The Texas football program has quite the uphill climb in front of them after a devastating two-point loss to the Iowa State Cyclones.
It was a night to forget for the Texas football program, especially on special teams. Falling short by a measly two-point margin on the road at the hands of the unranked 5-4 Iowa State Cyclones will be something that is hard to rally from for head Texas football coach Tom Herman and his squad. But it is something that he will have to do given the current circumstances for his program.
Texas looked to have the game in control when sophomore star quarterback Brock Purdy and Iowa State took to the field for their final drive. Iowa State did control the game most of the way on Nov. 16, but they started to give up the lead in the fourth quarter. Before that decisive final drive, Texas did have a 14-0 lead in the fourth quarter alone.
Winning the fourth quarter by at least that margin was necessary for Texas to escape Ames and the electric atmosphere of Jack Trice Stadium with a win. Iowa State entered that final drive just down one point, with a score of 21-20.
The most crucial play of the game came when Texas jumped offside on a fourth down play where Iowa State attempted a field goal of more than 40 yards. That offside call was enough to give Iowa State a first down, get closer to a good field goal range, and drain out the rest of the clock. If not for that offside call, Texas might’ve had a little more than one minute for one last drive to get a lead of their own.
Or, Iowa State might’ve missed a lengthier field goal attempt entirely.
Here’s a look into the definitive five overreactions for the Texas Longhorns football program after a horrible last-second 23-21 loss on the road at the hands of the Iowa State Cyclones.