AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you haven’t heard of Jonathon Brooks now, that’s your own fault.
The bruising Texas running back ran roughshod over the No. 24 Kansas Jayhawks for 217 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns to help lead the No. 3 Longhorns to a 40-14 win Saturday at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Brooks had runs of 67 and 54 yards, the latter going for a touchdown, to average 10.9 yards per carry. The 6-foot, 207-pounder set the tone in the second half when he ran straight up the middle nearly untouched early in the third quarter to give the Longhorns a 20-7 lead. Texas piled up 27 points in the second half and outgained Kansas 661-260.
“This was a good team win for us,” Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “The balance on offense was critical to us. The ball was getting spread around the right way.”
Texas rushed for 336 yards with freshman CJ Baxter getting tough yards between the tackles. He finished with 68 yards on 16 carries and Quinn Ewers scored twice on the ground and finished with 40 rushing yards. Ewers scored the game’s first touchdown on a 30-yard scramble as Kansas’ pass coverage left Ewers acres of room to tuck the ball and take off. Ewers finished 25-of-35 passing for 325 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The miscue came at the end of the first half, breaking his streak of 238 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.
Adonai Mitchell notched his first 100-yard receiving game for Texas, hauling in 10 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Xavier Worthy had 93 yards on seven catches.
Despite allowing a couple of explosive plays that went for Kansas touchdowns, the Texas defense did another great job limiting the Jayhawks. Jason Bean, who was thrust into starting quarterback duties after Jalon Daniels reportedly aggravated a back injury during warmups, couldn’t get into a rhythm. He completed a 58-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Wilson in the third quarter but finished the game 9 of 21 passing for 136 yards. The big play to Wilson was Bean’s fourth completion of the game, coming with 11:36 left in the third quarter.
“We played a really good game, and they hit two plays,” Sarkisian said. “They ran some triple option at us that we had to adjust to, but our defense played well again”
Kansas’ first touchdown was a wild play. Bean took off on an option play and gained 27 yards before Jalen Catalon laid a big hit on him and jarred the ball loose. However, the fumble acted almost like an option pitch and bounced straight to Daniel Hishaw who picked up the pigskin and ran it the remaining 18 yards for a touchdown with 14:05 left in the second quarter.
Linebacker Jaylan Ford had another big day for the Longhorns with seven tackles, five of them solo. Jahdae Barron recovered a fumble in the third quarter and the teams were even with one turnover each.
Texas ran 86 plays to Kansas’ 46 and the Longhorns were 9-for-15 on third down. Kansas didn’t convert a third down, going 0-for-8 after coming into the game being the best third-down converting team in the country at 61.5%. The Longhorns were also 5-for-5 in red zone scoring while the Jayhawks never ran a play inside the 20-yard line.
Ja’Tavion Sanders, who is emerging as one of the country’s best tight ends, came off the field limping in the second quarter. He didn’t play the rest of the game but was still on the sideline during the game. Sarkisian said he’s hopeful they can have Sanders back by next week and that “he got rolled up on.”
“We didn’t feel like it was in his best interest to put him back out there,” Sarkisian said.
It’s the first time since 2009 that Texas has started a season 5-0, and up next is a trip to Dallas for the Red River Rivalry against No. 14 Oklahoma. They’ll play at 11 a.m., Oct. 7 at the Cotton Bowl.
Final: Texas 40, Kansas 14.
5:34 4Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: Ewers on the naked bootleg and he ran a long way for a 1-yard TD. Kinda wish they would have given it to Byron Murphy who was in the game at fullback. Maybe some day. PAT good. 12 plays, 75 yards, 5:51. Longhorns 40, Jayhawks 14
13:06 4Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: Ewers to Mitchell for a 9-yard TD. Mitchell gets to put a score on his impressive day. PAT good. 8 plays, 72 yards, 3:25. Longhorns 33, Jayhawks 14
End 3Q: Texas 26, Kansas 14. Longhorns have the ball 2nd-and-9 on the Kansas 31 to start the 4Q
2:33 3Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: Brooks with his 2nd TD of the game, this one from a yard out. 2-pt try no good. 5 plays, 32 yards, 1:52. Longhorns 26, Jayhawks 14
4:25 3Q: Bad exchange by Bean and Hishaw and the ball comes out on 4th-and-short. Jahdae Barron jumps on it and the Longhorns take over on the Kansas 32
6:31 3Q: Auburn pushes the 47-yard FG attempt to the right, his second miss of the game. Kansas takes over on their own 29-yard line. Drive got detailed by a bad snap that turned 1st-and-10 to 2nd-and-25.
11:36 3Q: TOUCHDOWN KANSAS: Bean connects with Trevor Wilson for a 58-yard TD. PAT good. 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:52. The Jayhawks answer with a big play of their own. That was Bean’s 4th completion of the game. Longhorns 20, Jayhawks 14
13:28 3Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: Jonathon Brooks right down main street for a 54-yard TD. He went through the line just about untouched and then he was gone. PAT good. 5 plays, 71 yards, 1:31. Longhorns 20, Jayhawks 7
Halftime: Texas 13, Kansas 7. Longhorns outgaining Kansas 342-139 but a missed FG and INT only has them up a touchdown.
0:05 2Q: Ewers throws his 1st INT of the season. That breaks his steak of 238 consecutive pass attempts without a pick
0:32 2Q: Ewers hits Mitchell for a 22-yard gain on 3rd down and the Longhorns might get into FG range before the half
3:41 2Q: Bean tries to scramble and Jahdae Barron runs him down well short of the line to gain on 3rd down. Jayhawks to punt again
4:45 2Q: Auburn misses from 50 yards and Kansas takes over on its own 32-yard line. That’s the first UT drive of the game that didn’t end in points.
9:16 2Q: Texas forces another punt and will take over on their own 20. Kansas has 112 rushing yards but can’t get anything going passing wise
11:15 2Q: FIELD GOAL TEXAS: Texas doesn’t convert the big play into a TD, but they get 3 after a 30-yard FG by Bert Auburn. 5 plays, 63 yards, 2:50. Longhorns 13, Jayhawks 7
13:51 2Q: Jonathon Brooks rips off a 67-yard run down to the Kansas 8-yard line
14:05 2Q: TOUCHDOWN KANSAS: Bean on the option makes a nice fake and cuts it up field, then gets hammered by Jalen Catalon and fumbles it after 27-yard gain. However, the ball squirts right to Daniel Hishaw and he takes it 18 yards for a TD. Wild play. PAT good. Longhorns 10, Jayhawks 7
End 1Q: Texas 10, Kansas 0. Jayhawks have the ball in Texas territory with a 1st-and-10 to start 2Q. Bean’s first completion of the game came on the last play of 1Q.
1:52 1Q: FIELD GOAL TEXAS: Bert Auburn hits a 26-yard FG to cap a 14-play, 76-yard drive that took 6:26 off the clock. Longhorns 10, Jayhawks 0
Ja’Tavion Sanders limps off the field with what looks like a left leg injury. Certainly will monitor that going forward. Would be a big blow to the Texas offense if he’s on the shelf
3:03 1Q: On 4th-and-3, Brooks takes it up the middle for a 1st down to make it 1st-and-goal on the Kansas 8-yard line
8:18 1Q: Brutal drop there by Kansas leads to a punt and in two drives Bean hasn’t completed a pass, but that last one wasn’t on him at all. Texas takes over on its own 16-yard line.
Pretty cool pregame photo of Austin High’s very own Charles Wright running onto the field woth the Texas flag. KXAN’s Blake Devine with the photo
10:06 1Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: That’s Quinn Ewers with the scrambling ability again, this one for a 30-yard TD. PAT good. 7 plays, 88 yards, 2:45. Longhorns just marched it down the field. Ewers was 4-4 with 45 yards passing too. Horns 7, Jayhawks 0
12:51 1Q: Texas forces a punt and the Longhorns will start their first drive at their own 11-yard line
Texas wins the coin toss and defers its choice to the second half, so the Jayhawks will get the ball first. Reports are floating around that Daniels aggravated a back injury and that training staff was trying to get him ready to play when Bean was taking warmups with the first team.
Pregame: Michael Swain with 247Sports said Kansas QB Jalon Daniels wasn’t taking first-team warmup reps in the later portion of them. Jason Bean was taking first-team reps. Nothing official from the team yet, but that’s interesting to say the least.