Jaxon Shipley

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Tuesday marked head coach Charlie Strong’s first NFL Pro Day with Texas, where he saw 14 Longhorns perform for scouts and coaches from 25 different teams in the league.

The five players who participated in last month’s NFL Combine — defensive tackle Malcom Brown, running back Malcolm Brown, linebacker Jordan Hicks, defensive end Cedric Reed and cornerback Quandre Diggs — mostly focused on position drills as they tried to establish a spot in the NFL Draft. 

Diggs participated in the vertical jump and the broad jump, reaching 36 inches and 9 feet 11 inches, respectively. Malcolm Brown ran in the 40-yard dash, aiming to beat his time of 4.62 from the Combine. He clocked in around 4.5 seconds.

“I definitely believe I am one of the best cornerbacks in this class,” Diggs said. “A lot of people have made a big to do about my size. It is one thing if you’re 6 foot 1 inch but are soft. I know the kind of player I am, and I let my play speak for itself.”

Reed, after only taking part in the bench press at the combine, did not participate in the Pro Day. He is still recovering from meniscus surgery he had during the offseason.

Tuesday was crucial for wide receivers Jaxon Shipley and John Harris and safety Mykkele Thompson, who weren’t invited to the Combine. 

Shipley ran between a 4.43 and a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash and jumped a 39-inch vertical. During wide receiver drills, his routes were clean, and he showed scouts the strong hands Texas fans were familiar with.

“Coming out here today, I really want to surprise some people with my speed,” Shipley said. “I also wanted people understand that, even with injuries in college, I can still play at a high level.”

Shipley said he felt good about his performance and was glad to talk with a couple of scouts following his workouts.

Thompson also looked strong in all of his drills, especially the broad jump, which was around 10 feet 9 inches. His broad jump would have been better than many guys at the combine, including Alabama safety Landon Collins and LSU cornerback Jalen Collins.

Harris, one of the Longhorns few offensive weapons last season, gave a good performance.  He completed 19 reps on the bench press and ran a 40-yard time of about 4.5. On the his last attempt for the 40, Harris pulled his hamstring, but it didn’t bother him the rest of the day.

“At this time last year, I was not really paying attention to Pro Day,” Harris said. “I remember coming to watch for a little while but quickly leaving. Now, a year later, a lot has changed.”

The Longhorn prospects still have a long process ahead of them, with individual team workouts and meetings before the NFL Draft on April 30 through May 2.

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In summer 2003, Jordan Shipley, senior receiver for Burnet High School, committed to Texas. 

Shipley was a four-star recruit who held nearly every Texas high school receiving record. But few could predict that Shipley’s commitment would have a profound effect on the Longhorn program for roughly the next decade. After six seasons, Shipley left his mark as arguably the greatest receiver to ever play at Texas.

Roughly a month after Jordan exhausted his collegiate eligibility, the Longhorns received the commitment from his brother, Jaxon Shipley, who, at the time, was a junior at Brownwood High School.

Now Jaxon Shipley, set to play his final game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Thursday, acknowledges the end of his collegiate career as the end of an era.

“It’s going to be pretty sad, especially for me being around here pretty much my whole childhood — watching my brother play and then me coming through here,” Shipley said.

Jaxon Shipley knew he wanted to follow in his brother’s footsteps to Austin since Jordan’s early playing days at Texas. Growing up around the football program made some game-day routines very special for him.

“I still remember the first time I came out of the tunnel against Rice, and it was surreal,” Shipley said. ”It was amazing. It’s the same way every time I walk out; it’s just this awesome experience.”

The Texas faithful will remember the Shipley brothers for their steady hands. Those hands have led to prolific production in their careers, as the brothers currently sit at first and third places on Texas’ all-time career-receptions list.

Despite playing with four different starting quarterbacks in his career, “Mr. Reliable,” as head coach Charlie Strong calls Shipley, enters Wednesday’s game 25 receptions away from placing only behind his brother.

Both brothers wore number eight during their careers on the 40 Acres — just another connection between the two receivers that Jaxon Shipley relishes.

“I couldn’t have planned it any better,” Shipley said. “Me being able to come here [to] the same school my brother came to. Me being able to wear the same number he wore.”

However, the brothers are not the only Shipleys to be associated with Texas football in recent years. In 2013, their father, Bob Shipley, served as a football analyst for the Longhorn program.

Jaxon cherished being able to spend so much time with his father last season and knows how fortunate he was to have the opportunity.

“It was really cool to be able to have my dad up here and just know that I can just walk into his office anytime I want to talk about something,” Shipley said. “It was a really cool year and something I know, [for] both of us, it’s a year that is really special to us.”

Now Jaxon Shipley prepares to finish a chapter of his life, and, with it, the Shipley chapter of Longhorn football. And while his teams never were as successful as his brother’s, the younger Shipley has created plenty of memories.

“I’ve just had a great experience,” Shipley said. “It’s been rough here and there, but overall, I wouldn’t trade if for anything.”

The backup quarterback is usually everyone’s favorite player, and for the past two seasons, sophomore signal caller Tyrone Swoopes has played that role. 

Now finding himself thrust into the starting role following another head injury to redshirt junior quarterback David Ash, Swoopes is ready to take over as starter for the foreseeable future.

“He’s been the cool, calm customer he is,” quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson said. “I think he is a very well-liked player on this football team and a very well-respected player for his work ethic and his character and the person he is and what he puts in and what he’s working to accomplish here. So he has a lot of team respect, and the guys will rally behind him because of that.”

That poise has helped Swoopes earn the respect of his teammates, who see him continuing to work to improve as a player and a leader. 

“The thing with Tyrone is that he’s a leader,” senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley said. “And a lot of guys don’t see that because you don’t see him on the field. But in the locker room, all of the guys love him. He’s all one of our good friends, pretty much everyone on the team. And we have a lot of respect for him. He’s an extremely hard worker.” 

At 6 feet 4 inches and 240 pounds, Swoopes is nearly identical to Vince Young in size and stature, but those expecting similarities in their styles of play will be thoroughly disappointed. Young was elusive and nimble with his feet and used his legs primarily to open up throwing lanes, whereas Swoopes is more physical — running over guys with the ball and using his elite arm strength to break defenses deep.

“He can make some really big throws in tight windows,” redshirt senior receiver John Harris said. “Tyrone is a guy [who] has a really strong arm, as you can see when he played against Oregon, throwing the deep ball to Mike [Davis].” 

Some people who saw Swoopes play last season have already wrote him off at quarterback. But those snaps were sporadic and often un-meaningful, and the Texas players have confidence that all it will take for Swoopes to excel is the opportunity to get

“Once he gets a couple of good plays in, he’ll start finding a little rhythm and just start doing what he does,” senior running back Malcolm Brown said. “Once he gets a couple throws in and gets in a rhythm, he’ll do fine.”

But the most important thing for Swoopes’ success is an understanding of how he can contribute to the Texas offense by utilizing the talent around him.

“Basically, his first transition he develops is he’s got to be a part of why we win,” Watson said. “I said a part — he’s got to understand what he’s got at his disposal. He’s got two great tailbacks, he’s got a really gifted corps of receivers, he’s got really good tight ends, [and] he’s got a really good offensive line, so he’s got to let those people help him. He does not need to put an ‘S’ on his chest and a cape on his back and try to do it all by himself. It won’t work that way.“

Swoopes is no longer the backup and will now faces a major test on national
television. With only 13 pass attempts under his belt, one shouldn’t be too quick to write off Swoopes if he struggles against BYU. For now, it is the responsibility of the rest of the team to play flawlessly and put Swoopes in position to help them win games.

Quarterback: B

For a quarterback that’s entering his fourth year behind center, there sure are a lot of question marks surrounding Longhorn junior David Ash. Is he one hit from ending his career? Will the foot fracture that kept him out of spring practice have any lingering effects? If he stays healthy, Longhorn fans may be pleasantly surprised. If not, they will have to rely on unproven, but promising, youngsters in sophomore Tyrone Swoopes and freshman Jerrod Heard.

Running backs: A

Senior Malcolm Brown and junior Johnathan Gray will be a two-headed monster. The two could be the best running back tandem in the Big 12. But with the dismissal of Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet from the team, the depth at the position took a big hit. The two injury-prone stars will need to stay healthy.

Receivers: C-

Kendall Sanders’ dismissal from the team is a huge blow to what was already a thin receiving corps. Jaxon Shipley and Marcus Johnson will get the most targets. While Shipley is a good possession receiver, he is not your ideal No. 1. Johnson must make huge strides to prove he can make big plays on a consistent basis. Junior Daje Johnson, who has been injury prone throughout his career and is now facing a team suspension, along with relatively unknown receivers in senior John Harris, freshmen Jacorey Warrick and Jake Oliver, will need to step up to fill the hole left by Sanders.

Offesnve line: B-

Senior center Dominic Espinosa, entering his fourth year as a starter, will anchor an upperclassman-filled offensive line under new offensive coordinator Joe Wickline. Despite losing three of the five starting linemen, this is still a veteran bunch that should be very similar to what we saw last season.

Defensive line: A-

The defensive line is one of the strongest units on the team. Led by preseason senior All-Big 12 selection Cedric Reed at defensive end, Strong boasts a veteran unit up front. Junior defensive tackle Malcom Brown, senior defensive tackle Desmond Jackson and junior defensive end Shiro Davis are all expected to have good seasons, keeping opposing quarterbacks under constant pressure while slowing down the run.

Linebackers: B-

While there are no stars here, it is a deep group. Seniors Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond and juniors Peter Jinkens and Dalton Santos should hold their own. Sophomore Timothy Cole also appears ready to make a difference in the Longhorn front seven.

Defensive backs: B-

The cornerback situation should be solid with star senior Quandre Diggs and junior Duke Thomas leading the way. Senior Sheroid Evans is coming back from a torn ACL and could be a big factor, depending on how his knee responds. The issue lies with the safeties as projected starter Josh Turner is suspended indefinitely and primary backup Chevoski Collins has been dismissed. That leaves inconsistent senior Mykkele Thompson and unproven sophomore Adrian Colbert in a possible starting position, with very little depth behind them.

Special Teams: C

We are not sure what to expect from Nick Rose, aside from a strong leg. All we’ve ever seen him do is bomb kickoffs through the end zone. Sophomore Nick Jordan and his six missed field goals on 15 attempts will have you biting your nails. Senior William Russ will likely be punting for the first time in his career. The return game is a little brighter for the Longhorns, though, with longtime returners Daje Johnson, Diggs and Shipley expected to get the majority of reps.

Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes was sacked four times and threw one interception Saturday afternoon. 

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With more than 10 injuries on both sides of the football, the first game of the new Charlie Strong era saw the remaining Texas quarterback struggle early in the Orange-White Scrimmage on Saturday.

Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, who led the first-team offense, struggled through the first half. In addition to opening with an interception, the 6-foot-4-inch sophomore completed just two passes for nine yards through his first nine pass attempts. One incompletion sailed past senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley, when he was wide open in the end zone.

“Well, he had some overthrows, [but] you have to bounce back and get your head up and just execute and just do what we ask you to do,” head coach Charlie Strong said. “It is about your confidence, and once you start managing the offense, you understand that you are going to run the offense and that you have to have a sense of urgency about you.”

With less than eight minutes to go in the second quarter, Swoopes and the first team offense drove the ball 91 yards capped off by an 11-yard rushing touchdown from senior running back Malcolm Brown. And with seconds before halftime, Swoopes completed a hail mary pass to junior running back/wide receiver Daje Johnson. 

In the second half, Swoopes completed eight of his next 10 passes. With a late third-quarter 6-yard touchdown pass to Brown, Swoopes ended the day 17-for-30 with 229 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

“Well, you like the way he was able to bounce back,” Strong said. “He missed some big throws there … but then the way he settled down and was able to bounce back, then you felt like OK, he is getting himself back under control.”

Swoopes took all of the snaps with the first-team offense and only faced the second-team defense. Strong said he wanted to the first team to come out with some confidence.

In the fourth quarter, Swoopes threw his best pass of the day as he connected with Shipley for a 44-yard touchdown. Shipley, who caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, said Swoopes kept his composure and showed signs of maturity pushing through the bad plays.

Shipley expressed optimism about the coaching change.

“This was our first time to actually go through all the plays that we learned,” Shipley said. “We will have more time in fall camp to get better. We will improve.”

With the second-team offense, senior quarterback Miles Onyegbule completed 5-for-10 passes for 60 yards and had two interceptions. Walk-on quarterback Trey Holtz entered the game in the fourth quarter and went 5-for-7 for 55 yards and a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver John Harris near the end of the game.

Brown, who carried the ball 20 times for 82 yards with a rushing and a receiving touchdown, said the offense was not in sync at the beginning.

“That’s something we are going to work on,” Brown said. “We got a lot of guys on the offensive line that are getting more game reps than they are used to. … We all just have to get on the same page so we can all come out there and play fast.”

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For any Texas football fan, the names McCoy and Shipley go together like peanut butter and jelly. But this isn’t the older McCoy and Shipley sibling combination. Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley are gone. Instead, the aerial attack is led by the younger duo: senior quarterback Case McCoy and junior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley. They are the pair could make or break the Longhorns’ Big 12 title chances, and Case McCoy always seems to look to Jaxon Shipley when he needs a completion, especially in third down situations.  

After taking over for junior quarterback David Ash, McCoy had trouble converting on third down. He completed only 9-for-17 passes on third down against Kansas State and Iowa State, and only a few of those resulted in first downs. What’s more telling is that he only completed one of three passes targeted at Shipley, his supposed safety blanket. 

Since then, McCoy seems to have settled into his starting role. He has completed 13 of his 17 attempts to Shipley in the games since Iowa State, including a perfect 4-for-4 against Oklahoma and Kansas. But this revamped McCoy-Shipley duo never looked better than it did Saturday, as the pair made a multitude of crucial plays in the Longhorns’ overtime win against the Mountaineers. 

The Longhorn offense sputtered well into the third quarter of the game, converting only 1 of 11 third down attempts. McCoy especially struggled, completing only 1 of 10 passes on third down. With the game and Texas’ Big 12 title hopes hanging in the balance, McCoy adjusted and threw to Jaxon Shipley. The two put on a clinic as the game wound down, converting three straight third down conversions, including a beautiful pass-and-catch for a 10-yard touchdown on third and goal midway through the fourth quarter. 

No completion was more important than their last. With barely more than a minute left in the game and the Longhorns facing fourth-and-seven, McCoy found Shipley 9 yards down field, extending the game and giving Texas the opportunity for a game-tying field goal.

It is obvious how comfortable these two feel playing together. Against West Virginia, McCoy was 5-for-8 on third down when looking for Shipley and 2-for-9 when throwing to anyone else. But this trend isn’t an isolated. This season, McCoy is 13-for-20 when looking for Shipley on third down, and 22-for-42 throwing to all other receivers — a 13 percent difference in completion percentage.

Mack Brown wants to lean on the running game to pace the Texas offense, and he should. But with talented sophomore running back Johnathan Gray out for the year with a ruptured Achilles, the Longhorns will likely have to take to the air more often. When they do, be sure to keep an eye on Shipley — McCoy will. 

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Coming into the season, the Longhorns faced a bevy of questions at the wide receiver position.

Veteran wideouts Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley missed time in training camp with nagging injuries, while sophomore receivers Kendall Sanders and Marcus Johnson were each inactive for games early in the season. These concerns are nothing but a distant memory now, though, as Texas’ now healthy cast of wide receivers form perhaps the team’s most dynamic offensive unit.

“The depth at wide receiver has really helped us,” head coach Mack Brown said. “I’m not sure this isn’t our best group of wide receivers top to bottom that we’ve had since we’ve been here.”

Texas’ starters at wide receiver both played well in the Longhorns first eight games, with Shipley leading the team with 39 receptions for 445 and Davis setting the high mark with five touchdowns. But Shipley and Davis hardly stand as the Longhorns’ only consistent threats through the air.

Sanders racked up 28 receptions for 286 yards and a score in his first seven games this season, while Johnson places third on the team with 301 receiving yards. Adding to the depth are sophomore running back/wide receiver Daje Johnson, who has 14 receptions in six games, and junior wide receiver John Harris, who has two touchdowns.

“I think we’ve really developed two-deep at the wide receiver position, and [wide receivers coach Darrell] Wyatt has done a really good job of getting us blocking and getting us to do all of our assignments,” Shipley said. “We’re really excited about the wide receivers.”

Senior quarterback Case McCoy continues to enjoy the depth at wide receiver, as having a number of viable options in the passing game allows him to spread the ball around without having to zero in on a single target.

“Those guys are stepping in and can play,” McCoy said. “When we have our four wideouts on the field, that’s a good group right there. I can throw the ball to any of those guys and I know where they’re going to be.”

Co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite believes that the injuries to Texas’ veteran wide outs early in training camp prepared the younger receivers for increased playing time, as players like Sanders, Marcus Johnson and Daje Johnson received extra reps with the first team offense.

“Even though it was frustrating when Jaxon and Mike weren’t practicing and then you lose Kendall Sanders with an ankle and then Marcus with a knee, all those other guys started getting reps and now it has started to pay off,” Applewhite said. “Now all those reps that aren’t seen in the stat lines that are given out in August, now all those things are starting to come and you got top-to-bottom depth.”

Brown expects the Longhorns receivers to continue
producing in the upcoming games, as teams figure to stack the box in an attempt to stop a torrid Texas rushing attack that has produced 221 yards on the ground in its last three games.

“Those guys should be in one-on-one situations, because more people are going to be trying to stop the run the next four weeks,” Brown said. “It should leave some one-on-one shots. We need to do a better job of getting the ball in their hands in space or hit some deep shots.”

The Longhorns know that maintaining a balanced offensive game plan is necessary if they hope to remain in the driver’s seat for a Big 12 title. This calls for McCoy to maintain a strong connection with his wide receivers, and unlike at the start of the year, he has plenty of options to throw to. 

Sophomore wide receiver Kendall Sanders didn't do much as a freshman but, after serving a one-game suspension for an offseason arrest, is proving to be a crucial part of the Longhorns offense. Texas will need a big game from him this week against Kansas State, especially with Daje Johnson out and Mike Davis possibly missing the game as well.

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Last June, wide receiver Kendall Sanders received word that he would play one less game than most of the rest of his Longhorns teammates this season.

After being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in April, Sanders was suspended for the season opener against New Mexico State, placing the sophomore in a challenge to catch up to his teammates.

The Athens native is stepping up to that challenge.

“We’re excited about him [Sander], what he is doing,” head coach Mack Brown said. “[He is a] big, strong guy with the ball in his hands.”

As a freshman, Sanders played in 11 games as a backup wideout. He caught two passes for a total of 15 yards.

As a sophomore, however, Sanders has already surpassed his first-year accomplishments. The 6-foot receiver has 91 yards off 11 receptions in his first two games, well on his way toward having a breakout season.

“He’s an extremely good player,” fellow wide receiver Jaxon Shipley said. “He’s got a lot of intangibles. He’s an extremely fast guy. He’s got long arms and can jump really high. He’ll go get the ball and attack it.”

Sanders’ appeal stems from his versatility and ability to do make things happen after he catches the ball. He is currently one of the team’s leaders in kick returns. Against Ole Miss, the receiver returned one of his four returns on the year for 51 yards, bring his season total to 108 yards so far. Other than that, Sanders, who says his favorite TV show is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is always a part of the play giving 100 percent.

“[He is] not just catching the ball but blocking and effort outside,” co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said. “Obviously his ability to run after the catch too. Whether it be a screen or play-action pass, he does a great job of running after the catch.”

Sanders’ teammates added to that praise.

“He’s going to give 100 percent every play,” Shipley said. “If he doesn’t have the ball he’s always blocking and doing the best job he can.”

Texas lost its star running back and wide receiver when Daje Johnson left the Longhorns’ loss to BYU earlier this month. In addition, Mike Davis was injured in last weekend’s game against Ole Miss, which proved a chance for Sanders to step up in their places.

Sanders’ ability to play where needed and ability to give a full effort has given him applause from those around him.

“I respect Kendall a lot,” Shipley said. “Him being a guys who has stepped into the role of outside receiver, he’s stepping up and making plays. I think he’s earned the respect of a lot of guys on the team.”

Texas WR Jaxon Shipley day-to-day with hamstring injury

For the second time in as many days, the Longhorns lost aomeone to an injury. This time it was junior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley, who sustained a strained hamstring Thursday according to head football athletic trainer Kenny Boyd.

Boyd stated that although the injury is minor, they will proceed with caution and Shipley’s availability will be determined on a day-to-day basis. His status for the upcoming spring game is unknown.

Shipley's injury comes on the heels of Cayleb Jones being charged with felony aggravated assault of a Texas tennis player stemming from a Feb. 26 incident in downtown Austin. Shipley is one of two returning starting wide receivers, the other being senior Mike Davis. Shipley caught 59 passes for 737 yards and six touchdowns last season.

Freshman lineman Jake Raulerson underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday evening and is out for the spring. Both Shipley and Raulerson are expected to make full recoveries well before the fall.

Quandre Diggs, Cedric Reed and Adrian Phillips bring down Iowa State’s Jerome Tiller on Saturday afternoon. The Longhorns put together their most complete game of the season with 609 yards of total offense while holding the Cyclones to 277 yards.

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The Longhorns wore Darrell K Royal’s initials on their helmets to honor the former coach who died Wednesday. Flags flew at half-mast and it was a somber day at the stadium named after him. But the way that Texas played was also a tribute to Royal.

Despite struggling in early games this season, the Longhorns found their rhythm on both sides of the ball and defeated Iowa State 33-7.

The Texas offense was balanced throughout the game thanks to a dominant offensive line. David Ash had a good game, going 25-of-31 with two touchdowns and 364 yards, a career high. He completed his first 11 passes.

“Our job was to try to spread them out a little bit by putting the ball on the outside and utilizing the wide receivers,” co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin said. “They’re a very difficult team to run the ball on consistently so you have to mix it up, and that’s what we did tonight.”

Mike Davis has become Ash’s go-to target; both Davis and Jaxon Shipley stepped up and combined for 250 receiving yards.

Running back Malcolm Brown played for the first time in six games, but Joe Bergeron and Johnathan Gray retained their ownership of the backfield. Bergeron had 86 yards and Gray had 75 yards and two touchdowns. The offense had 609 yards of total offense.

Texas began the game by honoring Royal, lining up Royal’s wishbone formation. Ash pitched the ball to Shipley, who threw it to back to Ash, who threw it to tight end Greg Daniels for a 47-yard gain.

“All the coaches said, ‘It’s Wednesday, and we don’t have [a tribute to Royal]. So what are we going to do?’ So these crazy young coaches come back to me with a double-reverse pass,” Brown said.

The Longhorns didn’t score on the drive, but the first quarter gave the Longhorns a big advantage.

Texas went up by two scores after a five-yard touchdown run by Gray and a 61-yard touchdown pass from Ash to Davis. In the second quarter, Ash hit Barrett Matthews for a three-yard touchdown on the tight end’s first reception of the season.

Brown was happy with the defense’s play in the game, but was not pleased with the timing of Iowa State’s touchdown. 

Quarterback Steele Jantz found wide receiver Quenton Bundrage for a 14-yard touchdown with 41 seconds left in the half to make the score 20-7.

Texas’ defense continued its solid play and held the Cyclones to 277 yards; they were three of 12 on third-down conversions. The Texas offense went 8-for-14 on third downs.

“To me, the game was about third down,” said defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. “They couldn’t get us off the field and they couldn’t stay on the field when it got to third down.”

The biggest play the defense allowed was a 23-yard pass from Jantz to Chris Young. Cornerback Carrington Byndom caught his third interception of the season and Josh Turner also had one at the end of the game. Defensive end Alex Okafor had nine tackles.

Nick Jordan replaced Anthony Fera at kicker and scored a 37-yard field goal for the only points of the third quarter. With the help of the field position gained after an incredible 38-yard catch by Jaxon Shipley that deflected off Iowa State’s cornerback, Gray scored his second touchdown of the game on a 13-yard run. Jordan concluded scoring in the game with a 25-yard field goal with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Texas now holds a four-game winning streak heading into its bye week. This game was more than just getting Texas its eighth win.

“We really needed to win this game, not only for us but for [Royal],” Shipley said. “We needed to dedicate this game to him and I think that played a key part and really motivated us.”

Printed on Monday, November 12, 2012 as: Horns dominate Cyclones: complete game propels Texas past overmatched ISU