The lone bye week during the 2017 season for the Texas Longhorns just got a little bit shorter, as the school announced on Thursday that the Big 12 season opener against the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames has been moved to Thursday, September 28.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, and the broadcast details will be announced later, but this game will likely be carried on the ESPN networks.
The ‘Horns and Cyclones met on a Thursday night in Ames in 2013, a hard-fought game that resulted a last-second win by Texas on a Case McCoy quarterback sneak. The controversial final drive included two pass-interference penalties on the home team and Johnathan Gray nearly fumbling the ball twice.
Despite the objections of former head coach Paul Rhoads, Big 12 officials confirmed that the last of those fumbles, which resulted in linebacker Jeremiah George with the football and the opportunity for a game-sealing fumble return, did have indisputable video evidence to support overturning the call on the field.
The point of the story?
Weird things happen in Ames on weeknights, like the crushing Oklahoma State loss there in 2011 that cost the Cowboys a chance at a national title.
So this midweek game, the seventh such non-Thanksgiving week game in school history, may not be of the normal variety against a program the Longhorns have mostly dominated in school history.
In fact, Texas is 11-2 all time against Iowa State, but those two losses have both come since 2010, including the disastrous 24-0 loss in Ames in 2015.