21.

Tyrone Swoopes made up for his two previous drive-killing turnovers by tying the game on a 9-yard touchdown run.

Texas’ drive, which stopped a 21-point run by Iowa State, was nine plays, went 72 yards and took 4:02 off the clock.

Swoopes overthrew Marcus Johnson for what would’ve been a 45-yard touchdown pass; Johnson had gotten a step on his defender as he broke downfield.

Swoopes and Johnson did, however, connect for a 14-yard pass on a third down two plays later. Swoopes carried for six yards down to the 19-yard line after that. A fake handoff to Johnathan Gray resulted in a 10-yard pass to John Harris on a rollout, down to the

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There’s 10:53 left.

It’s Iowa State 21, Texas 14.

That’s right. The Cyclones have taken a one-touchdown lead here, having scored 21 unanswered points.

Sam B. Richardson‘s 33-yard pass to Jauan Wesley placed Iowa State inside Texas’ 20. Richardson found E.J. Bibbs for six yards to set up a third-and-3 at the 8, and Richardson connected with Allen Lazard for the touchdown. Lazard caught the fade over Mykkele Thompson, who was defending.

Iowa State’s drive: 7 plays, 67 yards and it took 2:07 off the clock.

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There’s 14:37 left.

It’s Texas 14, Iowa State 14.

In two plays — two back-to-back plays — Tyrone Swoopes has gone from a hot start to committing two costly turnovers.

The second resulted in a 51-yard fumble return touchdown by Iowa State’s Jevohn Miller, who picked up Swoopes fumble after the quarterback was hit on a keeper around the left side.

That play, which was on a first down following an Iowa State punt, came on the  heels of Swoopes’ previous play on Texas’ last possession, a costly interception that took away a touchdown opportunity.

John Harris’ impressive 45-yard catch down to the 10 should’ve set the Longhorns up for another touchdown, but Swoopes threw an ill-advised wobbler to the middle of the field after rolling out and under pressure.

The only player near the pass was Iowa State linebacker Nigel Tribune, who picked it off at the 1.

It spoiled what was an excellent start to the game for Swoopes, who was 8 of 8 for 153 yards and a touchdown before the pick.

Starting hot was nothing new for Swoopes, who started out 10 of 11 against North Texas, 11 of 11 against UCLA, 7 of 10 against Kansas, 6 of 10 against Baylor, and 8 of 10 against Oklahoma.

Earlier updates …


There’s 4:04 left.

It’s Texas 14, Iowa State 7.

The Cyclones have stopped the bleeding.

Iowa State, down in an early 14-0 hole, have just put together a 12-play, 75-yard drive ending with a touchdown pass.

Aaron Wimberley had carries of 18 and 8 yards to move the ball down to Texas’ 6. He was stopped for a short gain by Caleb Bluiette on first-and-goal, then quarterback Sam B. Richardson zipped a touchdown pass to E.J. Bibbs, who beat Adrian Colbert on the inside route.

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There’s 7:22 left.

It’s Texas 14, Iowa State 0.

The Longhorns’ second drive ended just like the first — with a touchdown.

Tyrone Swoopes was a real key on this drive, with was 8 plays and went 85 yards in 3:22. He hit John Harris for a big 32-yard pass off play action on the first play, added a 9-yard run and found Jaxon Shipley and Armanti Foreman to get Texas down inside the 10.

From there, the running game took over, and Johnathan Gray scored from 2 yards out.

The Swoopes-Harris connection is clicking early. They’ve already hooked up for completions of 12, 32 and 6 yards.

Swoopes has started the game 7 of 7 for 108 yards and a touchdown.

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There’s 12:43 left.

It’s Texas 7, Iowa State 0.

The Longhorns have started this game impressively, on both sides of the ball.

Texas’ first drive resulted in a touchdown. That’s the first time that’s happened all season.

Malcolm Brown broke free for 12 yards on the first play. Tyrone Swoopes found John Harris on the sideline for 12 yards on the second play. And then Swoopes hit Marcus Johnson for a 28-yard touchdown pass on the third.

And, just like that, you had a quick-strike Longhorns scoring drive without any hiccups.

Hassan Ridgeway shined on Iowa State’s first possession. He blocked Sam B. Richardson‘s pass at the line on first down, and sacked Richardson on third down along with Dalton Santos, who got the start tonight over injured Steve Edmond.

Iowa State won the toss, and chose to receive. Texas will get the ball to start the second half.

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Injury updates: Daje Johnson, with his sore hamstring, was out on the field, warming up. So was Steve Edmond.

Whether either or both will play, we’ll find out.

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And there are plenty of seats available here at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Particularly if you’re a student.

Texas is 2-4 overall, 1-2 in the Big 12.

Iowa State is 2-4 as well, and 0-3 in the conference.

The Longhorns have lost seven of their last 10 games, dating back to last season.

Texas’ opponents have scored four touchdowns on special teams, and turnovers set up a fifth with UCLA’s punt return and a sixth with Baylor’s fake punt.

The Longhorns are at the midway point of their season. Here’s a look back and a look forward.

Texas’ first six games …

Texas 38, North Texas 8: The Horns picked off four passes and David Ash threw for 190 yards and a TD — in his final game.

BYU 41, Texas 7: Tyrone Swoopes’ first start yielded 176 passing yards, 82 rushing yards, four turnovers and seven points.

UCLA 20, Texas 17: The Horns had a shot late, then couldn’t convert a couple of first downs to drain the clock, and misplayed a punt and then gave up the winning TD late.

Texas 23, Kansas 0: A solid defensive effort (four picks) helped the Horns to their first road shutout win since 2005; KU’s Charlie Weis was fired the next day.

Baylor 28, Texas 7: This was just a 7-0 game at halftime, but a fake punt woke up the Bears in the third quarter.

Oklahoma 31, Texas 26: The Longhorns outplayed the Sooners statistically, but big plays (a kickoff return TD, and a pick six TD) saved OU.

And Texas’ last six games …

Iowa State, tonight: The Horns escaped Ames last year with a 31-30 win, but have controlled this series (10-1 all-time).

At Kansas State, Oct. 25: Texas has dropped four of its last five games to the Wildcats, and have had a slew of bad experiences in Manhattan. K-State beat Oklahoma today — in Norman.

At Texas Tech, Nov. 1: Tech’s still looking for its first Big 12 win and hasn’t won since Sept. 6.

West Virginia, Nov. 8: An interesting matchup. The Mountaineers have played Alabama (33-23), Maryland (40-37) and Oklahoma (45-33) tough, but lost them all. But they did beat Baylor today.

At Oklahoma State, Nov. 15: The Cowboys are one of the Big 12’s pleasant surprises; Texas may not mind playing this one on the road — the Horns are 7-1 all-time in Stillwater, but only 3-4 vs. OSU in Austin.

TCU, Nov. 27: The Thanksgiving game pits the Horns-Frogs (Fox Sports 1) directly against Texas A&M-LSU (ESPN) for prime-time viewers. Will TCU still be in Big 12 contention? And will Texas need this one to reach that sixth win to become bowl-eligible?

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