Hall's late TD lifts No. 15 Iowa State over No. 20 Texas

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Iowa State running back Breece Hall (28) celebrates the team's win over Texas in an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas – Iowa State didn't fret or panic while trailing Texas for nearly an entire game Friday.

Instead, the Cyclones looked like a program with championship DNA in the fourth quarter, despite not having won a conference title in more than 100 years.

Breece Hall scored on a 3-yard run with 1:25 remaining, and No. 15 Iowa State held off a last-minute drive by Sam Ehlinger and No. 20 Texas to remain in first place in the Big 12 with a 23-20 victory Friday.

“We don’t ever flinch,” Cyclones safety Greg Eisworth said. “That really is the truth.”

After Iowa State sacked Ehlinger on third down, Texas’ Cameron Dicker barely missed left with a 58-yard field goal attempt as time expired.

The Cyclones (7-2, 7-1) have almost locked up a spot in the Big 12 championship game for the first time with their second victory ever against Texas in Austin. Upstart Iowa State has beaten the blue blood Longhorns in consecutive seasons for the first time in 18 meetings.

“We always say it’s a five-star culture vs. five-star players,” Hall said. “We don’t always get the best players ... We want to be in games like this where it comes down to physicality and hard work. So today, us and our defense, just kept playing and we came out with a great result.”

Hall gained 91 yards on 20 carries, his first game under 100 this season, but had 30 on the final 69-yard touchdown drive. Quarterback Brock Purdy connected with tight ends Charlie Kolar and Dylan Soehner for the other 39 yards.