Though Tom Herman always preaches ‘handle your business’, it never hurts to take a look at what Iowa State could Texas football with this weekend.
After three weeks of mediocre football that saw the Texas football team lose to Oklahoma and TCU while squeezing out a two-point win against Kansas, last Saturday was a huge test against a top-25 team that the Horns passed with flying colors.
The game did not start out like Texas Longhorns fans hoped. A 70-yard touchdown on the third play of the game where Todd Orlando sent six defenders had fans second guessing how stubborn this coaching staff really was.
To add insult to injury, on the next drive K-State marched down the field capping off a 63-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass. Coming into the game, Wildcat quarterback Skylar Thompson was averaging 171 yards thru the air. He compiled 135 passing yards on the first two drives.
After the first 10-minutes of the game it all changed for the Horns.
Todd Orlando’s defense clamped down allowing just 165 yards after the first two sequences, and just 57 in all of the second half. Big plays from Brandon Jones and D’shawn Jamison helped changed the tide of the game while this defense looked completely revamped as key contributors pushed their way back to health.
On the offensive side of the ball it was no clinic from the Horns, though Sam Ehlinger made some poised throws down the stretch while Keaontay Ingram had his best game of his short career. Ingram, who suffered from confidence issues earlier in the season, looks back on track and the true number one back everyone thought he could be at the beginning of the season.
Though a rough start, if Texas can play like they did in the final three quarters against Kansas State I like their chances this week in Ames.
Iowa State (5-4, 3-3) has not lived up to their preseason hype to finish third in the Big 12, but their one-point loss last weekend in Norman proved to the whole conference that this team is still for real.
Second-year starter Brock Purdy has been impressive. His 27 total touchdowns are third among Big 12 quarterbacks, though, the loss of star running back David Montgomery and wideout Hakeem Butler have held this offense back at times.
Tom Herman and the Longhorns have their work cut out for them as Ames, Iowa is one of the toughest venues to travel to in the Big 12, not to mention the forecast shows Saturday to be cold and dreary.
This Texas team still has a strong chance to compete for their ultimate goal, a Big 12 championship. Here are the three main cogs for the Cyclones that Texas must look out for on Saturday.