It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 15-ranked Texas, which was a 21-point favorite tonight, has beaten Kansas 50-48.
That’s right. It took a last-second field goal from Dicker the Kicker to avoid a big, big loss.
This is how it ended:
- Texas, trailing 48-47, needed a field goal to win and had 1:11 to work with. Sam Ehlinger found Collin Johnson for 16 yards over the middle and then the Longhorns called time out with 43 seconds left after a short pass to Keaontay Ingram to Texas’ 40.
- Ehlinger’s second-down pass was tipped at the line. On third-and-6 from the 40 with 39 seconds to go, he kept it for 8 yards and a first down to the 48.
- Ehlinger’s shot to Johnson down the right sideline was incomplete with 26 seconds to go. But he then found Johnson for 20 yards down to the 32 with 14 seconds left. That would have made for a 49-yard field goal try, but Johnson made things easier for Cameron Dicker with a 10-yard catch to Kansas’ 21 with 8 seconds left.
- Ehlinger then popped a quick 6-yard completion to Devin Duvernay to the 15.
- Dicker nailed the 33-yarder to win it as time expired.
Why Texas (5-2, 3-1) won
There’s a reason why the Longhorns were favored by three touchdowns, but we didn’t see that much of a talent disparity on the field. The running game nearly produced two 100-yard rushers, Duvernay heated up in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdown catches and in the end, the Horns had Dicker there to win it.
Why Kansas (2-5, 0-4) lost
Consider this: The Jayhawks left seven points off the board on a missed field goal, a blocked field goal and a blocked extra point. And Andrew Parchment dropped what would have been a 36-yard touchdown with five minutes left. Pooka Williams nearly put 200 rushing yards on the Texas defense, but it wasn’t enough.
What this win means
Depends on your school of thought. Certainly, this could have been one of those good-feeling victories because the Longhorns struggled and then pulled it off in the fourth quarter. But the fact that all of it came against the 2-4 Jayhawks? Gulp.
Texas: Roschon Johnson 14-yard run (Cameron Dicker kick, 12:56)
Texas: Jake Smith 5 pass from Sam Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 6:31)
Kansas: Liam Jones 23-yard field goal (4:01)
Kansas: Pooka Williams 7-yard run (Jones kick, 13:24)
Kansas: Takulve Williams 7-yard pass from Carter Stanley (Jones kick, 8:38)
Texas: Brennan Eagles 5-yard catch from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 2:19)
Kansas: Stephon Robinson Jr. 9-yard pass from Stanley (Jones kick, 9:48)
Texas: Dicker 39-yard field goal (7:04)
Texas: Devin Duvernay 14-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 14:01)
Kansas: Williams 16-yard run (kick blocked, 10:06)
Texas: D’Shawn Jamison 98-yard blocked kick return (10:06)
Texas: Duvernay 43-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 8:32)
Kansas: Jones 46-yard field goal (6:56)
Kansas: Andrew Parchment 11-yard pass from Stanley (Jones kick, 4:25)
Texas: Keaontay Ingram 3-yard run (Dicker kick, 2:47)
Kansas: Robinson 22-yard pass from Stanley (Daylon Charlot catch, 1:11)
Texas: Dicker 33-yard field goal (:00)
1. Ehlinger finished 31 of 44 for 399 yards, 4 TDs and one interception. He also rushed for 91 yards. So he was 10 yards why of a 500-yard night. He was matched by a big night by Kansas’ Carter Stanley, who passed for 310 yards and 4 TDs and rushed for 65.
2. Pooka Williams is as explosive as the Longhorns should remember — he broke off a 57-yard touchdown run against Texas last year in Lawrence, and he had a 65-yard romp in the first quarter tonight. He rushed for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
3. Keaontay Ingram got the start and had his second 100-yard game of the season. His 14th and final carry put him over the mark. He had 14 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown; Roschon Johnson had 11 carries for 46 yards and also scored.
4. Getting defensive: DeMarvion Overshown shined, breaking up a deep shot on KU’s opening drive of the second half, sacking Stanley to force a punt with 4 minutes left in the third quarter of a 24-24 game, and flashed with a pair of nice tackles in the first half. … Kobe Boyce had a big third-down pass breakup late in the first half, forcing a punt with Texas trailing 17-14. … Joseph Ossai blocked a kick. So did Malcolm Roach. And D’Shawn Jamison picked up that Roach block and returned it 98 yards for a game-turning play.
5. Texas’ drives tonight:
First quarter: TD, TD, downs
Second quarter: Downs, punt, TD
Third quarter: FG, TD
Fourth quarter: INT, TD, fumble, TD, FG
This and that
The last five Texas-Kansas games:
2015: Texas, 59-20 (Austin)
2016: Kansas, 24-21 (Lawrence)
2017: Texas, 42-27 (Austin)
2018: No. 11 Texas, 24-17 (Lawrence)
2019: No. 15 Texas, 50-48 (Austin)
Tonight’s attendance: 97,137
For the season:
Louisiana Tech: 93,418
Oklahoma State: 96,936Kansas: 97,137
Next up for Texas: TCU
2:30 p.m., next Saturday at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. Texas has lost its last two road trips to TCU — 24-7 in 2017 and 50-7 in 2015. The Horned Frogs (3-3, 1-2) fell 24-17 earlier today at Kansas State.
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