Texas #99 Desmond Jackson celebrates his Kansas QB sack during the fourth quarter of the Texas vs University of Kansas game Saturday November 7, 2015. Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman.

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Texas-Kansas: Our four pregame questions — answered

Posted November 8th, 2015

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On Saturday morning, we asked four questions about the Texas-Kansas matchup.

Here’s how they played out:

DID JERROD HEARD FINALLY THROW FOR 100 YARDS?

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Yes. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen that, though. Heard was 13 of 23 for 201 yards, his first 100-yard game since Oklahoma State. His previous four efforts — 48 yards at TCU, 53 vs. Oklahoma, 99 vs. Kansas State and 26 at Iowa State. Heard also went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Kansas, it should be noted, ranks second-to-last nationally in pass defense, giving up 334.5 yards a game.

WHICH FRESHMAN WOULD PLAY MORE?

Hello, Kirk Johnson and DeShon Elliott. Both Jay Norvell and Vance Bedford said they wanted to play more freshmen in this game. They did. Elliott had the biggest impact among the new faces, with a pair of interceptions. Johnson had five carries for 18 yards. Wide receiver Ryan Newsome had his first career catch, and he finished with three.

HOW MANY SACKS DID TEXAS GET?

Six.  That’s nothing new, of course — Texas has had six sacks in three of its past four games. The Longhorns entered the game tied for 15th nationally in getting to quarterbacks, and have averaged 5.75 sacks over their last four games. On Saturday, linebacker Peter Jinkens led the way with 1.5 sacks, followed by single sacks from defensive tackle Desmond Jackson, defensive end Bryce Cottrell, defensive end Derick Roberson and defensive tackle Poona Ford. Defensive tackle Paul Boyette Jr. also had half a sack.

DID THE LONGHORNS SCORE FIRST?

Yes. And it was a big play. On Texas’ first play of the game, Heard found John Burt for an 84-yard bomb off play action. It was the second longest touchdown ever thrown by a UT freshman, and the third-longest touchdown catch by a UT freshman. Texas is now 10-1 when it scores first under Charlie Strong.

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