College Football

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Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium/Jamail Field, Austin, Texas  Attendance: 97,833

Kansas St.-Texas Preview

Kansas State Wildcats at Texas Longhorns

  1. Texas has won four of the last six meetings with Kansas State, including each of the last three in Austin. However, the Longhorns have never won three straight against the Wildcats in the teams' 19 meetings.
  2. Kansas State defeated Kansas, 38-10, for its 11th straight victory in the Sunflower Showdown. The Wildcats were flagged 11 times for a total of 113 yards, their most in a conference game since tallying 120 penalty yards in the 2004 game at Kansas, and most in a conference win since tallying 162 yards in their 1999 win vs. Kansas.
  3. Skylar Thompson rushed for a career-high 127 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Kansas after rushing for four touchdowns against Oklahoma the previous week. He's the third Wildcat in program history to score seven or more rushing touchdowns in a two-game span, joining Alex Barnes (7 from October 6-13, 2018) and Collin Klein (two spans of seven in 2011 & 2012 and one span of eight in 2011).
  4. Texas was idle after its loss to TCU, 37-27, on October 26. The Longhorns have allowed 180 points in five Big 12 games this season, their second most through five conference games in the Big 12 era (since 1996); in 2012, they allowed 214 points in the first five conference games.
  5. Sam Ehlinger threw four interceptions in the loss to TCU after throwing just three in his first seven games this season, becoming the first Longhorn with a four-interception game since Tyrone Swoopes threw four picks on November 27, 2014 vs. TCU. Ehlinger completed just 22 of his 48 pass attempts in the game (45.8 percent), the second-lowest completion percentage of his career (45.5 percent on September 15, 2018 vs. USC).
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Kansas State is on a roll and making noise in the chase for the Big 12 championship. Texas is reeling and just trying to hang on to its title hopes.

That's quite the role reversal from the expectations for both teams when the season began.

Texas ended 2018's 10-win season with a "We're back" declaration from quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Two losses in the last three games have Texas (5-3, 3-2) now needing to beat the No. 20 Wildcats (6-2, 3-2) on Sunday just to have a chance to get back to the Big 12 title game.

"We've left the margin of error very slim, and that's okay," Longhorns coach Tom Herman said. "We're on the ropes. You can do one of two things. You can fight your way off the ropes or you can tell your trainer to throw in the towel. And from all accounts, everybody is pushing in the same direction saying, we want to fight our way off the ropes."

Texas had a week off to regroup after a loss at TCU. Kansas State, meanwhile, has been on a tear of three straight wins under first-year coach Chris Klieman. None was bigger than a 48-41 stunner over conference favorite No. 9 Oklahoma two weeks ago. The Wildcats followed that by crushing rival Kansas, the team that took Texas to the final play in a shootout.

The Wildcats haven't been bowl-eligible this early in the season since 2014. They even showed up in the season's first College Football Playoff rankings at No. 16. That makes the drive for the Big 12 title game even more important.


The Texas defense has been severely depleted by injuries and gets a key player back this week in sophomore safety Caden Sterns. An All-Big 12 player last year, Sterns has missed four games with a leg injury and his absence left gaping holes in coverage and run support.


Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is still on a tear through the school's single-season passing records, but his last few games have been kind of rough. He's completing less than 60% of his passes the last four games and has six interceptions to eight touchdowns. Herman, however, says he has "no issues" about Ehlinger's play and that only one of the turnovers against TCU was his fault.

"Everybody wants to look at sacks and say the O-line stinks," Herman said. "Everybody wants to look at interceptions and say the quarterback stinks or had a bad game. He made one bad decision."


Kansas State's rise can be traced to quarterback Skylar Thompson's mastery of the new offense. Thompson has seven of Kansas State's 11 rushing touchdowns the last two games in a throwback to what Collin Klein did for the Wildcats years ago. Klein is now the Kansas State quarterbacks coach.

Thompson needs just 30 rushing yards to become just the fourth Kansas State quarterback to have more than 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in a career.

"We're not an option offense, so we don't practice that much more than a few handful of times a week," Klieman said.


Both starting quarterbacks have led game-winning drives in the fourth quarter this season. Thompson did it against TCU and Mississippi State. He accounted for 91 of 95 yards in an 11-play drive and in the winning touchdown against TCU. Ehlinger drove Texas to the winning field against Kansas, competing six passes and running for a first down to set up the final kick on the last play.


Longhorns special teams never fail to deliver highlights and lowlights. Kicker Cameron Dicker booted the game-winner against Kansas, then shanked a 26-yarder against TCU. Then Texas punter Ryan Bujcevski broke his collarbone against TCU, leaving backup Chris Naggar to handle punts and holding duties on extra points and field goals. And Texas ranks dead last nationally in punt return yards with minus-12.


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Updated November 8, 2019

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