Best Swoopes play
There were several to pick from. Aside from his three touchdown runs, his 40-yard touchdown pass to Armanti Foreman was a beaut. And that doesn’t even count his fifth score, a fumble pickup and run for 10 yards into the end zone.
The Big 12 officiating crew took about five minutes to review the Kansas muffed punt that Texas recovered in the second quarter. But the original call stood.
When Texas was called for a really false start early in the fourth quarter, referee Mike Defee announced, “False start on the offense … everyone but the center.”
D’Onta Foreman’s 93-yard touchdown run — he was virtually untouched — on Texas’ second series in the third quarter. He outraced all Kansas defenders to the end zone. It was the third-longest run in school history.
Jerrod Heard coughed up a fumble when he inexplicably tried to pass while he was in the grasp of Kansas’ D.J. Williams. The ball popped loose. The Jayhawks recovered at the Texas 7, but …
Facing a Kansas offense that had a first down at the 7 after Heard’s bumble, Texas stiffened and kept the Jayhawks off the scoreboard to protect a 10-point lead. Quarterback Ryan Willis appeared to score on a 2-yard run, but replays showed he stepped out at the 1. Then, on fourth down, safety Jason Hall and defensive end Tim Cole held De’Andre Mann out of the end zone at the 1.
Worst halftime stat
Kansas entered the game ranked a lowly 127th nationally in total defense, but the Longhorns totaled only 190 yards in the first half with 47 yards on the ground.
Didn’t take long. Jerrod Heard dropped back on Texas’ first play and launched an 84-yard strike to freshman John Burt, who broke loose to complete the touchdown on the longest pass of the season.
Senior Marcus Johnson dropped a pair of deep passes, one in the end zone, on the same drive. Both might have gone for touchdowns. He dropped a touchdown pass on the final play of the Iowa State loss, too.
True freshman DeShon Elliott made a spectacular shoestring catch of a pass tipped off the hands of Kansas’ Tyler Patrick for his first career interception.
Dylan Haines picked off Ryan Willis and raced 36 yards down the sideline to set up Texas’ second touchdown. His return upped his career interception return yardage to 184 yards, ranking him fourth on the school’s all-time list.
All of the parachutists dropping into Royal-Memorial Stadium had rough landings as they came in very fast and skidded to stops. It nearly made us miss Jet Pack Guy.