The Iowa State Cyclones defeated the Texas Longhorns 24-0 on Saturday night to pick up their third win of the season. The victory came on the heels of two major changes for Iowa State on offense: Joel Lanning being named starting quarterback and Todd Sturdy being promoted to offensive coordinator. Over 50,000 fans in Jack Trice Stadium watched as the Cyclones dominated every facet of the game en route to their first-ever win over Texas in Ames.
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The fact that it happened on Homecoming (and Halloween) made it that much sweeter for a program that hadn't won at home against a team not named Kansas since the Baylor game in 2013.
It didn't take long for the Lanning-led offense to strike. On ISU's second possession of the game, they drove 66 yards on 11 plays and hit paydirt on a 3 yard Mike Warren rushing touchdown.
Throughout the entire first half, the Cyclone defense hounded the Longhorns and made the Texas offense completely one dimensional. At halftime, UT had only gained 98 yards total, including just 8 yards through the air on 3/6 passing with one interception. It could have been even worse, as ISU cornerback Nigel Tribune and linebacker Jarnor Jones both barely missed out on picking off passes from Longhorn quarterback Jerrod Heard.
Cole Netten tacked on a 27 yard field goal with five seconds left in the 2nd quarter to give Iowa State a 10-0 lead heading into the locker room.
The ISU defense continued their dominance in the 3rd quarter, forcing the Longhorns to punt on their first two possessions of the second half. Meanwhile, the offense added to their lead with 5:11 remaining in the period on a Lanning pass to Dondre Daley in the back left corner of the end zone. The pass was a beautiful over-the-shoulder lob that found Daley's fingertips and put the Cyclones up 17-0.
Iowa State held that lead going into the 4th quarter and continued to frustrate the Texas offense while they were on the field. Joshua Thomas added another touchdown on a 1 yard run for the Cyclones with 2:10 left in the game to make it 24-0, and that was all she wrote. Sweet victory, and time to party on Welch Avenue.
Impressive redshirt freshman running back Mike Warren once again eclipsed the century mark on the ground, tallying 157 rushing yards and one touchdown. Lanning ended his night with 188 yards through the air on 19/37 passing with one touchdown.
A HUGE credit goes to the Cyclone defense for their performance tonight. Texas finished with only 204 total yards, 85 of which were through the air.
ISU travels to Norman next week to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. That game will kick at 6:00 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2.