AUSTIN (KXAN) — Knowing a win would keep its hopes alive for a berth in the Big 12 championship game, Texas took care of business in a 24-10 win over Iowa State in its home finale.
The win, coupled with West Virginia’s loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, means the Longhorns just have to beat Kansas on Friday in Lawrence in the regular season finale to book a ticket to Arlington to play in the Big 12 title game.
The Jayhawks lost to Oklahoma in Norman on Saturday night, but played the Sooners close in a 55-40 loss. Friday’s game against Texas will be head coach David Beaty’s last game at KU after being fired earlier in the year but allowed to finish out the season.
Sam Ehlinger’s health will be the main focus in the days leading up to Black Friday. The sophomore quarterback hurt his shoulder late in the first half when he took a big hit scrambling for a first down near the end zone. He left the field before the half to go into the locker room.
He came back onto the field after the second half started and was warming up on the sidelines, but he never got back in the game.
Afterward, Tom Herman called the injury an AC contusion, a slightly different injury than the AC sprain he had earlier in the season that kept him out of most of the Baylor game. He’ll have an MRI on Sunday.
In his place, Shane Buechele played well, a perfect 10-for-10 passing for 89 yards and one touchdown — a 27-yard touchdown to Lil’Jordan Humphrey who made a great effort to break a tackle and find the end zone to go up 24-3 in the third quarter.
The Texas defense, much maligned after a brutal stretch of prolific offenses, played well. They forced two turnovers, including an interception of Brock Purdy, who was 5-0 as the starting quarterback coming into the game.
Ehlinger got the scoring started with a seven-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He finished with 137 yards passing on 12-of-15 yards passing and one touchdown while also running for another 32 yards before leaving the game.
Iowa State answered with a 40-yard field goal. In the second, Keaontay Ingram scored on a swing pass from Ehlinger to take a 14-3 lead.
On the Cyclones’ ensuing possession, Chris Brown picked of Purdy to give Texas a short field, but the Longhorns couldn’t take advantage as Cameron Dicker missed a 28-yard field goal.
Right before the half, he atoned for his mistake with a 22-yard field goal right after Ehlinger’s injury to go into the break up 17-3.
The win sends 26 seniors out on a high note for the first time since the 2013 season.