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Longhorns get much-needed win against Cyclones

Texas Longhorns beat Iowa State Cyclones 27-6

Charlie Strong really needed a good game Saturday. He got it in the Texas Longhorns’ 27-6 win over Iowa State – despite three straight road losses leading into Saturday, not to mention one of the worst defenses in the country. Strong’s job as head coach is in jeopardy this season, and while this win doesn’t change that, it could start to make a difference. He absolutely couldn’t afford to lose this one.

“Coach Strong would tell you right now don’t go play for him, but we do,” Jerrod Heard told ESPN.

Strong defense

This was Texas’ best game this season in terms of defense. The Longhorns had eight sacks against Iowa State, whose offense had averaged 39 points over the previous three games. D’Onta Foreman rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown – his seventh game in a row with at least 100 yards.

It was a slow first half, with the Longhorns trailing 6-3 and making mistake after mistake. Then came the third quarter. Whatever was said in the locker room at halftime, this was Texas’ best quarter of the season so far. Shane Buechele had two touchdown passes, to Jerrod Heard and Devin Duvernay, a fourth-down defensive stop and an 18-yard touchdown run. Texas was up 24-6 by the end of this quarter.

The fourth was a little slower, but the ’Horns not only kept their lead, they prevented the Cyclones from adding to their score.

What’s next

The Longhorns head to Kansas State on Saturday for an 11 a.m. game. The Wildcats lost this week to Oklahoma, but overall they’re 6-1 against the Longhorns in Manhattan, Kansas.

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