Goal-line troubles cost Longhorns


Texas got into the end zone twice to tie the game early in the second quarter, but neither one counted. Texas settled for a field goal and trails Iowa State, 7-3.

Longhorns quarterback Garrett Gilbert appeared to score on a quarterback draw on 3rd-and-goal, but officials ruled he had been stopped short of the goal line.

Mack Brown elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal on the goal line, and 250-pound bruiser Cody Johnson bulled his way into the end zone, but a penalty erased the play and cost the Longhorns five yards.

Texas has to convert situations like that in a game that might be short on offensive opportunities. The Longhorns haven't been able to sustain drives, converting just 1-of-6 third downs, and Gilbert's seven completions on 11 passes have gone for just 32 yards.

It looks like the Longhorns will keep running him like they did with success last week against Nebraska. The draw play on third down deep in Cyclones' territory is indicative of Texas' mindset, and he's run two other times for a total of 19 yards on three carries, including Texas' longest run of the day, a 12-yarder.