01 Nov

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Iowa State plays unkindest Halloween trick, whitewashes Texas, 24-0

Tyrone Swoopes led the Longhorns in passing yards (59) and rushing yards (58) in UT's 24-0 loss at Iowa State (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Tyrone Swoopes led the Longhorns in passing yards (59) and rushing yards (58) in UT's 24-0 loss at Iowa State (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AMES, Iowa — The plain and simple truth of the Texas Longhorns' you-had-to-see-it-to-believe-it 24-0 loss to Iowa State Saturday in the cool middle-America air at Jack Trice Stadium is that the Longhorns just didn’t show up ... or maybe they did and were just dressed as the Invisible Man to celebrate Halloween.

Blame it on Friday's lengthy, flood-caused flight delay out of Austin or a lack of quality warm-up prior to the game or even the breeze that blew across the Iowa Plains. Whatever the reason, the Texas team that beat Oklahoma (a squad that has since turned into a beast) and then handled Kansas State didn’t make the trip north. This group was impostors, or at least the Longhorns’ backers have to hope so.

Texas didn’t even put up much of a fight

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .