From Austin's STATESMEN. COM
Take Five: Untamed Wildcats
As the Big 12 prepares to bid farewell to divisional play, only one North Division school will walk away with a winning record against the Longhorns. Kansas State improved to 5-2 against Texas since the Big 12 came into being in 1996.
Here's how the other five Big 12 North teams have fared against Texas:
Iowa State 1-6
Kansas State 39, Texas 14: the game story
Hurtin' at halftime: In falling behind 24-0, Texas saw three turnovers and other mistakes negate a 214-161 edge in total yards. Kansas State's three first-half touchdown drives averaged only 34 yards.
More miscues: Two weeks after throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble in a home loss to Iowa State, Garrett Gilbert was picked off five times by the Wildcats. The turnovers led to 17 points for Kansas State.
It's a blowout: On the same night that Texas A&M surprised Oklahoma, the Longhorns' 25-point loss to Kansas State was their most-lopsided defeat since an embarrassing 65-13 setback against the Sooners in 2003.
Quick strikes: Kansas State's first and last touchdown drives of the first half lasted less than a minute. The first TD followed a 62-yard kickoff return to open the game. The second came after Garrett Gilbert threw an interception that was returned to the Texas 10.
Stuck in neutral: Facing a K-State defense ranked last nationally in stopping the run, the Longhorns totaled only 96 yards rushing through the first three quarters. The Wildcats had allowed 228.5 yards a game before Saturday.
One-two punch: Making his first start, sophomore quarterback Collin Klein rushed for 127 yards and two TDs for Kansas State. Senior running back Daniel Thomas added 106 yards rushing, topping 1,000 for the season. Thomas also scored twice.
Road warriors no more: So much for that argument about how this Texas team plays better away from Royal-Memorial Stadium. After road wins against Rice, Texas Tech and Nebraska, Texas gave the fans in Manhattan plenty to cheer and little to worry about.
Three quick hits
1. Below the .500 mark: For the first time since 1999, the Longhorns have a losing record. Eleven years ago – in Mack Brown's second season – Texas lost its season opener to North Carolina State, 23-20.
2. Hello, cellar: The Longhorns' loss – combined with Texas Tech's upset of Missouri – leaves UT at the bottom of the Big 12 South. As folks in Kansas have been known to say: When does the basketball season start?
3. Let's go bowling? With its victory, Kansas State became bowl eligible for the first time since 2006. The Longhorns? Well, they'll need two wins in the next three games to keep a 12-year bowl streak alive.
Today's big number: 59
Pass attempts – a season high – for Garrett Gilbert, who averaged only 4.61 yards per attempt.
Today's little number: 2
Pass completions – for nine yards – for Kansas State. The Wildcats attempted only four passes while rushing for 261 yards.
Up next: Oklahoma State
Saturday, Royal-Memorial, time TBA
In a twist, the Cowboys will be the ones trying to avoid an upset that could cost them first place in the Big 12 South. Texas has never lost to Oklahoma State under Mack Brown.
Re: From Austin's STATESMEN. COM
I can't help wondering if the loss to ISU and Mack Brown's post game comments have sent UT into a dive they can't pull out of. They have the talent and the coaching, what is going on!
"I'm proud to lead this program and this team in whatever we do. Whether it's a community service project, or through practice or winning a bowl game, but you don't do that without the kids believing and being all in, and going out there and accomplishing all [of] the goals and expectations that we set." - Coach Paul Rhoads
Re: From Austin's STATESMEN. COM
I think they're just not a very good team. Their first 2 games against Rice and Wyoming weren't impressive. Then they've beaten Tech by 10 and Nebraska by 7.