Lack of poise causes Iowa State to stumble against Texas

Sep 30, 2017, 02:11
Lack of poise causes Iowa State to stumble against Texas

The Longhorns, who opened the season with a 51-41 home loss to Maryland and followed that up with a 56-0 home victory over woeful San Jose State before falling to the Trojans, defeated Iowa State 27-6 last season in Austin and are 5-1 all-time in Ames. They intercepted Iowa State QB Jacob Park three times, including two more from Mr. DBU DeShon Elliott.

Texas: The Longhorns did what they've done so often against Iowa State, pushing the Cyclones around while dictating tempo through the ground game.

The Texas Longhorns will look to rebound from their narrow loss to USC when they visit Ames, Iowa, for a matchup against the Iowa State Cyclones. "Our defense for the last three weeks has been doing that".

Chris Warren III added a rushing touchdown for the Longhorns (2-2, 1-0), who improved to 13-2 against the Cyclones (2-2, 0-1).

Shane Buechele threw for 171 yards and a score, and Texas beat Iowa State 17-7. But even that game was hardly the Longhorn defense's fault. The I-State mark will continue to be Iowa State's primary athletics mark. The Cyclones ran 24 plays from Texas territory but was timid when its underdog role called for boldness. A review overruled a fumble on the kickoff by Armanti Foreman and two plays later Buechele's incomplete swing pass was returned for a TD but the review correctly showed it was a forward pass, not a lateral. Iowa State punted from the Longhorns' 33, 36, 36 and 38. "In a game like this you have got to make critical plays and I thought defensively we were able to do that for most of the evening". "When you look at big-picture goals. we want to compete for the Big 12 Championship in the month of November", Herman said. Texas's Malik Jefferson stuffed Park on a fourth-and-4 at the 50 midway through the fourth quarter.

First, though, is dealing with Texas Tech.

Texas got the first Big 12 win out of the way on Thursday night.

It's early in the year, but maybe the Big 12 is playing some better defense.