Five Things I Think

Five mostly bad thoughts from Texas's 39-14 loss to Kansas State on Saturday.

1) Once again, the Longhorns can look at their own mistakes when analyzing a loss. Twenty-five of Kansas State's 39 points came directly from Texas errors, while another cost Texas seven points of its own. Seventeen of those points (and the lost Texas score) came from Garrett Gilbert interceptions. The other eight came from two plays: a roughing-the-kicker call that gave life to a dead Kansas State drive that resulted in a touchdown, and a blocked extra point that was returned by the kicker for two points.

2) And once again, things snowballed quickly. The Longhorns seem to lack the confidence to stop another team from recovering from their mistakes and often struggle to put the clamps down after its opponent makes a big-momentum play. Texas has seen prolonged runs of opponent success in each of its five losses this year.

3) Gilbert will take all, or most, of the blame for this game. But it's worth noting that he had little help. The Longhorns went away from the running game down 17-0 in the second quarter, and the offensive line struggled at times against one of the Big 12's worst defensive lines. At the same time, the receivers also had a hard time getting open, though they caught the ball better (only three drops). Gilbert also didn't get any help from the defense, which seemed surprised at K-State's quarterback choice. Collin Klein's running ability stopped Texas from keying on running back Daniel Thomas, and the Wildcats won despite just nine passing yards from the first-time starter.

4) It might sound funny, but one of the few positives came from the punt return team, where true freshman Adrian Phillips likely won himself the job. Phillips was sure-handed in handling punts that were made difficult by typically swirling winds coming off the Flint Hills. The next step will be to see whether Phillips can return the ball, as all of his catches were fair catches. Phillips was an excellent wide receiver in high school.

5) Injuries continue to mount up. Kyle Hix and Tre Newton missed time with injuries Saturday, while cornerback Chykie Brown will miss the rest of the season with a broken arm.


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