Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Tom Herman, Texas score first Big 12 victory by outlasting Iowa State

Texas coach Tom Herman walks on the field with offensive lineman Connor Williams and the rest of the Longhorns before the start of the game against Maryland on Sept. 2 2017 in Austin PHOTO: Iowa State Football Unveils Secondary Logo
Cecilia Poole | 30 September, 2017, 02:12

Last night, much like the USC loss, Texas rode the stellar defensive play of Junior defensive-back DeShon Elliot, who had two interceptions, a sack, and six tackles, while, much unlike the USC loss, the offense struggled throughout for Texas.

The Iowa State defense stopped the Texas offense in its tracks on its first drive of the game. Jack Trice Stadium on a weeknight can be an ambush waiting to happen (see: No. 2 Oklahoma State and its double-overtime loss in 2011). Plus, the last three foes have been held below the offensive numbers they were averaging coming into the game. Park finished 24-of-48 for 246 hard-earned yards. David Montgomery, the Big 12's third-leading rusher, had nine carries as the Cyclones gained 10 yards rushing.

Texas sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele returned to the starting lineup and he helped the Longhorns build a 14-0 halftime lead.

In soccer, a team can "park the bus", so to speak, going all in on defense, giving up few open scoring chances, and hoping to spring a counter-attack on the opponent at some point to eke out a less-than-thrilling 1-0 win.

"We're going to celebrate this win", he said of winning the Big 12 opener.

"Iowa State's sports teams have been known as the Cyclones since 1895 when Coach Pop Warner's team upset Northwestern 36-0 and a Chicago Tribune headline the next day reported "Struck by a Cyclone: It comes from Iowa and Devastates Evanston Town".

Texas appeared to fumble away a kickoff deep in its own territory, but the runner was ruled down on replay.

When Iowa State got across midfield, it had a hard time getting to third and manageable situations. "I thought we were able to make some really good adjustments".

It's early in the year, but maybe the Big 12 is playing some better defense.

First, though, is dealing with Texas Tech. He has not played this season because of a knee injury suffered in training camp.

Outside of those, the defense stayed composed and flew to the ball.

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