What to know: Longhorns vs. Jayhawks

AUSTIN - Texas football returns home on Saturday for a Veterans Day game against the Kansas Jayhawks. Kickoff is set for 5:05 p.m. inside of Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium.

The Longhorns enter the game at 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12 Conference. UT lost 24-7 at No. 10/12 TCU last weekend. Texas is 2-1 at home in conference play and 3-2 overall at home in 2017.

The Jayhawks enter at 1-8 overall and on an eight-game losing streak. They lost to Baylor last weekend at home, which dropped them to 0-6 in conference play. 

National game coverage    

Saturday's game will kickoff at 5:05 p.m. and is set to air on Longhorn Network. Lowell Galindo (play-by-play), Ahmad Brooks (analysis) and Kris Budden (sideline) will call the action. 

At the game...    

Texas Football will recognize Veterans Day with unique stickers on their helmets. The Longhorns' helmets will each honor various active duty military who have gone to UT with both a sticker recognizing the branch of military they are currently serving, as well as their first initial and last name.

The Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will enter the stadium from above during pregame festivities, and there will be an F-16 flyover from the Texas Air National Guard 149th Fighter Wing.

Honorary captains will be: Ahmard Hall, Frank Denius, Nate Boyer and U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Castille. 

Veterans of the game 

U.S. Army Sgt. James Moriarty (UT grad) and Sgt. Matthew Lewellen (attended KU) will be honored posthumously as the Veterans of the Game. They will be represented during the coin toss by their fathers Jim Moriarty and Chuck Lewellen. 

The all-time series
   
Texas and Kansas meet for the 17th time on Saturday, including the eighth meeting in Austin. UT is 7-0 all-time at home versus KU.

The Longhorns own a 13-3 advantage over the Jayhawks, having won 13 straight from 1996-2015.

Kansas won last year's matchup in Lawrence, 24-21, in overtime.

Tom Herman has never faced Kansas, while David Beaty is 1-1 in his career against the Longhorns. 

A dominant defense
 
The Longhorns' defense has put up incredible numbers over the last eight games, including during the first six games against Big 12 Conference opponents.

After allowing 51 points in the season opener, Texas is allowing just 17.6 points per game over the last eight, which includes three overtime games (two double overtime). UT is ranked 34th nationally in scoring defense (21.3). 

The UT defense has held eight straight opponents under their season averages in both total offense and rushing offense. The Longhorns are allowing just 364.7 total yards per game in Big 12 Conference play and rank 43rd in total defense nationally (367.7).

The dynamic defense has started up front with stopping the run, as the Longhorns are allowing just 98.9 rushing yards per game over the last eight games, while holding four opponents under 100 yards. 

The Longhorns rank sixth nationally in third-down defense (.265), fourth nationally in fourth-down defense (.250) and are first nationally with five defensive touchdowns scored. 

2007 Rice football reunion

Saturday's game will be a reunion of sorts for the 2007 Rice football coaching staff.

Tom Herman was the Owls' offensive coordinator that year while KU head coach David Beaty coached the receivers. 

Craig Naivar (co-DC/safeties), Jason Washington (CB), Derek Warehime (GA) and strength and conditioning coaches Yancy McKnight, Scott McLafferty and Clayton Oyster were also on staff.

Head Coach Tom Herman 

Tom Herman is in his first season at Texas and his third season overall as a head coach. He is 4-5 thus far at UT and 26-9 overall as a head coach. 

In just three seasons, Herman has guided his teams to a record of 6-4 against Top 25 opponents, 3-3 against Top 10 foes and 2-1 record against teams inside the Top 5. 

Herman led Houston to a 13-1 record and a win in the Peach Bowl during his first season. He was just the fourth head coach in NCAA history with at least 13 wins in a rookie season (Chris Petersen, George Woodruff, Walter Camp) and just the fifth to win the first 10 games of his career (Petersen, Woodruff, Camp and Larry Coker).

Texas' tough schedule 

Last Saturday's game at TCU marked the fourth time this season that the Longhorns have played a Top 12 team, with three of those being on the road.

Over the last seven games, Texas has played at No. 4/4 USC (now No. 15/14) in a double-overtime loss to the Trojans, at Iowa State (now No. 24/23) in a Thursday night win, vs. No. 12/12 Oklahoma (now No. 5/7) in a 29-24 loss in the AT&T Red River Showdown, No. 10/11 Oklahoma State (now No. 12/15) in an overtime loss at home and at No. 10/12 TCU (now No. 8/9).

The Longhorns have also defeated K-State (home) (double overtime) and Baylor (away) in that stretch.

After a home game against Kansas Saturday, the Longhorns travel to play at No. 23 West Virginia.

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