At the Half: Texas up on ISU, 17-13

Some halftime thoughts with Iowa State and Texas tangled in a doozy, the Longhorns up 17-13 after a Hail Mary reception to end the half

This is interesting.

Some halftime thoughts with Iowa State and Texas tangled in a doozy, the Longhorns up 17-13 after a Hail Mary reception to end the half.

  • Iowa State has dropped two interceptions, with one of those really hurting. Jansen Watson and Deon Broomfield collided midair on a poor pass by Case McCoy and the next play the Longhorns' Johnathan Gray scooted 45 yards, untouched for a touchdown.

  • This shouldn't be a surprise, but Sam Richardson is outplaying Case McCoy. He's made several plays with his feet on third daown when the Longhorns lost containment and finished off a 92-yard drive with an 11-yard swing pass to Aaron Wimberly.

  • Richardson is 10-for-13 for 117 yards and a touchdown. He's averaging nine yards an attempt.

  • Speaking of Wimberly, he has 18 carries for 61 yards. Thirteen of those carries have come out of the pistol formation, which he was so effective in last week.

  • Tight end E.J. Bibbs has made three catches for 42 yards, breaking a tackle on each of the first two catches and diving for his third. A tough matchup for Texas.

  • As is Quenton Bundrage, who's made some fantastic catches in tight coverage. Cornerback Carrington Byndom hasn't matched up well with him. Bundrage dropped a third down pass; had he caught it, he would have walked into the end zone.

    Tom Farniok didn't play the first two series but came in afterward, moving well while pulling. Ben Loth was at center for ISU's last series of the half.

  • An illegal block by Brock Dagel negated a Wimberly first down and gave the Cyclones a second-and-14, which killed the drive.

  • Justin Coleman was big on ISU's last series, with two receptions for 21 yards.

  • Sam Richardson (the DB) has tackled well in space and broke up a pass with a hard hit.

  • Cole Netten is 2-for-2 with field goals of 37 and 41 yards.

  • Texas QB McCoy has made some throws above his pay grade, namely a few comeback and out routes, but Texas is having him throw too much. Nineteen attempts are too many when Gray only has eight carries.


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