For everyone who hates Burnt Orange Nation and its superiority complex, Thursday night's prime-time game at Iowa State presented a flawless opportunity for the once-mighty program to be taken down another notch. Texas has been relying on freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger to hold down the fort while starter Shane Buechele recovers from a shoulder injury he suffered in the season-opening loss to Maryland. But even that game was hardly the Longhorn defense's fault.
Some of that pressure could have been negated if Iowa State got its run game going. That was something they had a lot of trouble with under Charlie Strong.
"Iowa State has used various forms of Cyclone marks occasionally in its history".
Yes. Yes. I know what coaches think they mean when they talk about identity, but with each roster having a billion kids on it, it seems more logical that there would be a few identities per locker room. Nine plays later, the Longhorns scored on an 11-yard run by junior Chris Warren III. Buechele spread the ball around, hitting 11 different receivers. Buechele made a poor choice that led to an interception, but he was largely accurate, completing 19 of 26 passes against a talented Iowa State secondary.
We're still a little bit from game time so we don't know for sure how this one will play out just yet, but one thing we do know is that when these teams do hit the field in Ames for this showdown, the Cyclones will be looking fresh as ever. Park finished 24-of-48 for 246 hard-earned yards.
After holding USC two 6-of-21 on third and fourth down two weeks ago, the Texas defense stepped up again, intercepting Cyclones quarterback Jacob Park three times and limiting Iowa State to just 256 yards from scrimmage.
Iowa State had equaled a school record with 40 or more points in three consecutive games and its only loss was in overtime to Iowa - a team that lost on the last play of the game to No. 4 Penn State last Saturday. "I thought we were able to make some really good adjustments".