Texas defense stands strong in win at Iowa State


Just seeing those helmets right there should have Iowa State all kinds of fired up to go out there and send the Longhorns back to Austin with a loss.

The defensive pressure gave Texas' offense plenty of room to work, as Iowa State had possession for less than 20 out of the 60 minutes of game time. Jack Trice Stadium on a weeknight can be an ambush waiting to happen (see: No. 2 Oklahoma State and its double-overtime loss in 2011). Houston ranked 25th in Def. S&P+ previous year, combining solid (if passive) pass defense with dominant run D. Montgomery finished with 34 yards on nine carries, while Park threw the ball 48 times.

Chris Warren III added a rushing touchdown for the Longhorns (2-2, 1-0), who improved to 13-2 against the Cyclones (2-2, 0-1). The Cyclones limited Texas to 312 yards of offense, including only 126 in the second half and the Longhorns were also penalized seven times in the second half. The Longhorns must shut down redshirt junior quarterback Jacob Park and the Cyclone offense in order to pick up their first road win of the season. "When you look at big-picture goals. we want to compete for the Big 12 Championship in the month of November", Herman said.

The Iowa State defense was outstanding. The Cyclones ran 24 plays from Texas territory but was timid when its underdog role called for boldness. After Iowa State scored its only touchdown late in the third quarter - aided greatly by Dickson's 17-yard shank - instant replay bailed out the Longhorns. Iowa State then took an apparent fumbled backward pass into the end zone, but the officials ruled the ball was going forward after a review. "I thought that they had better plans, and their players executed their plans better than we did".

First, though, is dealing with Texas Tech.

It's early in the year, but maybe the Big 12 is playing some better defense. He has not played this season because of a knee injury suffered in training camp.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the way the defense is taking the ball away", Kingsbury said.