Texas 3, Kansas State 0 — In the game’s buildup, play-caller Jay Norvell spoke about the need to ignite Texas’ passing game. The conditions didn’t allow for it, though, so the Horns ran 19 times versus two pass attempts. Jason Hall, ribbed as a one-hit wonder for his 2014 hit on Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine, added to his collection with a crushing blow of Joe Hubener, who left the game momentarily. Later, freshmen Charles Omenihu and Anthony Wheeler combined to stop Hubener on third-and-1.
Texas: Nick Rose 28-yard field goal, 6:37
The drive: 15 plays, 42 yards, 6:19
Key play: On third-and-8 from the 30, Jerrod Heard’s 16-yard keeper set the Horns up at the 14.
Halftime. Texas 16, Kansas State 6 — So defensive holding on a run play is actually a thing. The obscure penalty famously went against Texas in the Oklahoma State game. This time it added 10 yards onto a UT scoring drive — Tyrone Swoopes’ first of three TD runs. Minus a few short dump-offs to Daje Johnson, Jerrod Heard eschewed the pass the entire half for his feet and picked up two third-and-8s and a third-and-12. K-State avoided a scary injury — to its coach — when 76-year-old Bill Snyder somehow popped up after being plowed over by kick returner Morgan Burns. On the next kickoff, UT’s Kevin Vaccaro recovered Nick Rose’s high kick.
Texas: Tyrone Swoopes 1-yard TD run (Rose PAT), 12:38
The drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 5:18
Key play: D’Onta Foreman’s 15-yard run off the right side set Texas up at the 12.
Texas: Swoopes 2-yard TD run (PAT failed), 6:48
The drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:32
Key play: Johnathan Gray’s 46-yard scamper down to inside the 5 set up the score.
Kansas State: Dominique Heath 7-yard TD pass from Joe Hubener (2-point pass failed), :32
The drive: 10 plays, 78 yards, 4:43
Key play: It wasn’t the fourth-and-1 conversion at the 35, but Holton Hill’s pass interference call that put the Wildcats at the 7.
Texas 16, Kansas State 9 — Surprisingly, this turned into a battle of the QBs’ arms. Neither was equipped to take the upper hand, though Heard did come out of his shell with long passes to Caleb Bluiett (28 yards) and John Burt (20). But the quarter ended with Heard inexplicably stepping out of bounds for a 5-yard loss rather than getting rid of the ball. Earlier, Dylan Haines dropped a gimme interception on third down, and K-State hit a field goal to cut UT’s lead to 16-9.
Kansas State: Jack Cantele 36-yard field goal, 7:18
The drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 4:16
Key play: Dylan Haines dropped a possible pick-six on the third down play right before the kick. Still, it was the difference between a field goal and a first down inside the red zone.
Final. Texas 23, Kansas State 9 — Punter Michael Dickson made one of the biggest plays of the day to avert disaster. Kyle Ashby’s snap sailed high, and Dickson retreated to UT’s 32, twirled around, and uncorked a 33-yard punt to the 8. On the next drive, Kris Boyd nearly downed Dickson’s punt inside the 5, but the ball had other plans and rolled across the goal line for a touchback. Haines received another chance at a gimme pick and caught it, setting up the backbreaking score — Swoopes’ third of the day.
Texas: Swoopes 10-yard TD run (Rose PAT), 1:47
The drive: 3 plays, 52 yards, 1:15
Key play: Swoopes’ big 29-yard keeper set up his TD — and elicited cheers of “Swoopes, there it is” from the crowd.
First downs: Kansas St. 15, Texas 20. Rushes-yards: Kansas St. 37-135, Texas 53-274. Passing: Kansas St. 107, Texas 99. Comp-Att-Int: Kansas St. 11-24-1, Texas 10-16-0. Return Yards: Kansas St. 11, Texas (-1). Punts-Avg.: Kansas St. 7-40.4, Texas 6-37.0. Fumbles-Lost: Kansas St. 2-0 Texas 0-0. Penalties-Yards: Kansas St. 5-27, Texas 3-35. Time of Possession: Kansas St. 29:20, Texas 30:40.
PASSING: Kansas St., Hubener 10-22-1-97, Cook 1-2-0-10. Texas, Heard 10-15-0-99, Swoopes 0-1-0-0.
RUSHING: Kansas St., C.Jones 18-122, Hubener 15-18, Silmon 2-(minus 2), Cook 2-(minus 3). Texas, J.Gray 18-103, Heard 15-61, Swoopes 7-50, D.Foreman 10-43, Warren III 2-19, Team 1-(minus 2).
RECEIVING: Kansas St., Burton 5-39, D.Heath 2-23, A.Davis 2-17, Gronkowski 1-16, Klein 1-12. Texas, D.Johnson 6-41, Burt 2-25, Bluiett 1-28, Beck 1-5.