AMES, Iowa - Case McCoy's 1-yard touchdown run on a quarterback sneak with 51 seconds left lifted Texas over Iowa State, 31-30, Thursday night at Jack Trice Stadium.
McCoy, who went 26 of 45 with 244 yards and a touchdown pass, led Texas (3-2, 2-0 Big 12) on the winning 75-yard drive in a game that featured seven lead changes.
Jonathan Gray ran 16 times for 89 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown on Texas' first possession of the game. Iowa State's Sam Richardson passed for 262 yards and running back Aaron Wimberly had 117 rushing yards and a touchdown for Iowa State (1-3, 0-1 Big 12).
The Longhorns and Cyclones traded the lead throughout the game but a handoff by McCoy to Gray put the Longhorns on the board on their first drive of the game. The 45-yard touchdown run was the second longest of Gray's career.
Anthony Fera added a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter to put Texas up by 10, but the Cyclones responded in the second quarter with 13 consecutive points. After going 5-for-5 on third downs on its fifth drive of the game, Richardson found Wimberly for an 11-yard touchdown. Cole Netten hit two field goals in the quarter, one from 37 and the other from 41 yards.
On the final play of the first half McCoy found John Harris in the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown that gave the Longhorns a 17-13 lead heading into the break.
Richardson found Quenton Bundrage for a 97-yard touchdown in the middle of the third quarter that gave Iowa State a 20-17 lead.
Texas responded later in the quarter when two pass interference calls and three runs by Joe Bergeron, including a six yard touchdown run, put the Longhorns up 24-20.
Bergeron would later fumble to give the Cyclones the ball on the Texas 37, and Wimberly ran it in from 20 yards to make it 27-24 Iowa State. The Cyclones finished their scoring with Netten's third field goal of the game, a 29 yarder with 3:40 left.
Texas got the ball back with less than three minutes left in the game and needed a touchdown to win. With the help of a face mask penalty and two pass interference calls, including one in the end zone, the Longhorns had a 1st-and-goal with less than 1:30 left and McCoy plunged in on 3rd-and-goal.
Jackson Jeffcoat, who had seven tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery, intercepted a tipped pass from Richardson with 8 seconds left to seal the victory.