Iowa State falls at home to Texas

Iowa State was supposed to be better.

The Iowa State defense stopped the Texas offense in its tracks on its first drive of the game.

Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning - who was the quarterback when the Cyclones beat Texas 24-0 in 2015 - had 20 tackles. Plus, the last three foes have been held below the offensive numbers they were averaging coming into the game. Montgomery finished with 34 yards on nine carries, while Park threw the ball 48 times.

In a defensive battle it was the Longhorns who controlled the Cyclone rushing attack, holding ISU to just 10 yards on the ground, and forced three turnovers that turned into 10 points. The most effective runner was quarterback Shane Buechele, back from injury. The I-State mark will continue to be Iowa State's primary athletics mark. That's what the Big 12 offenses are set up to do, but when you're flying around like we did tonight. This game, especially considering where it's being played, has the potential to see the Longhorns go down at the hands of the Cyclones.

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Toneil Carter’s second-quarter touchdown gave the Longhorns all the points they needed. Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Texas fumbled away a kickoff deep in its territory, but the runner was ruled down on replay. Park bought time and found Matthew Eaton from 11 yards out late in the third quarter. Iowa State punted from the Longhorns' 33, 36, 36 and 38. "I think Jacob got rattled a little in the game because of the pressure, and we didn't do a good enough job of protecting him", Campbell said.

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. By the end of September, Texas could be 1-3, Oklahoma State could be 0-2 in the Big 12 and Texas Tech could be 4-0.

While everyone in the SEC usually roots against Texas, if you needed any other reason to be a Cyclone fan Thursday night, you now have it. Coach Kliff Kingsbury agreed that it was one of the most complete games his team has played since his first season with the program.

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