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Longhorns lose to Iowa State 30-7, attaining worst losing streak since 2010

Devon Messinger
Devon Messinger

Following three straight losses to conference opponents, the Longhorns looked to beat Iowa State in Ames, Iowa to stop the bleeding. Unfortunately for Texas, the bleeding would not stop as junior running back Breece Hall and the Cyclones ran away with a decisive 30-7 victory.

The story of the game for the Longhorns on defense was missed tackles. As a result, Hall was able to sidestep Texas defenders time after time, bouncing off bodies for sizable gains. Hall, the Big 12 Conference's leading rusher, added another 136 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns to his season stat line in Iowa State's home win. Furthermore, while Texas's defensive line did a serviceable job of applying pressure to Cyclones senior quarterback Brock Purdy, the unit too often lost contain and allowed Purdy to improvise on the fly. Ultimately, Purdy finished the game with 252 passing yards and did not notch a single passing touchdown or interception.

While Texas's defense once again struggled to create any sort of magic, the Longhorns offense certainly supplied no favors. In fact, Texas's starting quarterback Casey Thompson was pulled before the end of the first quarter in favor of Hudson Card. However, the quarterback change was unable to create a spark for the real position that needed one, the offensive line. On Saturday, Iowa State routinely rushed three down linemen yet was able to consistently force pressure against Texas's five offensive linemen and additional chip blockers. By the game's final whistle, the Cyclones were able to produce five sacks against Texas's offense as both redshirt junior Will McDonald IV and redshirt senior Eyioma Uwazurike tallied 2.5 sacks apiece. Due to Iowa State's ability to penetrate the line of scrimmage, Longhorns sophomore running back Bijan Robinson found himself being group tackled behind the line to gain on most rushing attempts. Despite a lack of protection, Robinson was able to finish the game with 90 yards on the ground, most of which came late in Saturday's contest.

Thanks to Texas's loss to Iowa State, the team has now lost its fourth game in a row, a feat that has not occurred since the 2010 season during Mack Brown's tenure at Texas. Entering the final stretch of the season, it is clear that the Longhorns need someone to step up as a leader now more than ever.

Next Saturday, the Longhorns will host Kansas at Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, with kickoff set for 6:30 P.M.


Notable Texas Statistics:

  • Hudson Card - 101 passing yards & 1 touchdown
  • Bijan Robinson - 18 carries for 90 yards rushing
  • Brenden Schooler - 12 tackles

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We will lose two more, to WV in Morgantown and to K State. Mercifully, that will mean I won't have to watch this team in a bowl game. The OL has not just taken steps backward (as we literally saw against the three-man rush tonight) but has fallen into a pit from which it will not emerge. The bend-but-not-break D is broken. Instead of attacking, it absorbs punches until it can absorb no more and disintegrates. I am not a fan of lines with three down-linemen, either, even in the pass-happy Big 12. It is not an alignment that helps containment or run-stopping, especially with a weak linebacking corps. Right now, nothing is going to get fixed. All we Texas fans should get that out of our minds. We should hope for a good recruiting haul and for a strong off-season conditioning program (I have to wonder if part of the reason for our second-half collapses is due to a lack of being in game shape). Quarterbacks? I think Casey Thompson is still injured, after seeing his poor passing tonight. Card looks shell-shocked (who wouldn't be behind that line?). We have a long couple of years ahead before we're good, I'm afraid. If then. I've been reading comments from a few fan comments who want to get rid of Sark. As much as my emotions tonight scream for that, it isn't going to happen. We have Sark for another two or three years, if the seasons are at least mediocre, and longer if things turn for the better. I do think Coach K is gone by the end of the season, if not after the WV  loss. I hate to be so negative, but I'm just trying to be realistic. It's a new place for me. I've always been unrealistically optimistic before, but I knew we would lose tonight, and I know we have two more to go.

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  • 2021 Texas Football Schedule

    W 38-18
    L 21-40
    W 58-0
    Texas Tech
    W 70-35
    W 32-27
    L 48-55
    Oklahoma State
    L 24-32
    L 24-31
    @Iowa State
    L 7-30
    L 56-57 OT
    @West Virginia
    L 23-31
    Kansas State
    W 22-17

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