AMES, Iowa – The Texas Longhorn defense held Iowa State to 256 total yards and forced three turnovers in a 17-7 win over the Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium Thursday night.
The Longhorns (2-2, 1-0 in Big 12) welcomed back their opening-day starting quarterback, Shane Buechele, who had missed two games due to injury. He threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 42 yards, but running backs Chris Warren III (44 yards, TD) and Toneil Carter (37 total yards, receiving TD) did the scoring as the Longhorn offense struggled to get on track.
Fortunately for the Longhorns, Texas’ defense picked up the slack. Facing a Cyclone (2-2, 0-1) team that had scored more than 40 points in each of its first three games, the Texas defense held Iowa State to just seven points and 10 net rushing yards. Texas sacked Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park four times and netted two interceptions from DeShon Elliott and another from Kris Boyd.
On the other side, former ISU quarterback-turned-middle linebacker Joel Lanning led the Cyclones with an incredible 20 tackles (8 solo, 12 assisted).
Texas led throughout, scoring the game’s first touchdown on its opening drive, thanks to Warren’s 11-yard touchdown run. Carter added his score, a 22-yarder on a second-quarter reception and Joshua Rowland’s 49-yard field goal closed out UT’s scoring.
Iowa State scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter as Park found Matthew Eaton for an 11-yard touchdown pass. The Cyclones nearly caught a break on the ensuing kickoff, as Texas return man Armanti Foreman appeared to fumble the return, which ISU recovered. However replay showed that Foreman’s knee was down before he lost the ball, allowing Texas to retain possession in what was, at the time, a 14-7 game.
Next up for Texas is a home date with Kansas State next Saturday. Iowa State will have a tough matchup that afternoon at No. 3 Oklahoma.
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