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Third and Longhorns: Inside Texas 42, Kansas 27

Posted November 11th, 2017

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A deeper look inside Texas’ 42-27 win over Kansas:

Why Texas (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) won

Simply put, the Longhorns are better than the Jayhawks. Of course, they were last year too, though that didn’t matter in Lawrence because Texas committed six turnovers that day. That didn’t happen tonight, though. Other than an ill-advised Shane Buechele interception and a fumbled kickoff return by Kris Boyd, Texas played a clean game. Yes, the 42 points were the second best points total of the season, but don’t be fooled. Those 42 points came against a 1-9 team that committed four turnovers and the Longhorns didn’t look all that sharp getting there. There was a change at kicker, there was a running back who nearly tallied 20 carries, there was a Sam Ehlinger appearance and Antwuan Davis looked like Holton Hill out there. There were fireworks at DKR after the game. If only there some during it.

Why Kansas (1-9, 0-7) lost

The Jayhawks committed four turnovers, three of them leading to 21 Texas points. They struggled on third down conversions, didn’t produce any big plays and had several injuries. Texas shut down Khalil Herbert, the team’s leading rusher, and wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., perhaps the most dangerous Jayhawk on the field, got his touches but didn’t do a lot with them. It was asking too much for Kansas to come to Austin and pull a repeat upset like 2016; the numbers didn’t lie — Kansas averaged 19.7 points a game (tied for 117th nationally) and had 20 until the final 11 seconds of the game; Kansas ranked 104th in total offense, averaging 354.2 yards a game (364 tonight); Kansas ranked 113th in rushing, averaging 114.9 yards (96) and 127th nationally in points allowed, giving up 42.2 points a game (Texas had 42).

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The Eyes of Texas

The Longhorns kept their eyes on three specific Jayhawks — running back Khalil Herbert, who was averaging 6.4 yards per carry and had a 291-yard game against West Virginia in September; wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., a Texan who’s leading Kansas in catches, yards and touchdown catches; and linebacker Joe Dineen Jr., the Big 12 leader in tackles and one of only three players in the country with more than 100 heading into this weekend.

How did they do?

Herbert was held in check — 9 carries for 5 yards. He averaged only .6 yards a carry.

Sims led KU with 9 catches, but had only 53 yards. He did score a touchdown.

Dineen was third on the team with 9 tackles. He also had a tackle for loss. This is only the second time this season he hasn’t had at least 11 stops.

Game balls

OFFENSE

Lorenzo Joe’s 49-yard touchdown catch to start the game is Texas’ longest touchdown catch of the season.

DEFENSE

Antwuan Davis had his finest game as a Longhorn: 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 pick-six, 1 fumble recovery

This and that

Horns up

Antwuan Davis, forced into action because of P.J. Locke III’s ankle injury, came up big with a pair of interceptions in the first half, returning one for a 16-yard touchdown and picking off another in the back of the end zone to thwart a Jayhawks scoring threat.

Michael Dickson averaged 46.5 yards on four punts, but one of them went for 53 yards and another was downed at the 1-yard line.

Horns down

Kris Boyd fumbled the ball on a kickoff return in the first quarter, and Jason Hall’s horse-collar tackle for a penalty gave Kansas prime field position for the Jayhawks’ first touchdown of the game.
The kicking game continues to confound Tom Herman. Mitchell Becker, given his first opportunity to take over the job of placekicking, missed a 44-yard field goal although he did hit on all six of his extra-point tries.

Offensive play of the game

On the very first play of the game, Shane Buechele connected with Lorenzo Joe on a 49-yard touchdown strike, just as the Longhorns did to Jacorey Warrick to open the game in Lawrence last season.

Defensive play of the game

Facing a fourth-and-2 at the Texas 29 with about 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and Texas up by 15, Kansas turns to the wildcat formation and snapped the ball directly to running back Taylor Martin, who was dropped for a loss by linebacker Malik Jefferson.

Texcetera

Texas improved to 14-3 all-time vs. Kansas, including an 8-0 mark in Austin. … Texas held Kansas to 96 rushing yards, the fifth time this season the Longhorns have held a team under 100. The four turnovers were a season high; the Longhorns scored 21 points off KU turnovers and now have scored 79 points off 18 turnovers this season. … Antwuan Davis notched his first career interception. And his second. … Lorenzo Joe had career highs with 5 catches for 98 yards. … Shane Buechele has thrown for more than 200 yards in 14 of his 17 career starts and has now thrown at least one touchdown in 16 of his 17 starts. … Collin Johnson is now 2 yards shy of 1,000 for his career.

On deck: West Virginia

Nov. 18, Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, W.V.

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