Texas secured a much needed win in front of its home crowd Saturday night. Here are my five takeaways from the game now that the dust has settled.
1. PROPS TO TEXAS DEFENSE
After weeks of being told the defense is terrible, the Longhorns came out with fire in their eyes and put on a solid defensive performance in front of their own home crowd.
Talk about silencing the critics, right?
I understand you have to take into account the opponent, and while Iowa State's record shows a lot of signs of struggle, the Cyclones have been successful in putting up points against Big 12 opponents.
And the Texas defense kept Iowa State's offense out of the end zone.
Any type of momentum is good for a struggling unit, and whether Iowa State is good or bad, the defense needs to hang its hat on last night's performance and use that confidence in preparing for the backend of the schedule.
2. D'ONTA FOREMAN: THE MOST UNDERRATED RUNNING BACK IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL?
RB D'Onta Foreman is the picture perfect description of hard work.
After being constantly snubbed throughout the recruiting process, Foreman entered Texas with a big-time chip on his shoulder. And it can be seen in his running style with each passing game.
Foreman's lack of attention as a recruit has significantly benefited the Longhorns. The big-bodied back picked up his seventh consecutive game rushing for 100 yards - which leads all FBS running backs this season.
It's unfortunate that the questions surrounding Charlie Strong has somewhat clouded the performance of Foreman because there's no doubt in my mind this kid should be up for CFB awards come December.
3. THE GLARING QUESTION: MALIK JEFFERSON
I feel it is necessary to preface what I am about to say with this: I personally think LB Malik Jefferson is a truly special football player, and more importantly, a special person. He is a fantastic representation of the University of Texas and I feel he will be a solid player as he continues to grow.
With that said, Jefferson has not progressed to the expectations set of him as a sophomore.
I'm not going to go in on him because I think he will turn it around. But in watching him play as a sophomore, I cannot help but remember something Brian Jean-Mary said prior to fall camp.
When asked if Jefferson is the face of the program, Coach BJ said he didn't think that was fair pressure to put on such a young player. At the time, I thought it was just a coach saying what he had to say. But the more I think about it, he is probably onto something.
The bar has been set extremely high for Jefferson since he announced his commitment to Texas in December 2014. I'm not excusing his performance, but it is important to remember he's a sophomore and still has a lot of room to mature and grow.
4. KRIS BOYD COMING OUT PARTY
CB Kris Boyd ladies and gentleman. Boyd needed a game like this for one big reason: confidence.
Nobody can deny his upside, but it had not been truly seen this season until Saturday night.
And now that he has shown it at the collegiate level, it should boost his confidence and remind him that he has the talent to make big plays ... as long as he just doesn't overthink it.
5. 2016 SEASON 1ST HALF MVP: MICHAEL DICKSON
Punter Michael Dickson wins my first half of the season MVP award. Dickson has been the most consistent player for Texas this season and it's not even close.