Shocker in Lawrence: Texas Longhorns Snap Kansas Jayhawk Home Win Streak

Ezra AmacherContributor IIIJanuary 22, 2011

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 22:  Cory Joseph #5 of the Texas Longhorns controls the ball as Mario Little #23 of the Kansas Jayhawks defends during the game on January 22, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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All Kansas fans knew it was going to happen: The remarkable 69-game home winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse had to end at some point.

On Jan. 22, 2010 at the hands of the Texas Longhorns, the streak came to an end—ruining the Jayhawks' chance at a perfect season in the process. This leaves only two undefeated teams in the country.

The way 10th-ranked Texas upset Kansas was somewhat amazing. Kansas started the game on a 16-2 run and went into halftime with a comfortable 12-point lead.

During halftime, the Longhorns must have gained a lot of inspiration because they virtually dominated the entire second half, outscoring Kansas 51-28.

As the season went on, it became more and more inevitable that Kansas would lose a game in Lawrence this year.

First it was UCLA who only lost by a single point. Less than a month later, UCLA's rival USC lost in a controversial ending, but the game will only be remembered as the day Josh Selby made his debut as a Jayhawk.

Exactly one week before Texas snapped the streak, Nebraska came close to doing so as they only lost by three points at Allen Fieldhouse, a place where they usually get blown out.

So it really should not be that huge of a surprise that a top-10 ranked team was able to prevent the streak from reaching 70.

Kansas may still go on to have a great regular season and possibly even reach the Final Four, but whenever opponents come to play at Allen Fieldhouse again this year, they will not feel that there is no hope for an upset over Kansas.

Kansas' streak falls well short of Kentucky's 129-game home winning streak from 1943-1955, but when you add in the level of competition the two schools had to face, Kansas' modern day streak is equally impressive.

For a while, Kansas winning their next home game was as sure a bet as the sun coming up the next morning.

The sun will still rise over Lawrence tomorrow morning but there will be a different feeling in the air, a feeling of vulnerability.

As the Texas Longhorns proved today, Kansas can once again be beaten at Allen Fieldhouse. Just don't count on it.