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On Saturday, the Longhorns looked to avoid what happened to the team last year, a stunning loss to Kansas, as they travelled to Lawrence in a revenge game. After the team had suffered six consecutive quarters without a touchdown, dating back to the second half of the Kansas State game, the Longhorns answered the bell on offense early and often, resulting in a dominant 55-14 win over Kansas.
Following a dismal performance against the TCU Horned Frogs, in which he rushed for just 29 yards, Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson entered Saturday's game angry and powered his way to a whopping 243 rushing yards and 4 touchdown night. In fact, Robinson's outing was so effective that the Longhorns really did not even need to throw the ball. Evidence of this, Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers finished the game with 107 passing yards and a touchdown, but he did not need to do anything more.
Along with the offense's awakening, the Longhorns defense also continued to roll as they pitched a scoreless first half against the Jayhawks. Additionally, the team only allowed 346 total yards of offense, most of which the Jayhawks were able to tally late in the matchup. Moreover, Texas linebacker Jaylan Ford continued to be a magnet for the football as he tallied a first half interception in Saturday's contest.
Due to Texas's early onslaught of the Jayhawks, plenty of underclassmen were able to appear in the team's win. For example, sophomore running back Jonathon Brooks was able to take advantage of his number being called later in the game as he finished the night with 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Next Friday, the Longhorns will wrap up the regular season against the Baylor Bears with kickoff at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium set for 11 A.M. (CT) in a game which will be aired on ESPN.
- QB Quinn Ewers: 12/21, 107 passing yards & 1 TD
- RB Bijan Robinson: 25 carries, 243 rushing yards & 4 TDs
- RB Jonathon Brooks: 11 carries, 108 rushing yards & 2 TDs
- WR Jordan Whittington: 6 receptions, 56 receiving yards
- LB Jaylan Ford: 5 tackles, 1 INT