AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns reached a new level of low after a 57-56 overtime loss to Kansas Saturday night at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Kansas (2-8, 1-6 in Big 12) won its first Big 12 game in two seasons and its first road conference game since 2008. This is Texas’ first home loss to Kansas in the history of the program. The Longhorns have lost two of their last five meetings against the Jayhawks.
Texas trailed Kansas by 21 points twice — down 35-14 at halftime and 42-21 in the third quarter.
The Longhorns last loss to Kansas came in 2016 — head coach Charlie Strong was fired a week later. The other two losses came in 1901 and 1938.
Texas (4-6, 2-5 in Big 12) is facing the real possibility of a season without a bowl game, which would be an undeniable failure in Steve Sarkisian’s first year as Longhorns head coach. The Longhorns need two wins in their final two games to become bowl eligible.
This live blog has a full recap of Texas’ stunning loss to Kansas.
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2-POINT HERO: Kansas scores the touchdown to get within 56-55 and (smartly) opts to go for two to end the game one way or the other.
Kansas converts for the game-winner.
FINAL: Kansas wins 57-56
OFFENSE FIRST: Texas will start on offense first, meaning Kansas will know what they need to do after this Longhorns series.
Marcus Washington gives Texas its first lead of the game on an eight-yard touchdown reception.
SCORE: Texas leads 56-49
OVERTIME: Kansas kneels out the final 22 seconds. We’re heading to overtime. This is Texas’ first overtime game of the season.
ONE LAST CHANCE: The Texas defense stops Kansas to give the Longhorns (actually) one last chance with less than a minute to go.
Thompson picks up nine yards on a short pass to Roschon Johnson. After spiking the ball to stop the clock with 28 seconds at the Kansas 26-yard line, Thompson delivers to Cade Brewer along the right sideline for the 25-yard touchdown.
Somehow, someway…the Longhorns have tied this game at 49. It looks like we’re heading to overtime.
SCORE: Tied at 49
INTERCEPTION: Casey Thompson’s interception in the end zone is making this comeback almost impossible. The Longhorns were in position to tie the game at the 20-yard line before Thompson threw to Worthy in double coverage.
Texas still has all three of its timeouts, but will need to hold the Jayhawks’ offense to a three-and-out.
SCORE: Kansas leads 49-42
4TH DOWN STOP: Kansas made the right call, going for it on 4th-and-1 from the its own 34-yard line, but the Longhorns defense made its first big play off the night to stop Jalon Daniels short.
After a personal foul penalty, Texas will get the ball at the 50-yard line.
SCORE: Kansas leads 49-42
WORTHY: Longhorns freshman receiver Xavier Worthy is keeping Texas in the game while dealing with what appears to be an injury.
Worthy catches his third touchdown pass of the night to keep Texas’ slim hope of a comeback alive. Worthy has 12 receptions for 140 yards.
Texas trails 49-42 with 4:39 remaining in the game. The Longhorns do have all three timeouts remaining. Overtime may be Texas’ dream scenario given the clock situation.
SCORE: Kansas leads 49-42
DAGGER: Kansas needed a drive to stop Texas’ momentum and they got it. The Jayhawks are back up by two touchdowns after nine-play, 73-yard drive.
More importantly, Kansas took five minutes off the clock, leaving Texas with limited possessions to keep the comeback alive.
SCORE: Kansas leads 49-35 with 8:47 remaining.
FADE: Texas will head to the fourth quarter with a chance to pull off the comeback. After the blocked punt, Worthy scores his second touchdown of the night on a fade route from Casey Thompson.
The touchdown didn’t come without concern. Longhorns standout running back Bijan Robinson was taken to the locker room, holding his arm/elbow after a tackle.
SCORE: Kansas leads 42-35
NEW LIFE? Marcus Washington blocks Kansas’ punt at the 22-yard line. Texas will start in the red zone, trailing 42-28.
TIME TICKING: There’s just under 19 minutes left in the game. Texas trails 42-28 after Casey Thompson’s third touchdown of the game.
Thompson found Bijan Robinson burning down the sideline past the defense for a 25-yard touchdown reception. Robinson has 108 total yards of offense. That’s his 15th touchdown of the season.
SCORE: Kansas leads 42-28
SO MUCH FOR THAT: The Longhorns run defense isn’t holding up its end of the bargain if Texas wants to comeback.
Jayhawks running back Devin Neal breaks off a 58-yard run and then caps off the four-play drive with a 10-yard touchdown. Neal has 115 rushing yards early in the third quarter.
SCORE: Kansas leads 42-21
SLIVER OF HOPE: Texas comes out of the locker room and puts together a 75-yard touchdown drive in four minutes. Casey Thompson is back at quarterback and he scored on a two-yard run to get the deficit to 14.
Xavier Worth picked up 14 yards on a 3rd-and-13 to keep the drive alive.
SCORE: Kansas leads 35-21
HISTORIC LOW: Kansas goes to the locker room leading 35-14. Texas has never trailed Kansas by 21 points in its history. This would be the Longhorns’ first loss at home to the Jayhawks.
Overall, Texas is 16-3 against Kansas. Texas last lost to Kansas in 2016 — head coach Charlie Strong was fired a week later. The other two losses came in 1901 and 1938.
Kansas hasn’t won a Big 12 road game in 13 years when Mark Mangino was its head coach.
DISASTER PT. 2: In the span of 1:20, Kansas has turned this game into a rout. Card throws a terrible pass toward the sideline that is picked off by Kansas’ Jacobee Bryant. Bryant returns it 23 yards for a touchdown.
Texas is in complete shock now trailing the Jayhawks 35-14.
SCORE: Kansas leads 35-14
DISASTER: The Longhorns offensive line can’t hold up and Card held on to the ball for too long. The result — another Kansas sack and fumble recovery at the Longhorns 23-yard line.
Three plays later, Daniels hits Devin Neal for a 19-yard touchdown.
SCORE: Kansas leads 28-14
JAYHAWKS ANSWER: Kansas answered right back with a 75-yard scoring drive. Jayhawks QB Jalon Daniels is looking like a star out there, running for a nine-yard touchdown. Statistically, Kansas entered the game with one of the worst offenses in the country.
Daniels is 15 of 20 for 157 passing yards. He’s also run for a touchdown.
SCORE: Kansas leads 21-14
CARD TD: It’s Hudson Card’s turn at quarterback during the second series of the second quarter. Card had some nice touch on a 33-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Worthy,
Worthy now holds the record for touchdown receptions for a Longhorns freshman with nine.
SCORE: Tied at 14
ON THE BOARD: There are a lot of nervous fans in Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. If Texas hadn’t scored on that drive, this stadium would’ve sounded more like the Perry-Castaneda Library on UT’s campus.
But the Longhorns did get on the board with a touchdown pass from Casey Thompson to Marcus Washington.
It’s a 25-yard catch for Washington. His first touchdown of the season.
SCORE: Kansas leads 14-7
AGAIN: The Jayhawks are here to win and Texas is heading toward an ultimate low if it doesn’t wake up soon. The Longhorns are trailing Kansas 14-0 as we head to the second quarter.
Kansas compiles another 10-play, scoring drive capped off by a touchdown to a wide-open Mason Fairchild from Jalon Daniels. Daniels threw the ball perfectly in the middle of the Longhorns’ zone defense, but the pass defense was suspect at best.
SCORE: Kansas leads 14-0
TURNOVER: Casey Thompson and Bijan Robinson started for the Longhorns on a promising drive that ended in a fumble.
The Longhorns moved 40 yards on six plays before Kansas’ Kyron Johnson strip-sacked Thompson at the Jayhawks 36-yard line. Kansas recovers.
KANSAS SCORES: Kansas exploits Texas’ awful run defense on the first series of the game, picking up 54 yards on the ground during a 75-yard touchdown drive. The Jayhawks only faced third down twice on the drive. Devin Neal runs three yards for the score.
SCORE: Kansas leads 7-0
PREGAME: Texas won the coin toss and deferred its option to the second half. Kansas will start on offense.