Texas holds off Iowa State 17-7 to open Big 12 play

Allan Goodman
September 30, 2017

Iowa State enters the game at 2-1 after defeat Akron 41-14 on September 16.

Against an Iowa State offense that came in averaging 6.5 yards per play and 41 points per game, they allowed four yards per play and a single touchdown.

Now, let's take a look at three takeaways from the Texas Longhorns win over the Iowa State Cyclones in Week 5.

Jack Trice Stadium did not seem to phase Texas as the offense applied steady pressure to an Iowa State defense fighting to stay in the game all night. Houston ranked 25th in Def. S&P+ past year, combining solid (if passive) pass defense with dominant run D. The teams combined for 568 total yards and 37 first downs, which is about one team's total in a typical Big 12 game.

For example, the first Longhorn drive looked dead to rights when Sophomore Quarterback Shane Buechele was sacked by JaQuan Bailey at his own 17 yard-line. The main takeaway is that the Longhorns' formula going forward is to win with defense.

Iowa State enters at 2-1, with a loss to Iowa sandwiched between wins over Northern Iowa and Akron.

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The game - which was about as ugly as one can get four weeks into the season - hinged on a pair of plays in a 21-second span late in the third quarter that went the Longhorns' way.

Texas fumbled away a kickoff deep in its territory, but the runner was ruled down on replay. Like, do Iowa State players trot about campus as normal humans during school hours, then morph into differing versions of Batman? Texas's Malik Jefferson stuffed Park on a fourth-and-4 at the 50 midway through the fourth quarter.

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

Herman pointed out in his postgame chat with Anderson that Texas has had to deal with the loss of "three of our best run-blockers". Coach Kliff Kingsbury agreed that it was one of the most complete games his team has played since his first season with the program.

College football fans and NFL boycotters tuned in to watch some Big 12 football Thursday night.

Texas improves to 2-2 (1-0), while Iowa State falls to 2-2 (0-1).

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