Posted by Tom Fornelli
The last time we saw Texas play at home, it was shocking the world by getting its butt handed to it by a UCLA team that's proven to be pretty awful this season. Then the Longhorns went to Lincoln last week and knocked off the undefeated Cornhuskers, and for a moment we thought that order had been restored.
Maybe it hasn't.
At halftime in Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium the Longhorns find themselves trailing Iowa State 14-3. Yes, you read that right. Iowa State is beating Texas in Austin, and it's not a fluke. In fact, Texas might consider itself lucky not to be losing by more. Following the touchdown that gave the Cyclones a 14-3 lead, Iowa State opted for an onside kick and recovered it, but couldn't go anywhere against the Texas defense.
Which would be encouraging for Texas fans if they had an offense that could do anything. The Longhorns problems in the red zone continue today, as they had one drive stalled by a penalty and had to settle for a field goal, another that ended with Garrett Gilbert being picked off in the end zone, and then one finishing with a missed field goal just before halftime.
The way things look, Texas' defense should be able to keep Iowa State from running away with it, but unless the Longhorns offense gets its act together in the second half, an already disappointing season in Austin could turn plain ugly.