Texas vs. Kansas: Our 5 pregame questions facing the Longhorns — answered
Before Saturday night's 57-56 loss to Kansas, we asked five questions facing Texas. Here's how they played out:
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Which Texas running backs played?
Three: Bijan Robinson, Roschon Johnson and Jonathon Brooks.
Kind of. Third-string back Keilan Robinson was out due to COVID-19 protocols, Bijan Robinson left in the third quarter with a left elbow injury, Johnson didn't play until the fourth, and Brooks finished with six touches. Bijan Robinson was already battling a neck injury; he and Johnson were game-time decisions. Robinson finished with 10 touches for 118 total yards and a touchdown catch. Johnson averaged 6.2 yards on six carries.
Did anyone step up after Joshua Moore's departure?
Yes: Marcus Washington.
Xavier Worthy had a monster game — battling injuries for 14 catches for 152 yards and three touchdowns on a whopping 23 targets — but he's had monster games before. Washington was targeted seven times and caught five for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns; he was a steady target for Casey Thompson throughout the night and averaged 20 yards a catch. Moore, who led the team in receiving last season, has left the program and will enter the transfer portal.
Did Texas avoid getting caught by a trick play?
Kansas looked more interested in gambles than trick plays, most notably going for it on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter by trying to draw Texas offside, then calling time out, then bursting out of a tightly grouped huddle for a quick-snap quarterback sneak that didn't work. But after Baylor and Iowa State burned the defense for wide receiver touchdown throws the past two weeks, the Jayhawks did try a receiver pass play. It was incomplete.
Did Cameron Dicker make a bigger impact kicking or punting?
But only because he didn't even try a field goal. It was a game of touchdowns. As a punter, Dicker averaged 45 yards on two kicks, including a 53-yarder. He was averaging 47.8 yards per punt entering the game, which was slightly ahead of Michael Dickson's school-record average of 47.4. Earlier in the week, Dicker was named one of 10 national semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter.
Did Jason Bean start for Kansas?
Though maybe things would have worked out better for the Longhorns if Kansas' regular starting quarterback had played. Bean couldn't go, which meant backup Jalon Daniels stepped in. He responded by going 21 of 30 for 202 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing score.