AMES – Iowa State’s defense couldn’t get off the field, and the offense couldn’t stay on it.
The Cyclones only converted three of their 12 third downs, while The Longhorns converted 11-of-23 as Texas dropped the Cyclones 17-7 in each team’s conference opener Thursday.
On the first drive of the game, running back David Montgomery ran for nine yards on second down. Iowa State elected to pass on third down. Texas showed its aggressive style of defense and blitzed Jacob Park. Cornerback Deshon Elliot sacked Park without any trouble.
On the first defensive series for the Cyclones, it didn’t get any better. Iowa State originally stopped Texas without any trouble. But an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on JaQuan Bailey after a sack on third down kept the drive alive for Texas.
That penalty allowed Texas to drive the length of the field and score a touchdown to take the early 7-0 lead. Iowa State had three third down opportunities to get off the field and failed to take advantage every time.
Iowa State had something going on its second drive using its patented combination of Montgomery runs and Lazard receptions. But a sack on a first-down pass put Iowa State behind the sticks. Iowa State wasn’t able to recover from the sack and was forced to punt.
After that drive, Montgomery was used sparingly, mainly for blitz pickup and pass protection, the rest of the half.
Texas tried to get fancy on offense on its next drive, but Iowa State forced a fumble, which the Cyclones recovered to give the ball back to the offense. However, after an early completion, Iowa State stalled out at the Texas 38-yard line.
It was fourth and seven, but coach Matt Campbell elected to punt to give Texas the ball back.
Iowa State stopped Texas and got the ball back. The Cyclones put Mike Warren in at running back for the drive. The Cyclones got the ball to the 47-yard line, but was forced to punt after Park tried to scramble for the first down. Warren had one run for one yard on the drive.
After a 25-yard pass on their next drive, Park rolled out of the pocket on the next play and launched a pass downfield right into the waiting arms of the Elliot for the interception.
Park added a second interception before halftime, allowing the Longhorns to go into the locker room up 14-0.
Iowa State ran the ball 10 times in the first half, and only ran it six times with Montgomery. Montgomery was productive on the ground, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, but the passing attack was all over the place. Park was 13-of-26 in the first half, passing for 103 yards.
Texas, on the other hand, had a balanced attack. The Longhorns ran for 78 yards and passed for another 108.
Iowa State showed momentary signs of life in the third quarter after a Karmari Cotton-Moya interception to get the ball on the Texas side of the ball. But the offense stalled immediately going three-and-out, losing five yards on the drive.
Following a 17-yard shank punt, Iowa State finally capitalized on an opportunity, scoring a touchdown on an 11-yard Jacob Park pass to Matt Eaton.
After the touchdown, the Texas kick returner fumbled the ball and Iowa State recovered. However, after review, they ruled the returner’s knee was down.
On the ensuing offensive possession, Texas appeared to have turned the ball over again on a play that was originally ruled a backward pass, recovered by Iowa State for a touchdown. But, like the first one, the call was overturned – incomplete pass.
Iowa State had two turnovers, taken away in 21 seconds, then proceeded to commit a third of their own moments later when Park threw his third interception. It was the first three-pick game of his career.
The turnover proved costly, as Texas turned it into 49-yard field goal to extend its lead 17-7.
The Cyclones fall to 2-2 on the season.
Texas 17, Iowa St. 7
Texas 7 7 0 3 — 17
Iowa St. 0 0 7 0— 7
Texas— Chris Warren 11 run (Joshua Rowland kick)
Texas — Toneil Carter 22 pass from Shane Buechele (Rowland kick)
ISU — Matthew Eaton 11 pass from Jacob Park (Garrett Owens kick)
Texas — Rowland 49 field goal
First downs 19 18
Rushes-yards 52-141 10-15
Passing yards 171 246
Comp-att-int 19-26-1 24-49-3
Return yards 14 2
Punts-avg. 7-46.9 7-36.3
Fumbles-lost 02-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 10-76 4-40
TEXAS — Chris Warren 16-44, Shane Buechelle 13-42, Kyle Porter 17-39, Toneil Carter 4-14, Armanti Foreman 2-2
IOWA ST. — David Montgomery 9-34, Mike Warren 1-1, Jacob Park 5-minus-25.
TEXAS — Buechele 19-26-1, 171 yards.
IOWA ST. — Park 24-48-3, 246 yards, Montgomery 0-1.
TEXAS — Lil’Jordan Humphrey 4-36, Collin Johnson 2-27, Carter 2-23, Warren 2-23, Jerrod Heard 2-17, Foreman 2-12, Reggie Hemphill 1-11, Dorian Leonard 1-10, Cade Brewer 1-6, Devin Duvernay 1-6.
IOWA ST. — Allen Lazard 5-63, Hakeem Butler 4-62, Marchie Murdock 4-50, Matthew Eaton 3-20, Trever Ryen 3-17, Montgomery 3-15, Deshaunte Jones 1-11, Chase Allen 1-8