AUSTIN, Tex – In an already AWFUL season, this has to be rock-bottom for KU in a flat-out 43-0 domination by Texas Saturday night in Austin, right?
I mean, it can’t get any worse.
Kansas gained just 46 yards, nine in the first half, finished with negative-2 yards rushing and three first downs – one via penalty – in Texas’ first shutout since 2005.
“Tough ball game all the way around,” Kansas coach Turner Gill said. “Tough on our offense. I wasn’t expecting us to be totally shut down as far as moving the ball.”
Remember when the Kansas (2-6, 0-5 Big 12) offense used to carry the team, but it didn’t matter because the defense was so bad? Well now the offense is digressing while the defense continues to be record-settingly bad.
Saturday was no different for the Jayhawk defense, as Texas (5-2, 2-2) was just another team to set offensive records against Kansas.
Texas gained 580 yards – 441 on the ground, led by true freshmen Malcolm Brown and Joe Beregeron, who combined to run for 255 yards and four touchdowns – the first time in program history two Texas freshmen have rushed for 100 yards in the same game as Texas amazingly won at home for the first time in six games. The last win? Kansas on November 21, 2009.
Brown, who will become the first Texas true freshman running back to lead the team in rushing since the great Ricky Williams, ran for 119 yards and two scores on 28 carries and Bergeron rushed for two second half touchdowns and 136 yards in just 13 carries.
Texas came in last in the Big 12 in rushing, averaging just 50 yards a game.
Brown reached 100 yards by halftime and his 635 yards on the ground are already the most by any Texas player since 2007.
Texas incredibly ran nearly 60 more plays than Kansas, running 93 plays to Kansas’ 36, so not surprisingly Texas owned the time of possession 44 minutes, 7 seconds to 15:53.
Another true freshman, David Ash had an efficient day passing, completing 14-of-18 passes, albeit an interception for Texas for 145 yards.
Kansas was 1-for-10 on 3rd down. Their only conversion was via penalty.
Jordan Webb had the worst start of his career, completing 7-of-16 passes for 48 yards and one interception and we won’t even mention the running backs efforts.
The 46 yards allowed was the best defensive effort Texas has had in the Mack Brown era.
Webb was sacked on the first play of the second half – negating all but one yard of offense gained in the first half.
The Longhorns marched 65 yards to their first touchdown, a 6-yard run by Brown where he lost a shoe breaking a tackle at the 1. They went 90 yards for the second score when Ash capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run off a scramble.
Ash and Brown had Texas cruising to another score before Kansas stuffed a quarterback sneak on fourth down at the goal line.
But the momentum did not last long. Kansas was penalized for a personal foul in the end zone on the next play, resulting in a safety and a 16-0 lead.
Brown’s second touchdown, a 1-yard run, made it 23-0 before Texas’ Justin Tucker, the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, ended the half with a career-long 52-yard field goal.
In addition to the nine yards of offense, Kansas ran only 13 offensive plays in the half while Texas ran 58!
Tucker added a second field goal in the fourth quarter and Bergeron scored from 4 yards out in the third quarter and scampered 35 yards in the fourth quarter.
F’s across the board. There is no reason to break down by position. The only one who deserves a passing grade is punter Ron Doherty. Yeah, exactly. Who cares about that. There is absolutely NOTHING positive to find in the latest Kansas loss, their fifth straight. The Jayhawks continued another streak. They have now allowed 40-plus points in all six games against a FBS opponent this season. Turner Gill’s days have to be numbered.
LINKS: Big 12 Sports: Texas Pitches A Shutout Against Kansas 43-0
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Lawrence Journal-World: Another sorry trip to Austin
Lawrence Journal-World: No offense taken: Jayhawks futilely founder along
KC Star: Lone Star fate is dreadful for the Jayhawks
Austin American-Statesman: Defensive line has a great day for Horns