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Texas rolls out wishbone to honor Royal, trounces Iowa State wire reports

AUSTIN, Texas -- The wishbone formation on Texas' first play honored the memory of former coach Darrell Royal. The sound whipping of an overmatched opponent looked like a result straight out of Royal's days on the sideline as well.

David Ash passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns and No. 19 Texas rolled over Iowa State 33-7 on an emotional day when the university paid tribute to the coach who won two national championships, a share of a third and 11 Southwest Conference titles from 1957 to 1976. Royal died Wednesday at age 88.

"Bless his heart. We miss him," said Texas coach Mack Brown, who was very close to Royal and said he "sat on the floor and cried" when he learned Royal had passed.

Brown had announced Wednesday his team would honor Royal by lining up in the wishbone for the first play. That Texas uncorked a pitch-back reverse pass for 47 yards caught everyone by surprise and conjured memories of the "Right 53 Veer Pass" that Royal used to beat Arkansas in 1969 in the "Game of the Century."

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"Maybe we had a little intervention from up above on that one," Brown said.

Ash had his second stellar game after getting pulled late in Texas' win over Kansas two weeks ago. Against Iowa State, he rarely had to throw into coverage because Longhorns wide receivers seemed to get wide open on almost every play.

Jaxon Shipley had eight catches for 137 yards and Davis had seven for 113, including a 61-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Johnathan Gray also ran for two touchdowns for the Longhorns (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), who have won four in a row.

Royal coached Texas to national championships in 1963 and 1969, a share of a third in 1970. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Flags flew at half-staff inside the stadium that bears his name and Royals' "DKR" initials were on burnt-orange logos at midfield and on the Texas players' helmets. Brown said Royal's widow, Edith, would be presented with the game ball.

Brown said his midweek promise to run the first play out of the wishbone was a challenge for offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, who had to call the play even after Iowa State pinned Texas inside the 10 with a punt.

Ash pitched the ball to Shipley, who threw back to Ash, who heaved it to tight end Greg Daniels. After the play, the Texas players pointed at the sky.

"To be part of honoring [Royal] makes you really thankful," Ash said. "Being part of that was something really special."

The rest of the game was something Royal gave Texas fans for 20 years: methodical domination. Texas rolled up 609 yards of offense and held the ball for nearly 40 minutes. The Longhorns pounded out 222 yards on the ground.

Steele Jantz passed for 133 yards and a touchdown for the Cyclones (5-5, 2-5) but was under constant pressure from the Texas pass rush and threw two interceptions.

"[Ash] was hot today. He wasn't missing very many balls and that's on us as a defensive front, we weren't getting very much pressure up front," Iowa State defensive tackle Jake McDonough said.

Texas led 7-0 on Gray's 5-yard touchdown run before Ash connected with Davis on a perfect deep post route for the long touchdown. It was Davis' third TD catch in two weeks and his fourth of the season of 44 yards or longer.

Ash was 15 of 16 for 245 yards in the first half and his 3-yard scoring toss to tight end Barrett Matthews made it 20-0. Iowa State, which upset Texas in Austin in 2010, finally responded with a long drive to a 14-yard TD pass from Jantz to Quenton Bundrage.

Iowa State had three other drives push inside the Texas 40 in the first half, but they ended in a punt, an interception and a missed field goal.

Texas led 23-7 in the third on a 37-yard field goal by freshman Nick Jordan, who replaced Anthony Fera after a blocked field goal and missed extra point in the first half.

Texas was starting to wear down the Cyclones up front and turned to bruising running back Joe Bergeron with smashing rushes up the middle. Bergeron finished with 86 yards on a 12 carries.

Gray scooted 13 yards early in the fourth to push the lead to 30-7 before Jordan kicked a late 25-yard field goal for the final score.

"I said going into the week that I thought Texas was a very hot football team," Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. "They are."

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Texas runs its first play out of the wishbone, one of former coach Darrell Royal's innovations.  (AP)
Texas runs its first play out of the wishbone, one of former coach Darrell Royal's innovations. (AP)

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Scoring Summary
TEXASJohnathan Gray 5 yd run (Anthony Fera kick)
TEXASMike Davis 61 yd pass from David Ash (Anthony Fera kick)
TEXASBarrett Matthews 3 yd pass from David Ash (missed kick)
IOWASTQuenton Bundrage 14 yd pass from Steele Jantz (Edwin Arceo kick)
TEXASNick Jordan 37 yd FG
TEXASJohnathan Gray 13 yd run (Nick Jordan kick)
TEXASNick Jordan 25 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1531
Third Down Efficiency3-128-14
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-1
Plays-Net Yards60-27777-609
Passing Yds133387
Kick Return Yds1160
Punt Return Yds01
Time of Poss.21:4838:12
Individual Stats
IOWAST: Shontrelle Johnson 9-57, James White 13-48, Steele Jantz 8-36, Jeff Woody 1-3
TEXAS: Joe Bergeron 12-86, Johnathan Gray 14-74, Malcolm Brown 10-31, David Ash 3-21, Daje Johnson 3-15, Jeremy Hills 1-1, Team 1--2, Marquise Goodwin 1--4
IOWAST: Steele Jantz 15-29-133-2
TEXAS: David Ash 25-31-364-0, Case McCoy 1-1-23-0
IOWAST: Quenton Bundrage 3-20, Jerome Tiller 2-18, Jarvis West 2-16, Albert Gary 2-11, Chris Young 1-23, Shontrelle Johnson 1-15, James White 1-14, Tad Ecby 1-9, Aaron Horne 1-5, Ernst Brun 1-2
TEXAS: Jaxon Shipley 8-137, Mike Davis 7-113, Greg Daniels 2-62, Johnathan Gray 2-31, Jeremy Hills 2-11, Cayleb Jones 1-23, Barrett Matthews 1-3, Marquise Goodwin 1-3, D.J. Monroe 1-2, Malcolm Brown 1-2
Iowa State9th Big 12 2-73-9
Texas6th Big 12 3-65-7

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