K-State Rally Falls Short at Texas, 23-9




3-4 (0-4 Big 12)

3-4 (2-2 Big 12)

J. Hubener (QB): 10-22-1, 97yds, 1TD
C. Jones (RB): 18car, 122yds 0TD
D. Burton (WR): 5rec 39yds, 0TD

J. Heard (QB): 10-15, 99yds, 0TD
J. Gray (RB): 18car, 103yds 0TD
D. Johnson (WR): 6rec 41yds, 0TD

TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
K-State 0 6 3 0 9
Texas 3 13 0 7 23

AUSTIN, Texas -- Kansas State’s rally from an early deficit fell short late in the second half, as Texas posted a 23-9 win on a rainy Saturday in front of 88,283 at DKR Texas-Memorial Stadium.

The Wildcats (3-4, 0-4 Big 12) were down 16-0 midway through the second quarter before scoring nine straight points, including a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Hubener to wide receiver Dominque Heath just before halftime, to close the gap. A fourth-quarter touchdown by the Longhorns put the game out of reach.

Texas (3-4, 2-2 Big 12) did its damage on the ground, rushing for 274 yards and three touchdowns, as running back Johnathan Gray had 103 yards on 18 carries. Backup quarterback Tyrone Swoopes scored all three of the Longhorns touchdowns on seven carries for 50 yards. Quarterback Jerrod Heard was 10-for-15 on the day for 99 yards. Heard also added 61 yards on the ground on 15 carries. 

Kansas State doubled its offensive production from last week, putting up 242 total yards, including 135 yards on the ground. Running back Charles Jones led all rushers with career-high 122 total yards on 18 attempts. It was Jones’ first 100-yard game of his career. 

Hubener went 10-for-22 on the day for 97 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Backup quarterback Kody Cook was 1-for-2 in the game for 10 yards. Deante Burton led all Wildcat receivers with 39 yards. Heath added 23 yards on two receptions, including the Wildcats’ only touchdown of the game. 

On defense, senior defensive end Travis Britz set a new career highs with nine tackles and four tackles for loss. The four tackles for loss are the most by a Wildcat in a single game since 2006. Redshirt freshman Kendall Adams recorded a career-high seven tackles in his first career start.  

Texas scored on its opening possession of the game, taking the ball 42 yards on 15 plays to set up a 28-yard field goal from Nick Rose to give the Longhorns a 3-0 lead. All 42 yards on the drive came on the ground to set up the field goal. 

The Longhorns strung together another long drive on their next possession as Swoopes scored from 1-yard out, capping a 13-play, 80-yard drive to extend the lead to 10-0. D’Onta Foreman rushed for 28 yards, including a 15-yard run, to set up the score.  

Swoopes scored his second touchdown of the day from two yards out on Texas’ third possession, but a failed rush gave the Longhorns a 16-0 lead. The play was highlighted by a 46-yard scamper by Gray, who went for 63 yards on the drive. 

K-State scored its first points of the game with 32 seconds remaining in the first half as a Hubener connected with Heath on a 7-yard touchdown pass. Despite an unsuccessful two-point conversion, the Wildcats pulled within 10 points of the Longhorns at 16-6 at halftime.

The Wildcats pulled even closer in the third quarter, as placekicker Jack Cantele connected on a 36-yard field goal to make the score 16-9. Jones rushed 26 of the drives 44 yards to set up the field goal. 

Texas scored the only points of the fourth quarter, as Swoopes punched it in from 10 yards out for his third score of the game to seal the victory. Swoopes accounted for all 52 yards on the 3-play drive. 

Kansas State returns home on Thursday, November 5 as it hosts No. 2 Baylor. The Thursday-night kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be aired on Fox Sports 1.