3 takeaways from win over Iowa State
- Author: Terrell Bush Sep 30, 2017,
Sep 30, 2017, 2:12
Texas beat Iowa State 17-7.
The Texas Longhorns will look to rebound from their narrow loss to USC when they visit Ames, Iowa, for a matchup against the Iowa State Cyclones. Plus, the last three foes have been held below the offensive numbers they were averaging coming into the game. More often than not, Johnson came down with the ball when it mattered most and finished the game with a team-best 191 receiving yards. Junior quarterback Jacob Park ranks 14th in the NCAA in passing (311.7 yards) and has four 300-yard passing games in six career starts. The main takeaway is that the Longhorns' formula going forward is to win with defense. Iowa State gained just 256 yards - and only 10 on the ground. That lead almost disappeared during a disastrous third quarter and in the second half UT totaled 126 yards - with 50 of those coming on a close-it-out drive against a dispirited defense. That's what the Big 12 offenses are set up to do, but when you're flying around like we did tonight. But, contrary to popular belief, good defensive play alone won't win a Big 12 title with the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and TCU lurking with offenses that operate on jet fuel. It also failed on two fourth down tries inside the Texas 50. He did complete two big third-down passes on the opening touchdown drive (an 11-yarder to Armanti Foreman and a 28-yarder to Lil'Jordan Humphrey), and his 22-yard touchdown pass to Toneil Carter in the second quarter basically put the game away.
Now the challenge for Oklahoma State is to close the season with an eight-game winning streak, earn a spot in the Big 12 championship game and then hope for the best.
When Iowa State hosts Texas Thursday night on national television, the Cyclones will have a new, stylish look to their football team.
Outside of those, the defense stayed composed and flew to the ball.
Twice in the third quarter, Texas (2-2, 1-0) survived self destruction thanks to replay review.