Iowa State @ Texas Recap: Searching For Positives

Cooper Neill

The Cyclones fall 33-7 to Texas in a return to the site of 2010's Paul Rhoads Upset Special.

The Longhorns ran a trick play out of the wishbone as a tribute to the late Darrell Royal on their first offensive play of the game for a 50 yard gain and never looked back. For those of us lucky (or unlucky) enough to watch the game, the team seemed like they never really left Ames, and were handled fairly easily by the Longhorns, now owners of a 4 game Big 12 winning streak.

The Longhorns put up 609(!) yards of offense, with much of the yardage after breaking tackles or on receptions with no defender within 5 yards of the receiver. Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley were both over 100 yards on the day, while Joe Bergeron and Johnathan Gray ripped apart the Cyclones' front seven. The absence of Jansen Watson was huge, as David Ash picked his replacements Sam Richardson and Cliff Stokes apart. Just like several of Iowa State's other losses, Texas dominated the time of possession 38:12-21:48.

Stop me if you've heard this before, but the lone bright spot on offense was Quenton Bundrage. Earning more playing time with each passing game, Bundrage continued to make plays and give us glimpses of his potential. Seeing him and Jarvis West improve as the season goes on makes me feel much better about our WR corps next year.

As far as special teams go, Edwin Arceo missed a 51 yard field goal, but passed the PAT woes to Texas' Anthony Fera. Meanwhile, Albert Gary made us ask why he hasn't been returning kicks all year by averaging 31.3 yards on 3 returns.

With Kansas showing good form in a dogfight against #22 Texas Tech, the 6th win looks to be more elusive to the Cyclones than previously thought.

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