Texas' Johnathan Gray(32) is wrapped up by Kansas State's Morgan Burns(33) and Elijah Lee(9) and Donnie Starks(10) during their NCAA college football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Texas vs. Kansas State: Horns up, Horns down, plays of the game

Posted October 24th, 2015

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HORNS UP

  • The defense did the heavy lifting in rough playing conditions, holding Kansas State to nine points and only 242 yards of offense.  The Horns also sacked K-State quarterbacks five times for 33 yards in losses. Texas has 11 sacks over its last two games.
  • Nick Rose placed a perfect pooch kickoff between two Kansas State return men and the ball bounced backwards into the arms of a hustling Kevin Vaccaro.
  • Punter Michael Dickson felt the wrath of Longhorn Nation when he dropped snap at the end of the Oklahoma State game, but the Aussie frosh averted a bad situation early in the fourth quarter when he recovered a bad snap and uncorked a 33-yarder under duress.

HORNS DOWN

  • Deep snapper Kyle Ashby had a rough afternoon.  In addition to the snap over Dickson’s head, he also misfired on an extra-point snap in the first quarter, which prevented Texas from even getting off an attempt.
  •  The coaching staff eschewed a 39-yard field goal attempt to go for it on a fourth-and-5. The decision wasn’t so bad, but the play call — a quarterback draw — was too conservative.
  • Safety Dylan Haines dropped what should have been an interception — possibly a pick six — in the third quarter. The Wildcats converted the drop into three points.

OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME

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  • Johnathan Gray burst threw K-State’s front seven for a 46-yard run in the second quarter, setting up a touchdown. Gray finished with 103 yards, the first time he has topped the century mark in 11 games, dating back to last season.

DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME

  • With K-State driving for the tying score in the last five minutes, Haines held on to the pick that counted most. His interception near midfield helped seal the win.

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