At halftime, with Texas leading comfortably 19-0, I imagined a postgame postscript something along the lines of “It’s really encouraging that Texas can play their C game on the road against a bad opponent and still win 33-10.”
A KSU QB change and a stalled UT offense later, it was 19-14 in the 4th quarter and the Horns were one instance of Kris Boyd chasing a squirrel into the stands away from losing 22-19 on the road and watching the UT interwebs turn into the blazing hot center of the sun.
That didn’t happen. So now we all get to pretend that K-State is “gutty and hard to beat in their place” and that this Texas team has “learned to win when games are hard” or that KSU’s teams in 1999 and 2012 have anything to do with what we saw out there wearing Purple and Silver today. The truth is Texas did what a lot of above average teams do every week in college football: played not to lose, got tight in the booth, and played down to the level of an inferior opponent.