Texas tight end Caleb Bluiett celebrates a catch during the second quarter of the Texas vs University of Kansas game Saturday November 7, 2015. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman.

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

Posted November 8th, 2015

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HORNS UP

  • Athletic officials went all out to honor UT legend Freddie Steinmark before and during the game. The south end zone scoreboard was rededicated in Steinmark’s honor. Players wore throwback uniforms with plain orange tops, without the word TEXAS across their chest, and black cleats. It was all tied to the upcoming release of “My All American,” a movie about Steinmark’s life story.
  • Running back Kirk Johnson showed terrific hustle to recover a muffed punt when the ball glanced off Derrick Neal’s fingertips early in the second quarter. Texas got the ball back at the Kansas 17.
  • D’Onta Foreman was offended when people thought he ran out of gas on his long run against Oklahoma. Zack Sanchez took a proper angle and pushed him out of bounds. Nobody caught Foreman on Saturday. He went around the left end and dashed 93 yards for a touchdown. It was the third-longest run in school history.

HORNS DOWN

  • Jerrod Heard must learn that quarterbacks have to eat it occasionally. Just like his interception against Iowa State, Heard should have accepted a sack after getting slung around by Kansas’ D.J. Williams. As Heard tried to throw, the ball popped loose and Kansas recovered the fumble at the Texas 7.
  • The Jayhawks climbed back into the game during a stretch where they went 5-for-6 converting third downs. However, the Longhorns stiffened at the right time as the Jayhawks got to the Texas 7 twice in the first half and came up empty.
  • Coaches wanted to get receiver Marcus Johnson a big play down the sideline. Johnson dropped what would have been a 53-yard touchdown catch. Two plays later, Heard came back firing deep again, only Johnson couldn’t corral what would’ve been a 41-yard score.

OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME

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  • Rarely does this happen, but the game’s best offensive play was Texas’ first. On Heard’s first snap, he took a short drop and fired a deep ball to John Burt, who beat his man and raced 84 yards for a touchdown. It was (at the time) the longest play of the Charlie Strong era.

DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME

  • Kansas had fourth-and-goal at the Texas 1 after Heard’s fumble. Safety Jason Hall stuffed De’Andre Mann at the goal line, and the ball squirted into the end zone. By rule, the ball is dead if the fumbling player does not recover it on fourth-down plays. Texas took over with a turnover on downs.

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