Iowa State Falls To No. 17 Texas, 37-14
AMES, Iowa - Turnovers and penalties proved too costly for Iowa State, as the Cyclones fell to No. 17 Texas, 37-14 Saturday night in Jack Trice Stadium. UT improved to 4-0, while the Cyclones lost for the first time this season, falling to 3-1 in front of a crowd of 56,390, the second-largest attendance in Jack Trice Stadium history.
The Cyclones never recovered after committing three first-quarter turnovers, as the Longhorns took advantage of outstanding field position while padding their lead. Penalties also hurt the Cyclones. ISU was flagged eight times for 90 yards. The Cyclones had two touchdowns called back because of penalties.
Iowa State would like to forget the first half. After stopping Texas on downs deep into ISU territory, the Cyclones gave the Longhorns prime field position with a bobbled handoff between Steele Jantz and James White. UT recovered it at the ISU 29-yard line.
The Cyclone defense held strong, holding the Longhorns to a field goal as UT took a 3-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Josh Lenz fumbled the ball and the Longhorns recovered it at the ISU 29-yard line. Four plays later, Fozzy Whittaker ran it in from 16 yards out to make it 10-0 UT early in the first quarter.
An interception by Blake Gideon off an errant Jantz pass, ISU's third turnover of the first quarter, led to another Justin Tucker field goal to give UT a 13-0 lead.
Iowa State mounted a nice drive on its next possession and was poised to put its first points on the board with a 2-and-2 at the UT four-yard line. However, the offense stalled with a penalty and the Cyclones came up empty when Zach Guyer missed a 29-yard field goal.
A costly personal foul by ISU on UT's next possession kept its drive alive, and the Longhorns made ISU pay. On the next play, David Ash connected with Mike Davis on a 48-yard touchdown pass to make it 20-0 UT.
Two more touchdowns by the Longhorns, one on a blocked punt return, gave UT a 34-0 edge at the break.
After a scoreless third quarter, Iowa State got on the board with White's two-yard touchdown run to make it 34-7 UT with 11:33 left in the game. It was White's fourth touchdown of the season.
Jantz hit Chris Young on an 18-yard touchdown toss to cut the lead to 37-14 with 3:50 left in the game.
Iowa State managed to move the ball on offense. The Cyclones had 26 first downs to UT's 19, and recorded 380 yards of total offense. White rushed for a career-best 64 yards. Jantz ended the game with 251 yards passing on 28-of-51 attempts.
Iowa State travels to No. 15 Baylor next Saturday (Oct. 8). Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.