Texas’ schedule talk: Kansas State

Posted August 19th, 2014

  • Did you know that Texas has won in Manhattan just once in six tries? It happened in 2002 — 17-14. The Longhorns have been mostly non-competitive in losses there (42-24 in 2012, 39-14 in 2010, 45-42 in 2006, 48-7 in 1998 and 13-3 way back in 1926).
  • Did you know that Kansas State will be Texas’ fourth Top 20 opponent in eight games? The Wildcats, No. 20 in the preseason AP poll, are joined by No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 7 UCLA and No. 10 Baylor on Texas’ schedule.
  • Did you know that Kansas State defensive line coach Mo Latimore has been on staff there for 31 years? The former KSU All-American lineman is the longest-tenured coach in the Big 12.

We’re spending these next five days examining Texas’ 2014 schedule. We’ve already done Texas-North Texas, Texas-BYU, Texas-UCLA, Texas-Kansas, Texas-Baylor, Texas-Oklahoma and Texas-Iowa State.

Game 8: Oct. 25



Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.

This starts a stretch in which Texas will play three of four games away from DKR. Those road trips to Kansas State, Texas Tech (Nov. 1) and Oklahoma State (Nov. 15) all are virtual toss-ups and could go a long way in making or breaking the season.

Last year’s 31-21 Longhorns win in Austin was the last appearance of 2013 for Texas quarterback David Ash, who started and played the first half, but then didn’t return after the break, succumbing to concussion symptoms that first arose two weeks earlier in Provo. Ash, who would go on to miss nine games, handed Case McCoy a 17-7 lead. Johnathan Gray, who rushed for a career-high 141 yards, got Texas off on the right foot in the Big 12.

Last year began with a thud for Kansas State, which lost to FCS member North Dakota State in the season opener. Things gradually turned around in Manhattan. Sitting at 2-4 in mid-October, the Wildcats rattled off wins in six of their final seven games, including a bowl romp over Michigan. And that North Dakota State loss was forgivable; the Bison ended up going 15-0 and won their third straight FCS national championship.


Storylines: (1) Texas will be trying to end its Manhattan Whammy. The Horns are just 1-5 at K-State and have dropped three straight there. (2) Will Texas’ secondary be up to the challenge that is Tyler Lockett? The All-Big 12 receiver had 81 catches last year, more than double any other Wildcat. (3) How will this game be effected by — and shape — the Big 12 standings? Picked third and fourth in the preseason Big 12 poll, Kansas State and Texas will both already have played Oklahoma, plus Texas will already have played Baylor.

All-time series: Kansas State leads, 8-6

Last time: Texas, 31-21 (2013)

Last year: Texas was 8-5 overall, 7-2 in the Big 12 and 3-2 on the road (wins at Iowa State, TCU and West Virginia; losses at BYU and Baylor). Kansas State was 8-5, 5-4 and 5-3 at home (wins over Louisiana-Lafayette, Massachussetts, West Virginia, Iowa State and TCU; losses to North Dakota State, Baylor and Oklahoma).

Texas vs. Kansas State, in Austin: 5-3

Texas vs. Kansas State, in Manhattan: 1-5

Kirk Bohls says: Kansas State wins

Cedric Golden says: Kansas State wins

Vegas says: Kansas State by 3.5

Tomorrow’s game breakdown: At Texas Tech

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