No. 20 Texas 40, Iowa State 19
AMES, Iowa -- Roy Williams used his arm as well as his hands to help Texas over Iowa State.
Williams caught a touchdown pass, set up a TD with a reception and -- surprise, surprise -- threw a pass that led to another score as No. 20 Texas beat Iowa State 40-19 Saturday.
"There was a little adversity, but that's part of what life gives you and you have to face up to it, stand up and be strong," running back Cedric Benson said. "It was a learning experience for this team. I think it brought us together in many ways."
It sure looked that way on a gorgeous 75-degree day.
Benson carried 32 times for 140 yards and scored three touchdowns, while Vince Young threw a touchdown pass in his first start for the Longhorns. They also played inspired defense, recording five sacks and holding Iowa State (2-4, 0-3) to 45 yards while building a 27-0 halftime lead.
"The team has a lot of resilience," Brown said. "That was a tough game last week and they went back to work and did a great job of coming up here and preparing. We were lucky it was a good day. It was an Austin day for us."
Williams, who holds most Texas receiving records, caught a 46-yard pass from Young on a crossing pattern to set up the first Texas touchdown, a 6-yard run by Benson on the opening series.
Early in the second quarter, Williams took a pitchout from Young on what looked to be an end around. But he stopped and threw to B.J. Johnson , who was 10 yards behind the defense. Johnson had to wait for the ball and was tackled at the Iowa State 13 after a 56-yard gain.
"B.J. just needs to get some acceleration, get some speed," Williams said jokingly. "I thought we had 4.3 guys. He's about a 4.7. I should have had a TD."
Two plays later, Benson burst through a huge hole on an 8-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 and the Longhorns kept rolling from there.
Benson also scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter in topping 100 yards for the second time this season and 11th time in his career.
Young was 12-of-16 for 156 yards with one interception and a 13-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. He had a TD pass called back by a holding penalty and added 58 yards rushing in 10 carries. Johnson finished with seven catches for 187 yards, matching his career high in yardage.
Chance Mock , who started the first six games at quarterback for Texas, played two series in the first half and much of the fourth quarter. He threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Williams with 7:07 left and finished 6-of-9 for 131 yards.
"The offensive line played great today," Brown said. "There wasn't any pressure on either quarterback. The quarterbacks did what they were supposed to do and I thought Cedric ran as good as I've seen him run. He made some key plays on second and third down."
Iowa State coach Dan McCarney gave Cris Love his first start at quarterback because the Cyclones had been struggling with redshirt freshman Austin Flynn . But Love couldn't get anything going, either.
The Cyclones managed only 26 yards on their first 21 plays and had just four first downs in the opening half. Iowa State was so inept that at halftime, Williams had more passing yards (56) than Love (49). Love, unable to avoid the Texas rush, had only one more completion in the half (six) than Texas had sacks.
"We just didn't make the plays that were out there to be made," Love said. "I'll take the blame for it."
Flynn, more nimble than Love, took over in the second half and gave the Cyclones a spark. His running set up a 51-yard field goal by Tony Yelk and his 47-yard pass to Lance Young led to Lane Danielsen's 2-yard touchdown run on an end around.
Danielsen also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Flynn, who twice ran for 2-point conversions. After its abysmal first half, Iowa State finished with 277 yards and some encouragement for next Saturday's game at Nebraska.
"We were frustrated and a little (ticked) off at halftime," Danielsen said. "We wanted to come out and show we're no slouches and that we can move the ball.