courtesy of texassports.com
AUSTIN, Texas - No. 19/17 Texas piled up more than 600 yards of total offense in an emotional 33-7 victory over Iowa State Saturday afternoon at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
The Longhorns (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) won for the fourth-straight time on a day the program remembered former coach Darrell Royal, who died Wednesday, and honored Veteran's Day.
David Ash completed 25 of 31 passes for a career-high 364 yards and two touchdowns, including a 61-yard scoring strike to Mike Davis that gave Texas a 14-0 lead with 3:23 left in the first quarter.
Davis was one of two Longhorn receivers to post more than 100 receiving yards. The junior had seven catches for 113 yards and Jaxon Shipley posted eight receptions for 137 yards.
Ash's 3-yard touchdown pass to Barrett Matthews capped a nine-play, 65-yard drive and increased the lead to 20-0 with 2:53 left in the first half.
The Cyclones (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) closed the second quarter with their lone scoring drive of the day.
Steele Jantz, who was 15-for-29 for 133 yards, led a 64-yard, seven-play match that culminated with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Quenton Bundrage.
But Texas defense stifled the ISU offense in the second half, holding it to 64 total yards and forcing punts on the first four possessions.
And it was the Longhorns defense which set up the offense's dramatic opening play.
Iowa State was forced to punt on the game's opening possession. On their first play from scrimmage, the Longhorns paid homage to Royal by lining up in his signature Wishbone formation at their own 6-yard line.
Ash tossed right to Shipley, who was lined up in the backfield, and he then tossed the ball back across the field to Ash in the end zone. Ash fired downfield for tight end Greg Daniels, who hauled in a 47-yard catch that set up the Longhorns at the ISU 47.
That drive stalled but it wasn't long before the Horns got on the scoreboard.
On its next possession, Texas drove 73 yards on six plays with running back Johnathan Gray scampering into the end zone from 5 yards out with 4:34 left in the first quarter.
Ash went 3-for-3 for 31 yards on that drive and completed his first 11 passes of the game.
Joe Bergeron had a game-high 86 rushing yards on 12 carries. Gray added 74 yards on 14 carries as the Longhorns rolled up 609 yards of total offense, including 222 on the ground.
Texas struck on its opening drive of the second half, moving the ball 55 yards on 11 plays and pushing its lead to 23-7 behind a 37-yard field goal from Nick Jordan.
The Longhorns took a commanding 30-7 lead with 12:32 left in the game when Gray ran for a 13-yard score. Jordan tacked on a 25-yard field goal with 1:23 remaining.
The Texas defense forced Jantz into a pair of interceptions and allowed just 277 total yards of offense.
The University remembered the legendary Royal who coached at the school from 1957-76 and led the Longhorns to three national titles.
There was a moment of silence prior to the game and the team's helmets featured the letters "DKR" on the Longhorn logo. Royal's initials also adorned the Longhorn logo at midfield. UT presented a video tribute of Royal at halftime.