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On an extremely wet Saturday in Austin the Kansas State Wildcats and the Texas Longhorns battled in a game that looked like a throwback to the days of the Big 8 and the Southwest Conference. Both teams needed a win, however the Longhorns needed this win more in order to keep their bowl hopes alive for this season.

Both teams came out the games slowly with the two teams combining to gain 118 total yards which resulted in a 3-0 Texas lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Longhorns found a rhythm on offense when they scored two touchdowns to take a 16-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff after taking the lead 16-0 the Longhorns recovered a pooched kickoff at the Kansas State 27 yard line. Texas gained six yards before turning the ball over to Kansas State on downs.

The Wildcats took advantage of Texas’ inability to score on the ensuing drive when they had their most successful drive of the game. Joe Hubener used a combination of his arm and legs on a 10 play 78 yard drive that was capped off by a seven yard pass from Hubener to Dominique Heath for a seven yard touchdown. Kansas State failed to convert a two point conversion on the ensuing extra point.

Both teams struggled to get anything going in the second half. Nine of the first ten drives of the second half resulted in punts with a Kansas State field goal being the outlier on the fourth drive of the half. Joe Hubener’s interception on the eleventh overall drive of the second half sealed the Wildcats fate. Texas took the ball and drove it 52 yards in three plays to score a touchdown which made the score 23-9.

Next week Texas heads to Iowa State with a visit from Kansas the following week. The Longhorns should be favored to win both of those games. Kansas State has a bye week next week and welcomes Baylor the following week.  Both teams should be able to get to five wins however finding a sixth win might prove tricky.

Game Stats

Kansas State

Texas

1st Downs  15 20
3rd Down Eff  4-14 7-15
4th Down Eff  1-2 0-1
Total Yards 242 373
Passing Yds  107 99
Pass Comp 11-24 10-16
Yds Per Pass  3.7 5.8
Rushing Yds  135 274
Rush Att  37 53
Yds Per Rush  3.6 5.2
Penalties  5-27 3-35
Turnovers  1 0
Fumbles lost  0 0
Picks Thrown 1 0
Final Score 9 23
1st Qtr 0 3
2nd Qtr 6 13
3rd Qtr 3 0
4th Qtr 0 7

 

Key Point In The Game

Joe Hubener’s interception that led to Texas’ final touchdown was too much for the Wildcat’s to overcome on Saturday. Both teams hadn’t been particularly successful on offense to that point in the game and Kansas State was still within one touchdown and a two point conversion. For a game played in such sloppy conditions it’s surprising that there was only one turnover in the game and it happened to be the one that gave Texas a win.

Emptying The Notebook

Hard to watch football and enjoy it with the tragedy in Stillwater taking place.  Lots of great tweets of support from all over the Big 12 and the rest of the country.

Charlie Strong now has more victories over Bill Snyder than Mack Brown. Think about that.

Bill Snyder was almost taken out by one of his own players:

Texas’ first game without a sitting Bevo mascot in a long time.

Apparently Texas still hasn’t quite mastered the long snapper to punter snap

Game clinching TD from the “18-Wheeler”.

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