5 overreactions to Texas football’s contentious win over Iowa State

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Turnovers are finally falling in Texas’ favor

A major factor that contributed to this win for the Longhorns over the Cyclones this weekend was the turnover battle. For the second game in a row, and for the third time this season in total, Texas won the turnover battle. But this was the first time this season that the Longhorns won the turnover battle by a margin of more than one.

Texas did turn the ball over once last weekend while forcing the Oklahoma Sooners into two interceptions. In this game against Iowa State, though, Texas was able to get one interception and one fumble recovery (both coming courtesy of Ford). And there were at least one or two other plays that could’ve resulted in interceptions.

The biggest reason why I believe that Texas is starting to turn a corner for good in terms of winning the turnover battle has to do with the number of fumbles they’re forcing game in and game out. Texas has forced a whopping six fumbles this season but has only recovered one of them. Meanwhile, Texas has fumbled the ball on offense three times this season and has recovered two of them.

Eventually, the turnovers will start bouncing Texas’ way more often. And if this game proved anything, it’s that the bounces might start going Texas’ way on turnovers (fumbles especially) during the second half of the regular season.

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It is extremely encouraging to see Texas winning the turnover battle in the last two games by a combined margin of 4-1. The lone turnover that Texas coughed up in the last two weeks came by way of a missed throwaway attempt in the second half by Ewers against Oklahoma in Red River.

Texas fans should also be very encouraged about the way that Ewers has managed turnovers in the last two weeks.