Five thoughts: Texas 33, Iowa State 7 

November, 11, 2012
Following Texas’ 33-7 win over Iowa State, here are five things that stood out:

1. One hand washes the other

As Texas quarterback David Ash performs better the play and statistics of the Longhorns receivers are moving in step. Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis combined for 15 catches for 250 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night.

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They both had big-time and drive-saving catches. While Shipley had his first 100-yard receiving game, he has 16 catches in the last three games. Davis has over 100 yards receiving in three of the last four Texas games and four touchdowns.

Offense does not exist in a vacuum and the receivers are playing well because the running game makes the offense pause, which helps the offensive line handle the pass rush, which allows Ash to be comfortable in the pocket.

It all works together.

2. If you gave up on Ash last year ...

Ash did not have a great game even though he threw for 364 yards. Yes, I said it. That is where Ash is in his game. He was 25-of-31 and will look at this film and know that he underthrew some balls that could have been scores and had some great catches by his receivers that saved some average throws.

Ash had pretty good numbers but was not sharp. Shipley bailed him out a few times. Players have games like this and that’s why the receiver group has to be good enough to catch those balls, regardless of where they are placed.

Ash is trying to be perfect. All quarterbacks are. The moral of the story is the change in mindset from last year. For everyone that wrote David Ash off last year, read what I am writing. I have a critique for a guy that was 25-of-31 for 364 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-7 win.

Ash is going to be a baller. Actually, he already is.

3. Give the defense some respect

Nobody wanted to give the Longhorns defense respect after getting things turned around in the second half against Kansas. The defense played pretty well against Texas Tech with a second half that was really good. Texas gave up 213 yards to Iowa State in the first half and then held them to just 64 yards in the second half.

Adjustments have been huge for the Longhorns in the last three games. Teams have struggled moving the ball against the Longhorns once they have gone through their scripted plays and the Longhorns defensive staff has had time to adjust.

They are still not a great defense but they are a lot better than the outfit that played against Oklahoma in Dallas. As some point out everyone had to stop worrying about expectations coming into the season and think about what is really happening. What is really happening is that the defense was not as good as expected but is getting better. This is an offensive team and the defense is getting better each week.

That is all any Texas fan can ask for.

4. The tribute was great

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