Texas stifles Kansas 35-7

Amid sporadic snow flurries and blustery winds in Lawrence, Kansas, the Texas Longhorns extended their winning streak over the Kansas Jayhawks to seven with a stifling defensive performance by the score of 35-7. The Jayhawk offense ran 74 plays for just 305 yards for an average of just 4.1 yards per snap.

The Longhorns played like a team that knew it needed to get a pretty win for the human pollsters. Texas jumped out to a 7-0 lead on its opening offensive series, and then scored another touchdown just before halftime. On the defensive side, Kansas was held to 126 yards and four first downs in the first half.

The Jayhawks did get a third quarter touchdown after the Longhorns extended their halftime lead to 21 points on a 10-yard Chris Ogbonnaya run that was popped by great blocks by true freshman, first time starter David Snow, and left guard Charlie Tanner. The lone Jayhawk scoring drive was a nine play, 67-yard drive that was extended by a tremendous 26-yard circus catch by Dezmon Briscoe on fourth and eleven to get the Jayhawks to the Longhorn six yard line. Two plays later, Todd Reesing hit Dexton Fields for a 7-yard touchdown.

In the span of two and a half minutes late in the third quarter, the Longhorns poured two more touchdowns on the Jayhawks to extend the lead to 35-7. Back-up freshman safety Christian Scott replaced starter Blake Gideon who left the game with a head injury after a scary collision with Kansas back-up running back Angus Quigley. Scott caused and recovered the fumble that gave the Longhorn excellent field position at the Jayhawk 37-yard line to set up the final score.

The Longhorn offense was once again led by Heisman hopeful Colt McCoy's 255 passing yards and 78 rushing yards. McCoy accounted for three total touchdowns (1 rushing and 2 passing).

Kansas did drive 67 yards late in the game to put another score on the board against mostly second team Texas defenders. However, the Longhorn defense rose up to stop the scoring effort. Kansas ran 7 plays from inside the Texas 10, but turned the ball over on downs after Sam Acho recorded a 16-yard loss on a sack that sealed the final score. That late stop may help with human pollsters.

The Longhorn defense forced three fumbles, recovered two, and had four sacks for 37 yards. Lake Travis product Todd Reesing was held to just 25 of 50 for 258 yards and one touchdown. Dezmon Briscoe and Johnathan Wilson combined for 17 of Reesing's completions for 208 yards.

Texas takes next weekend off and will host Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night on national television.

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