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Kansas State smothers mistake-prone Texas, 23-0
Yup, Bill Snyder Family Stadium remains a House of Horrors for the Longhorns.
Murphy's Law states that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and that was especially true for a Texas Longhorns team that was shut out, 23-0, against the Kansas State Jayhawks in Manhattan on Saturday.
It was the first shutout the Longhorns have suffered since losing 12-0 to Oklahoma in 2004, though there were two other narrow escapes this season.
The defense couldn't finish interceptions or get off the field in numerous third-and-long situations and the offense scuffled with breakdowns in play calling, offensive line play, and quarterback play, all of which was exacerbated by several terrible calls by the officials.
An apparent pass interference on Kansas State near the Wildcats goal line went uncalled early in the game, a terrible spot on 4th down and 1 in the fourth quarter deep in Kansas State territory with the Wildcats up 16-0 cost Texas a chance to get back into the game, and two possible offensive pass interference penalties helped lead to the final touchdown after the spot cost the Horns the ball on downs.
And there were plenty of penalties on Texas that were the fault of the Horns, including one on each of the three phases by the 13th play of the game -- that's dedication.
Oh yeah, and there were some special teams mistakes, ranging from a 12-yard punt to yet another penalty on special teams and back to numerous missed opportunities to pin Kansas State deep in their territory.
A game Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters wasn't even comfortable running on the day due to the shoulder injury he suffered against Oklahoma last week, but the Texas zone defense continually suffered from breakdowns.
No breakdown on third down was more harmful than a huge 3rd and 14 conversion in the first half as a result of junior cornerback Duke Thomas biting once again on a double move, this time a slant and go by star Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett.
Wildcats scored on the next play to head into halftime up 13-0. The Wildcats have the second-longest winning streak in the country when leading at halftime.
The Longhorns offense joined in the mistake party later in the game when Shawn Watson called a reverse from freshman running back D'Onta Foreman to senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley. Yes, the same D'Onta Foreman that hasn't received a carry since the opener. Shipley looked like he wanted a hand off and Foreman gave him a poor toss and Kansas State converted a field goal to go up 16-0 late in the third quarter.
The drive gained only 31 yards, but took 10 plays and took 4:34 off the clock.
Basically, everything about the game was terrible.
For a Texas team that had taken steps forward in the previous two games, the House of Horrors in Manhattan represented major steps back across all three phases, although the defense made enough mistakes last week it wasn't much worse. So there's that.
This is your post-game commiseration thread.
Texas vs. Kansas State: Longhorns injury updates
Some good(-ish) news and some bad news.
When the Texas Longhorns travel to Manhattan to play the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday, head coach Charlie Strong will certainly be without one contributor and may be without another.
The school revealed on Friday evening that junior wide receiver Daje Johnson will miss a second straight game with a hamstring injury he sustained in his return from suspension against Oklahoma. Johnson had one carry for five yards against the Sooners.
And freshman safety Jason Hall will be a game-time decision after missing the Iowa State game. He injured his patellar tendon against Oklahoma and has been limited in practice, with the coaches labeling his as day-to-day throughout the week.
As the offense has improved over the last several weeks, the impact of Johnson's absence has decreased, but Hall was sorely missed last weekend against Iowa State, as sophomore Adrian Colbert had issues lining up and playing fast. If Hall can't play or is limited, it could be the difference in the Longhorns giving up some big plays.
Texas will kick off against Kanass State at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN.