Two weeks in the past, Texas let a sport in opposition to Oklahoma State slip away within the fourth quarter.
The Longhorns weren’t about to let it occur once more.
After using Bijan Robinson to a 31-10 halftime lead at Kansas State, then watching the No. 13 Wildcats come roaring again down the stretch, the Longhorns’ protection stepped up one final time. Keondre Coburn stripped Adrian Martinez close to midfield with 34 seconds to go, Jaylan Ford pounced on the free ball and Texas escaped with a 34-27 victory Saturday evening.
“We simply understood that we’re not going to lose once more on the street. That’s when the battle got here out,” stated Robinson, who ran for 209 yards and a rating. “The protection got here up clutch. They understood that they needed to put the sport on their backs they usually needed to cease them and execute and that’s what they did.”
Quinn Ewers threw for 197 yards with two TD passes to Xavier Worthy, and Roschon Johnson added a TD run for the Longhorns (6-3, 4-2 Massive 12), who management their very own future within the race for the Massive 12 title sport.
They start a three-game ending gauntlet in opposition to No. 7 TCU subsequent week earlier than video games in opposition to Kansas and Baylor.
“I advised the fellows, ‘We’re not completed. We’ve got extra work,’” Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian stated. “We’ve got an excellent alternative forward of us on this complete month of November. What you do in November is what everyone remembers.”
Martinez threw for 329 yards and two TDs, however he additionally threw an interception that become a Texas landing and had the fumble the clinched the sport. Deuce Vaughn had 73 yards speeding together with 86 yards and a landing receiving.
“The fellows stayed within the battle,” stated Wildcats coach Chris Klieman, whose group hasn’t overwhelmed Texas since 2016. “If you end up down that large at halftime, numerous issues can go unsuitable. It’s a credit score to the character and management in that room.”
The momentum swung to Texas on the fourth play of the sport, when Kansas State’s Julius Brents earned a questionable concentrating on penalty, taking the Wildcats’ greatest cowl cornerback off the sphere for the remainder of the sport.
The Longhorns proceeded to reel off three straight landing drives, all going eight performs and 75 yards. Robinson capped the primary with a 36-yard run, Johnson completed the second from 9 yards out, and Worthy capitalized on Brents’ absence by hauling within the first of his two TDs to present the Longhorns a 21-10 lead.
The one time Kansas State (6-3, 4-2) acquired off the sphere got here when Johnson fumbled on the finish of a 37-yard achieve. However the Wildcats promptly punted away, Texas added a subject objective, after which Martinez was picked off within the closing minutes to arrange Worthy’s second landing reception and lengthen the result in 31-10 on the break.
The Longhorns had 352 yards of offense by that time in opposition to a Kansas State protection that restricted Oklahoma State to 217 complete in a 48-0 win final week. Robinson had bullied his means for 161 on the bottom, the most effective half of his profession.
“Bijan Robinson, interval,” Klieman stated. “I feel he’s the most effective working backs in faculty soccer for a cause.”
Kansas State mounted a second-half comeback, and it was that struggling protection that jump-started it. Josh Hayes popped one other fumble free and, after a collection of penalties, Martinez scored from a yard out to make it 31-17.
Martinez then hit Kade Warner from 25 yards out on the primary play of the fourth quarter to make it a landing sport.
Texas and Kansas State promptly traded subject objectives, however the Wildcats’ kick got here after a time-consuming drive that drained greater than 6 minutes off the clock. It acquired them inside 34-27 however with simply 4:26 left within the sport.
The Wildcats stuffed Robinson on third right down to get the ball again, and Martinez rapidly moved them to midfield. However after changing fourth down with a go to Vaughn with 34 seconds to go, the senior quarterback — getting the beginning over Will Howard, who had been dynamic final week in opposition to the Cowboys — fumbled the ball away.
“We had an opportunity to win it within the fourth quarter,” Klieman stated. “We simply made too many errors.”
Texas misplaced a pair of fumbles and didn’t convert on fourth down, however in any other case the offense was almost unstoppable within the first half. Within the second, the Longhorns managed to make simply sufficient to performs to maintain Kansas State at bay.
Kansas State made far too many errors, starting with the Brents penalty and private fouls on middle Hayden Gillum and linebacker Daniel Inexperienced. The Wildcats completed with 9 penalties for 85 yards in an uncharacteristic efficiency by one of many higher disciplined groups within the Massive 12.
The Longhorns performs No. 7 TCU subsequent Saturday evening.
The Wildcats head to Baylor the identical evening.