BAD AND UGLY
* The defense forced three turnovers in the second half, and the offense couldn’t convert any of them into points:
TO #1 - Fumble caused by Anthony Wheeler at Texas goal line recovered by Dylan Haines in UT end zone. Ensuing drive ended when Dorian Leonard dropped fourth-and-3 pass.
TO #2 - INT by LB Ed Freeman returned 33 yards to the KSU36. Ensuing drive ends when Buechele sacked for minus-8 on third-and-6 and Buechele’s fourth-and-16 pass appears to be dropped in the end zone by Armanti Foreman.
TO #3 - Jesse Ertz fumble recovered by UT’s Freeman at the Texas 47 with 7:07 left. Ensuing drive ended with a missed 35-yard FG by Trent Domingue after Horns had first-and-goal from the KSU10 (a botched snap on third-and-goal from the 9 resulted in a 9-yard loss, bringing up fourth-and-goal from the 18).
* The defense gave up 24 carries for 137 yards rushing (5.7 ypc) in the second half and 51 carries for 234 yards rushing for the game (4.6 ypc).
* Texas had 10 penalties for 72 yards - including one that converted a third down on a TD drive as well as two pass interference flags (on Kris Boyd and John Bonney) inside UT’s red zone. Bryce Cottrell was flagged for roughing the passer on second-and-14 from the UT23, helping set up a KSU TD with 9 seconds left in the half for a 21-7 lead.
* KSU won time of possession 38:27 to 21:33, including 23:18 to 6:42 in the first half when KSU took a 21-7 lead.
* Malik Jefferson - got rotated at LB because of poor play.
* Still no sign of CBs Davante Davis and Holton Hill
* Jesse Ertz, who was completing less than 50 percent of his passes (49.6 percent) coming into Saturday, completed 20 of 27 versus Texas (74.1 percent)
* Jesse Ertz converted fourth-and-1 from the KSU34 early in the 4Q while leading 24-14. That was after Ertz converted fourth-and-1 from KSU’s own 29 in the 1Q as part of a 16-play, 80-yard drive that ate 7:23 off the clock.
* After Texas forced a KSU fumble at its goal line and recovered it in the Horns’ end zone, the offense drove to the KSU26 only to have Dorian Leonard drop a perfect pass on fourth-and-3 that would have gone for a first down and more. It was a crusher.
* On UT’s opening possession of the second half, Buechele was flushed from the pocket on third-and-6, scrambled and lost his balance, falling 1 yard short of the first down. Punt.
* AT HALFTIME WITH THE SCORE: KSTATE 21 ... TEXAS 7
KSU held the ball for 23:18 compared to Texas' 6:42
Before an 80-yard bomb from Shane Buechele to Devin Duvernay with 4:03 left in the 2Q, Texas had 82 total yards of offense.
KSU led Texas in total offense (244-162), first downs (19-6), third down conversions (4-7 to 0-3), total plays (46-19).
About the only thing Texas led KSU in at halftime was penalties: 7 for 47 yards to 4 for 25 yards (and KSU declined one penalty)
Only positives at the half for Texas:
D'Onta Foreman 10 carries for 58 yards (5.8 ypc)
A 12-yard sack by Breckyn Hager that forced a punt
The 80-yard TD pass from Buechele to D Duvernay
And the fact West Virginia trailed K-State 16-3 in the 4Q and came back for a 17-16 win earlier this season.
* After getting great field position at the UT48, D’Onta Foreman ran for 4 and 5 yards on first- and second-down. On third-and-1, Shane Buechele’s was batted down. On fourth-and-1 Texas brought in the 18-Wheeler Package, and the left side of the OL false started, leading to fourth-and-6 and a punt.
* Texas brought pressure from the edges, but no one stayed home in the middle of the field, allowing KSU QB Jesse Ertz to scramble up the gut for 11 yards on third-and-8 on KSU’s second possession.
* Tristan Nickelson got beat inside by freshman DE Kyle Ball on third-and-9 from the K-State 30, and Shane Buechele gets sacked for minus-9 yards, forcing a punt and keeping Texas from getting any points after an 11-play drive that ate 3:17 off the clock.
* Michael Dickson’s punt at the end of UT’s first possession of the game looked like it could be downed at the KSU 1. But Kris Boyd got twisted around looking for the ball, lost his balance and fell down, allowing the ball to go into the end zone with 5:55 left 1Q.
* Four flags on the Texas defense on K-State’s opening TD drive: three offsides (2 on Omenihu and one on B Hager) as well as a defensive holding/pass int on Kris Boyd. The offside on Hager came on third-and-1 from the Texas 15.
* K-State, not known for its explosive offense this season, converted a first-and-20 (after a KSU holding penalty on the first play of the game) by completing a 31-yard pass from Jesse Ertz to Deante Burton against decent coverage from Kris Boyd. UT’s Omenihu was offside on the play, but KSU declined the penalty and took the play.
* Defense forced three turnovers, including a fumble at the goal line caused by Anthony Wheeler that Dylan Haines recovered in the Horns’ end zone. The Horns did not turn the ball over once Saturday.
* D’Onta Foreman 24 carries for 124 yards (5.2 ypc)
* Way too late TD pass from Buechele to Dorian Leonard with 46 seconds left to cut KSU’s lead to 24-21.
* LB Ed Freeman picked off Jesse Ertz and returned it 33 yards to the KSU36 with 9:50 left to play. (My first thought was, “he’d better score the way the offense is going - or not going - today.”)
* Nice pass breakup by Jason Hall on a deep ball to Byron Pringle with 13:43 left to play - despite not turning around to look for the ball, but instead shooting his arm between Pringle’s hands. Then on the next play - third-and-8 from the KSU27 - Jeffrey McCulloch forced a fumble by Jesse Ertz (that Ertz recovered) and Malcolm Roach dragged Ertz down 1 yard shy of the first down. (Ertz converted the fourth-and-1 from the KSU34 on the next play, however.)
* Touchdown Texas - After picking up a first down on third-and-2 from the KSU11, Tyrone Swoopes took the ball off left end, through a couple tackles for an 8-yard touchdown, cutting KSU’s lead to 24-14 with 31 seconds left in 3Q. The scoring drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 3:59
* A 15-yard run on Texas’ third-quarter TD drive by D'Onta Foreman put him over 100 yards for an eighth straight game.
* Anthony Wheeler got a helmet on the ball as KSU RB Charles Jones approached the goal line, forcing a fumble that Dylan Haines recovered in the end zone for a touchback with 9:43 left 3Q - ending KSU’s string of 30 straight red zone scores this season.
* FINALLY! Texas went deep, and Shane Buechele hit Devin Duvernay for an 80-yard TD with 4:03 left in the 2Q. KSU had the ball 19:24 to Texas' 6:33 at that point.
* Breckyn Hager came through with a HUGE sack (minus-12 yards) on third-and-10, forcing a K-State punt from the KSU17 that is downed at the Texas 48 with 11:07 left 2Q.
* D’Onta Foreman with five carries for 42 yards (8.4 ypc) on UT’s opening drive, including a 16-yard run.
Losing 24-21 with excellent execution in a hard-fought game is entirely different than losing the way Texas did today ... with costly pass interference (twice), roughing the passer and offside penalties and an offense that drops TD and fourth-down passes, botches snaps, false starts on fourth-and-1 and can't take advantage of three turnovers forced by the D and special teams that miss a 35-yard FG.
This team is just totally disjointed and yet was still within three points at Kansas State, where UT has lost five straight and fell to 1-7 since joining the Big 12.
As I've said repeatedly, the results will dictate the outcome after the season.
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