Not sure what it is about Todd Orlando’s Texas defense, but they’ve matched up well against spread offenses like Kansas State, Iowa State, and Baylor, who all include pro-style concepts and formations into their offensive gameplan. Heading into this mid-November stretch versus the Cyclones and Bears, the Horns are currently 7-0 against these programs under Tom Herman.
Texas will need the duo of Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson to do more of the same against Iowa State’s defensive backs for them to come away with a win in Ames. CeeDee Lamb went for 167 receiving yards against Iowa State on Saturday.
Iowa State is much better than their 5-4 and .500 conference record shows. They’ll come out hungry for a win back at home. Also, it’s supposed to be a high of 39 degrees in Ames on Saturday, and that’s before the sun goes down. Cold temperatures could play a factor.
According to this stat from Chris Fallica aka “The Bear”, Iowa State has lost three games this year by two points or less. In the last 15 years of college football, only two other Power Five teams (‘09 and ‘15 Nebraska) had at least three losses by two points or less.
The NCAA redshirt rule, which made its debut last season, allows scholarship players to play up to four games without burning their redshirt. To keep track of how many games each freshman has appeared in throughout the season, I’ll list the number of games next to their names.
The seven freshmen participants from Saturday’s game included: WR Jake Smith, CB Chris Adimora, RB Roschon Johnson, S Tyler Owens, DE T’Vondre Sweat, TE Jared Wiley, WR Marcus Washington.
Injured/DNP — LB David Gbenda (4), LB Marcus Tillman (4), WR Kennedy Lewis (2), CB Kenyatta Watson II (2), RB Jordan Whittington (1), OT Javonne Shepherd (1), TE Brayden Liebrock (1).
fUTure19 Game Notes and Highlights
- Once again, running back Roschon Johnson provided a spark and played his role on a limited amount of carries. He rushed for 37 yards on five carries and had the highlight of the game after he leaped over a Kansas State defender on his way to a 20-yard pickup — his longest run of the game.
Roschon Johnson in space is scary pic.twitter.com/TMelRIXhzU— Mitchel Summers (@WIBWMitchel) November 9, 2019
- Jake Smith DID play, but was not targeted or involved.
- T’Vondre Sweat notched his first career sack to help put a halt to Kansas State’s 14-0 scoring run to start the game.
- Jared Wiley was involved more as a blocker in run sets as the replacement tight end for the injured Cade Brewer. Considering how starting tight end Reese Leitao struggled on Saturday, don’t be surprised if Wiley plays more against Iowa State’s undersized, physical defense this week.