BLOG: Longhorns dominate Kansas State with 35-point outburst in third quarter for 69-31 win

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns exploded for 35 points in the third quarter to turn a comfortable lead over Kansas State into a rout. The Longhorns rode running backs Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson for 328 rushing yards in the 69-31 win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The Longhorns notched seven rushing touchdowns with Robinson and Johnson each scoring three and Jordan Whittington adding another on a reverse. The Longhorns tallied 605 yards of offense. Robinson ran for 172 yards on nine carries. Johnson ran for 139 yards on 14 carries

This should be considered a statement win for Texas after dealing with distractions and opt outs over the last week. This is Texas’ sixth win of the season with the regular season finale coming up next week at Kansas.

Below is a full recap of the Longhorns’ blowout win.

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The Longhorns won the coin toss and deferred their option to the season, meaning Kansas State will start on offense first.

Kansas State 1st drive, 1st quarter

What happened: Strong start for the Texas defense with solid tackling. Kansas State faced a 3rd-and-11 — Chris Brown made the tackle in the middle of the field for a seven-yard gain, forcing a Kansas State punt.

Longhorns 1st drive, 1st quarter

What happened: Freshman running back Bijan Robinson registers his first college rushing touchdown on a 12-yard option pitch from quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The Longhorns were methodical on a seven-play drive highlighted by a 32-yard reception by Jordan Whittington. The game script worked perfectly for offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich on an impressive opening drive score.

Score: Texas leads 7-0

Kansas State 2nd drive, 1st quarter

What happened: Kansas State was able to get its ground game with misdirection. QB Will Howard ran for 28 yards on the first play of the series with nothing but open space in the middle of the field. Longhorns D’Shawn Jamison dropped an interception on an inaccurate throw by Howard, but Texas was able to stall the drive at the 34-yard line. Blake Lynch’s 53-yard field goal attempt hit off the upright, falling no good. Kansas State is still scoreless.

Longhorns 2nd drive, 1st quarter

What happened: Cameron Dicker hits a 28-yard field goal after missing the potential game-tying attempt last week. Dicker doesn’t get any of the blame for missing a 57-yard field goal just wide, but good to get him back on track this week. The Longhorns drive stalled at the Kansas State 11-yard line.

Score: Texas leads 17-0

Kansas State 3rd drive, 1st quarter

What happened: Welcome to the defensive stat book, Jerrin Thompson. Will Howard didn’t see Thompson lurking over the middle, creating an easy interception for the true freshman. Thompson picked off the pass at the 24-yard line and returned it to the Kansas State 3-yard line.

Longhorns 3rd drive, 1st quarter

What happened: One play after the interception, Roschon Johnson bullies his way into the endzone for a massive Longhorns lead. That’s Johnson’s third rushing touchdown of the season.

Score: Texas leads 17-0

Kansas State 4th drive, 1st quarter

What happened: Round Rock product Deuce Vaughn has made his mark against his hometown team. Vaughn is a strong candidate Big 12 newcomer of the year and he scores his sixth rushing touchdown of the season, dodging three Longhorns tacklers on his way to a 19-yard touchdown. Great pass break-up by Chris Brown on defense to thwart an excellent pass by Will Howard earlier in the drive.

Score: Texas leads 17-7 at the end of the first quarter

Longhorns 4th drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: Bijan Robinson is on the board again with his second career rushing touchdown. Robinson carried the ball three times on a five play quick strike for the Longhorns, picking 48 rushing yards. Robinson ran 30 yards for the touchdown. He has 60 yards on four carries and two touchdowns.

Score: Texas leads 24-7

Kansas State 5th drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: Blake Lynch connects on a 47-yard field goal after missing his first attempt. Joseph Ossai stopped a promising Wildcats drive with a nine-yard sack of Will Howard.

Score: Texas leads 24-10

Longhorns 5th drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: Five drives and five scores for the Longhorns with four touchdowns and a field goal. The running backs have all four touchdowns on the day. Roschon Johnson runs for seven yards and the score. Johnson has carried the ball six times for 47 yards and two scores.

Score: Texas leads 31-10

Kansas State 6th drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: Devastating error by Kansas State’s Will Howard at his own 25-yard line. Howard botches the hand off in an attempt to give the ball to Deuce Vaughn, but it appears Vaughn wasn’t expecting the hand off. The result — the ball drops and Longhorns defensive end Jacoby Jones recovers at the Kansas State 16-yard line.

Longhorns 6th drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: Longhorns offensive lineman Derek Kerstetter suffered a serious leg injury and was carted off the field. Kerstetter is a senior team captain from San Antonio. Kerstetter has played in 38 games, starting 29 during his Longhorns career.

Cameron Dicker missed a 30-yard field goal attempt, keeping the game at 31-10.

Kansas State 7th drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: Deuce Vaughn is back at it for the Kansas State offense. Vaughn accounted for nearly half of Kansas State’s yards on an 80-yard touchdown drive as the Wildcats fight to stay in the game. Vaughn has 102 total yards and both Kansas State touchdowns.

Score: Texas leads 31-17 at halftime

Longhorns 8th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: Bijan Robinson is firmly living up to his heralded hype coming into his freshman season. Robinson runs 75 yards for his third touchdown of the game. Robinson was able to keep his balance near the line of scrimmage and turned on the jets for the long touchdown run.

Score: Texas leads 38-17

Kansas State 9th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: The Wildcats are keeping things interesting while the Longhorns defense is struggling. Will Howard finds Malik Knowles for a seven yard touchdown.

Score: Texas leads 38-24

Longhorns 9th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: Just like that…Texas regains brief control. D’Shawn Jamison is always lethal in kick returns and he did it to the Wildcats. Jamison’s returned the kickoff 98 yards, but was stopped at the one to prevent the score. Roschon Johnson scored his third touchdown of the day on a one-yard run.

Score: Texas leads 45-24

Kansas State 10th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: Points are coming fast and heavy in the second half. Kansas State needed just four plays to turn this game back into a two score game. Deuce Vaughn gained 31 yards on a run. The touchdown came on a 29-yard reception by Malik Knowles from Will Howard.

Score: Texas leads 45-31

Longhorns 10th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: Right back at it for the Texas offense. Jordan Whittington is on the board with his first career Longhorns touchdown. Texas is doing all of its damage on the ground with seven rushing touchdowns. Whittington’s score came on a reverse at the Kansas State 15-yard line. 263 rushing yards for Texas in the third quarter with Robinson leading the way at 172.

Score: Texas leads 52-31

Longhorns 11th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: Sam Ehlinger is on the board with a passing touchdown. Tight end Cade Brewer tiptoed the sideline for a 15 yard touchdown. Ehlinger has been solid completing over 75% of his passes with the short passing game. The Longhorns are putting on an offensive clinic in the third quarter.

Score: Texas leads 59-31

Kansas State 12th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: David Gbenda picks off the Will Howard pass in Wildcats territory. The Longhorns are turning this into a rout. The Texas offense will start at KSU’s 32-yard line.

Longhorns 12th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: One play and Ehlinger has his second touchdown pass of the game. Malcolm Epps scores on a 32-yard reception. The Longhorns have scored 35 points in the third quarter alone to cement this game in the win column.

Score: Texas leads 66-31

Longhorns 13th drive, 4th quarter

What happened: Cameron Dicker hits the short field goal for a 69-31 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Longhorns have 600 yards of total offense.

Score: Texas leads 69-31

FINAL: TEXAS WINS 69-31

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