Cyclones' D holding up when it counts

October, 23, 2010
10/23/10
2:27
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Iowa State came into today's game after giving up 120 points in its past two games combined.

When it has needed a stop on Saturday, it's gotten it, and leads 14-6.

Texas cost itself points inside the 5-yard line in the first half, but the Cyclones' defense held the Longhorns to a field goal after a lengthy drive midway through the third quarter.

You have to give Paul Rhoads and defensive coordinator Wally Burnham a lot of credit for the effort today. Texas' offense hasn't played well, but the Cyclones are a huge reason for that. On the third down that closed the Longhorns' last drive inside the Cyclones' 10-yard line, an Iowa State defender brought down Garrett Gilbert as he threw and another knocked away the pass intended for tight end Greg Smith in the end zone.

Iowa State shocked Texas Tech with offense in a 52-38 win earlier this season. Today in Austin, the 21-point underdogs have done it with defense.

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