TEXAS VS. KANSAS STATE: FIVE QUESTIONS
A look back at our five pregame questions facing the Longhorns before their 31-21 win over Kansas State:
1. WOULD KENDALL SANDERS GET 10 TOUCHES?
Sanders, in a real opportunity game with Mike Davis not playing, had six touches against the Wildcats — three catches for 80 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown, and three kickoff returns, including one 30-yard runback.
Sanders had averaged 7.5 touches in the BYU and Ole Miss games, and he was coming off a 51-yard kickoff return against the Rebels.
2. WOULD TEXAS AVOID A PICK-SIX?
Both David Ash and Case McCoy avoided throwing an interception in their 34 attempts. Kansas State had picked off four passes in three games, including two that were returned for touchdowns.
3. WOULD TEXAS RECORD AT LEAST TWO SACKS?
How about four? The Longhorns got to Jake Waters four times — two by Jackson Jeffcoat and one each by Cedric Reed and Steve Edmond. Jeffcoat’s second one was big late in the game, as was Reed’s, which resulted in a fumble to end the Wildcats’ last-gasp effort. Jackson’s sacks both came in the fourth quarter.
The four sacks doubled the number Texas had posted through its first three games, and both of those had come in the season opener Aug. 31. Reed now has two sacks, as does Jeffcoat.
4. WOULD TEXAS HAVE A 100-YARD RUSHER?
And it’s been awhile. Johnathan Gray rushed for a career-high 141 yards, the first time a Longhorn had broken 100 since his 106-yard day at Texas Tech on Nov. 3, 2012. And it’s even rarer for a Longhorn to do it against Kansas State; the last time that happened in the 13-game series was in 1942.
5. WOULD THE OFFENSE START FASTER?
Texas started a bit shaky, with a three-and-out on its first series, but then put together an 18-play scoring drive and a touchdown drive to follow that. By the end of the first quarter, the Longhorns were leading 10-0.
— Richard Tijerina