Texas Longhorns survive Iowa State Cyclones, 31-30

Peter Sblendorio

Boos poured down from the stands at Jack Trice Stadium as the officials confirmed Johnathan Gray’s fourth-quarter red-zone run was halted by forward progress.

Gray appeared to be stripped of the football as he lunged towards the goal line, and Cyclones senior linebacker Jeremiah George scooped it up and scurried down the field. Officials ruled the play over before Gray fumbled, and Texas scored two plays later on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Case McCoy with 0:51 seconds remaining en route to a 31-30 win.

Texas managed to halt the Cyclones’ final drive in the closing seconds, with an interception by senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat clinching the comeback victory.

McCoy provided an up and down performance in his second start of the season, missing a number of open receivers while averaging just 5.4 yards per pass attempt. He elevated his play in the game’s final drive, though, completing three of four passes for 24 yards while scoring the game-winner with his legs. Overall, the senior quarterback racked up 244 yards with a touchdown through the air on 24 of 45 passing.

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