BLOG: Texas survives bad defensive performance with game-winning kick

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns are back at it after the loss to OU and back at home for the first time in nearly a month.

This was Texas’ opportunity to wash the bad taste of the Cotton Bowl out of their mouths and get right against a bad Kansas team.

It didn’t turn out that way. The Longhorns merely survived against the Jayhawks. The defense couldn’t stop Les Miles’ crew from Lawrence, but the offense bailed them out.

Texas defeated Kansas 50-48 Saturday night at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

This is a live blog that was updated as the game progressed.

Honoring 1969 team

Texas will be wearing throwback uniforms Saturday to celebrate the 1969 national championship team.

Several members of ’69 Longhorns walked in with the team Saturday afternoon and will be honored during the game.

Live Blog

Texas first possession, first quarter

What happened: The Longhorns opened with great field position after Kansas’ opening kickoff landed out of bounds. Texas is going with tempo to open the game. Sam Ehlinger carried the ball on the first two plays and then hit Brennan Eagles for a 28-yard pass play down to the Jayhawks’ 14-yard line. Freshman running back Roschon Johnson carried it the rest of the way for the third rushing touchdown of his career.

Score: Texas leads 7-0

Kansas first possession, first quarter

What happened: Two penalties moved the Jayhawks down the field quickly all the way to the Longhorns’ 40-yard line. The Texas defense bowed up once Kansas got to the 30-yard line. An attempted 46-yard field goal went wide left.

Score: Texas leads 7-0

Texas second possession, first quarter

What happened: Ehlinger went to his top target twice and gave a new (forgotten) passing option some looks. The Texas QB hit Collin Johnson twice and tight end Cade Brewer twice during the 10-play, 72 yard touchdown drive. Jake Smith capped off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown reception.

Score: Texas leads 14-0

Kansas second possession, first quarter

What happened: Kansas running back Pooka Williams got loose. Williams busted through the Texas defense for a 65-yard run, but was tackled by Anthony Cook at the 11-yard line. The Texas defense is giving up yards this season, but they hunker down in the red zone. Again, the Longhorns hold strong and force the Kansas field goal. Liam Jones made a 23-yard field goal for KU.

Score: Texas leads 14-3

Texas third possession, first quarter

What happened: The Longhorns went on a six-play drive that stalled right at midfield on a failed fourth and two. Texas went with receiver Jake Smith at wildcat and the Jayhawks defense snuffed it out.

Score: Texas leads 14-3

Kansas third possession, first quarter

What happened: Kansas focused on the ground game churning out a nine play, 50 yard drive capped off by a seven-yard Pooka Williams touchdown run. The Jayhawks converted on two third downs during the drive.

Score: Texas leads 14-10

Texas fourth possession, second quarter

What happened: The Longhorns’ drive ends near midfield on a failed fourth down attempt for the second straight drive. Texas is 3-for-9 on fourth down this season. A stark contrast to 2018 when they converted on 12-15 fourth down attempts.

Score: Texas leads 14-10

Kansas fourth possession, second quarter

What happened: Here we go. Texas hasn’t forced Kansas to punt yet as the Jayhawks sliced up the Longhorns defense with ease again. The Jayhawks are in the lead after a seven-yard touchdown pass from Carter Stanley to Takulve Williams. Stanley hit Andrew Parchment on a 40-yard go-route to open the drive.

Score: Kansas leads 17-14

Texas possession, second quarter

What happened: The Longhorns got the ground game going with Keaontay Ingram. Ingram touched the ball four times accumulating 44 rushing yards. Ehlinger added 29 yards on the ground including a 24-yard scramble down the right sideline. Brennan Eagles capped off the drive with a five-yard touchdown reception from Ehlinger.

Score: Texas leads 21-17

Kansas possession, second quarter

What happened: Kansas completed the first half with only one punt. In the final two minutes of the second quarter, the Jayhawks put together another drive to the Texas 19. Liam Jones’ field goal was blocked by Joseph Ossai to stop the Jayhawks threat.

End of first half: Texas leads Kansas 21-17

Kansas possession, third quarter

What happened: The Longhorns defense doesn’t have an answer for the Kansas offense. I’ll repeat…the Longhorns defense cannot stop the Kansas offense. On the opening drive of the third quarter, Kansas drove 14 plays and 75 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. A nine-yard pass from Carter Stanley to Stephon Robinson. Kansas is outgaining Texas on offense by 80 yards.

Score: Kansas leads 24-21

Texas possession, third quarter

What happened: Texas needed to answer after sitting on the sideline for the first six minutes of the third quarter. The Longhorns drive stalled near the Jayhawks 20 yard line. Ehlinger took a six-yard sack on second down near the 30-yard line. Ehlinger completed an 11-yard pass to Collin Johnson on third down, but the Longhorns still had to settle for the 39-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker.

Score: Tied at 24

Kansas possession, third quarter

What happened: DeMarvion Overshown and Joseph Ossai met Carter Stanley in the backfield for a critical third down sack. Texas forced just the second punt of the game for Kansas. The Jayhawks punt put Texas back at its own 20-yard line.

Texas possession, third quarter

What happened: Ehlinger hit team captain Devin Duvernay for a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Longhorns the lead. Duvernay did most of the work alluding several downfield tackle attempts to get in the endzone. Texas was methodical on a 14-play, 79 yard drive.

Score: Texas leads 31-24

Kansas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: The Texas defensive line showed some life, stopping the run and getting pressure in Stanley’s face. Kansas still converted a long third down and converted another due to a pass interference penalty on Anthony Cook. The Jayhawks punted Texas down to its nine-yard line.

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Sam Ehlinger made a mistake reminiscent of his freshman season. Just missing the Kansas linebacker in the middle of the field. Najee Stevens-McKenzie intercepted the pass deep in Longhorns territory. My goodness…this is a prime opportunity for the Jayhawks.

Kansas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Pooka Williams. One play, 16 yards for the touchdown. Williams has 182 rushing yards. It looked like we were heading for a tied ballgame before a great special teams play from Texas. The extra point was blocked and returned by D’Shawn Jamison for a Texas two points.

Score: Texas leads 33-30

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Longhorns receiver Devin Duvernay has a 100-yard day after a 43-yard touchdown from Ehlinger gives Texas some important breathing room. Duvernay has seven catches for 104 yards.

Score: Texas leads 40-30

Kansas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Kansas isn’t going away quietly. The Jayhawks again took it into Texas territory, but had to settle for a 46-yard field goal. Stanley and Williams have been awesome for Kansas. It’s back to a one-score game.

Score: Texas leads 40-33

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Turnovers are the main ingredient for an upset and the Longhorns are handing it over to the Jayhawks. Jake Smith fumbled while running after the catch and Kansas recovered at the Longhorns 36-yard line

Kansas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: You, of course, know what happened next…the Jayhawks cruised down the field and scored a touchdown. The Texas defense gave up a fourth and 11 to keep the drive going. Andrew Parchment scored on an 11-yard reception to tie the game at 40.

Score: Tied at 40

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Collin Johnson converted on a game-saving third down with a 14-yard reception. Two plays later, Ehlinger hit tight end Cade Brewer down the seam for a 51-yard pass play. The next play, Keaontay Ingram runs it in from three yards out for the Texas lead.

Score: Texas leads 47-40

Kansas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: This felt like the final drive of the game. Either Kansas scores a touchdown and goes for the two point conversion for a victory or the Longhorns get a stop to end this chaotic game. Of course, Kansas marched down the field without much resistance from a bad Texas secondary scoring a touchdown on the Stephon Robinson reception. Les Miles, predictably, went for two and got it on the reception from Daylon Charlot.

Score: Kansas leads 48-47

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Ehlinger needed to put together a game-winning drive with 1:11 remaining in the game. Ehlinger picked up a first down to the Texas 47-yard line. On the next play, Kansas brought a blitz that couldn’t get to Ehlinger and he hit Collin Johnson for 20 yards down to the Kansas 32-yard line. On the next play, Ehlinger went Johnson again down to the 22-yard line. Then, Devin Duvernay got open near the sideline moving Texas down to the 15-yard line.

With five seconds remaining, it was Cameron Dicker time. Dicker drilled a 33-yard field goal right through the middle for the 50-48 win.

FINAL: 50-48 Texas wins

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