Whether anyone inside Austin, TX wanted to admit it or not, the Texas Longhorns were certainly on upset alert on the road in Ames, Iowa against the Iowa State Cyclones on Thursday night. Iowa State themselves are no strangers to providing some weekday evening magic, as they ruined Oklahoma State’s hopes for a national title at home two years ago.
But, this game has a lot more surrounding it. With the future of Mack Brown under constant scrutiny, the Longhorns need to make sure that a letdown does not come to fruition tonight.
So far, aside from one play at the end of the first half, they are NOT doing that.
As the third quarter has just gotten underway, Texas does hold a slim lead over Iowa State 17-13, but it hasn’t been pretty by any means.
The Longhorns started out seemingly as if they were here to make a statement as they capped off their opening drive with a 45-yard scamper from hard-nosed RB Johnathan Gray. But since then, the offense has been stagnant–except for the final play of the first half.
QB Case McCoy, filling in for the injured David Ash, completed a 45-yard ‘Hail Mary’ to WR John Harris as time expired, giving the ‘Horns that 17-13 lead.
Otherwise, McCoy has been rather ineffective. So, one would have to wonder, if McCoy continues to fail at consistently producing, will we finally see Mack Brown pull the redshirt from freshman Tyrone Swoopes?