Texas Longhorns will play a non-Thanksgiving Thursday night football game for the first time in 20 years when they take on Iowa State this Thursday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.
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Texas Season Leaders
53-87, 760 YDS, 7 TD
66 CAR, 350 YDS, 3 TD
24 REC, 259 YDS, 0 TD
Since 1963, the Longhorns (2-2) has only played five games on a non-Thanksgiving weekday, while head coach Mack Brown has never led a Texas team on a Friday or a non-Thanksgiving Thursday.
Texas’ last non-Thanksgiving Thursday game was a 34-16 win over Houston in 1993.
“It is an opportunity to play in front of a whole lot of people,” Brown said. “We will be the focus of college football with Iowa State on Thursday night.”
The coaches and players have looked at this week’s practices differently. Sunday’s practice was like a typical Tuesday practice and the schedule was adjusted each day to prepare as if Thursday was a regular Saturday game.
In addition to the added burden of altering normal schedules for a Thursday game, facing the Cyclones on a weekday in Ames is a difficult task. Paul Rhoads’ squad is well-known for its success on Thursdays and Fridays.
Iowa State is 21-10 all-time in Thursday games and 10-2 in its last 12. The Cyclones’ upset victory over No. 2 Oklahoma State on a Friday in 2011 changed the BCS picture that year.
Iowa State Season Leaders
Sam B. Richardson
70-112, 757 YDS, 7 TD
29 CAR, 185 YDS, 0 TD
13 REC, 186 YDS, 3 TD
“They bring a lot of energy into Thursday and Friday nights,” Brown said. “It’s something that they obviously enjoy. We’re going to have to circle the wagons and get our guys ready to go.”
In the meantime, also on Thursday night, No. 12 UCLA will take on Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium, looking to keep their undefeated start to the season going in Salt Lake City.
The Bruins are coming off a 59-13 over New Mexico State on Sept. 21 and after sitting out the action last week, are ready to get back to action.
Also on the college football schedule on Thursday night is the clash between Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Monroe at James L. Malone Stadium.