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Texas downs Kansas 42-27

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Longhorns one win shy of bowl eligibility after beating Jayhawks

The Texas Longhorns avenged last year’s stunning loss in Lawrence, Kansas, defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 42-27 in front of an official crowd of 96,557 at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Kansas won the coin toss and deferred possession to the second half. The Jayhawks opened the game with an onside kick that was recovered by John Burt at the Texas 49-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Shane Buechele hit Lorenzo Joe in stride for a 49-yard touchdown reception to put the first points of the game on the scoreboard.

Senior defensive back Antwaun Davis had a career night for the Longhorns, intercepting Kansas starting quarterback Carter Stanley twice. Davis’ first interception would come at the 8:05 mark in the first quarter, which he returned for a touchdown, extending the Texas lead to 14-0 early on.

Kansas would answer with a score of their own on Carter Stanley’s 5-yard pass to wideout Steven Sims. On the next possession Texas would employ a steady dose of Daniel Young rushes which would set up freshman Toniel Carter’s 23-yard touchdown run. The Longhorns led 21-7 at the 3:42 mark in the first quarter.

Jason Hall’s interception on the following Kansas drive setup the Longhorns at the Jayhawk 9-yard line. Sam Ehlinger would enter the game at quarterback and would cap a 3-play drive with a touchdown pass to tight end Cade Brewer.

After one quarter of play, Texas held a 28-7 lead over Kansas.

Earl Bostic’s 8-yard touchdown reception and Gabriel Rui’s 36-yard field goal would constitute the first scores of the 2nd quarter, both for the Jayhawks, slicing the Longhorns’ lead to 28-17.

The field goal woes for the Longhorns continued with Mitchell Becker, who replaced struggling placekicker Josh Rowland, failing to connect from 44-yards out on the ensuing Texas drive.

Antwaun Davis would add to his resume on the night, recovering a muffed Steven Sims punt at the Kansas 22-yard line at the 8:14 mark. Lil’Jordan Humphrey entered the game at quarterback, taking consecutive snaps out of the Wildcat. The second snap was taken in for a 1-yard touchdown.

Texas led Kansas 35-17 at halftime.

Jayhawk kicker Gabriel Rui would add the first and only points of the third quarter, making good on a 32-yard field goal with 5:11 left.

Chris Warren III recorded his first touchdown run in four games, barreling in from a yard out at the 5:34 mark.

Kansas added a late touchdown on Carter Stanley’s 18 yard pass to Chase Harrell with :11 left in the game. The Longhorns would recover the onside kick and take a knee, ending the game with a 42-27 win.

Head Coach Tom Herman knew the win wouldn’t come easy, acknowledging the work his players put in.

“Winning college football games is difficult, and especially with where we’re at as a program.  These guys, we knew that there was going to be adversity throughout the game and that it wasn’t going to be easy.”

The Longhorns move to 5-5 on the season and need one more win to become bowl eligible.  Texas will play West Virginia next Saturday in Morgantown before finishing the regular season with a home game against Texas Tech the day after Thanksgiving.

Game Notes

  • Senior DB Antwaun Davis recorded two interceptions on the night, one for a touchdown.
  • Jason Hall registered his first interception of the season and third of his career at Texas.
  • Shane Buechele finished 22-32 for 249 yards and a touchdown and an interception.
  • Daniel Young led the Longhorns in rushing, with 67 yards on 21 carries.
  • DeShon Elliott, Davante Davis and Malik Jefferson led the team in tackles with 7 each.
  • Texas held Kansas to 96 rushing yards which marks the 5th game this season in which they have held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing.
  • Lorenzo Joe led the Texas receiving corp. with 5 catches for 98 yards.
  • Sm Ehlinger saw limited playing time tonight, finishing 2-2 for 9 yards and one touchdown.

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Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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Top Plays: Texas vs. Baylor



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The Texas Longhorns held on to beat the Baylor Bears 23-17 last Saturday in Austin to win their sixth straight game, improving to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in Big 12 play.  Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger left the game with a shoulder injury on the opening drive and was replaced by junior Shane Buechele. Buechele, who saw his first action on the field since the Longhorns’ bowl game against Missouri last December, finished 20-34 with 184 yards and one touchdown.  True freshman running back Keaontay Ingram surpassed the century mark on the ground, the first in his career, amassing 110 yards on 19 carries.

Texas scored all of its points in the first half and held a 23-10 lead over Baylor at the half. The Bears scored a touchdown in the third quarter to cut the lead to 23-17 and held possession of the ball on the final drive of the game. Todd Orlando’s defense held steady as Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer was pressured and threw a last-effort pass out of the Texas end zone as the game clock expired.

Place your vote for Texas’ top play in the win over Baylor.

Shane Buechele’s 44-yard TD pass to Collin Johnson (4:21 – 2nd quarter)


LJ Humphrey’s quarterback keeper for a TD (1:12 – 2nd quarter)


Caden Sterns intercepts Charlie Brewer (:44 – 2nd Quarter)


Texas defense pressures Brewer on final play of the game (:01 – 4th quarter)


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Texas Football 2019 full schedule released

The Longhorns host LSU at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 7



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The Big 12 Conference released the 2019 football schedules for all ten conference schools on Thursday.  The Longhorns’ schedule includes three non-conference games, two of which are against teams from Louisiana. Notably, Texas will host the LSU Tigers on September 7th after a home season-opener against Louisiana Tech, and will complete non-conference play against former Southwest Conference opponent Rice at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Texas will host Texas Tech on Friday, November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving, to wrap up the season.

Full schedule can be found below.

2019 Texas Football Schedule

Aug. 31—Louisiana Tech
Sept. 7—LSU
Sept. 14—at Rice (NRG Stadium)
Sept. 21—Oklahoma State
Oct. 5—at West Virginia
Oct. 12—vs Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl)
Oct. 19—Kansas
Oct. 26—at TCU
Nov. 9—Kansas State
Nov. 16—at Iowa State
Nov. 23—at Baylor
Nov. 29—Texas Tech

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Baylor

Texas narrowly escaped with a victory against Baylor on Saturday, and there are several areas that the Longhorns must clean up to stay atop the Big 12




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Another week, another close ballgame that came down to the final drive for Texas. The Longhorns found themselves behind the eight ball when Sam Ehlinger exited the game with an injury in the 1st quarter, and Baylor ended up giving Texas all they could handle. Regardless, Texas is now 6-1 and sits alone atop of the Big 12 conference standings. The Longhorns will gladly welcome the bye week as they prepare for the final stretch of the season. Let’s take a look at the good and the bad from a 23-17 win over the Bears:

The Good

Texas finally has a 100-yard rusher

For the first time in the Tom Herman era, Texas had a 100-yard rusher. Freshman Keaontay Ingram finished the afternoon with 110 yards on 19 carries. It’s hard to believe it had been 20 games since the Longhorns had someone surpass the 100-yard rushing mark, but it is only appropriate Ingram was the one to break the streak. Ingram continues to see an uptick in touches and has proven to be the best running back on the roster.

Collin Johnson continues to dominate

Texas now has a good problem on their hands. Collin Johnson is playing himself into position to be a potential high NFL draft pick, and I don’t think you will find many people who are upset about it. Johnson has cemented himself as a number 1 receiver after turning in another great performance on Saturday, hauling in 11 receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. The biggest improvement he has made from his first two seasons is his physicality. Johnson has proven to be reliable going over the middle of the field while also also improving his ability beat corners off the line of scrimmage.

The Bad


It’s hard to find a lot of negative when you look at Ryan Bujcevski’s stat line: 47.8 yards per punt and 3 punts inside the 20. Unfortunately, the stats do not tell the full story. Texas continues to have major issues getting punts off in a timely manner, and I am beginning to think it is more on Bujcevski than the protection unit. The Aussie takes far too long to get the ball off his foot once he receives the snap. Baylor nearly had a block yesterday, and it is a minor miracle the Longhorns have not had a punt blocked this year.

Opening drive scores

The Texas defense has had a tough time stopping opponents on their opening drives this season. In the 7 opening drives opponents have had against the Longhorns this year, 5 have ended in either a touchdown or field goal. Todd Orlando has stressed the importance of starting fast on defense, but a trend has emerged.

Cameron Dicker comes back to earth

Cameron Dicker carried over his momentum from his game winner against Oklahoma, going 3 for 3 on field goals in the first half, including a 47-yarder to end the half. The second half was a different story. Dicker missed a 34-yard attempt late in the 4th quarter that would have given Texas a 9-point lead. He followed it up with a miss from 51 yards. It has been a roller coaster ride for Tom Herman as he tries to manage the punting and kicking unit, but it’s hard to expect anything less since he is having to trot out a true freshman punter and kicker.

The Ugly

Zero second half points

The Longhorns had 5 drives in the second half — 2 ending in punts, 2 in missed field goals and one with an interception. Similar to the Kansas State game, the Texas offense moved the ball at times in the second half but were hurt by the inability to finish drives. Tom Herman and the offensive staff have shown improvements in making halftime adjustments, but the staff failed to put Shane Buechele and the offense in a position to finish off drives against a Baylor defense that ranked at or near the bottom of the Big 12 in nearly every major statistical category.

Sam Ehlinger’s injury

Texas fans now have a greater appreciation for Sam Ehlinger after watching the offense try to operate for almost 4 full quarters without him. Shane Buechele is considered a quality passer, but he fails to bring the running dimension to the offense that Ehlinger brings. The Longhorn offense is built around Ehlinger, and if he were to miss any extended period of time, it would not be good. If he is healthy enough for Oklahoma State, he needs to play. The Texas offense is not good enough to plug in the backup and rest the starter, even against a team like Oklahoma State.

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Ehlinger’s MRI results show shoulder sprain



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Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger left the Baylor game in the opening series after suffering a shoulder injury.  Ehlinger left for the locker room to be evaluated and was replaced by backup Shane Buechele.  He returned to the field but remained on the sideline with a headset on for the duration of the game.  The Longhorns, behind Buechele, held on to defeat the Bears 23-17 and improved to 6-1 overall on the season.

In his postgame media availability, head coach Tom Herman expressed uncertainty about the injury to his sophomore quarterback, who led the Longhorns to five straight wins before the injury.

“I think any time you hurt a throwing shoulder, my level of concern is greater than zero, but I don’t know enough. I’ve got to be educated more on it.”

Ehlinger’s MRI results revealed a first degree sprained shoulder, which is good news for the Longhorns, who travel to Stillwater in two weeks to face Oklahoma State.

Ehlinger has thrown for 1,534 yards and 11 touchdowns this season with just two interceptions. He has also rushed for 230 yards and 6 touchdowns.

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