After a week of hand wringing in Austin over the Longhorns three game losing streak, the first half of their game with Iowa State did little to alleviate fears. After much consternation the past few weeks about the Longhorns defense, it was the offense that struggled in the first half as Iowa State jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Texas finally managed a field goal before halftime to go into the break down 6-3.
On the other hand, Iowa State fans had to be happy with the play of the Iowa State defense in the first half. They never allowed the Texas offense to find a rhythm in the passing game.
Iowa State coaxed a fumble early in the game from D’Onta Foreman on the Texas 34 yard line, but had to settle for a field goal which pushed their early lead to 6-0. However, it was settling for field goals that ended up costing them.
Texas came out firing in the third quarter. On their first possession of the half, Shane Buechele hit Armanti Foreman on a 37-yard touchdown pass only to have it nullified by offsetting penalties. On the very next snap however, Buechele found Jerrod Heard for the 37-yard touchdown, and this time, it would stand and Texas had its first lead of the night at 10-6.
It didn’t take long for the Longhorns at expand on their lead either. After the Texas defense stopped Iowa State running back Mike Warren on fourth and 1 from the Texas 25, Buechele found a streaking Devin Duvernay down the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown pass. The momentum had now undoubtedly turned in Texas’s favor, and Iowa State could feel this one slipping away, much like their games had gone the past two weeks.
The next Longhorn possession was their most impressive of the night as they went 96 yards in 13 plays with D’Onta Foreman capping the drive with an 18-yard touchdown run. The Horns had scored touchdowns on three straight possessions and effectively put the game out of reach. They added a field goal in the fourth to make the final score 27-6.
|3rd Down Eff.||6-19||11-20|
|4th Down Eff.||1-3||0-1|
|Yards Per Pass||5.4||7.8|
|Yards Per Rush||2.3||4.4|
|Time of Poss||31:16||28:44|
Emptying The Notebook
Shane Buechele would finish the night 26-38 for 296 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. D’Onta Foreman continued his strong season with another 100+ yard game. He finished with 136 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown. The Texas offense accumulated 505 total yards on the night.
Mike Warren led Iowa State in rushing with 60 yards on 18 carries. Joel Lanning and Jacob Park finished a combined 19-34 for 182 yards for Iowa State.
The Texas defense had by far it’s best showing of the season accumulating eight sacks of Iowa State quarterbacks with another 14 tackles for loss allowing 280 total yards. It couldn’t have come at a better time as their shortcomings have been well publicized so far this season. Charlie Strong taking over the defense may have finally begun to show dividends.
Texas (3-3, 1-2) will travel to Manhattan, Kansas next week to take on the Kansas State Wildcats looking to continue their improved defensive play. Iowa State (1-6, 0-4) will have a bye next week and try to regroup before meeting Kansas State on October 29th at home in Ames.
Texas true freshman defensive lineman Jordan Elliott suffered a knee injury and reportedly will miss the remainder of the season.
Texas had been 0-14 in games in which it trailed at halftime until coming back from a 6-3 deficit on Saturday.
Iowa State had been averaging 39 points per game over its last three games.
D’Onta Foreman has now run for 100+ yards in seven straight games dating to last year. That is second on the Texas all-time list to Texas legend Earl Campbell.
— Hornfans (@hornfans) October 16, 2016
That was easy for D’Onta. 18 yard scamper puts Texas up 24-6.
That’s 7 consecutive 100-yd rush games for Foreman. pic.twitter.com/elzzmzOiPx
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) October 16, 2016