AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns appear to be headed into the Iowa State much healthier than the Texas Tech game. Tom Herman announced on Thursday that receiver Collin Johnson is expected by in the lineup after missing the Tech game with a knee injury. Safety Brandon Jones is still limited after missing the last two games with an ankle injury. Herman also said that safety Caden Sterns, cornerback Davante Davis, and running Back Keontay Ingram should be ready to play, all three left the Tech game with an injury. Back up safety Josh Thompson will miss the game while defensive end Marquez Bimage had shoulder surgery on Thursday.
Texas and Iowa State will be play for the right to stay in the hunt for a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. Both teams are 5-2 in the conference and a game behind Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Texas has the head to head tiebreaker over Oklahoma with their 48-45 win in at the Cotton Bowl while Iowa State best West Virginia 30-14 which is their second of their current five game win streak, longest in the Big 12.
“Everything was at stake since we’ve been 1-3,” said head coach Matt Campbell. “It’s been that way every single week since then. You talk about the noise that’s being generated outside our walls, but I’ve talked about that since we’ve won a couple of games, it’s just a different type adversity, adversity of success is sometimes harder to deal with than adversity of failure.”
“They’re fighting for something too,” said Longhorn defensive end. “They’re ranked, they’re 5-0 with this quarterback (Brock Purdy) and they don’t care it’s senior night, they could care less.”
In six games, five as a starter, Purdy has passed for 1,315 yards, with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Purdy has also run for 252 yards and two scores. The Cyclones will be without standout running back David Montgomery for the first half after he was ejected in the Baylor game for thowing a punch.
Senior night has not gone well for Texas lately. 2013 is the last time Texas won their final home game, it turned out to be Mack Brown’s final win as UT’s head coach.
Texas will close the regular season a week from Friday at Kansas.