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Our 4 Texas-Kansas State pregame questions — answered

Posted October 7th, 2017

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Saturday morning, we looked at four questions that Texas was facing ahead of its matchup with Kansas State.

Here’s how they played out:

1. Which running back got the most touches?

Again, the end result was negligible.

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The technical answer is Chris Warren III, who had eight touches — seven carries for 14 yards and one catch for 33. But one of those seven carries came on the final play of the game (Warren’s game-winning 3-yard touchdown run) and the lone catch was a touchdown, too. Kyle Porter had seven carries for 13 yards but scored two short touchdowns. And freshman Toneil Carter had six carries for 32 yards. It was Sam Ehlinger (20 carries for 107 yards) who really moved the chains.

2. Did Texas continue to cash in on turnovers?

Not this time.

The Longhorns forced only one turnover — an interception from DeShon Elliott, his fifth of the season — but didn’t produce points out of it. They could have, though. Elliott’s pick gave Texas, tied 27-27, a shot: Starting at its own 33 with 32 seconds left. Ehlinger moved the Longhorns into a position to win the game, but Joshua Rowland’s 45-yard field goal to win the game was wide right. Texas produced three defensive touchdowns in the first four games and now has eight interceptions on the season; the Longhorns have produced 38 points off turnovers this season. Heading into the game, Kansas State had turned the ball over only three times; only five teams in the country had fewer.

3. How did the defense fare on third and fourth down?

Superbly.

Kansas State was only 3 of 12 on third-down conversions. The Wildcats never went for it on fourth. For the season, opponents are only 17 of 65 on third-down conversions. That’s a 20-percent success rate. The Longhorns will easily take that. Heading into Saturday, Texas was one of only seven schools in the country that hadn’t yet allowed a fourth-down conversion; teams are 0 for 7 so far. And the defense ranked 11th nationally in third-down conversions. Last year, the Wildcats were 5 of 13 on third-down conversions and 2 of 2 on fourth downs.

4. Did Texas get the ball to Collin Johnson?

Yes.

After torching USC for 191 receiving yards — the fourth-best single game ever for a UT receiver — Texas’ leading receiver had only two catches last week in Ames. But Johnson was back in the game plan against the Wildcats, finishing with seven catches for 92 yards, including a 26-yard reception on the first drive of the second half that led to a Rowland field goal. Reggie Hemphill-Mapps was the receiver of the night (12 catches for 121 yards) but Johnson played a big part.

 

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