Cats Can’t Quite Get It Done in Austin

FIRST QUARTER

The Good: Kansas State was able to make a goal line stand on the Longhorns’ first drive, forcing a seemingly slow, unstoppable drive to settle for a short field goal. The Wildcats also were able to move the ball decently on the second Wildcat drive of the quarter, picking up two first downs and crossing midfield.

The Bad: The Longhorns scored on their first possession of the game on a 28-yard Nick Rose field goal that was set up by a 42-yard drive where all yards were gained on the ground. The Wildcats also had to punt on each drive in the quarter.

Significant Stat:  14/15. The Longhorns ran the ball on fourteen of the fifteen plays of the Longhorn scoring drive in the quarter for all of the drive’s yardage. The carries were split between Longhorn running back Johnathan Gray and Longhorn quarterbacks Jerrod Heard and Tyrone Swoopes.

SECOND QUARTER

The Good:  The Wildcats scored for the first time in six quarters with 32 seconds left in the half on a Joe Hubener touchdown pass to Dominique Heath. Kansas State also stopped a Longhorn fourth down conversion deep in Kansas State territory to prevent any further Longhorn scoring. Texas also failed an extra point attempt when the ball was fumbled by the holder before the kick.

The Bad: Texas scored two more touchdowns  in the quarter, the first on a Swoopes one-yard touchdown run and the second on another Swoopes touchdown run from two yards out. Kansas State also failed a two-point conversion and went into halftime trailing 16-6.

Significant Stat: 63. Texas running back Johnathan Gray ran for 63 yards on the Longhorns second touchdown drive of the quarter. Gray had a total of 103 rushing yards in the game, with 86 of his yards registered in the first half.

THIRD QUARTER

The Good: Kansas State added a field goal in the quarter and trailed only 16-9 after the Jack Cantele 32-yard field goal. The Wildcats defense also forced Texas to punt on all three Texas drives that ended in the quarter, including forcing a three-and-out.

The Bad: Outside of the field goal drive, Kansas State’s other two drives in the half resulted in a three-and-out, including one drive that netted negative yardage. The Wildcats also permitted two runs of over ten yards and two pass completions of over 20 yards in the quarter.

Significant Stat: 30/45. Charles Jones picked up 30 of the Wildcats 45 yards in the quarter, with all of Jones’ yardage coming on the ground. Jones had a career-high 122 rushing yards in the game on 18 attempts. The game was also Jones’ first 100-yard rushing game of his career.

FOURTH QUARTER

The Good: The Kansas State defense performed well again, forcing three of the five Longhorn drives ending in the quarter to end in a punt, including two three-and-outs (another Longhorn drive ended with the end of the game as Texas kneeled the ball the entire drive).

The Bad: Texas added another touchdown in the quarter to take a 23-9 on a 10-yard Swoopes touchdown run, Swoopes third rushing touchdown of the day. Hubener also threw an interception to set up the Longhorn scoring drive.

Significant Stat: 52/52. All 52 yards of Texas’ touchdown drive came on three Tyrone Swoopes runs. Swoopes ended the day with 50 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns on the ground, yet the Longhorn backup quarterback failed to complete a pass.

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