After losing back-to-back Big XII games to teams who had never beaten them before, the Texas Longhorns clearly showed that they are having a down year.
But there is a difference between lacking talent and lacking effort, a difference which Texas (mainly the Longhorn offense) demonstrated with the shellacking it took from Kansas State this week.
The performance on Saturday night at Bill Snyder Stadium ranks amongst the most pathetic in the Mack Brown era, up there with the 63 to 14 and 65 to 13 losses to Oklahoma in 2000 and 2001.
Texas set the tone for the game on the very first play, where its special teams allowed Wildcat Will Powell to return the opening kickoff 63 yards.
Two plays later, the Longhorn defense gave up a 34-yard touchdown run to Daniel Thomas and handed Kansas State a 7-0 lead, 53 seconds in.
Kansas State had already won the game before halftime with a 24-0 lead and a complete stifling of Texas' offense.
The Wildcats added two more touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the third quarter to make the score 39-0. Heading into the fourth quarter, Garrett Gilbert had more interceptions than Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein had pass attempts.
Say what you want about the defense, the offense—namely Garrett Gilbert—cost Texas this game. The defense, despite K-State's 39 points, allowed a little more than half of Texas's total yards.
With scoring drives of 38 yards, -1 yards (FG), 54 yards, 10 yards, and 14 yards, the Wildcats' offense didn't dominate the Texas defense, it just took advantage of the Longhorns' horrendous offensive play and mediocre special teams.
17 Wildcat points came off of Garrett Gilbert interceptions. The Texas quarterback tied the school record for interceptions in one game with five.
This Texas team reminds me of the present-day Roger Daltrey: once great, but now struggling, garnering the sympathy of his fans as he limps downhill into obscurity.
The current Longhorns find themselves floundering in an Aggie-like state of mediocrity, fighting desperately just to become bowl eligible. They will have to win two of their next three games in order to get to six wins.
Next week, the red-hot, tenth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys roll in to town, seeking their first ever victory against Texas in Big XII play.
If Baylor and Iowa State can get their first Big XII wins against Texas in Austin, why would anyone not expect the Cowboys to do the same thing?