Shane Buechele & A Great Defense Might Be Enough: Texas 17, Iowa State 7
It might not have been a pretty performance, but it was a dangerous trap game for Texas, and it came through with a tough win over Iowa State.
Texas 17, Iowa State 7
Prediction: Iowa State 41, Texas 38
Line: Texas -6 o/u: 64.5
Iowa State ran for ten yards.
This was an Iowa State team that came into the game with all the excitement of a nationally televised Thursday night atmosphere and a shot to make a big statement that the program was about to be more than just a game on the Big 12 schedule before playing someone good.
But the Texas defense made the flight.
Iowa State cranked up over 41 points or more in each of the first three games, but it all but quit on the running from the start, QB Jacob Park was a hot mess – he threw for 246 yards and a touchdown, but gave up three picks – and it seemed like it was never in the game.
The Texas defense had a lot to do with that.
It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t anything to suggest that the Longhorns are on the verge of getting into the College Football Playoff, but Shane Buechele came up with a gut-check 18-of-26, 171-yard passing game with 42 hard rushing yards.
There were ten penalties and two turnovers – including a bad pick thrown by Buechele – but the defense picked up the slack with stop after stop after stop.
Iowa State converted just 3-of-12 third down chances, missed on both of its fourth down tries, and it had the ball for just over 19 minutes.
Again, this was an offense that appeared to be hitting its groove, and it was held to a dead stop. It’s the type of performance the Texas defenses of the last few years couldn’t seem to come up with.
The secondary did its job against the big and talented Iowa State receivers – DeShon Elliott picked off two passes – and the linebackers didn’t let David Montgomery and the Cyclone ground game to move.
Yeah, 2-2 might not seem that great, but survive and advance. Texas is 1-0 in the Big 12, and now, if the defense can play at this high a level, there’s hope.
Yes, beating Iowa State like this matters.