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Good, Bad & A Lot of Ugly in Texas Longhorns 24-21 Loss To Kansas Jayhawks

A lot of bad and ugly in the Longhorns' 24-21 loss to 1-9 Kansas.

UGLY

The final score: ... Kansas 24 ... Texas 21 ... OVERTIME

The lack of fire and overall ineptness of the Texas offense for most of the game.

The aftermath of this game - everywhere, except of course, on the HD message board!

 

BAD

The Texas offense turned it over 6 times, including an INT by Shane Buechele on the first possession of overtime.

It was Buechele’s worst game, and Buechele struggled to throw the ball after going to the locker room with a neck strain in the 2Q.

After D’Onta Foreman had taken over the second half - rushing for more than 100 yards in the last two quarters alone - Foreman suffered his second fumble of the game after an 8-yard run to the KU18 with 3:53 left to play.

A roughing the passer personal foul on Jeffrey McCulloch (his second of the game) with 19 seconds left, giving Kansas the ball at the Texas 20 with UT clinging to a 21-18 lead - helping to set up Kansas’ game-tying 36-yard FG with :07 left in regulation.

Four straight turnovers by the Texas offense in the first half - Tyrone Swoopes’ fumble, back-to-back INTs by Shane Buechele, including a pick-six by Kansas CB Brandon Stewart, followed by a fumble by RB D’Onta Foreman at midfield after a 12-yard run.

Kansas converted the Foreman fumble into a field goal, giving the Jayhawks all 10 of their first-half points off of turnovers - as well as a 10-7 lead.

Michael Dickson nearly has his punt blocked, but then it bounced off KU return man and rolls out of bounds before Texas’ Kris Boyd can pounce on it with a minute left in the 2Q.

One play after Buechele ran for a first down on third-and-2, he threw deep for Jerrod Heard down the left sideline and was intercepted by KU’s Fish Smithson, who returned it 5 yards to the KU25 with 7:01 left 2Q

Tyrone Swoopes came in for an injured Buechele and after a few successful running plays, Swoopes was sacked and fumbled.

Shane Buechele was taken to the locker room with what UT officials called a “strained neck” after he was slow to get up from a  jarring tackle made on Buechele who ran for 4 yards on third-and-9 from the UT32 with 13 minutes left 2Q.

Ed Freeman dropped an INT that was just sitting there for him with 9 minutes left in the 2Q.

Jacorey Warrick dropped a pass on second-and-8 with room to run in the first half 

 

GOOD

Through three quarters, the Texas defense kept the Longhorns afloat Saturday.

Both Texas TDs in the second half were set up by turnovers forced by the D.

Texas converted an INT by Ed Freeman (redemption after an earlier dropped INT by Freeman) on KU’s first possession of the second half into an 8-play, 38-yard TD drive with 11:27 left 3Q.

With a minute left in the 3Q, Jeffrey McCulloch went Derrick Johnson and punched the ball loose from KU’s LaQuvionte Gonzalez, and it was recovered by DeShon Elliott and returned 4 yards to the KU46. 

That set up a 9-play, 46-yard TD drive in which D'Onta Foreman carries the ball 7 times for 35 yards, including a 1-yard TD run.

Through three quarters, the Texas defense gave up 157 total yards with 33 of them coming on the only big play of the game by the KU offense (it set up a KU FG - the only points in the game the defense is responsible for considering KU's only TD came on a pick-six).

Quincy Vasser knocked people out on the kick return unit Saturday.

What a way to start the game - Shane Buechele found Jacorey Warrick for a 75-yard, catch-and-run TD on the first offensive play of the game, putting Texas up 7-0 with just 11 seconds gone.

There were some standout defensive performances:

Obviously, Ed Freeman - INT, sack

Breckyn Hager had 6 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, including a sack

DeShon Elliott - TFL, pass breakup, fumble recovery

John Bonney - 3 pass breakups

Jeffrey McCulloch - big forced fumble (made up for his roughing the passer personal foul)

D’Onta Foreman broke Earl Campbell’s school record for consecutive games with 100 yards rushing (11) by rushing 49 times for 247 yards with (58 seconds left)

 


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