TALE OF TWO HALVES AS TEXAS PULLS AWAY FROM KANSAS

Texas, outgained by Kansas in the first half (236-190), exploded with a 93-yard TD run by D'Onta Foreman early in the third quarter and caked on enough makeup to cover up a pig of a first half in a 59-20 victory over the 0-9 Jayhawks.

Any Texas fan think Lou Holtz's grandson - walk-on QB Trey Holtz - would end up playing in Saturday night's 59-20 victory over Kansas?

No offense to Holtz, who does a great job of holding on field goals. 

But with just more than 6 minutes left in the half, physically sick LB Malik Jefferson, who was announced as being available "in an emergency," was on the field playing "in an emergency," and the scoreboard inside DKR read TEXAS 24 ... KANSAS 20.

It came right after Texas QB Jerrod Heard fumbled trying to throw, and the Jayhawks recovered at the Texas 7. The officials raised their arms signaling touchdown as KU QB Ryan Willis appeared to get the corner for a 2-yard run into the end zone. 

But upon further review, Willis was out of bounds at the 1, so the touchdown came off the board, and it went back to reading TEXAS 24 ... KANSAS 14.

(And then Kansas fumbled into the end zone on fourth-and-goal. Even though the Jayhawks' recovered in the end zone, the only player who can recover a fumble in advance of the line of scrimmage on fourth down is the player who fumbled it. And that wasn't who recovered it for KU.)

From that point on, everything seemed to go Texas' way - well sort of. On KU's next possession - after a Texas three-and-out - the Jayhawks had a 10-play drive to the Texas 7 end with a missed 26-yard FG.

So Texas went in at halftime having dodged some late bullets and was clinging to a 24-14 lead (thanks largely to a muffed punt by KU that gave UT the ball at the KU 17 and an INT by Dylan Haines returned 36 yards to the KU 4).

But KU had outgained the Horns at halftime, running 49 plays for 236 yards (18:19 time of possession) compared to UT's 31 plays for 190 yards (11:41 of TOP).

Even the halftime interview with the Longhorn Network's Jane Slater got interesting.

When Charlie Strong said the team would need to execute in the second half, Slater said, "Execute how?" And Strong said, "Just need to do a better job executing."

Texas got the ball to start the third quarter, and had an eight-play drive go 27 yards before a Michael Dickson punt. It looked like UT's third-quarter woes (zero offensive points in 13 of 21 games under Strong before Saturday) would continue.

But then D'Onta Foreman blasted up the left sideline for a 93-yard TD run - the third-longest in school history - and the rout (finally) was on against one of the worst teams in FBS. Foreman ended up with 12 carries for 157 yards (13.1 ypc) and 2 TDs.

Freshman safety DeShon Elliott, slowed by a toe injury for the first half of the season, ended up with two, second-half interceptions.

Freshman WR Ryan Newsome caught three passes for 21 yards. Freshman RB Kirk Johnson had a 14-yard run. Heck, Kirk Johnson got stripped on a run, and Tyrone Swoopes, who has been accused of being a TD Vulture, picked up the fumble and went 10 yards on a scoop-and-score for some unintentional TD vulturing.

By the end of the game, Texas had caked on enough makeup to cover up a pig of a first half.

Texas finished with 40 carries for 299 yards (7.5 ypc) while completing 19 of 30 passes for 299 yards. Talk about balance!!!

Armanti Foreman made a great adjustment on an underthrown, 40-yard TD pass from Swoopes - giving each Foreman twin a TD in the same game (and some more pictures to choose from for perhaps another tattoo).

Swoopes finished with four TD runs and one TD pass.

With a road game to West Virginia up next (and UT having been outscored 112-10 in true road games this season), Texas still has to re-establish its identity in the run game.

Teams with a running QB have been able to make yards against WVU. But it hasn't been easy - even without WVU All-Big 12 safety Karl Joseph, who was lost to a season-ending injury.

The Mountaineers held Oklahoma State to 134 yards rushing on 38 carries (3.5 ypc) in an overtime loss and held Oklahoma to 107 yards rushing on  33 carries (3.2 ypc) in a loss to the Sooners.

Jerrod Heard will likely have to be a big-time running threat.

Baylor QB Seth Russell ran 14 times for 160 yards in a 62-38 win over WVU, and TCU QB Trevone Boykin ran 11 times for 84 yards in a 40-10 rout of WVU. Both were road games for the Mountaineers.

Even Tech QB Patrick Mahomes ran 18 times for 73 yards in Tech's 31-26 loss in Morgantown Saturday.

But against Kansas, perhaps Jerrod Heard got some of his confidence back (I said perhaps) thanks to that 84-yard TD pass to John Burt on UT's first offensive play (maybe that was enough to overcome that fumble at UT's 7 in the second quarter).

Who knows? But tonight, Texas actually covered a 29.5 point spread. And I swear I saw WR Jake Oliver and walk-on QB Trey Holtz taking offensive reps in the game for the Horns.

And who would have thought that at halftime?!?!?

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STATS

PASS

Jerrod Heard 13 of 23 for 201 yds, 1 TD

Swoopes 6 of 7 for 98 yds, 1 TD

RUN

D Foreman 12-157 (13.1 ypc), 2 TD

Swoopes 4-59 (14.8 ypc), 4 TD

J Heard 9-38 (4.2)

Johnathan Gray 7-22 (3.1 ypc)

RECEIVING

John Burt 4-113 , TD

Jacorey Warrick 4-42

Ryan Newsome 3-21

Daje Johnson 3-6

DEFENSE

Tackles - Dylan Haines 6 and INT returned 36 yds (now 4th all-time at UT in INT return yards with 186)

Sacks - Peter Jinkens (1.5), Tank Jackson, Bryce Cottrell, Derick Roberson, Poona Ford, Paul Boyette (.5)

INT - DeShon Elliott (2), Dylan Haines


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