FOOTBALL: Texas 33, Iowa State 7 (Final)


photo: Jonathan Krueger/Iowa State Daily

Wide receiver Quenton Bundrage breaks a tackle and runs in for the Cyclones’ only touchdown against the Longhorns on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Cyclones fell to the Longhorns 33-7.

Jake Calhoun

AUSTIN, Texas — Iowa State suffered its fourth loss in its last five games having fallen to No. 19 Texas 33-7 on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

“I said going into the week that I thought Texas was a very hot football team,”  said ISU coach Paul Rhoads after the game. “They are, they’ve [now] won four in a row and congratulations to them.”

The Longhorns (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) honored the school’s recently late former coach Darrell K. Royal by running their first play from scrimmage in the wishbone, which was invented by Royal in 1968.

ISU defensive tackle Jake McDonough said, however, he was not surprised they opted for a flea flicker of the previously announced play that resulted in a 47-yard completion to Greg Daniels.

“You can’t be surprised by anything,” McDonough said. “They tell you what they’re going to run, but you can’t fully assume that they’re going to have a run play out of it.”

UT quarterback David Ash completed his first 11 passes and ended up going 25-of-31 for 364 yards and two touchdowns.

“David Ash didn’t really throw a bad ball,” said UT coach Mack Brown. “No interceptions. No turnovers.”

Jaxon Shipley had a game-high 137 receiving yards from eight carries. Mike Davis also turned in a big game on the receiving end, hauling in seven passes for 113 yards and one touchdown.

Rhoads said he could not categorize whether the outcome of the game was a result of his team beating itself or Texas clicking as a unit.

The Cyclones (5-5, 2-5) had another underwhelming performance with Steele Jantz at quarterback. Jantz went on to finish 15-of-29 in pass completions for one touchdown and two interceptions.

One bright spot for the Cyclones was the running game, which saw consistent production from leading backs Shontrelle Johnson (9 carries, 57 yards) and James White (13 carries, 48 yards). Johnson averaged 6.3 yards per carry.

“We came in with the game plan that we were going to run the ball and that’s exactly how many came out for at least the start of the game,” Johnson said. “We said we were going to establish the run early.”

Iowa State saw its sixth game of the season in which it was out-gained in total yards by its opponent, this time by 609-277. Iowa State is now 1-5 in those games.

UT running backs Joe Bergeron and Johnathan Gray gashed the ISU defense, rushing for a combined 165 yards. Gray also had two rushing touchdowns.

Linebacker Jeremiah George said the missed tackles were what killed the Cyclones.

“We knew what was coming, we just couldn’t get the stops when we needed [them],” George said.

Iowa State remains one win away from bowl eligibility with remaining games at Kansas (Nov. 17, 6 p.m.) and at home against West Virginia (Nov. 23, 2:30 p.m.).

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