Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads reacts to a video replay during the Cyclones loss to Texas on Thursday.
Iowa State's football program is a lot of things but it's rarely boring. The Cyclones lost to Texas 31-30 in a game that had enough weird plays to last a season.
But it's the end of the game that people all over the country are talking about.
The Cyclones were clinging to a 6-point lead, but Texas had the ball on the one yard line. ISU linebacker Jeremiah George appeared to strip the ball and headed the other way. The referees said the play was dead and after a review Texas kept the ball. Two plays later, Case McCoy snuck it in for a touchdown and a 31-30 Longhorn win. Head coach Paul Rhoads couldn't believe his eyes.
"To make a play on the one yard line with their backs against the wall, clear to everybody, and have it taken away from them, that's hard to express," said ISU head coach Paul Rhoads.
"I pulled it from his hands," said linebacker Jeremiah George. "He was still trying to churn his legs and move forward and I pulled the ball from his possession. I don't have any other explanation for that one."
"I've got pretty good eyesight," said Rhoads. "The view I had on that gigantic screen in the north end zone showed a player that was not down and our guy with the football."
The ending over-shadowed a strong offensive performance by the Cyclones, who outgained Texas by 100 yards. The 463-yards of total offense included the longest passing play in ISU history, a 97-yarder from Sam Richardson to Quenton Bundrage. Aaron Wimberly also went over the century mark for the second straight week, with 123 yards on the ground. But ten penalties for 118 yards didn't help their cause.
"You can look at the positives I guess," said Richardson. "Tonight's pretty sour. You've got to put it behind you as quick as you can and look at it as, they're the Texas Longhorns and no-one gave us a shot to win this game. You take from it what you can."
"I felt we fought pretty hard," said Wimberly. "We executed a lot of things. It just didn't end the way we wanted it to end."
Iowa State goes to Texas Tech next Saturday.
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