About midway through the fourth, another offensive drive began to materialize for the Cyclones. Richardson scrambled 17-yards for a first down at Texas' 13-yard line. Iowa State wasn't able to get the ball across the goal line, but it did get a 29-yard field goal from Netten to put the Cyclones up 30-24 with 3:40 left in the game.
Texas, assisted by a number of key Cyclone penalties, advanced the ball within the Longhorns' 5-yard line with a little over a minute left in the game. McCoy eventually scored on a quarterback sneak to put the Longhorns ahead 31-30 with 51 seconds remaining. The Cyclones were unable to put together a scoring drive and Texas escaped Ames with a win.
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