The Iowa State Cyclones might not exactly have the uniform style of the Oregon Ducks, but the football program is about to debut some pretty sweet helmets.
Longhorns running back Chris Warren III scored the first points for the Burnt Orange at Jack Trice Stadium in almost four years when he burst into the end zone on the team's opening drive of the game and finished with 44 yards on a night where it was hard for both teams to run the ball. "Our defense for the last three weeks has been doing that". Park finished 24-of-48 for 246 hard-earned yards. "To hold a team to 10 yards on the ground, to get the turnovers and fourth-down stops that we did in their stadium was impressive".
For example, the first Longhorn drive looked dead to rights when Sophomore Quarterback Shane Buechele was sacked by JaQuan Bailey at his own 17 yard-line. The Longhorns must shut down redshirt junior quarterback Jacob Park and the Cyclone offense in order to pick up their first road win of the season.
Eventually, Iowa State (2-2, 0-1) broke through following a 17-yard shank by All-America punter Michael Dickson. This game, especially considering where it's being played, has the potential to see the Longhorns go down at the hands of the Cyclones.
"Iowa State has used various forms of Cyclone marks occasionally in its history". Iowa State then took a fumbled backward pass into the end zone to appear to pull within 14-13, but officials ruled the ball was going forward after a review.
"We're going to celebrate this win", he said of winning the Big 12 opener. "I thought that they had better plans, and their players executed their plans better than we did".
It's early in the year, but maybe the Big 12 is playing some better defense. While Iowa State is not as esteemed of a team as the Trojans, Texas must stay focused on building a steady offensive rhythm against the Cyclones on Thursday night. It really started with the Texas win over the San Jose State Spartans in Week 2. He has not played this season because of a knee injury suffered in training camp.