It didn’t look any prettier to me tonight on the Longhorn TV Network than it did to Matt Campbell inside 100,119-seat Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at Austin, TX.
I’m not Iowa State’s football coach. Campbell is.
I didn’t have an explanation. Campbell did.
“They were the more physical football team,” Campbell told reporters after Texas’ 24-10 victory.
“We struggled to tackle, struggled to win at the line of scrimmage.”
The Longhorns took a big step toward the Big 12 Conference championship game with the victory .
Iowa State has hoped to remain in the league championship conversation, but didn’t.
Texas [8-3 for the season, 6-2 in the Big 12] can reach the league’s title game by winning at Kansas next week.
“People thought we forgot how to play defense,” Texas coach Tom Herman, a former Iowa State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, told reporters.
“We’re overachieving right now. We’re winning on toughness. We’re winning on grit.”
Iowa State’s records fell to 6-4 and 5-3 in a game that saw the Cyclones play the first half without suspended running back David Montgomery.
Texas sacked Cyclone quarterback Brock Purdy 5 times and limited him to 10 pass completions in 23 attempts for 130 yards.
Purdy went into the game with a 5-0 record since becoming Iowa State’s starter.
It was a difficult time and place for the streak to end.