AUSTIN, Texas —
FINAL: TEXAS 27, KANSAS STATE 24
Analysis: It was a tale of two halves for the Longhorns. Kansas State came out firing early, connecting on a 70-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game and marched down the field on the second drive of the game. The Wildcats took an early 14-0 lead, but the Longhorns defense held Kansas State to that 14-point mark all the way to the fourth quarter. In that time, the Texas offense rattled off 24 unanswered points to regain the lead 24-14.
Kansas would not go away quietly, however.
After Keaontay Ingram scampered into the end zone to give Texas the 24-14 lead, Joshua Youngblood answered on the ensuing kickoff and took it 98 yards back to the house. Kansas State would later tie the game at 24-24. Ehlinger kept his cool though and led the team on a 13-play, 67-yard drive that sucked the last six minutes and 45 seconds of play clock, which set up Cameron Dicker to hit his second game-winning field goal of the season.
Ehlinger finished the game with 263 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception. Keaontay Ingram was arguably the unsung hero in this game with 139 yards on the ground and two touchdowns on only 16 carries.
Texas will now go on the road again to face Iowa State in Ames.
TEXAS 24, KANSAS STATE 24
TEXAS (Own 25):
Sam Ehlinger hit Collin Johnson on a slant pass for 14 yards. Keaontay Ingram found a seam in the middle for a gain of 13 yards to midfield on the run up the gut. Ehlinger picked up nine yards on a zone read keeper, but the play was called back due to a holding penalty. On first and 25, Ehlinger checked the ball down to Ingram in the middle for a gain of 11 yards. Ehlinger ran up the middle for one yard. On third and 14, Ehlinger converted the first down to Devin Duvernay on a gain of 18 yards. Ehlinger ran a quick zone read play and picked up three yards. Ehlinger hit Duvernay on a quick slant for 18 yards. Ingram ran around the left end and out of bounds after picking up nine yards to the four-yard line. Ehlinger converted the first down on second and one with a short run up the middle. Kansas State took its second timeout of the half with 1:40 remaining in regulation. On first and goal from the two-yard line, Ehlinger ran up the middle for a gain of one. Kansas State used its final timeout of regulation. On second and goal from the one-yard line, Ehlinger ran to the right side for a loss of two yards. Texas took its second timeout of the half with 43 seconds left in regulation. On third and goal from the three-yard line, Ehlinger punched it into the end zone, but an illegal formation penalty wiped the play. On third and goal from the eight-yard line, Ehlinger ran into the middle of the line and centered up the ball for a potential game-winning field goal. Texas called its final timeout with three seconds left. Cameron Dicker hit the 25-yard field goal to win the game. Texas wins 27-24.
KANSAS STATE (Own 28):
Skylar Thompson opened up the drive connecting on a screen pass to Wykeen Gill for 13 yards. Thompson completed another pas to his tight end, Nick Lenners, for nine yards to midfield. Tyler Burns took a handoff up the middle for a gain of seven yards. Burns ran the ball around the left end and was stopped for no gain. Jordon Brown ran the ball around the left end for no gain. A targeting penalty moved the chains.
Thompson ran the ball around the left end for one yard. On second down, Thompson threw an incomplete pass to the left sideline. Kansas State called its first timeout with 6:57 left in regulation. On third and nine, Thompson threw a jump ball over the middle for Dalton Schoen and it was broken up. Blake Lynch hit the 40-yarder to tie the game 24-24 with 6:45 left in regulation.
TEXAS (Own 25):
Roschon Johnson was handed the ball on an inside run and gained two yards. Sam Ehlinger ran the ball up the middle on a designed quarterback draw for four yards. On third and four, Ehlinger's pass intended for Brennan Eagles fell incomplete. Texas punted the ball to the Kansas State 28-yard line.
KANSAS STATE (N/A):
Joshua Youngblood took back the ensuing kickoff 98 yards to narrow the Texas lead, 24-21.
TEXAS (Kansas State 21):
Sam Ehlinger hit Collin Johnson on a five-yard out route to the 16-yard line. Ehlinger took a designed quarterback run up the middle for a gain of four yards. On third and one, Keaontay Ingram ended the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run. Texas leads 24-14. UT has scored 24 unanswered point after going down 14-0 early on the first two drives of the game.
KANSAS STATE (Con't):
Skylar Thompson connected with Jordon Brown on a swing pass, but the play lost one yard. On third and six, Kansas State was called for delay of game, backing them up five yards. On third and 11, Thompson looked for Malik Knowles over the middle, but the pass short hopped incomplete. Kansas State punted the ball and Brandon Jones returned the punt 53 yards to the Kansas State 21-yard line.
TEXAS 17, KANSAS STATE 14
KANSAS STATE (Own 13):
Jordon Brown picked up five yards on a run up the middle. Texas used its first timeout of the second half. Skylar Thompson completed a screen pass to Phillip Brooks for nine yards. Thompson connected with Dalton Schoen for five yards on an out route. That play ended the third quarter. Texas leads 17-14 after three quarters.
TEXAS (Own 18):
Keaontay Ingram rushed for six yards on the opening play of this drive. On the next play, Roschon Johnson leap frogged over a man en route to a 20-yard run. Ehlinger ran for six yards to midfield.
Johnson picked up another seven yards on a run to the right. Ehlinger threw an incomplete pass to Ingram in the flat. Ingram then picked up eight yards on a run around the right end. A false start backed up the Longhorns five yards. On third and seven, Ehlinger completed a 10-yard out to Collin Johnson. On the next play, Ehlinger swung the ball out to Devin Duvernay on a run-pass option for eight yards. Ehlinger connected with Duvernay again on a screen pass to the right, but the play was wiped out due to a holding penalty. Ehlinger threw his first interception of the game on the next play. Kansas State takes over at their own 13-yard line.
KANSAS STATE (Own 25):
Tyler Burns ran up the middle for a gain of six yards. Skyar Thompson's pass down the left sideline fell incomplete. On third and four, an offsides penalty moved the chains for the Wildcats. Burns was stopped for no gain on the first down rush up the middle. Burns was fed the ball again on second down and was stopped again for no yards. On third and 10, Thompson's pass was batted down. Kansas State punted the ball to the Texas 18-yard line.
TEXAS (Own 30):
Sam Ehlinger connected with Collin Johnson on a slant for a big gain of 37 yards. Keaontay Ingram took a handoff on a quick snap for a nine-yard rush up the middle. Ingram picked up the first down on the next play. Ehlinger looked Johnson's way again on a shot to the end zone, which fell incomplete but a pass interference penalty put the ball on the five-yard line. Texas ran a double reverse and the play was called back due to a block in the back penalty on Ehlinger. An unneccessary ruoghness penalty on the next play backed up Texas 15 more yards. UT went from 1st and goal on the six to second and goal from the 29. Ehlinger threw a pass incomplete over the middle intended for Devin Duvernay. On third and goal, Ehlinger connected with Malcolm Epps for a gain of 11 yards. Cameron Dicker hit the 36-yard field goal to give Texas a 17-14 lead. This is the first time the Longhorns have led in the game.
KANSAS STATE (Own 25):
Skylar Thompson ran the ball up the middle for five yards. Harry Trotter fumbled the handoff and lost one yard on the recovery. On third and six, Thompson threw the ball to the flat to his tight end, but the ball was dropped. Kansas State punted the ball to the Texas 30-yard line.
TEXAS (Own 25):
Keaontay Ingram opened the second half with a bruising run for 20 yards. Sam Ehlinger connected with Brennan Eagles on an out route for seven yards to midfield. Ehlinger completed his second straight pass of the half, connecting with Collin Johnson for a gain of 14 yards. Ingram capped off the drive with a 34-yard touchdown run. Texas has tied the game 14-14.
HALFTIME: TEXAS 7, KANSAS STATE 14
Analysis: Kansas State took advantage of Texas' pass defense early with a 70-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game and marched down the field quickly again to take an early 14-0 lead. Skylar Thompson has picked apart the UT defense in the air thus far, throwing for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Such success in the passing game is not a normal outing for Thompson and the Wildcats, coming into the game as the Big 12's worst passing offense (171.6 passing yards per game). Thompson's career high in a game is 218 yards, for more perspective.
Sam Ehlinger has been efficient (9-12 passing), but the Texas offense has only been able to reach Kansas State territory twice, resulting in only seven points due to a missed 55-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker.
TEXAS 7, KANSAS STATE 14
TEXAS (Own 19):
Sam Ehlinger was sacked on first down for a loss of seven yards. Ehlinger completed a screen pass to Devin Duvernay for a gain of seven yards. On third and 10, Ehlinger threw a screen pass to Duvernay in the other direction for a gain of 13 yards. This ended the first half. Kansas State leads 14-7.
KANSAS STATE (Own 8):
Skylar Thompson completed a screen pass to Joshua Youngblood for a gain of 11 yards. Thompson hit Malik Knowles on a stop route for 13 yards. Thompson completed his third pass in a row on a bubble screen to Phillip Brooks for a gain of 16 yards. Thompson continued his passing clinic on this drive with another completion to Dalton Schoen for a gain of 14 yards. Thompson threw his first incompletion of the drive on a out route. Thompson threw another incompletion on a stop route intended for Knowles. Kansas State called its first timeout of the first half with 1:24 remaining. On third and 10, Thompson was sacked for a loss of four yards. Texas called its first timeout of the half with 1:14 remaining in the first half. Kansas State punted the ball to the Texas 19-yard line.
TEXAS (Own 38):
Sam Ehlinger threw an incomplete pass on first down. Keaontay Ingram moved the sticks with a 11-yard run up the middle. Texas called on Ingram again with a run up the middle, but lost two yards on the carry. A swing pass to Ingram also lost a yard. On third and 13, Ehlinger tucked the ball and scrambled up the middle, but was tackled for no gain. Texas punted the ball to the Kansas State eight-yard line.
KANSAS STATE (Own 25):
Jordon Brown took a sweep handoff and cut it up for a gain of two yards. Skylar Thompson could not find an open receiver, tucked the ball to run, but was sacked for a loss of three yards.
On third and 11, Thompson connected with Dalton Schoen for a first down. Thompson scrambled to his right and picked up one yard before being knocked out of bounds.
Harry Trotter gained four yards on a run to the left. On third and five, Thompson hit Wykeen Gill for eight yards and another first down. Tyler Burns ran the ball up the middle for a gain of three yards. Burns got the ball again on a dive up the middle and picked up seven more yards for a first down into Longhorns territory. Burns got the ball again for the third time in a row and picked up three yards. Thompson connected on a short flat route to Mason Barta, which was fumbled and recovered by Texas. The play went to the booth for further review. The ruling was upheld. Texas ball at their own 38-yard line.
Sam Ehlinger opened up the second quarter with a 14-yard connection with Brennan Eagles. Ehlinger hit Devin Duvernay on a slant on the next play for a gain of 32 yards. Ehlinger took a shot at the end zone intended for Eagles, but the pass fell incomplete. On third and eight, Ehlinger found Roschon Johnson for a seven yard catch. On fourth and one, Texas went for a quick hurry up play and picked up the first down with a Johnson run up the middle. Ehlinger capped off the drive with a 21-yard flea flicker touchdown pass to Collin Johnson. Kansas State leads 14-7.
TEXAS 0, KANSAS STATE 14
TEXAS (Own 20):
Sam Ehlinger connected with Devin Duvernay on a deep crossing route, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty. Ehlinger tucked the ball and ran for a gain of eight yards. That run ended the first quarter. Kansas State leads 14-0.
KANSAS STATE (Own 19):
Harry Trotter bounced a run out to the left sideline for a gain of 17 yards. On the next play, Texas applied a solid pass rush and sacked Skylar Thompson for a loss of four yards. Thompson completed a swing pass to Jordon Brown for a gain of eight yards. On third and six, Thompson threw an incomplete pass. It was the Wildcats' first third down they had not converted in the game. Kansas State punted the ball through the end zone for a touchback.
TEXAS (Own 25):
Keaontay Ingram rushed up the middle for a two-yard gain. Ingram got the ball again and plowed his way for seven more yards. On third and one, Sam Ehlinger called his own number and ran up the middle, but was stopped short of the first down. Texas punted the ball away to the Kansas State 19-yard line.
KANSAS STATE (Own 37):
Jordon Brown ran a zone play to the right tackle side and lost four yards.Skylar Thompson completed a stop route to Malik Knowles for 11 yards. On third and three, Thompson hit Dalton Schoen on a crossing route for a gain of 21 yards into Longhorns territory. Thompson was pressured on the next play and threw the ball away. A handoff to Brown up the middle gained one yard. On third and nine, Thompson completed a 14-yard pass over the middle to Schoen for a first down. Brown ran up the middle for a gain of one yard. Thompson finished the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone, intended for Wykeen Gill. Kansas State leads 14-0.
TEXAS (Own 25):
Sam Ehlinger bruised his way up the middle for a gain of 18 yards. Keaontay Ingram ran the ball on the next play for a gain of four yards. Ehlinger connected on his first pass of the game to senior wide receiver Collin Johnson for a first down. Ehlinger's next pass was complete to Devin Duvernay on a eight yard out route. Ingram got the ball on a speed option pitch to the left and picked up two yards and a first down. Ehlinger's pass along the left sideline intended for John Burt fell incomplete. Ehinger threw a swing pass to the right side to Ingram for no gain. On third and 10, no one was open and Ehlinger took a sack. Cameron Dicker missed the 55-yard field goal wide left. Kansas State leads 7-0.
KANSAS STATE (Own 25):
Harry Trotter opened the game with a rush up the middle for one yard. Skylar Thompson scrambled around the right end for a gain of four yards. On third and five, Thompson found a wide open Malik Knowles on a throwback. Knowles made Brandon Jones miss in open field and took the pass 70 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive. Kansas State leads 7-0.
The Texas Longhorns will host the No. 16 ranked Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
The Longhorns and Wildcats enter the matchup on seemingly opposite momentum swings. Texas has lost two of its last three games and nearly lost the third, a two-point home win against Kansas in which the Longhorns trailed by one in the final minute of the game.
Conversely, Kansas State has won three in a row, including an upset victory against Oklahoma at home.
In recent history, however, the Longhorns-Wildcats game has been controlled by Texas. UT has won three of the last four games in this series, including two in a row.
Oddmakers are disregarding the trends of both programs in recent weeks, making UT a seven-point favorite. ESPN's Football Power Index predicts Texas will win with 67.3% confidence.
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Texas will also be honoring active duty and retied veterans in this matchup. The Longhorns have dedicated the game to be their "Salute to Service."
Texas Athletics also offered 150 free tickets to military service personnel to attend the Texas-Kansas State.
For Saturday's game, Texas will continue the festivities with the Golden Knights Parachute Team dropping into Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium, a Navy F-18 flyover and Gen. John Murray serving as Texas' honorary captain.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN.
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