AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas was cruising to another Big 12 win
when the weather put everything on hold for more than an hour.
No matter. By the time the rain and lightning had cleared, Iowa
State was in no position to mount much of a rally.
Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy engineered another efficient
game with a pair of touchdown passes Saturday to lead No. 7 Texas
to a 37-14 victory in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
The outcome was pretty much what was expected. It just took a
long time to finish after waves of rain and lightning rolled
through downtown Austin at the end of the third quarter, forcing
game officials to suspend play for 70 minutes.
Texas led by 23 and had a long wait in the locker room figuring
out how to avoid an Iowa State comeback.
"I didn't know how to act. I didn't know if we were supposed to
chill or get fired up," linebacker Robert Killebrew said.
"We figured they had 15 minutes to go out and score a lot of
points to beat us," defensive end Tim Crowder said. "We stayed
focused and kept in it."
It was the first time a game at Royal-Memorial Stadium had been
suspended by weather since 1996. Game officials urged the crowd of
88,972 to seek shelter and only a few thousand returned to the
stands when play resumed.
"You're wondering what's going to happen with momentum," Texas
coach Mack Brown said.
Not much at all, really.
Iowa State didn't have enough punch to turn things around
against a defense that sacked Cyclones quarterback Bret Meyer seven
times and snagged two interceptions.
Iowa State's career passing leader threw for 274 yards and two
touchdowns but spent most of the game running from a fierce pass
rush that seemed to come from all directions.
"(The coaches) have been harping on us all week to get back
there and get him on the ground," Crowder said. "We were able to
have a good day."
Texas (3-1, 1-0) set a Big 12 record with its 16th straight
league victory, breaking the mark of 15 set by Kansas State in
1997-98. Texas hasn't lost a Big 12 contest at home since 1999.
McCoy finished with 212 yards on 18-of-23 passing with an
interception. Limas Sweed had seven catches for 106 yards.
"He seems to keep getting better and better," Brown said of
his freshman quarterback. "His accuracy impresses us the most."
The first five minutes looked like a Texas rout.
The Longhorns needed only three plays to drive 43 yards to their
first touchdown, a 5-yard run by Jamaal Charles, then got a safety
when the Cyclones snapped a punt through the end zone. Texas tacked
on another score with Selvin Young's 1-yard TD for a 16-0 lead.
Meyer led the Cyclones (2-2, 0-1) back with two scoring drives
that quickly made it 16-14 early in the second.
The first came on 5-yard shuffle pass when he was flushed out of
pocket and flicked the ball to tight end Walter Nickel. After McCoy
threw his second interception of the season, Meyer hit Todd Blythe
for an 8-yard score.
But Iowa State, which came in giving up almost 27 points per
game, could do nothing to stop Texas' no-huddle offense before the
"Texas always had an answer for every positive thing we did,"
Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said.
McCoy made up for his miscue with a 15-yard scoring pass to
Sweed. Texas then had the Cyclones backed up on their 15 when it
appeared that defensive end Brian Robison got leg-whipped in the
left knee by an Iowa State offensive lineman.
The game stopped for several minutes before Robison was carted
off the field and gave the Hook'em Horns sign to the crowd. Any
momentum the Cyclones had gained seemed to follow him right off the
"When he went down, we said 'It's personal," Texas linebacker
Rashad Babino said. "That just gave me the fight of a lion."
After the Longhorns forced a punt, they drove 75 yards for Henry
Melton's 1-yard run that made it 30-14 at halftime.
The drive would have been over with an incomplete pass on third
down at the Texas 22, but linebacker Rashawn Parker hit McCoy in
the head after the throw and the 15-yard penalty kept the Longhorns
The Longhorns all but ended it with two long drives in the
Charles and Melton, a 270-pound load who can wear down defenses
in the second half, pounded the ball to the Iowa State 9 before
McCoy fumbled on 4th-and-1.
Although the drive didn't result in points, it showed the
Cyclones would not be able to stop Texas' front line from pushing
them around as the game wore on.
After forcing a punt, Texas needed only four plays to make it
Sweed stiff-armed a defender for a 35-yard gain on a short pass
before tight end Jermichael Finley took the ball away from two
defensive backs in the end zone for a 10-yard TD.
The Pac-12 is supplying 49 players for the NFL combine, and the focus figures to be on the quarterbacks led by Cal's Jared Goff.