Upon Further Review…

Inside Texas Magazine Editor Mike Blackwell's notes from Texas' 41-21 loss to Kansas State.

Big 12 North: Guess what the first story of Texas-OU week will be this week? That the Big 12 North might not be as inferior to the Big 12 South after all.

The running game: Not good. Texas rushed 32 times for 113 yards, a 3.5-yard per carry average. Running back Jamaal Charles rushed 17 times for 72 yards and one touchdown to lead the Longhorns, the second game in a row in which he failed to reach 100 yards. QBs John Chiles and Colt McCoy were the second- and third-leading rushers in the game for the Horns, but had only 26 and 13 yards, respectively.

Jamaal's numbers: His cumulative stats this year are now 102 carries for 543 yards, a 5.3-yards per carry average. He entered the game 13th on the all-time Texas rushing list at 2,180 yards.

Charting McCoy: McCoy will have bad memories of this one, to say the least. He left the field just before the first half ended after taking several shots, then left the game for the locker room with about four minutes remaining after another beating in the second half. McCoy suffered a career-high four interceptions – two of which were deflected – and had a lone touchdown pass to Quan Cosby. McCoy is now 14-4 as a starter and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 16 of his 18 career games. His season stats are now 118 of 186 (63%) for 1,254 yards and seven scores.

Oh, Lordy Jordy: Kansas State receiver Jordy Nelson put together a rather impressive game statistically against Texas, to say the very least. He had 206 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown receiving in addition to his 89-yard punt return for a touchdown. He also caught 12 passes for 116 yards.

Weird stats: Texas had more total yards, rushing yards and passing yards and also had fewer penalty yards than Kansas State. The Wildcats, however, dominated the turnover margin: Texas turned it over four times and Kansas State did not suffer a turnover.

Wither receivers?: Texas' big-play receivers put up some rather uninspiring numbers against the Wildcats. Nate Jones caught four passes for 38 yards and Cosby managed just two catches for 33 yards. Limas Sweed caught only two passes for 14 yards and Jordan Shipley snared a pair of passes for 41 yards.

Tracking Chiles: John Chiles' first appearance in the game came on Texas' first possession when he took a direct snap from center in the shotgun formation and ran for 10 yards. On the next play, he lined up as a receiver and took a quick pass in the flat from McCoy, gaining nine yards. He played in the Longhorns' last offensive series of the game, but could not produce points. He also caught a backwards pass from McCoy and was setting up to throw a pass at that point, but the pass rush caused him to pull the ball down and run for a loss of two yards.

Punt return streak snapped: Texas' string of 101 games without allowing a punt return for a touchdown was ended when Nelson took the 89-yarder to the house.

Coaches' numbers: Mack Brown is now 97-23 record at Texas. Brown's overall record at home during his time in Austin is now 50-6.

Cosby kickoff return numbers: Cosby accumulated 124 yards on five kickoff returns.

Big 12 streak ends: Texas entered the game having won eight straight Big 12 openers.

Lokey lowers the boom: Texas defensive lineman Derek Lokey delivered a highlight reel-type kickout block on Vondrell McGee's one-yard touchdown run in the first half.

K-State history: Texas and Kansas State are now 5-5 lifetime in games against one another.

Punting problems: Texas punter Trevor Gerland was definitely affected by the driving rainstorm at the beginning of the second half. He recorded a 13-yard boot off the side of his foot after the Longhorns went three-and-out. He was then replaced the next time Texas had to punt by Justin Moore, whose low punt was returned 89 yards for a touchdown by Nelson.

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