Texas has beaten Kansas, 23-0.
The Longhorns rode a plodding run game and let its opportunistic defense overwhelm what was probably correctly predicted to be the worst team in the Big 12.
If you’re in the win-is-a-win camp, then you’re happy to see the shutout and that Texas is off to a 1-0 start in conference. If you’re looking for bigger-picture improvement and positives in terms of moving forward this season, issues remain.
Tyrone Swoopes was 19 of 34 for 218 yards and a pair of TDs. He also ran for a score.
John Harris (6-89-1) again was Texas’ alpa male among receivers, catching a touchdown for the fourth straight game. Jaxon Shipley (6-81) also had a nice day, catching Swoopes’ lone downfield shot (48 yards) and adding a 41-yard punt return.
The running game was average. Malcolm Brown (12-29, 2.4 average) and Johnathan Gray (13-44, 3.4 average) chewed up clock, but didn’t flash anything special and had long runs of 10 and 11 yards, respectively.
The defense played well. Texas forced four turnovers, all interceptions — two from Duke Thomas, one from Quandre Diggs and one from Jordan Hicks. Still, KU had 313 yards of total offense.
Texas was 7 of 17 on third down conversions. Kansas was 9 of 19, and 0 of 3 on fourth downs.
The Longhorns (2-2, 1-0) host Baylor next week.
Earlier updates …
There’s 3:04 left.
It’s Texas 23, Kansas 0.
John Harris has just caught another touchdown pass — his fourth in as many games — to make this score more along the lines of what fans were hoping for.
Harris has six catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Earlier updates …
There’s 10:41 left.
It’s Texas 16, Kansas 0.
The Longhorns are breathing a little bit easier, up by 16 after Nick Rose’s 42-yard field goal.
The score was set up by Texas’ fourth interception of the game, this one by Jordan Hicks, his second of the season.
In the third quarter, Kansas wasted its second golden scoring opportunity of the game. The first was wiped out by Quandre Diggs’ endzone interception on the Jayhawks’ first drive of the game. The second was a Duke Thomas endzone pass breakup on the Jayhawks’ first drive of the second half.
The play by Thomas came on a fourth-and-goal, from the 5. Kansas coach Charlie Weis opted to go for the touchdown rather than the field goal, down 13-0.
Texas leads Kansas, 13-0.
This one’s going pretty much as expected. Texas is playing it safe. Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray are being relied on to move the chains. Tyrone Swoopes has taken a couple of shots, missed on most of them, and has been up and down. He’s thrown a touchdown pass, scored on a touchdown run and committed a turnover at Kansas’ 2.
The defense is controlling things. Quandre Diggs, who snuffed out an early Kansas scoring opportunity with an interception in the endzone, and Duke Thomas, who picked off another pass to set up Texas’ second touchdown, have made big plays.
In all, the Longhorns have three interceptions, two of them by Thomas. That gives them 10 takeaways on the season.
Nick Rose has missed an extra point (hooked) and a 48-yard field goal attempt (blocked).
Cedric Reed has a sack and two tackles for loss. Hassan Ridgeway, making his first start, forced a punt by stopping a third-down quarterback draw play. But he also committed a critical roughing-the-passer penalty on the final play of the first half, wiping out what would’ve been Thomas’ second interception of the day.
Instead, it moved Kansas up 18 yards to Texas’ 38, and allowed the Jayhawks one final hurrah.
But the Hail Mary into endzone was intecepted … by Thomas.
TOTAL OFFENSE: Texas 212 yards, Kansas 159
RUSHING: Texas 104, Kansas 74
PASSING: Texas 108, Kansas 85
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS: Texas 6-10, Kansas 5-9
TURNOVERS: Texas 1, Kansas 3
TIME OF POSSESSION: Texas 16:53, Kansas 12:44
FIRST DOWNS: Texas 12, Kansas 9
RUSHERS: Texas — Armanti Foreman 1-30, Malcolm Brown 8-29, Johnathan Gray 9-28, Tyrone Swoopes 5-16-1; Kansas — De’Andre Mann 7-32, Montell Cozart 11-24, Corey Avery 5-15, Tony Pierson 1-3.
PASSERS: Texas — Swoopes 10-18-108, 1/0; Kansas — Cozart 5-14-85, 0/3.
RECEIVING: Texas — Jaxon Shipley 3-57, John Harris 3-38, Brown 2-5, Ty Templin 1-7, M.J. McFarland 1-1; Kansas — Nick Harwell 3-24, Jimmay Mundine 1-35, Nigel King 1-26.
DEFENSIVE: Texas — Steve Edmond 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 pass breakup; Cedric Reed 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1.5 TFL; Duke Thomas 1 tackle, 2 INTs. Kansas — Ben Heeney 7 tackles, 1.5 TFL.
Earlier updates …
There’s 4:42 left.
It’s Texas 13, Kansas 0.
Texas’ second interception of the day has resulted in the Longhorns’ second touchdown of the day. Tyrone Swoopes, who put Texas on the board earlier with a touchdown pass, scored on a 7-yard keeper around the left side.
The score was set up by Duke Thomas’ interception, compounded by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Kansas after the 24-yard return. That set Texas up at the 18.
Nick Rose converted the extra point.
Earlier updates …
There’s 55 seconds left.
It’s Texas 6, Kansas 0.
The Longhorns have struck first, though both Texas and Kansas have had their opportunities.
Tyrone Swoopes has thrown a 1-yard play-action touchdown pass to M.J. McFarland.
Nick Rose, however, hooked the extra point.
It’s been a strange game. Mistakes, big plays, blown chances.
Texas’ first drive stalled near midfield, on a fourth-and-3 option run that failed. Kansas then looked like it would score first, but a tipped pass was intercepted in the endzone by Quandre Diggs.
The Longhorns drove down to inside Kansas’ 10, thanks to a big reverse run from freshman receiver Armanti Foreman, but the Swoopes/Jake Raulerson snap exchange was fumbled, and the Jayhawks recovered at the 2.
Kansas, though, had to punt, and Jaxon Shipley returned it 41 yards to Kansas’ 18. That set up the score.
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