AMES, Iowa (AP) Charlie Strong has Texas trending upward.

Paul Rhoads is looking to get Iowa State moving in a similar direction - and keep his job in the process.

The Longhorns (3-4, 2-2 Big 12) have won two straight, including a victory over No. 14 Oklahoma, to vault back into contention for a bowl bid ahead of Saturday's visit to Iowa State.

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The Cyclones (2-5, 1-3) have dropped three in a row against teams currently ranked first, second and fifth in scoring offense. The losing streak has led to big changes, as offensive coordinator Mark Mangino parted ways with Rhoads just hours before sophomore Joel Lanning was named the new starting quarterback.