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No. 13 Texas defense smothers No. 18 Iowa State 24-10

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Longhorns are on a late-season stampede toward the Big 12 title game. And given how things are unfolding around them and a sudden resurgence on defense, they like where they stand.

Now if only quarterback Sam Ehlinger's throwing shoulder will hold up.

Ehlinger ran for a touchdown and passed for another before leaving with an injury after a hard hit late in the second quarter, and No. 13 Texas smothered Iowa State freshman quarterback Brock Purdy in a 24-10 victory Saturday night that pushed the Longhorns a big step closer to a berth in the league championship game.

Texas (8-3, 6-2, No. 15 CFP) is in second place in the Big 12 and can get to the title game with a win at Kansas next week. Texas hasn't won the Big 12 since 2009. The Longhorns have won eight games for the first time since 2013.

And lurking out there are potential title-game rematches of Texas' wildest games of the year: a 48-45 win over Oklahoma and a 42-41 loss to West Virginia.

Texas can even get to the title game if it loses to Kansas, but Oklahoma beats West Virginia and Iowa State beats Kansas State next week.

Texas isn't ready to talk about those scenarios yet.

''We're overachieving right now. We're winning on toughness. We're winning on grit,'' coach Tom Herman said. ''Coming from where we came from and where this program was ... we've still got a lot of football left to play.''

Texas running back Tre Watsons said the Longhorns have to ''finish the journey.''

''We put ourselves in position to have a shot,'' Watson said.

Shane Buechele took over for Ehlinger after halftime and his 27-yard touchdown pass to Lil'Jordan Humphrey with 36 seconds left in the third quarter put the game out of reach. Buechele was 10 of 10 for 89 yards.

It was the second time this season Buechele has come after an Ehlinger injury and guided Texas to a win. Ehlinger injured the same shoulder against Baylor.

''Nobody is surprised when Shane comes in and doesn't miss a beat,'' Herman said.

The Texas defense played its best game in weeks with a mix of blitzes that chased Purdy all night, sacking him five times. The No. 18 Cyclones (6-4, 5-3, No. 16 CFP) also played the first half without running back David Montgomery, who was suspended for throwing a punch against Baylor a week earlier.

Purdy had led the Cyclones to five consecutive wins since taking over the offense, finished with 130 yards on 10 of 23 passing.

''They were the more physical football team,'' Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. ''We struggled to tackle, struggled to win at the line of scrimmage.''

After allowing 114 points and more than 1,600 yards the previous three games, Texas allowed the Cyclones just 225 yards and allowed the fewest points this season.

''People thought we forgot how to play defense,'' Herman said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa State: The Cyclones melted under the pressure of their biggest Big 12 game in years. The game didn't look too big for Purdy, he just didn't have any help when he needed it. Missing Montgomery for a half was critical because it not only took him off the field in running plays, it further exposed Purdy under a relentless pass rush without him there as an passing outlet or a blocker.

When Montgomery finally got in, he ran for 33 yards on 10 carries and scored Iowa State's only touchdown.

''I learned so much just being out the first half, not being able to stand on the sideline with my guys. I let my emotion overtake the game,'' Montgomery said.

Texas: Ehlinger's shoulder injury will make Texas nervous. Herman said an X-ray showed no signs of a fracture but there will be more tests on Sunday. Herman said Ehlinger had wanted to get back in the game but pain would have limited any long throws.

The Longhorns at least have the luxury of having Buechele, who was the full-time starter in 2016 and part of 2017. But if Ehlinger can't return next week, Texas fans will remember that Buechele was the starter when Texas lost at Kansas in 2016, a defeat that pushed coach Charlie Strong out after that season.

BIG MAN HUMPHREY

Humphrey keeps using his big body to abuse defenses. He made another move-the-pile catch in the first half when he pushed a pile of seven tacklers about 10 yards. Then he broke two tackles on his touchdown. Humphrey caught the game-winning score the previous week against Texas Tech and now has 70 catches for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.

''He's our best player,'' Herman said.

LOST TITLE HOPES

Iowa State started the game with the same ''win and get in'' title game hopes Texas did. But the Cyclones' title hopes were dashed with the loss as the potential tie-breaker scenarios would freeze them out.

UP NEXT

Iowa State hosts Kansas State

Texas plays at Kansas, where the Longhorns lost in 2016, next Friday with a berth in the Big 12 title game on the line.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:33
96-C.Assalley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
24
Touchdown 1:37
32-D.Montgomery runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
6
yds
00:54
pos
9
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:36
17-C.Dicker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
24
Touchdown 0:47
7-S.Buechele complete to 84-L.Humphrey. 84-L.Humphrey runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
69
yds
03:45
pos
3
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:21
17-C.Dicker 22 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
75
yds
03:01
pos
3
17
Point After TD 9:53
17-C.Dicker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
14
Touchdown 10:01
11-S.Ehlinger complete to 26-K.Ingram. 26-K.Ingram runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
94
yds
00:00
pos
3
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:27
96-C.Assalley 40 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
42
yds
03:23
pos
3
7
Point After TD 8:50
17-C.Dicker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 8:55
11-S.Ehlinger runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
80
yds
03:35
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 20
Rushing 7 10
Passing 5 10
Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Conv 5-15 8-15
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 168 375
Total Plays 59 71
Avg Gain 2.8 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 62 179
Rush Attempts 30 46
Avg Rush Yards 2.1 3.9
Net Yards Passing 106 196
Comp. - Att. 13-29 22-25
Yards Per Pass 3.7 7.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 6-42 4-30
Penalties - Yards 3-20 3-25
Touchdowns 1 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 3-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 6-47.0 5-44.4
Return Yards 121 52
Punts - Returns 2-55 1-7
Kickoffs - Returns 4-66 2-45
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 2/3 4/5
Extra Points 1/1 3/3
Field Goals 1/2 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
16 Iowa State 6-4 300710
15 Texas 8-3 7107024
106 PASS YDS 196
62 RUSH YDS 179
168 TOTAL YDS 375
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Purdy 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
43.5% 130 0 1 82.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.6% 1445 13 3 174.5
B. Purdy 10/23 130 0 1
K. Kempt 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 18 0 0 75.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.9% 154 0 0 114.1
K. Kempt 3/6 18 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Montgomery 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 33 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
179 798 7
D. Montgomery 10 33 1 8
K. Nwangwu 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 143 0
K. Nwangwu 7 31 0 24
J. Lang 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 79 1
J. Lang 3 23 0 14
B. Purdy 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 -11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
76 241 2
B. Purdy 9 -11 0 8
K. Kempt 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -39 0
K. Kempt 1 -14 0 -14
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
H. Butler 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 99 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
42 915 8
H. Butler 6 99 0 37
D. Montgomery 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 76 0
D. Montgomery 3 22 0 20
T. Milton 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 332 1
T. Milton 2 14 0 13
C. Allen 11 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 50 0
C. Allen 1 9 0 9
J. Lang 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 30 0
J. Lang 1 4 0 4
D. Jones 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 302 3
D. Jones 0 0 0 0
L. Akers 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 176 0
L. Akers 0 0 0 0
Jo. Johnson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 11 0
Jo. Johnson 0 0 0 0
M. Eaton 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 233 2
M. Eaton 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
G. Eisworth 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
G. Eisworth 1-0 0.0 0
W. Harvey 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
W. Harvey 1-0 0.0 0
A. Johnson 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
D. Montgomery 32 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Montgomery 1-0 0.0 0
L. White 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
L. White 1-0 1.0 0
M. Leo 89 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
M. Leo 1-0 1.0 0
Ja. Bailey 3 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
Ja. Bailey 0-1 0.5 0
Ja. Johnson 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
Ja. Johnson 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Assalley 96 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
14/19 25/26
C. Assalley 1/2 40 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Dunn 13 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 47.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
50 40.0 3
C. Dunn 6 47.0 3 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Nwangwu 3 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 22.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 30.5 32 0
K. Nwangwu 3 22.0 32 0
D. Soehner 89 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 5.3 0 0
D. Soehner 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Milton 14 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 27.5 47 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 14.1 47 0
T. Milton 2 27.5 47 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Ehlinger 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
80% 137 1 0 178.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65% 2620 21 2 150.4
S. Ehlinger 12/15 137 1 0
S. Buechele 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 89 1 0 207.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.2% 273 2 1 130.8
S. Buechele 10/10 89 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Watson 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 93 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
140 577 3
T. Watson 14 93 0 39
K. Ingram 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 57 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
116 625 3
K. Ingram 12 57 0 20
S. Ehlinger 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
120 375 10
S. Ehlinger 8 32 1 14
D. Young 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 149 0
D. Young 4 9 0 5
J. Heard 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
J. Heard 1 -2 0 -2
S. Buechele 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 8 0
S. Buechele 5 -3 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
L. Humphrey 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 86 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
70 1033 8
L. Humphrey 7 86 1 27
C. Johnson 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
53 730 5
C. Johnson 3 55 0 35
K. Ingram 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 40 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 119 2
K. Ingram 5 40 1 19
De. Duvernay 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 421 4
De. Duvernay 2 18 0 10
A. Beck 47 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 232 1
A. Beck 2 16 0 11
T. Watson 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 126 3
T. Watson 2 8 0 6
J. Heard 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 86 0
J. Heard 1 3 0 3
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Wheeler 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Wheeler 1-0 1.0 0
G. Johnson 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
G. Johnson 1-0 1.0 0
B. Hager 44 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
B. Hager 1-0 1.0 0
B. Foster 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
B. Foster 1-0 1.0 0
J. Ossai 46 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Ossai 1-0 1.0 0
C. Sterns 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 4 1.0
C. Sterns 1-0 1.0 0
C. Brown 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Brown 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Dicker 17 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
1/2 3/3
C. Dicker 1/2 22 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Bujcevski 8 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 44.4 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
49 40.4 1
R. Bujcevski 5 44.4 1 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Humphrey 84 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 21.4 24 0
L. Humphrey 2 22.5 24 0
A. Beck 47 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
A. Beck 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Jamison 17 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 7.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 13.1 7 1
D. Jamison 1 7.0 7 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TEXAS 35 2:10 7 2 Punt
8:50 TEXAS 35 3:23 10 44 FG
1:55 IOWAST 23 1:43 9 64 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:53 TEXAS 35 0:38 5 -6 INT
5:57 IOWAST 20 2:30 6 25 Punt
0:07 TEXAS 35 0:00 1 -14 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:52 IOWAST 7 6:03 11 63 FG Miss
0:36 TEXAS 35 0:11 4 -13 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:29 IOWAST 26 2:00 5 6 Punt
5:20 IOWAST 23 1:00 4 18 Punt
2:31 TEXAS 6 0:54 2 6 TD
1:32 IOWAST 43 0:11 3 34 Fumble
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:30 TEXAS 20 3:35 9 80 TD
4:52 IOWAST 35 2:22 6 3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:05 TEXAS 6 0:00 10 94 TD
9:07 IOWAST 36 2:27 6 26 FG Miss
3:22 TEXAS 20 3:01 10 75 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:02 IOWAST 35 0:00 9 25 Punt
4:32 TEXAS 31 3:45 8 69 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 TEXAS 23 1:43 3 9 Punt
9:42 TEXAS 14 3:36 6 17 Punt
3:34 TEXAS 8 0:57 3 9 Punt
1:33 IOWAST 35 0:00 2 22 Fumble
1:17 IOWAST 23 0:08 2 -7