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1923

Yankees Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig hits first career home run. He would finish his career with 493.

SIDELINE BRIEF

Cyclones show up for night games at Ames

On Thursday night, the 1-2 Texas Longhorns will test their talents in Ames against the Iowa State Cyclones. The weeknight matchup will be the 15th meeting between the two Big 12 programs.

Despite the close spread of Texas (-4) heading into Thursday, the Longhorns have a firm grip on the series against the Cyclones. Texas has won 12 of 14 contests, including last year’s 27-6 triumph in Austin. But last outing in Ames, Iowa State dominated the Longhorns in unprecedented fashion on Halloween night, 24-0.

Texas fared 2-of-13 on third down and only achieved 204 yards in the shutout loss — one that locked the eventual 5-7 Longhorns out of postseason play. Iowa State’s defense forced nine Michael Dickson punts, causing Texas’ punting yardage to double its offensive output.

The previous time Texas played the Cyclones in Ames in 2013, chaos ensued on a Thursday night. The Longhorns escaped with a 31-30 road victory, but the win did not come without controversy. With 1:08 remaining, Texas running back Johnathan Gray was stripped right before the goal line. Iowa State recovered the fumble and attempted to run the ball back for a touchdown, but the referees blew the whistle, citing Gray’s forward progress was stopped.

Former Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads expressed his displeasure in the call during his postgame press conference. The play mirrored Sam Ehlinger’s double overtime fumble against USC, but in this situation, the offense earned the benefit of forward progress.

Despite Texas controlling the series history, the Cyclones have shown competitiveness in night games against the Longhorns at Jack Trice Stadium. At 2-1 with a high-scoring offense, Iowa State — even after failing to attain bowl eligibility since 2012 — has shown impressive capability of landing a statement win over Texas in Ames.