THE TEXAS DEFENSE: Yes, it was Iowa State, but the Cyclones had been gaining momentum offensively the last two games in scoring 42 points in a loss to Baylor and 31 in a loss at Oklahoma State last week.
In each of those games, ISU held 14-point (BU) and 17-point (OSU) leads.
And even though Iowa State held the ball for 10:32 in the 1Q and for 17:51 in the first half, the Texas defense held ISU to two field goals. Even after ISU had a first down from the Texas 19 following a D’Onta Foreman fumble and personal foul on Caleb Bluiett.
The only third-down conversion ISU had for most of the second half was a personal foul penalty on Kris Boyd after Breckyn Hager had sacked ISU on third down.
Iowa State finished with just 280 yards of total offense, including 43 carries for 98 yards rushing (2.3 ypc)
* After giving up 52 plays of 10 yards or longer in a three-game losing streak to Cal, Oklahoma State and OU, the defense only gave up 8 plays of 10 yards or longer and only three of those helped lead to points:
-- A 13-yard run and 30-yard pass on ISU's second possession helped lead to a FG
-- A 13-yard run on ISU's third possession gave ISU first-and-goal at the UT7, and the defense held Iowa State to a FG
BIG 3Q BY TEXAS OFFENSE: Like last week, the Texas offense came to life in the third quarter, erupting for three TDs and a 24-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Buechele was 13 of 15 for 196 yards and TD passes of 37 yards to Jerrod Heard and 75 yards to Devin Duvernay.
UT was 5-of-5 on third downs in the third quarter and ran it 10 times for 47 yards, including D’Onta Foreman’s 18-yard TD run with 53 seconds left 3Q.
D’Onta Foreman’s 18-yard TD run in the 3Q gave him 110 yards rushing, putting him over 100 yards for a seventh straight game. Foreman finished with 30 carries for 136 yards and 1 TD.
Foreman now has 117 carries for 731 yards (6.3 ypc) for the season with six games left.
* Texas converted its first 8 third downs of the second half
* Buechele was 16 of 19 passing for 221 yards and 2 TDs to start the second half. He finished 26 of 38 passing for 296 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Buechele was 8 of 15 passing for 66 yards in the first half and said he wished he could have back a missed deep ball to Petey Warrick (when Warrick was flagged for offensive pass interference) and the fade to Armanti Foreman in the end zone that didn't connect and resulted in UT kicking a FG late in the second quarter.
* Texas finishes with 8 sacks: Naashon Hughes (2.5) Chris Nelson (1.5), Breckyn Hager, Jeff McCullough, Bryce Cottrell, Malik Jefferson
* D’Andre Christmas with a fumble recovery at the Texas 14 on a strip sack by Chris Nelson with 9 seconds left in the game.
* Dorian Leonard led Texas in catches (5-47) and Devin Duvernay led the Horns in receiving yards (4-96, including a 75-yard TD reception from Shane Buechele)
* Jerrod Heard gets back in the end zone on a 37-yard TD catch from Buechele to start a three-TD third quarter for the Horns.
* D Foreman got only 1 yard on third-and-2 from the ISU 24. But the Horns get bailed out by an are-you-kidding-me personal foul penalty on ISU’s Evrett Edwards that gives Texas first down at the ISU11. But after 4 and 3 yard runs by D Foreman to the ISU4, Buechele’s fade pass to Armanti Foreman was just out of reach, resulting in a 21-yard FG by trent Domingue, cutting ISU’s lead to 6-3 with 15 seconds left in the half.
* Armanti Foreman with a 22-yard punt return with 2 minutes left in the half to the ISU 48 (with a no-call on a close call block-in-back Davante Davis)
* On third-and-goal from the Texas 3, ISU RG Brian Seda, lined up across from Malcolm Roach, jumps and is called for a false start. On third-and-goal from the 8, Kris Boyd breaks up a pass that forces a 25-yard FG, giving ISU a 6-0 lead with 35 seconds left 1Q.
* On third-and-7 from the Texas 17, Breckyn Hager flushes Lanning and Jeffrey McCullough and MalcolmRoach finish the sack on third down, forcing a 39-yard FG by Iowa State with 3:59 left in 1Q.
* Kris Boyd’s pass breakup on UT’s first defensive possession - big, third-down hit that forces a punt.
* Costly penalties - 9 for 100 yards - that killed Texas drives, wiped out big plays, wiped out a TD pass and extended ISU drives
* With the Texas offense rolling, UT decides to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the ISU35 with just more than 10 minutes left in the game. But after averaging nearly 6 yards per carry (on four carries on the drive), Buechele had his fourth-down pass was batted and intercepted at the ISU35.
* After Breckyn Hager recorded a third-down sack and brings DKR to its feet with 10:41 left 3Q, Kris Boyd was called for a personal foul (taunting).
Instead of a punt from its own 41, Iowa State got the ball - first down - at the Texas 44. Hager and Anthony Wheeler end up making a huge stop for no gain on third-and-1 from the UT25. ISU lined up for a FG attempt - then called timeout and lined up to go for it on fourth-and-1. Then Poona Ford stuffs the fourth-and-1 run for no gain, and Hager is called for unsportsmanlike conduct for signaling “no good” with his arms toward the Iowa State bench.
* After Trent Domingue’s 21-yard FG with 15 seconds left in the half, cutting ISU’s lead to 6-3, Texas gives up a 47-yard kick return and a 20-yard pass with :01 left, allowing ISU K Cole Netten to attempt a 50-yard FG that had the distance but hooked wide.
* Breckyn Hager had ISU RB Mike Warren in the backfield on third-and-2, but Warren spun away and picked up the first down with 2:50 left in the 2Q.
* Texas goes scoreless in the first quarter - five straight quarters without being able to score a point on Iowa State. Horns’ deepest penetration in 1Q was to the ISU29, but an offensive pass INT flag on Jake Oliver on second-and-9 created second-and-24 from the ISU, and Texas couldn’t convert, resulting in a punt.
* Second week in a row D’Onta Foreman loses a fumble in Texas territory (UT’s 34) - and a personal foul on Caleb Bluiett on the play gave ISU first down at the Texas 19. The defense limited the damage to a FG.
Against OU, D Foreman lost a fumble at the Texas 16, leading to an OU TD.
* First quarter stats offensively tough to look at: 0-of-2 on third down (while ISU converts 3-of-6 third downs) … ISU holds the ball for 10:32 … UT gets flagged twice and both are huge penalties (one that helps kill a Texas drive, and one that moves an ISU drive into UT’s red zone) … and ISU goes 2-of-2 on red zone scoring chances (both FGs).
* On the play in which Iowa State caused a fumble by D’Onta Foreman recovered by ISU at the Texas 34 with 3:11 left 1Q, ISU CB Brian Peavy shoved Caleb Bluiett at the end of the play, and Bluiett retaliated with a right hand to Peavy’s facemark drawing a personal foul penalty. That gave Iowa State the ball at the Texas 19.
* John Bonney collides with Jason Hall and take each other out of the play on third-and-6 allowing ISU WR Allen Lazard to get loose for a 30-yard, catch-and-run completion to the Texas 21 with 5:42 left 1Q on a drive to an ISU 39-yard FG.
* Drive-killing flag on UT’s first possession …. Jake Oliver called for offensive pass interference on third down, brings up third-and-22 on UT’s first possession, and Shane Buechele can’t find an open receiver to convert that third-and-long, resulting in a punt.
* Petey Warrick called for offensive pass interference as well, although that one looked like hand-fighting between WR and DB
* Injuries to C Zach Shackelford (left ankle) and DT Jordan Elliott (left knee)
* The stat that Charlie Strong was 0-14 at Texas when trailing at halftime was UGLY. But that 0-for is over as the Horns trailed 6-3 at halftime and then rolled in the second half to a 27-6 win.
John Bonney and Kris Boyd started at CB (after the start last week vs OU, Holton Hill, once again, nowhere to be found)
Dylan Haines and Jason Hall started at S
Malik Jefferson and Anthony Wheeler at LB
PJ Locke III started at nickel
DL starters: DE Charles Omeninhu, DT Chris Nelson, DT Poona Ford, DE Naashon Hughes
Dorian Leonard started in place of John Burt at WR
Tristan Nickelson started at RT over Brandon Hodges
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