There’s some potential for trouble in the postponement of Texas’ road trip to Lawrence to play the Jayhawks. Three different troubling scenarios now loom for the Longhorns. Scenario one sees Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State in Bedlam on Saturday night and then each win out, Texas beats Iowa State and Kansas State, and then all they have to do in order to enter a three-way tie atop the standings is go on the road the week before the Big 12 Championship Game and beat the Jayhawks.
Kansas junior running back Pooka Williams is Les Miles’ most dangerous offensive weapon. Williams has recorded two 1000-rushing yard seasons and rushed for over 90 yards in half of his career games, including two successful outings against the Texas Longhorns.
Back in the early 2000s Texas teams all followed a very similar pattern for the season. They’d lose to Oklahoma in October and drop one other game either in the non-conference or toward the end of the year that would invariably be the difference between having a Big 12 title/BCS season or not. The three-game stretch following the Oklahoma game could always be counted on to supply a three-game winning streak as the Longhorns adjusted to whatever deficiencies Bob Stoops had made apparent for them.
It's fun to watch our guys make plays. When you score half a hundred it stands to reason we must have played pretty damn well and we did. The best part for me was we had guys picking up other guys when we fell a little short of positive execution. Four turnovers (interception, fumble, and two 4th down blunders) usually spells hello loss column but we overcame because players made plays down the stretch. Here are the grades:
The Texas offense shook off two turnovers and a cold streak in the 3rd quarter and the staff pressing on two first half 4th down attempts to rescue multiple possessions on 3rd and long (Texas was 9 of 14 on 3rd down conversions and amassed an amazing 33 first downs) and destroy an outmatched Kansas defense late to power Texas to the 50-48 win.
A week after a dismal defensive performance against Oklahoma in which the Longhorns gave up 34 points, Texas returned home and proceeded to allow 48 points and 569 total yards to the Kansas Jayhawks.