AMES, Iowa (AP/KXAN) - The Longhorns are set to open up the road portion of their conference schedule with a Thursday night matchup against Iowa State.
Texas (2-2, 1-0 Big 12) and Iowa State (1-2, 0-0) kick off at 6:30 p.m on ESPN. The Longhorns lead the overall series 9-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Texas and coach Mack Brown would be in rough shape if they lost to the Cyclones — who appear to be among the weaker teams in the league — since they already have a pair of defeats on their resume. A win would bring the Cyclones back to .500 and give them a ton of confidence heading into a touch stretch of Big 12 play.
Iowa State QB Sam Richardson vs. the Longhorns defense. Texas's defense improved under new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson by allowing just 21 points in a win over Kansas State, and they've had nearly an extra week to prepare for the Cyclones. Richardson's ability as a dual-threat quarterback has been compromised by an ankle injury, but he still had 255 yards passing and 2 TDs last week in a win over Tulsa.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Iowa State. RB Aaron Wimberly. He had 137 yards rushing last week and is now the starter. But he's never seen a defense like the Longhorns.
Texas: WR/RB Daje Johnson. He might the most explosive playmaker Texas has, and he's expected back after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.
FACTS & FIGURES
Iowa State hasn't won a Big 12 opener since pounding Kansas 45-3 in 2002...Texas's win over Kansas State on Sept. 21 snapped a five-game losing streak against the Wildcats...The Longhorns are 4-0 in Ames and beat the Cyclones on the road 37-14 in the 2011 league opener...The Cyclones are one of just three teams nationally that hasn't lost a fumble.
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