Game 11 Preview: Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Texas Game 11 Preview

The Longhorns are coming in off a big win over TCU 29-26, but the Longhorns need to figure out how to play a full 60 minutes and 45 minutes as the Horned Frogs put up 20 points in the fourth quarter. Iowa State is hungry for a win as they are coming off a win over the BYU Cougars, 45-13, to Kansas the week before.

Texas Longhorns 9-1 (6-1 Big 12) vs. Iowa State Cyclone 6-4 (5-2 Big 12)

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time:  8:00 p.m. EST
TV Channel: FOX
Location: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA
Line: Longhorns -8.0 / O/U: 48.5

2023 Season Stats


2023 Record — 9-1 (6-1 in Big 12)
2023 Offense P/G (Big 12 Rank) 
Total Yards: 459.3 (3)
Passing Yards: 275.8 (3)
Rushing Yards: 183.5 (6)
2023 Defense P/G (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 337.1 (2)
Passing Yards Allowed: 247.0 (12)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 90.1 (1)
2023 Point Per Game: 33.8 (4)
2023 Points Allowed Per Game: 18.4 (1)
2023 CFP Ranking: 7

Iowa State:

2023 Record — 6-4 (5-2 in Big 12)
2023 Offense P/G (Big 12 Rank) 
Total Yards: 347.8 (13)
Passing Yards: 218.6 (12)
Rushing Yards: 129.2 (11)
2023 Defense P/G (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 329.0 (1)
Passing Yards Allowed: 204.3 (1)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 124.7 (3)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 25.7 (10)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 19.9 (4)
2023 CFP Ranking: N/A

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Texas Leads 15-5-0
Current streak: Texas has won one straight
Last Texas win: 2022 (24-21)
Last Iowa State win: 2021 (30-7)

2023 Top Players

Texas Longhorns

Passing: Quinn Ewers – 173-246, 2232 yards, 14-4 (TD-INT)
Rushing: CJ Baxter – 87 ATT, 390 YDS, 3 TD
Receiving: Xavier Worthy – 57 REC, 757 YDS, 4 TD
Tackles: Jaylan Ford – 74 (36-38)
Sacks: Ethan Burke – 5.0
Interceptions: Michael Taaffe – 3

Iowa State

Passing: Rocco Becht – 177-285, 2121 YDS, 15-7 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Eli Sanders – 96 ATT, 467 YDS, 4 TD
Receiving: Jayden Higgins – 35 REC, 610 YDS, 4 TD
Tackles: Beau Freyler – 73 (32-41)
Sacks: J.R. Singleton – 3.5
Interceptions: Jeremiah Cooper – 5

Texas Players To Watch:

Offense: Quarterback – Quinn Ewers – Sophomore

Ewers will have his hands full this weekend as he is facing the best pass defense in the Big 12. He needs to be on top of his game this week as he will not have his running back Jonathon Brooks for this one, so Ewers’ arm will need to be what leads the Longhorns

Defense: Linebacker – Jaylan Ford – Senior

Ford will be facing one of the worst offenses in the Big 12, and he should feast against a run game that ranks 11th in the Big 12. Look for him to wreak havoc in the backfield and make life challenging for the Cyclones offense on Saturday.

Bottom Line: Texas Looks to Keep Big 12 Title Hopes Alive

With two games left in the regular season, the Longhorns can taste the Big 12 Championship game, but they have a tough one this weekend and a rivalry matchup coming up; they are holding a one-game lead over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State, and Kansas State and a loss this weekend could move them out and put Oklahoma and Iowa State right in so this game is an important one this weekend and Steve Sarkisian for sure knows that.


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