AMES, Iowa – Texas used a tough defense to outlast Iowa State, 17-7, Thursday night at Jack Trice Stadium in the Big 12 opener for both schools. Iowa State falls to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference action, while Texas improves to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Keys of the Game
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 key turnover forced came when DeShon Elliott picked off his second pass of the night and Joshua Rowland booted through a 49-yard field goal with 13:25 left to make it a two-possession game at 17-7.
The Cyclones’ last chance fell short as Hakeem Butler was stopped a yard short of the sticks, turning it over on downs with 7:35 left as Texas ran out the clock from that point.
Players of Note…
In the defensive showdown, Joel Lanning led the Cyclones with a career-high 20 tackles, becoming the first Cyclone to reach the 20-tackle mark since Alvin Bowen against Toledo in the 2006 season opener. Marcel Spears Jr. tacked on 14 tackles of his own.
On the offensive side of the ball, Allen Lazard had a team-best five receptions for 63 yards. Jacob Parkconnected with Hakeem Butler and Marchie Murdock four times each and Matthew Eaton had his first touchdown catch of the season, an 11-yard grab in the third quarter.
Texas was led by Shane Buechele, who finished 19-for-26 passing for 171 yards. Buechele spread the ball around, hitting 11 different receivers.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Today’s attendance: 51,234
*Iowa State has had at least 50,000 fans in attendance in a school-record 42 consecutive games.
*Cotton-Moya’s interception was the fourth of his career, tying him with Brian Peavy for the most among active Cyclones.
*De’Monte Ruth had a fumble recovery for the Cyclones, the second of his career.
*Willie Harvey matched his career high with 12 tackles.
*Texas held a 40:31-19:29 edge in time of possession.
Iowa State will face Oklahoma on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m.