A deeper look inside Texas’ 42-27 win over Kansas:
Why Texas (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) won
Simply put, the Longhorns are better than the Jayhawks. Of course, they were last year too, though that didn’t matter in Lawrence because Texas committed six turnovers that day. That didn’t happen tonight, though. Other than an ill-advised Shane Buechele interception and a fumbled kickoff return by Kris Boyd, Texas played a clean game. Yes, the 42 points were the second best points total of the season, but don’t be fooled. Those 42 points came against a 1-9 team that committed four turnovers and the Longhorns didn’t look all that sharp getting there. There was a change at kicker, there was a running back who nearly tallied 20 carries, there was a Sam Ehlinger appearance and Antwuan Davis looked like Holton Hill out there. There were fireworks at DKR after the game. If only there some during it.
Why Kansas (1-9, 0-7) lost
The Jayhawks committed four turnovers, three of them leading to 21 Texas points. They struggled on third down conversions, didn’t produce any big plays and had several injuries. Texas shut down Khalil Herbert, the team’s leading rusher, and wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., perhaps the most dangerous Jayhawk on the field, got his touches but didn’t do a lot with them. It was asking too much for Kansas to come to Austin and pull a repeat upset like 2016; the numbers didn’t lie — Kansas averaged 19.7 points a game (tied for 117th nationally) and had 20 until the final 11 seconds of the game; Kansas ranked 104th in total offense, averaging 354.2 yards a game (364 tonight); Kansas ranked 113th in rushing, averaging 114.9 yards (96) and 127th nationally in points allowed, giving up 42.2 points a game (Texas had 42).
The Eyes of Texas
The Longhorns kept their eyes on three specific Jayhawks — running back Khalil Herbert, who was averaging 6.4 yards per carry and had a 291-yard game against West Virginia in September; wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., a Texan who’s leading Kansas in catches, yards and touchdown catches; and linebacker Joe Dineen Jr., the Big 12 leader in tackles and one of only three players in the country with more than 100 heading into this weekend.
How did they do?
Herbert was held in check — 9 carries for 5 yards. He averaged only .6 yards a carry.
Sims led KU with 9 catches, but had only 53 yards. He did score a touchdown.
Dineen was third on the team with 9 tackles. He also had a tackle for loss. This is only the second time this season he hasn’t had at least 11 stops.
Lorenzo Joe’s 49-yard touchdown catch to start the game is Texas’ longest touchdown catch of the season.
Antwuan Davis had his finest game as a Longhorn: 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 pick-six, 1 fumble recovery
This and that
Michael Dickson averaged 46.5 yards on four punts, but one of them went for 53 yards and another was downed at the 1-yard line.
Offensive play of the game
Defensive play of the game
On deck: West Virginia
Nov. 18, Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, W.V.
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