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Iowa State was introduced to the Big 12 season with a strong punch to the mouth from the defending National Champs. The early deficit proved too much for the Cyclones to overcome. Find out more in this CN game report.

It didn't take long for the Texas Longhorns to get on the scoreboard. In fact, it took the Longhorns two minutes and 10 seconds when Texas running back Jamaal Charles ran for a five yard touchdown with 12:50 to go in the 1st quarter.


It didn't get much better from there for the Cyclones early in the game, as Texas jumped out to a 16-0 lead after the Horns recorded a safety and a one yard Selvin Young touchdown run. 


But then something happened. The Cyclones refused to quit as they marched down the field midway through the first quarter. On a gusty 4th and one decision by Dan McCarney, the Cyclones picked up a first down on a five-yard run by senior Ryan Kock.


The call paid off as the Clones then went down to score on a shuffle-pass from Bret Meyer to Walter Nickel to make the score 16-7 with 5:48 left in the first quarter.


The Cyclones kept rolling from there. The defense was fiery as sophomore Chris Singleton picked off Texas quarterback Colt McCoy with 13 minutes left in the first half.


Bret Meyer exploited Texas with help from his veteran receivers following the turnover, eventually leading to a six-yard touchdown pass to Todd Blythe with 10:10 to go in the half.


All of the momentum was on Iowa State's side, but after a defensive stop with 3:29 to go in the half, freshman DE Rashawn Parker got called for a personal foul which gave the Horns an automatic first down, and more importantly a second chance. Texas then went down and scored on a Henry Melton two-yard touchdown run to make the score 30-14 at the half.


The second half looked as if it wasn't beginning any better than the first for Iowa State. It didn't take long for Texas to drive down to the red-zone led by the Longhorn ground attack, but for once, the Cyclones caught a break when McCoy fumbled on the four-yard line, which was recovered by Iowa State safety Caleb Berg.


Iowa State couldn't capitalize on the turnover as freshman punter Mike Brandtner eventually had to punt the ball away with 8:48 to go in the 3rd quarter.


By this time, the Iowa State defense was obviously getting gassed as Texas drove 74 yards to score on a Jermichael Finley touchdown reception with 7:06 left in the 3rd that put the Longhorns up 37-14.


A one hour and fifteen minute weather delay sent both teams to the locker room, but little changed after the long suspension of play.


Iowa State moved the ball down to the Texas 38 yard line after play resumed and looked to make another run at the Horns. But, a Bret Meyer pass bounced off the hands of Austin Flynn and into the waiting arms of the Longhorn's Aaron Ross.


Any momentum Iowa State had accumulated was lost. Neither team could gain its offensive footing, with the game ending in a 37-14 Texas victory.


Iowa State (2-2) hosts UNI (2-1) at 6:00 next Saturday. Check back with CN all week for up-to-date coverage and analysis of Cyclone football.

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