Iowa State dominates second half to overtake Texas 30-7 | National sports
AMES, Iowa (AP) –
Breece Hall’s run and a bit of dazzling propelled Iowa State to a 30-7 victory over Texas at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday.
Hall amassed 136 yards and two touchdowns as the Cyclones (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) claimed their third straight victory over the Longhorn and became eligible for the fifth straight season.
It was the sixth time in seven games that Hall had crossed the 100-yard mark.
“I might be biased,” said wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson, “but for me Breece is the best comeback in college football.”
Hutchinson caught eight passes for Iowa State, totaling 96 yards. He also threw a 49-yard touchdown pass.
Texas (4-5, 2-4) suffered their fourth straight loss, the Longhorns’ worst skid since losing four in a row in 2010.
The Cyclones trailed 7-3 at halftime, but rushed into the lead when Hall darted 47 yards for a touchdown on Iowa State’s first possession in the third quarter.
Hall was limited to just 17 rushing yards in the first half.
“I knew before the game it wasn’t going to be easy,” Hall said, “so I had to be patient.”
Hutchinson scored 17-7 when he took a fullback from quarterback Brock Purdy and threw a pass to Tarique Milton for the score.
The former high school quarterback said Iowa State has only worked on the game a few times in practice.
“All I’m saying is if they need a quarterback I’m the guy,” Hutchinson said with a smile. “I’m just glad he caught it. Glad I didn’t spoil the game.
Just over 3 minutes later, Hall gave the Cyclones a 24-7 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run.
Purdy completed 27 of 38 passes for 252 yards. Tight end Charlie Kolar caught five passes for 72 yards.
Texas continued to stutter, despite a quarterback change. Casey Thompson started, but only completed 2 of 6 passes for 2 yards.
Hudson Card replaced Thompson at the end of the first quarter, completing 14 of 23 for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Both attacks entered the game averaging over 32 points, but the defenses ruled early.
Isheem Young’s fumble recovery in the opening moments gave Iowa State kicker Andrew Mevis a 24-yard field goal.
The Cyclones were leading 3-0 until Texas walked 78 yards in the second quarter. Xavier Worthy capped the practice with a 4-yard reception, giving the Longhorns a 7-3 halftime lead.
Texas’ top five possessions totaled 13 games. The touchdown player lasted 14 games.
Iowa State was limited to just 40 rushing yards before halftime, averaging 2.9 per carry. The Cyclones were 1 to 7 on third down chances in the first 30 minutes.
Hall was the catalyst for Iowa State’s success after the break.
“We all started to play really well together,” said linebacker Jake Hummel. ” It’s reassuring. We are still what we think we are.
Take it away
Iowa State: As Breece Hall has gone, so has the Cyclones. Hall averaged 2.4 yards on seven carries in the first half, but ran 53 yards on his first two attempts of the second half. Hall extended his streak of consecutive games with a rushed touchdown at 21, galloping 47 yards in the third quarter to the end zone.
Texas: No matter who played the Longhorn quarterback, their success depended on the running game. Running back Bijan Robinson was Texas’ most consistent player, scoring 87 yards in the first half. He finished with 126 total yards.
Things could start to turn for Texas. None of his last three regular season opponents are ranked. The only ranked foe remaining on the Iowa State schedule is at Oklahoma’s No.4 on November 20.
Texas welcomes Kansas on November 13. The State of Iowa visits Texas Tech on November 13.
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