Kansas State rolled by Texas 24-21. What does it all mean?
Kansas State 24, Texas 21: What Does It All Mean?
– It’s just not fair that Charlie Strong is the chairman of the Coaches on Hot Seat club – this team will rock next year no matter who’s coaching it – but this loss was an indictment on the season and Strong’s tenure. Kansas State is the perfect team for Texas to face – no downfield passing game, steady, pounding, not as talented – and Texas still couldn’t come away with the win. As Strong said in his post-game comments, Texas knew what was coming, and couldn’t get the job done.
– But give Kansas State credit. It did exactly what it was supposed to do with Jesse Ertz healthy enough to go, and completing 20-of-27 passes for 171 yards and a score with a pick, while running 18 times for 78 yards and two scores. It wasn’t a special game from the Kansas State ground game, but it was effective enough.
– The real killer for Texas? The offense actually worked like it was supposed to. Shane Buechele completed 17-of-24 passes for 222 yards and two scores, and D’Onta Foreman ran 24 times for 124 yards, and it still didn’t matter. It still wasn’t enough. Making things worse, Texas was +3 in turnover margin, all in the second half. So how did Kansas State get it done? Time of possession – holding it for over 38 minutes.
– At 3-4, now Texas is in big, big trouble for a bowl game needing to win three of its last five games against Baylor, at Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas, and TCU – and that’s just to get to 6-6. That’s not okay.
– Kansas State was terrific, and now it’s time to go on a run with winnable games against Iowa State on the road and then Oklahoma State. Keep grinding out the clock like it did against the Longhorns, and there’s a chance to go on a big run.