Texas Longhorns: Promising Future Ahead Despite Loss

Denise CharlesContributor IIIOctober 24, 2010

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 16: Quarterback Garrett Gilbert #7 of the Texas Longhorns during first half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Despite a career-high 344 passing yards by Garrett Gilbert, No. 19 Texas lost to Iowa State, 28-21, on Saturday.  It was the first time in school history that Iowa State beat powerhouse Texas, demonstrating once again that Texas just isn’t what it use to be. 

The Longhorns (4-3) have had consecutive home losses for the first time since 1997. Texas coach Mack Brown was visibly angry at his team one week after the Longhorns pulled out what seemed like a season-saving upset of Nebraska.

Gilbert threw three interceptions, including one in the end zone in the second quarter when the game was close, and another in the fourth quarter that killed a promising Texas drive.

Aside from the interceptions and the loss, Gilbert passed for 178 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a 2-point conversion in the fourth-quarter that pulled Texas back from a 28-6 deficit.

In addition, Texas owned a 25-16 advantage in first downs and a 440-335 edge in total offense. John Chiles registered a career-high 117 receiving yards and one touchdown on five receptions to lead Longhorns receiving.

The Longhorns were trailing by 22 points with 13:47 remaining when Gilbert led Texas on a 6-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 17-yard touchdown pass to Chiles. Gilbert's scramble for a successful two-point conversion cut the lead to 28-14.

Texas scored its second touchdown of the quarter with 3:15 remaining when Gilbert hit Malcolm Williams on a 9-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 28-21.

Texas took possession of the ball one last time at its own 10-yard line with 1:01 remaining in the game, but were unable to gain a first down. Iowa State proceeded to run out the clock to end the game.

Many assumed that playing five of their last six games at home would be a good thing for Texas. The Longhorns had talked about redeeming themselves after a 34-12 home loss against UCLA on September 25.

But just like UCLA, the Cyclones (4-4) jumped on Texas early and built a rally-proof lead.

Texas football isn’t what it use to be--needless to say, this is a rebuilding year--but the individual stats and improvement against Nebraska and Iowa State suggest that Texas will again be the big threat of the Big 12 it once was.