77 - 280 (3.6) - 6: Iowa State offensive plays - total yards (yards per play) - points
8 - 46: Texas defense sacks - lost yards
The Texas defense earns top billing this week after its strongest performance of the year. The Iowa State offense, scoring 44, 45, and 38 over its last three games, presented a real challenge to an increasingly struggling Texas defense. But the Horns finally displayed the changes it has been promising for weeks, rolling their base 3-3-5 with a reformed secondary.
Excluding sack yardage, the Iowa State run game managed 144 yards on 35 carries (4.1 yards per carry). A year after a strong performance against the Horns, ISU running back Mike Warren managed 60 yards on 18 carries.
But the biggest source of improvement came from the Texas pass defense. Running a secondary of Kris Boyd and John Bonney at corner, Dylan Haines and Jason Hall at safety, and PJ Locke/Antwaun Davis at nickel for most of the game, the Horns limited the combined passing efforts of Iowa State QBs Joel Lanning and Jacob Park. The Cyclones only managed 182 yards on 34 passing attempts for 5.4 yards an attempt.
In addition, the Texas pass rush found time to land its biggest contribution on the year, notching 8 total sacks for 44 yards lost. Much of the front seven got in on the action, with Naashon Hughes (2.5), Chris Nelson (1.5), Jeffrey McCulloch (1.0), Breckyn Hager (1.0), Malik Jefferson (1.0), and Bryce Cottrell (1.0) all getting in on the action.
30 - 136 (4.5) - 1: D’Onta Foreman rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry) - rushing TDs
D’Onta Foreman faced his toughest outing of the season and still managed to pick up 136 yards on a career high 30 carries. Foreman, still the nation’s second leading rusher, now holds the nation’s longest streak of 100-yard rush games at seven games.
26-38, 296 (7.8), 2-1: Shane Buechele completions-attempts, passing yards (YPA), passing TDs-INTs
5 - 33 (6.5): Shane Buechele rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry)
4 - 96 - 1: Devin Duvernay receptions - receiving yards - receiving TDs
After a slow start (8-15 for 66 yards in the first half), Buechele recovered in the second half to give the Horns a comeback win and pull away from a game Cyclones squad. Finishing 18-23 for 230 yards and 2 TDs and an INT in the second half, Buechele spread the ball around and was sharp on the underneath work and finally connected deep.
One of the biggest beneficiaries was freshman receiver Devin Duvernay, who scored from deep for the second straight week on a team long 75-yard TD run. 10 different pass catchers pulled down a Buechele reception, including Duvernay, Dorian Leonard, Jerrod Heard, Lorenzo Joe, Armanti Foreman, Jake Oliver, Collin Johnson, Kyle Porter, Jacorey Warrick, and D’Onta Foreman.
11 - 19: Texas offense third down conversions - opportunities
6 - 18: Iowa State offense third down conversions - opportunities
Texas dominated third down conversions, converting nearly 60% of their opportunities while limiting Iowa State to only a third of theirs.
4 - 46.5: Michael Dickson punts - yards per punt
D’Onta Foreman isn’t the only player that’s second nationally at his position, as Michael Dickson’s 47.9 yards per punt remains 2nd best in the country.