It’s halftime in Lawrence.
And Texas is facing its nightmare scenario: The Longhorns — 24-point favorites — are trailing the 1-9 Jayhawks, 10-7.
Let’s get the good out of the way first: Kansas won the coin flip and chose to let Texas start on offense. Bad decision. On the Longhorns’ first play, Shane Buechele’s 5-yard toss to Jacorey Warrick turned into a 75-yard touchdown play when Warrick got past his defender and sprinted the final 70 yards.
Eleven seconds in, Texas was up, 7-0.
Now, the bad: From there, it’s been all downhill for the Longhorns.
After that opening score, this is how Texas’ next nine drives went:
Interception return for a TD.
The Jayhawks tied it on a 55-yard pick six off a Buechele interception, then took the three-point lead on a 36-yard field goal after D’Onta Foreman lost a fumble.
Foreman’s quest to break Earl Campbell’s 39-year-old record with a 12th straight 100-yard game? He has 61 relatively quiet yards on 13 carries, averaging 4.7 yards per run.
Buechele, who missed a series after suffering a neck injury on a hard tackle, is 11 of 17 for 128 yards and two picks, along with that 75-yard touchdown to Warrick. On that one series he missed, Tyrone Swoopes lost a fumble.
Time of possession is just about equal. Texas has committed four turnovers. The Longhorns have 189 yards of total offense.
How the scoring has gone:
FIRST QUARTERTexas: Jacorey Warrick 75-yard pass from Shane Buechele (Trent Domingue kick), 14:49
The drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 11 seconds
The key play: Warrick, after a quick 5-yard completion, made his defender miss and sprinted downfield for the final 70 yards of the touchdown play.
Kansas: Brandon Stewart 55-yard interception return (Matthew Wyman kick), 5:04
Kansas: Wyman 36-yard field goal, 2:27
The drive: 5-25-1:43
The key play: Carter Stanley’s 33-yard completion to Steven Sims Jr. gave Kansas a first-and-goal.
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