3:30 PM ET, September 23, 2006
Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, AUSTIN, TX
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas was cruising to another Big 12 win when the weather put everything on hold for more than an hour.
No matter. By the time the rain and lightning had cleared, Iowa State was in no position to mount much of a rally.
Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy engineered another efficient game with a pair of touchdown passes Saturday to lead No. 7 Texas to a 37-14 victory in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
The outcome was pretty much what was expected. It just took a long time to finish after waves of rain and lightning rolled through downtown Austin at the end of the third quarter, forcing game officials to suspend play for 70 minutes.
Texas led by 23 and had a long wait in the locker room figuring out how to avoid an Iowa State comeback.
"I didn't know how to act. I didn't know if we were supposed to chill or get fired up," linebacker Robert Killebrew said.
"We figured they had 15 minutes to go out and score a lot of points to beat us," defensive end Tim Crowder said. "We stayed focused and kept in it."
It was the first time a game at Royal-Memorial Stadium had been suspended by weather since 1996. Game officials urged the crowd of 88,972 to seek shelter and only a few thousand returned to the stands when play resumed.
"You're wondering what's going to happen with momentum," Texas coach Mack Brown said.
Not much at all, really.
Iowa State didn't have enough punch to turn things around against a defense that sacked Cyclones quarterback Bret Meyer seven times and snagged two interceptions.
Iowa State's career passing leader threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns but spent most of the game running from a fierce pass rush that seemed to come from all directions.
"(The coaches) have been harping on us all week to get back there and get him on the ground," Crowder said. "We were able to have a good day."
Texas (3-1, 1-0) set a Big 12 record with its 16th straight league victory, breaking the mark of 15 set by Kansas State in 1997-98. Texas hasn't lost a Big 12 contest at home since 1999.
McCoy finished with 212 yards on 18-of-23 passing with an interception. Limas Sweed had seven catches for 106 yards.
"He seems to keep getting better and better," Brown said of his freshman quarterback. "His accuracy impresses us the most."
The first five minutes looked like a Texas rout.
The Longhorns needed only three plays to drive 43 yards to their first touchdown, a 5-yard run by Jamaal Charles, then got a safety when the Cyclones snapped a punt through the end zone. Texas tacked on another score with Selvin Young's 1-yard TD for a 16-0 lead.
Meyer led the Cyclones (2-2, 0-1) back with two scoring drives that quickly made it 16-14 early in the second.
The first came on 5-yard shuffle pass when he was flushed out of pocket and flicked the ball to tight end Walter Nickel. After McCoy threw his second interception of the season, Meyer hit Todd Blythe for an 8-yard score.
But Iowa State, which came in giving up almost 27 points per game, could do nothing to stop Texas' no-huddle offense before the half.
"Texas always had an answer for every positive thing we did," Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said.
McCoy made up for his miscue with a 15-yard scoring pass to Sweed. Texas then had the Cyclones backed up on their 15 when it appeared that defensive end Brian Robison got leg-whipped in the left knee by an Iowa State offensive lineman.
The game stopped for several minutes before Robison was carted off the field and gave the Hook'em Horns sign to the crowd. Any momentum the Cyclones had gained seemed to follow him right off the field.
"When he went down, we said 'It's personal," Texas linebacker Rashad Babino said. "That just gave me the fight of a lion."
After the Longhorns forced a punt, they drove 75 yards for Henry Melton's 1-yard run that made it 30-14 at halftime.
The drive would have been over with an incomplete pass on third down at the Texas 22, but linebacker Rashawn Parker hit McCoy in the head after the throw and the 15-yard penalty kept the Longhorns moving.
The Longhorns all but ended it with two long drives in the third.
Charles and Melton, a 270-pound load who can wear down defenses in the second half, pounded the ball to the Iowa State 9 before McCoy fumbled on 4th-and-1.
Although the drive didn't result in points, it showed the Cyclones would not be able to stop Texas' front line from pushing them around as the game wore on.
After forcing a punt, Texas needed only four plays to make it 37-14.
Sweed stiff-armed a defender for a 35-yard gain on a short pass before tight end Jermichael Finley took the ball away from two defensive backs in the end zone for a 10-yard TD.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... The skies opened up. The 70-minute rain delay crushed any rally Iowa State tried to muster.
Gameball goes to... Colt McCoy. Texas' redshirt QB made quick work of the Cyclones, completing 18-for-23 for 210 yards and two TDs.
Stat of the game... 46: The Horns' veteran defense held Iowa State to just 46 yards on the ground, but gave up 303 in the air.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-14||2-8|
|4th Down Conversions||2-5||0-1|
|TD||12:35||JAMAAL CHARLES 5 YD RUN (GREG JOHNSON KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 43 yards.
|TD||9:28||SELVIN YOUNG 1 YD RUN (GREG JOHNSON KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 53 yards.
|TD||5:48||WALTER NICKEL 5 YD PASS FROM BRET MEYER (BRET CULBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||9:50||TODD BLYTHE 6 YD PASS FROM BRET MEYER (BRET CULBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||6:11||LIMAS SWEED 15 YD PASS FROM COLT MCCOY (GREG JOHNSON KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yards.
|TD||1:22||HENRY MELTON 2 YD RUN (GREG JOHNSON KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||6:54||JERMICHAEL FINLEY 10 YD PASS FROM COLT MCCOY (GREG JOHNSON KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 63 yards.