How it all happened Friday in Lawrence:
Texas 7, Kansas 0. After Kansas punted to Texas’ 2, Sam Ehlinger directed an efficient first drive for a touchdown. The 98-yard drive was the Longhorns’ longest of the season. Ehlinger, coming off last week’s shoulder problem, was 6 of 7 on the drive and the lone incompletion was a drop by Andrew Beck. Devin Duvernay, who caught three passes on the drive, went over the 1,000-yard mark for his career.
Texas: Collin Johnson 26-yard pass from Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick, 8:35)
Halftime — Texas 7, Kansas 0. Neither team scored. Ehlinger, after a strong start, struggled in the second quarter. He completed just 2 of 7 passes, missed a touchdown throw and then was picked off at Kansas’ 12. That ended his school- and Big 12-record streak of consecutive passes without an interception at 308. The Jayhawks, though, weren’t able to do anything offensively either; their drive that reached Texas’ 31 was felled by a personal foul penalty.
Texas 21, Kansas 0. Ehlinger, who missed Beck for an easy touchdown toss in the second quarter, connected with his tight end for a short score in the third. The catch meant Beck has caught a pass in every game this season — the senior entered 2018 with only 12 catches his entire career. The Jayhawks’ best chance for points fell flat one a failed fourth-and-3 incompletion at UT’s 40-yard line. Texas turned that into a touchdown drive.
Texas: Beck 5-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 8:40)
Texas: Ehlinger 3-yard run (Dicker kick, 1:02)
Final — Texas 24, Kansas 17. Pooka Williams, corralled for three quarters, showed the stuff that led to a 252-yard game last week against Oklahoma with a 57-yard score early in the fourth. He finished with 103 yards; take away that one run and he had 15 carries for 56 yards, an average of 3.7 yards per carry. The game nearly turned on Ehlinger’s second pick of the day, this one in UT territory, but Jeffrey McCulloch had the play of the game with his own pick and 65-yard return. The Jayhawks rallied for 17 points and ended up kicking two onside kicks at the end, recovering one. This was the ninth game this season that’s been decided by 7 points or less. That’s the most in school history.
Kansas: Williams 57-yard run (Gabriel Rui kick, 14:44)
Texas: Dicker 34-yard field goal (10:57)
Kansas: Daylon Charlot 31-yard pass from Peyton Bender (Rui kick, 3:27)
Kansas: Rui 45-yard field goal (1:37)
First downs: Texas 19, Kansas 14
Rushes-yards: Texas 41-143, Kansas 33-137
Passing: Kansas 159, Texas 154
Comp-Att-Int: Kansas 18-35-1, Texas 16-28-2
Return Yards: Kansas 3-13, Texas 1-0
Punts-Avg.: Kansas 7-45.4, Texas 5-40.6
Fumbles-Lost: Kansas 1-0, Texas 2-0
Penalties-Yards: Texas 9-98, Kansas 4-35
Time of Possession: Texas 34:49, Kansas 25:11
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 16-28-154, 2/2; Kansas — Bender 18-35-159, 1/1
RUSHING: Texas — Watson 14-79, Ingram 13-51, Jamison 2-14, Young 1-4, Ehlinger 8-1-1; Kansas — P. Williams 16-103-1, D. Williams 10-37, Herbert 4-8, Bender 3-(-11)
RECEIVING: Texas — Johnson 4-38-1, Duvernay 3-47, Humphrey 2-25, Beck 2-24-1, Watson 2-11, Ingram 1-4, Jamison 1-3, Heard 1-2; Kansas — Sims 5-13, Charlot 3-53-1, Robinson 3-32, Johnson 3-22, Booker 2-23, P. Williams 1-12, Herbert 1-4