The Cyclones face Texas at 8 p.m. ET at Jack Trice Stadium Thursday night on ESPN. "Our defense for the last three weeks has been doing that". David Montgomery, the Big 12's third-leading rusher, had nine carries as the Cyclones gained 10 yards rushing. Texas has been relying on freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger to hold down the fort while starter Shane Buechele recovers from a shoulder injury he suffered in the season-opening loss to Maryland. "But we're going to celebrate winning because it's hard to come by", Herman said. After all, Herman praised the Iowa State defense after the game for "playing different fronts and coverages" the Longhorn coaching staff hadn't seen in the two-plus years of ISU's game film they studied before the game. The Cyclones ran 24 plays from Texas territory but was timid when its underdog role called for boldness.
The Iowa State defense was outstanding. But, contrary to popular belief, good defensive play alone won't win a Big 12 title with the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and TCU lurking with offenses that operate on jet fuel. Texas's Malik Jefferson stuffed Park on a fourth-and-4 at the 50 midway through the fourth quarter.
Iowa State closed to within seven after Park found Matt Eaton for a touchdown in the third quarter. Iowa State then took an apparent fumbled backward pass into the end zone, but the officials ruled the ball was going forward after a review. "In a game like this you have got to make critical plays and I thought defensively we were able to do that for most of the evening".
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"I couldn't be more pleased with the way the defense is taking the ball away", Kingsbury said.
Stevens has 22 career starts for the Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).