Jerrod Heard already has win versus Kansas as a starting quarterback. He lead the Longhorns to a 23-9 defeat in 2015. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman)

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Horns leading Kansas at halftime, 24-14

Posted November 7th, 2015

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Texas leads Kansas at halftime, 24-14.

But it could just as easily be 24-17. Kansas’ last-second field goal attempt to close the first half doinked off the goal post.

And it also could just as easily be tied, 24-24. A Jayhawks touchdown was taken away after KU’s Ben Johnson pounced on De’Andre Mann’s fourth-and-goal fumble into the endzone. But the rulebook says only the ball carrier can recover his own fumble on fourth down.

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The Jayhawks have 236 yards of total offense, compared to Texas’ 190. KU has run (78-47) and passed (158-143) for more yards, and the Jayhawks have twice as many first downs (13-6). KU also has had the ball for much longer (18:19 to 11:41).

Jerrod Heard is 6 of 12 for 143 yards and a touchdown, an 84-yard bomb to John Burt on the Horns’ first play. It was the second-longest TD pass ever by a UT freshman, and it was the third-longest TD catch by a UT freshman.

Malik Jefferson missed most of the first half due to illness, but did play on KU’s final drive.

Texas has gotten a pair of 1-yard TD runs from Tyrone Swoopes, and Nick Rose hit a 29-yard field goal.

Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis is 13 of 24 for 158 yards, with a TD and an interception — that was by Dylan Haines, who returned it to KU’s 4 and helped set up Swoopes’ first score. Two other Horns — Davante Davis and Holton Hill — dropped interceptions inside the 5 and in the endzone, respectively, on a drive that ended up with a KU touchdown.

Texas will get the ball to start the second half. The Longhorns are 9-1 under Charlie Strong when they score first, and are 8-2 when they lead at halftime.

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