Iowa State Knocks Off No. 22 Texas, 28-21
AUSTIN, Texas- The Iowa State football team scored one of its biggest wins in school history Saturday afternoon, knocking off No. 22 Texas, 28-21 in Austin, Texas.
The win, which came off the heels of a 52-0 loss at Oklahoma last week, was an incredible turnaround of fortunes for the Cyclones. Iowa State did it on defense, intercepting three passes and recovering a fumble to record four turnovers. And the Cyclone offense kept the chains moving when it needed to, as Alexander Robinson recorded his 11th 100-yard rushing effort of his career with 120 yards.
In the end, the Cyclones notched their first win over a ranked opponent on the road since downing No. 18 Oklahoma, 33-31 in Norman on Oct. 20, 1990. It was the first victory over a ranked team since beating No. 22 Colorado, 30-16 on Nov. 12, 2005 in Ames.
More importantly for the Cyclones, however, was improving their record to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12. It was the first victory for the Cyclones over a Texas team in eight tries.
"I am very humbled to be sitting here coaching this program on a day of a historic game for Iowa State," Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads said. "We came to play today. We were focused, resilient and we executed better. We fought for 60 minutes and executed our assignments. The difference between this game and Oklahoma is that we had early success. With that early success, we built confidence."
The Cyclones raced out to a 14-3 lead at the half and increased their lead to 28-6 in the 4th quarter. But UT battled back, scoring 15 unanswered points to cut the lead to 28-21 with 3:15 left in the game. Iowa State hung on by stopping UT on downs on its final drive to secure the victory.
Touchdowns by Darius Reynolds and Alexander Robinson put the Cyclones in the driver seat in the first half. Josh Lenz caught an acrobatic 15-yard touchdown pass from Austen Arnaud in the third quarter to put the Cyclones up 21-6 with 2:42 left in the third quarter.
Robinson, who moved pass Ennis Haywood to No. 5 on Iowa State's career rushing chart, tallied his second touchdown on a 20-yard scamper to put the Cyclones up 28-6 with 12:47 left in the fourth quarter. Robinson now has 25 career rushing touchdowns to rank eighth all-time in school history.
Arnaud finished the game with 136 yards on 11-of-23 passing. Jeff Woody rambled out 30 yards on the ground, as Iowa State rushed for 199 yards against the stout Texas defense.
A.J. Klein tallied 11 tackles to lead the Cyclone defense. Winning the turnover battle was huge, as the Cyclones forced four turnovers to UT's one.
Freshman punter Kirby Van Der Kamp was instrumental in the victory. He had nine punts for a 46.6 average, pinning the Longhorns numerous times inside their own 10-yard line. He had a career-best 74-yard punt in the first half, the eighth longest kick in school history.
Iowa State returns home next weekend to face Kansas (Oct. 30). Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.