The Texas Longhorns are in Lawrence on a cold, clear fall day to take on the Kansas Jayhawks at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, trying to rebound from last week’s poor offensive performance in a home loss to No. 4 TCU. Horned Frogs.
The Longhorns are also trying to bounce back from last year’s 57-56 overtime loss to the Jayhawks and overcome recent struggles in Lawrence, so this game hardly has the typical storylines when Texas takes on Kansas in football.
before the game
After missing the last four games with a shoulder injury sustained against TCU, Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels is reportedly a game time decision for the Jayhawks. Daniels was being considered as a potential Heisman contender after a strong start to the season, but Kansas lost its early momentum when Daniels was injured, losing four of the last five games.
For Texas, cornerback D’Shawn Jamison traveled with the team to Lawrence and is expected to play after missing the TCU game with a concussion.
During pregame introductions, backup quarterback Jason Bean was Announced as the starter, but it was Daniels who was given the starting job.
After winning the toss, Texas chose to get the kickoff as head coach Steve Sarkisian tried to jumpstart an offense that underperformed in Austin last week. And unlike that loss, Sarkisian gave quarterback Quinn Ewers an easy pass to complete early, a run-pass option in which Ewers found wide receiver Xavier Worthy for a solid gain. Despite getting a first down, the drive quickly stalled after a pass deflection at 3 and 3 as Ewers made a questionable decision to snap the ball. However, running back Bijan Robinson became the seventh Texas player to surpass 3,000 rushing yards.
A 23-yard punt from Daniel Trejo failed to turn the field around for the Longhorns and Texas then missed a big opportunity when nickelback Jahdae Barron jumped Daniels’ first pitch, but missed the potential interception, allowing a no-win finish. Facing a 3rd and 7, Daniels defeated a go route in what could have been a huge gain and instead went down incomplete.
In a positive development after trouble getting the running game started against TCU, Texas was productive with Robinson’s runs early, leading off the second drive, gaining 25 yards on three Robinson attempts. In all, eight plays were runs, the lone exception being wide receiver Jordan Whittington picking up 12 yards on a reaction sweep, while running back Roschon Johnson gained 21 yards on a gap run and Robinson finished the drive with a run of two-yard touchdown. .
Through the first two drives, the Longhorns amassed 70 rushing yards, a vast improvement on the entire game’s 28-yard rushing total against the Horned Frogs.
Texas was able to pin Kansas deep in their territory on a kickoff that looked like it might go out of bounds, but instead recovered inside the Jayhawks 10-yard line. After two runs by Devin Neal, Kansas went three-and-out for the second straight series thanks to another incomplete third down.
A 22-yard punt return from Worthy behind a hard block by safety Michael Taaffe gave the Longhorns offense the ball at the Jayhawks 28-yard line and Robinson kept up his pace on the first play, gaining 11 yards before breaking wide on the second play for a 17-yard touchdown run to take a 14-0 lead.
Kansas was able to move the chains for the first time when Daniels converted a 3rd-and-10 with a 13-yard completion. Neal then got loose for the first time with a 15-yard run and Daniels found his tight end for an eight-yard gain. However, on 3 and 1, Texas safety Morice Blackwell tackled Neal for a lost yard to force a fourth down attempt with the Longhorns defense forcing a fumble on downs when Barron and safety Jerrin Thompson combined to stop on the perimeter.
The Jayhawks’ run defense stiffened, forcing a 3rd-and-6 after two Longhorns runs, but Ewers pummeled Worthy for a 24-yard gain when the Texas wide receiver was able to stretch out to make an impressive catch on the run. penultimate play of the final. first quarter.
Facing 4th and 4th, a hard count by Ewers produced an offsides penalty against Kansas as Texas received another series of downs before Robinson found space down the left sideline for 10 yards. Robinson appeared to have scored his third rushing touchdown, but it was denied in a questionable holding penalty against tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders, a call that ultimately stopped the drive and forced a 28-yard field goal from Bert Auburn for a 17 -0. Lead.
Texas linebacker Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey was ejected for aiming on a late hit against Daniels to open Kansas’ drive on a play that nearly resulted in an interception by the Longhorns, but the yards gained were negated by a penalty on the Jayhawks coaching staff. An 18-yard completion converted another third and long for Kansas to extend the drive before Daniels dimed Mason Fairchild over the seam for 31 yards. Forced out of the pocket on fourth down in the red zone, Daniels found tight end Jared Casey for what initially appeared to be a touchdown, but it was denied by an ineligible man downfield and Kansas missed the ensuing 34-yard field goal.
Under pressure, Ewers completed a 21-yard pass to Whittington and Kansas was called for pass interference on a look route run pass option intended for Worthy. Robinson then produced a big play, bouncing to the left and going through several arm tackles on a 31-yard gain. Another red zone penalty hurt the Longhorns on a foul by center Jake Majors, but Texas was able to rally thanks to a 15-yard touchdown reception by running back Keilan Robinson on a well-blocked screen.
Trying to score before halftime, Kansas mounted a seven-play drive that ended when Texas linebacker Jaylan Ford intercepted a Daniels pass deep in Longhorns territory.
A scramble by Ewers and a 10-yard run by Bijan Robinson moved the ball across midfield late in the second quarter. Facing a 4th-and-2 with 28 seconds remaining, Robinson moved the chains for a nine-yard gain on an outside run. With timeout remaining, Sarkisian called a run for Robinson, who plowed through the Kansas defense in what was initially deemed a 25-yard touchdown run and was later rescinded on review, leaving Texas with one second remaining. and the ball at the 1-yard line. Opting against a short field goal, Sarkisian called for another run for Robinson and the Texas star came with an important touchdown heading into halftime with a 31-0 lead after flying over the battery.
A tackle from Barron on the perimeter stopped Kansas on third and second to lead off the second half and Texas benefited from a 28-yard punt from the Jayhawks. Unsurprisingly, the Horns stuck with Bijan Robinson, who gained 26 yards on two runs to start the drive and ultimately scored on a third and seventh run that went for 32 yards.
Texas’ defense continued to play at a high level, taking down Kansas when defensive lineman Alfred Collins shined with a tackle for loss on 4th-and-2.
Unlike the Jayhawks, the Longhorns were able to convert a fourth down on a run by Bijan Robinson and moved the chains again on a run by Keilan Robinson, but the series stalled after a false start penalty, leading to a Auburn’s 40-yard field goal to make it 41–0.
Thanks in large part to a 42-yard catch and run by Lawrence Arnold, the Jayhawks were finally able to get on the board late in the third quarter with a 14-yard touchdown pass against a Longhorns defense that mostly featured reinforcements.
With running back Jonathon Brooks in the game, Texas was still able to move the ball against Kansas, including a 14-yard run by Brooks to start the drive and a five-yard run to convert a fourth-and-three that ended the third quarter.
Brooks gave way to Jaydon Blue to start the fourth quarter as Whittington caught back-to-back passes to get the ball into the red zone and Brooks came back for a first down near the goal line. And it was Brooks who finished the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, the third of the season for the Hallettsville native and the fourth of his career.
Kansas needed just four plays to score another touchdown thanks to poor coverage by Texas safety Kitan Crawford, who gave up a 55-yard pass to Quentin Skinner and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Luke Grimm.
Brooks didn’t waste much time providing a real highlight, taking his third carry of Texas’ 70-yard drive for a touchdown and a 55-14 Longhorns lead. The touchdown run gave Texas 51 carries for 413 yards and six rushing touchdowns.
And in that moment, the Longhorns were able to run out the clock in the rebound win over the Jayhawks as Sarkisian posted a second straight road win.