Texas holds off Iowa State 17-7

The Minnesota Twins celebrate early Thursday Sept. 28 2017 in Cleveland. The Twins earned an AL wild-card berth after the Los Angeles Angels lost to the Chicago White Sox. The Twins had lost 4-2 to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. (AP

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell can vouch for the Longhorns. Texas was supposed to be vulnerable.

After beating Iowa State, 17-7, in Ames, Tom Herman summed up the first month of Texas' 2017 to ESPN's John Anderson: "I think our defense is progressing very nicely".

The first step to getting back to business is making the decision to give the ball to sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele, who is returning from a shoulder injury.

Chris Warren III added a rushing TD to help the Longhorns (2-2) improve to 13-2 against the Cyclones (2-2).

Iowa State has used various forms of Cyclone marks occasionally in its history. In their first game under Herman and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, they got torched in every possible way by Maryland. Midway through the second quarter, Buechele connected with Toneil Carter for a 22-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 14-0. Iowa State then took an apparent fumbled backward pass into the end zone, but the officials ruled the ball was going forward after a review. From there, the Longhorns forced the Cyclones to punt on its first four drives, and intercepted Park twice. That was something they had a lot of trouble with under Charlie Strong.

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But, the running game was inept and the offensive line self-destructed in the third quarter. But they're also a defense-dependent team in an offense-heavy conference. "When you look at big-picture goals. we want to compete for the Big 12 Championship in the month of November", Herman said.

The Cyclones will introduce a secondary helmet logo against the Longhorns, according to a post on the team's Twitter account - and it lives up to the team's name by all means. Buechele went 19-of-26 passing for 171 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

We're still a little bit from game time so we don't know for sure how this one will play out just yet, but one thing we do know is that when these teams do hit the field in Ames for this showdown, the Cyclones will be looking fresh as ever. OU held Ohio State to 16 points. Montgomery finished with 34 yards on nine carries, while Park threw the ball 48 times. "I thought that they had better plans, and their players executed their plans better than we did".

Texas hosts Kansas State next Saturday.

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