12:00 PM ET, October 23, 2010
Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, AUSTIN, TX
Iowa State scores upset after forcing four Garrett Gilbert turnovers
AUSTIN, Texas -- At this rate, underdogs are going to love playing at Texas: the bigger the dog, the bigger the win.
Iowa State became the latest to drop a shocking home loss on the Longhorns (No. 19 BCS, No. 22 AP) with a 28-21 victory Saturday in a remarkable turnaround for a Cyclones team that had given up 120 points the previous two games.
• Alexander Robinson rushed for 119 yards and two scores as Iowa State held on for its first win over Texas.
• Garrett Gilbert tossed two fourth quarter TDs to rally Texas. Gilbert set career highs with 259 yards and 34 completions, but he also had his second three-interception game of the season.
• Texas is 4-3 and would need to win the Big 12 championship game or bowl game to extend its 10-win season streak to 10 straight.
• The Longhorns have lost consecutive home games for the first time since 1997.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
"You get beat and you get beat and you say enough is enough. We are done with losing, we are sick of it," Iowa State running back Jeff Woody said after the Cyclones danced off the field in front of stunned Longhorns fans.
"I'm on a high. Just thinking the words, 'We beat Texas!' It's unbelievable," Woody said.
Gleeful Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads called the program's first win over Texas and first over a ranked opponent on the road since 1990 "historic."
It's so big that even Iowa Gov. Chet Culver chimed in.
"For the first time in school history, Iowa State beat powerhouse Texas, demonstrating once again that Iowa State is a program to be reckoned with," Culver said.
The Longhorns (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) have dropped consecutive home losses for the first time since 1997. Texas coach Mack Brown was visibly angry at his team one week after the Longhorns pulled out what seemed like a season-saving upset of Nebraska.
"About the time you think something can't happen it does. We stood around and got beat," Brown said. "I don't think it's talent. I think it's attitude."
Many figured that playing five of their last six games at home would be a good thing for Texas. The Longhorns had talked about redeeming themselves after a 34-12 home loss against UCLA on Sept. 25.
But just like UCLA did, the Cyclones (4-4, 2-2) jumped on Texas early and built a rally-proof lead. The Cyclones rushed for 199 yards and led 28-6 early in the fourth quarter.
"After we made a few stops early we realized, 'You know what gang? We can play,'" Rhoads said.
The Iowa State defense, riddled by Utah and Oklahoma the previous two weeks, bent for 440 total yards but kept making big plays.
Gilbert threw three interceptions, including one in the end zone in the second quarter when the game was close, and another in the fourth that killed a promising Texas drive.
Gilbert threw his first TD passes in a month, strikes to John Chiles and Malcolm Williams in the fourth quarter. But pinned on the Texas 10 with 1 minute to play, Gilbert was sacked once and threw three incompletions before the Cyclones started celebrating on Texas' field.
"It's bad for the program," Texas defensive tackle Kheeston Randall said. "They beat us today, but we just shouldn't lose to certain teams here at Texas."
The Cyclones put together long scoring drives for three of their four TDs. The first covered 80 yards and was capped by Arnaud's 18-yard pass to Darius Reynolds.
Texas missed a chance to answer when a touchdown run by Gilbert was overturned upon review. On the next play, the Longhorns were penalized for illegal motion on fourth down from the Iowa State 1, forcing them to settle for a field goal.
Iowa State went up 14-3 on Robinson's first touchdown in the second quarter Feeling primed for a knockout blow, the Cyclones recovered an onside kick but couldn't capitalize when Arnaud missed a pass that was open on a flea flicker.
In the third quarter, Texas drove to the Iowa State 5 before settling for another field goal. Iowa State made it 21-6 when Arnaud tossed a soft pass over two defenders for Josh Lenz to make a fingertip catch in the end zone.
The defense kept chipping in with turnovers and Jeremy Reeves intercepted a pass to kill a Texas drive on the Iowa State 32. Alexander's 20-yard TD run in the fourth seemed to put the game away when Texas fans started booing and heading for the exits.
Texas still had time to rally.
Gilbert started finding open receivers for big yardage. The touchdown pass to Chiles and Gilbert's 2-point conversion run cut Iowa State's lead to 28-14 with 11 minutes left.
The TD pass to Williams came with 1:59 left, but Iowa State picked up a key first down and took a minute off the clock before punting it back to Texas.
"You remember this forever," Arnaud said. "This team never lost its belief in this program."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... The Cyclones showed up ready and the Horns left their game in Lincoln.
Gameball goes to... ISU's red-zone D. The Cyclones repeatedly held off UT inside the 20.
Stat of the game... 4. Iowa State forced four turnovers in picking up its first win over Texas.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-17||8-18|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||2-3|
|TD||06:37||Darius Reynolds 18 Yd Pass From Austen Arnaud (Grant Mahoney Kick)||7||0|
|FG||14:05||Justin Tucker 23 Yd||7||3|
|TD||09:23||Alexander Robinson 1 Yd Run (Grant Mahoney Kick)||14||3|
|FG||07:34||Justin Tucker 21 Yd||14||6|
|TD||02:42||Josh Lenz 15 Yd Pass From Austen Arnaud (Grant Mahoney Kick)||21||6|
|TD||12:47||Alexander Robinson 20 Yd Run (Grant Mahoney Kick)||28||6|
|TD||11:16||John Chiles 17 Yd Pass From Garrett Gilbert (Garrett Gilbert Run For Two-Point Conversion)||28||14|
|TD||03:15||Malcolm Williams 9 Yd Pass From Garrett Gilbert (Justin Tucker Kick)||28||21|