The Texas Longhorns barely managed to leave Ames, Iowa with a win over Iowa State, 31-30, on Thursday night. Quarterback Case McCoy plunged into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown with a mere 51 seconds left in the game.
“I’m really excited. I think I love comeback wins on the road more than anything in football,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “I just think I love them. It just says something about your toughness and your team and believing. We’re getting back something we lost. We couldn’t have done this the last couple of years.”
Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads, however, believes the Longhorns should have never been in position to make a play like that in the first place. Texas running back Johnathan Gray looked like he had lost a fumble on the final drive, but a referee review gave the Longhorns another shot.
“To make a play on the 1-yard line with our backs against the wall…and (to) have it taken away from them, that’s hard to express. You don’t just put an arm around a guy and tell him it’s OK when that happens to him,” said Rhoads, his voice raising with each sentence. “I’ve got pretty good eyesight. The view I had of that gigantic screen in the north end zone showed a guy that was not down and our guy with the football.”
The ending is now set in stone; Texas is 2-0 in the Big 12 and Iowa State will not have its signature win of 2013.
Whether they agreed with the call or not, fans took to Twitter to express their reactions to the crazy finish in Ames.
Texas is 2-0 in Big 12, fine… but it’s to the point that they have to be bailed out by officials just to beat IOWA STATE OU will hang 60
— Derek Cody (@derekcody) October 4, 2013
Still really pissed off about the Iowa state game. That was such bull. There isn’t worse fans than Texas fans.
— Kybro (@KyleSeefus) October 4, 2013
— Christian Slagel (@christianslagel) October 4, 2013
the texas game was active iowa state got robbed..that was a fumble on the goal line
— TroyBarboza Scanlan (@tscanlan_pb) October 4, 2013
As you can see there’s a theme The Snail with a little Re-Tweet venting about the Iowa State “loss” to Texas. Keep your heads up Cyclones!
— Serious Snail (@Serious_Snail) October 4, 2013
Wow Iowa State got dangled they should of beat Texas! But don’t worry next week SoonerNation is coming!
— Tim T-Time Pierce (@1TTIME) October 4, 2013
— Seth Krug (@sethkrug1) October 4, 2013
so glad Texas won. fuck Iowa State. think they big and bad from a win over OK State 2 years ago when a tragedy occurred. bitchassness.
— Dirty Heel (@IconOkie) October 4, 2013
I’m not a Iowa state fan but they are 2-2 in my eyes. Texas fans I’m sorry but you guys didn’t EARN the W tonight it was blatantly given 2 u
— Skinny Zinny (@Zinnel15) October 4, 2013
Feel real bad for Iowa State….hopefully the refs don’t do that to us next week versus Texas #OU
— Justin Tschida (@Acinonyx_Jubatu) October 4, 2013
@espn Head ref for the Texa$ Iowa State game, Mike DeFee is a Beaumont Texas Native. Watch Paul Rhoads post game and hope he finds Mike
— Garrett Williams (@G33W) October 4, 2013
Tonight’s Iowa State-Texas game reminded of me the ’09 Big 12 Championship. Texas gets the favorable call and steals a win. #SeenItBefore
— Barry McCockiner (@TyBrockmoller) October 4, 2013
Iowa State was duped 2night, a Beautiful Play on the 1 yard line & it was just yanked away..Shame on refs! #Texas was the real loser 2nite
— SweetDontBeFooled (@Stace_SweetFace) October 4, 2013
Just finished the Texas Iowa St game.. Crazy one!! State did get screwed on a couple pass interference calls but that last one in EZ was rit
— Alex Fletcher (@rcfletch11) October 4, 2013
I don’t care how bad of a call it was, Iowa State cannot let Texas drive down the field on the final drive. You just can’t.
— Brandon Folsom (@Brandon_Folsom) October 4, 2013
Just saw that “fumble” in the Texas/Iowa state game. Iowa state got screwed.
— Nicholas David Beste (@nbeste) October 4, 2013
— KAAN-YEEZY (@BERKdaTURK) October 4, 2013
Damn Iowa State got fucked against Texas
— Michael (@DurrtyMike) October 4, 2013
Now I like Texas a lot more than Iowa state but that was by far one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen
— Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott16) October 4, 2013
Iowa State was cheated big time. Should have had a huge upset against Texas. That was a garbage call. Clearly a fumble
— Trayvon Martin (@therealKingQ) October 4, 2013
Iowa State got screwed over tonight. Makes me hate Texas even more
— Diego Garcia (@DiegoEGarcia12) October 4, 2013
Texas is a joke. Iowa state should’ve won that
— Austin Bencsics (@AustinBencsics) October 4, 2013
As painful as it was to watch Iowa State get robbed like that and Texas get a gift from refs..it’s comforting knowing Mack Brown will stay
— Brandon Leone (@BrandonLeone) October 4, 2013
The Iowa state football coach is a bad ass, fuck Texas, and NASCAR sucks
— Zachary Stengel (@StengelZachary) October 4, 2013
Iowa state fans know what happens when you play Texas and everyone is watching. #rigged
— Jon (@rustyshackIfrd) October 4, 2013
Might? RT @LukeMeredithAP: Iowa State fans might feel better about their coach after a loss than Texas fans do about Brown after a win.
— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) October 4, 2013
Hey Texas/Iowa State refs let’s try and not blow a huge call next game ok?
— Brady turner (@bturner5596) October 4, 2013
I’m a Texas fan but I think Iowa state got the shaft there………
— Tyler Robinson (@Tweeto_82) October 4, 2013
Texas did not deserve to win that game today. That last drive was 80 yards of penalties. Iowa state got worked.
— Garrett Huff (@garrett_huff) October 4, 2013
I’m so glad Texas beat Iowa State tonight #thankgod
— Nav (@navnejad7) October 4, 2013
I don’t think I’ve ever been this pissed after an Iowa State loss. Only Texas fans think that wasn’t a fumble. #jobbed
— Cornfed Friar (@CornfedFriar) October 4, 2013