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
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 to go
in the half.
All of the momentum was on
IowaState's side, but after a defensive
stop with 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
IowaState 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
IowaState defense was obviously getting
gassed as Texas drove 74 yards to
score on a Jermichael Finley touchdown reception with left in the 3rd that put the Longhorns up
A one hour and fifteen minute
weather delay sent both teams to the locker room, but little changed after the
long suspension of play.
IowaState 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.
IowaState had accumulated was lost.
Neither team could gain its offensive footing, with the game ending in a 37-14
IowaState (2-2) hosts UNI (2-1) at
next Saturday. Check back with CN
all week for up-to-date coverage and analysis of Cyclone football.