Texas survived a late-game scare, but it temporarily gets off the schneid with its first win over Kansas State since 2004.
The Longhorns made it a point to stop the run and run the ball, and in doing both, they managed to secure a win in their Big 12 opener.
Kansas State 21, Texas 31
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Game analysis for the Texas Longhorns:
Pass Offense: When Ash went on to miss the second half, the Texas passing game took a big hit. No longer was the accurate deep-ball a consistent possibility, but there was enough of a pulse through the air to secure the required yards when necessary.
Run Offense: Texas set a tone throughout the game, and Gray’s 142 yards and two scores highlighted that game-plan. The ‘Horns were purposeful in their ground attack, and this is the kind of performance that can help carry the offense.
Pass Defense: Jake Waters did the most he could despite his one-dimensional status as a pocket passer, and his rapport with Tyler Lockett proved to be too much for Texas to handle. The two connected 13 times for 236 yards.
Run Defense: Kansas State looked to its ground attack early on, and Texas looked like an entirely different unit in defending it. The ‘Horns gave up just 126 rushing yards, which is a long way coming from their past two outings.
Special Teams: Fera’s missed 45-yard field goal and Sanders’ fumble on the opening kickoff were the only complains on special teams. Otherwise, good coverage, good punts and good returns.
Coaching: Texas dodged some bullets at the end, but the overall preparation and game-plan was good for the Longhorns. Stopping the run was crucial, and the defense managed that well. Texas’ readiness to defend a dual-quarterback look was strong.
First-half analysis for the Texas Longhorns:
Pass Offense: The front five have done well so far in pass protection. Solid pockets and ample time are consistently there, and you can see why David Ash’s arm is so valuable in this offense. Jaxon Shipley, Kendall Sanders and Marcus Johnson will have to continue to find space.
Run Offense: Texas is strong at the point of attack—more so than at any point this season—and it's created good running lanes for Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown. It will need more of the same in the second half to balance out the potential deep attack, as Gray is looking very good.
Pass Defense: Against Kansas State’s dual-quarterback look, Texas has been poor against the preferred passer, Jake Waters, who has picked on Duke Thomas all night. Waters has connected seven times with Tyler Lockett for 117 yards.
Run Defense: The Wildcats’ running quarterback, Daniel Sams, leads his team with 48 yards on seven carries, but John Huberts’ 15-yard score late in the second quarter blemishes Texas’ efforts. KSU has just 68 yards at the break, though.
Special Teams: Barring the opening-kickoff scuffle, Texas has been impressive on special teams. Good coverage, good returns, strong punting and Anthony Fera continues to look good on his field goals.
Coaching: Texas looked prepared for what Kansas State brought to the table in the first half. The ‘Horns were physical and purposeful on both offense and defense. The execution is mostly there, and that has helped create the lead.