Held in check the entire first half, Texas found one thing that worked other than D’Onta Foreman when Shane Buechele connected with Devin Duvernay for his third long-distance touchdown pass in as many games, an 80-yard strike on a wheel route.
Linebacker Ed Freeman had two spectacular plays, recovering a fumble and intercepting a Jesse Ertz pass and returning it 33 yards.
Texas committed four penalties on Kansas State’s opening possession, three of them offsides calls against Charles Omenihu and Breckyn Hager and a holding call against cornerback Kris Boyd, to help sustain a Wildcats touchdown drive.
The Longhorns attempt to go for it on fourth-and-2 at the Kansas State 40, trailing 14-0, but several offensive linemen jumped in a team-wide false start and necessitate a punt.
With Texas poised to make it a one-score game midway through the fourth quarter, field goal kicker Trent Domingue hit a screwball of a 35-yard field goal that sailed wide left.
Offensive play of the game
Ertz, statistically the worst quarterback in the Big 12, connected with Byron Pringle on a slant route in the back of the end zone at the very end of the first half, negating Duvernay’s long touchdown and it put the Wildcats up 21-7 at the break.
Defensive play of the game
Texas linebacker Anthony Wheeler poked the ball out of Kansas State’s Charlie Jones’ grasp just as the Wildcat was about to cross the goal line, one of three forced turnovers by the Longhorns (although none resulted in points).
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