Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz entered today's game as one of the Big 12's worst statistical passers and a bum shoulder. But after his 3-TD, 265-yard performance today against Texas, you'd have never known that.
The Veer and Shoot offensive staff had the typical up-tempo spread plan for going in to take Snyder's keep, go in with a battering ram, blow the doors open, and take it quickly. You don't want to get involved in a siege against this K-State team where the game comes down to who executes and who makes mistakes down the stretch. However, the Wildcats blocked Texas' attempt to impose an up-tempo pace on the game with a few early defensive stops and a pair of nine-play TD drives on their first two possessions.
Texas heads to the little apple in Manhattan to face a familiar foe, Bill Snyder and the Kansas State Wildcats. UT has one career win at KSU and look to add No. 2 at 11am Saturday morning. Here's the Inside Texas Primer and Texas-KSU game thread.
Philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once suggested that everything in the universe cycles on repeat, with the same events occurring over and over again in an eternal recurrence. When you examine Texas’ series against Kansas State you have to wonder if he was on to something. Talented but occasionally sloppy Texas team meets athletically limited but fundamentally sound Kansas State squad, the latter team imposes their will on the game, Texas heads home with a loss and wonders how they lost to such an opponent.
The weather was mild according to the locals in Manhattan, Kansas, on Saturday, December 1, 2012. High of 57; low of 39. Downright balmy. 'Tis the season. 'Twas also the season - like all seasons in Manhattan since 2002 - for the Texas Longhorns to get beat on the football field. Time and again, basically every other year, the "better on paper" Longhorns travel to Manhattan - through Kansas City of course - for their spanking from daddy, better-known as Kansas State coach Bill Snyder.
I saw the 3-3 Wildcats play Stanford in person a few weeks ago and they're not a hard team to scout. That doesn't mean they're easy to beat. Especially for Texas. They're a one dimensional flawed offensive team with a good defense, good special teams and a coaching staff that has knack for opponent specific adjustments, particularly against teams that lose their fundamentals
Who else remembers the 2008 season when Texas played four consecutive games against top 25 opponents and ultimately succumbed in the final contest when they ran out of steam in Lubbock against Texas Tech? Oh everyone remembers that? Yeah, winning on the road in Lubbock at the end of an exhausting stretch of games is very difficult.
Texas overcame early and often foul trouble from their big men (all of them) as they had just enough to beat the Wildcats in Manhattan to keep their keep their hopes of a top three finish in the conference alive.
AUSTIN -- Texas’ 60-57 win against Kansas State in its Big 12 home-opener Tuesday may not have been must-win, but it was a gut-check for a program looking for its first win since Cam Ridley broke his foot 11 days ago. It also snapped a two-game skid for the Horns who upped their record to 9-5.