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Texas 34, Kansas State 27

(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Bijan Robinson romped for 209 yards and a touchdown, Quinn Ewers threw for 197 yards and two more scores, and Texas held off No. 13 Kansas State 34-27 on Saturday night for the Longhorns' sixth straight win over the Wildcats.

Xavier Worthy had two touchdown catches and Roschon Johnson added a TD run for the Longhorns (6-3, 4-2 Big 12), who built a 31-10 halftime lead and then had to make a defensive stand in the closing minutes to preserve the victory.

The Wildcats (6-3, 4-2) stuffed Robinson on third down with 4:26 left to get the ball back, and Adrian Martinez quickly moved them close to midfield. But after converting fourth down with a pass to Deuce Vaughn with 34 seconds to go, the senior quarterback - back in the lineup after an injury - fumbled the ball away.

Martinez threw for 329 yards and two TDs, but he also threw an interception that turned into a Texas touchdown and had the fumble the clinched the game. Vaughn had 73 yards rushing along with 86 yards and a touchdown receiving.

Kansas State has not beaten the Longhorns since 2016.

The momentum swung to Texas on the fourth play of the game, when Kansas State's Julius Brents earned a questionable targeting penalty, taking the Wildcats' best cover cornerback off the field for the rest of the game.

The Longhorns proceeded to reel off three straight touchdown drives, all going eight plays and 75 yards. Robinson capped the first with a 36-yard run, Johnson finished the second from nine yards out, and Worthy capitalized on Brents' absence by hauling in the first of his two first-half TDs to give the Longhorns a 21-10 lead.

The only time the Kansas State defense got off the field came when Johnson fumbled at the end of a 37-yard gain. But the Wildcats promptly punted away, Texas added a field goal, and then Martinez was picked off in the closing minutes to set up Worthy's second touchdown reception and extend the lead to 31-10 at halftime.

The Longhorns had 352 yards of offense by that point. Robinson had 161 on the ground, the best half of his sterling career.

Kansas State mounted a second-half comeback, and it was that struggling defense that jump-started it. Josh Hayes popped another fumble loose and, after a series of penalties, Martinez scored from a yard out to make it 31-17.

Martinez then hit Kade Warner from 25 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it a one-touchdown game.

Texas and Kansas State promptly traded field goals, but the Wildcats' kick came after a time-consuming drive that took more than 6 minutes. It got them within 34-27 but with just 4:26 left in the game.

The Wildcats got the ball back with plenty of time, only for the Texas defense to make a play when it mattered.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas lost a pair of fumbles and failed to convert on fourth down, but otherwise the Longhorns' offense was nearly unstoppable. They went 8 of 15 on third down, constantly keeping drives alive against the nation's No. 11 scoring defense.

Kansas State made far too many mistakes, beginning with the Brents penalty and personal fouls on center Hayden Gillum and linebacker Daniel Green. The Wildcats finished with nine penalties for 85 yards in an uncharacteristic performance by one of the better disciplined teams in the Big 12.

November 5, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TexKanSt
Tex TD 12:30 Bijan Robinson 36 yard TD run (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 7 0
KanSt TD 8:41 Deuce Vaughn 28 yard TD pass from Adrian Martinez (Ty Zentner Extra Point) 7 7
Tex TD 5:20 Roschon Johnson 9 yard TD run (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 14 7
Second Quarter TexKanSt
KanSt FG 13:40 Ty Zentner 22 yard field goal 14 10
Tex TD 10:24 Xavier Worthy 13 yard TD pass from Quinn Ewers (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 21 10
Tex FG 1:35 Bert Auburn 28 yard field goal 24 10
Tex TD 0:13 Xavier Worthy 3 yard TD pass from Quinn Ewers (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 31 10
Third Quarter TexKanSt
KanSt TD 8:37 Adrian Martinez 1 yard TD run (Ty Zentner Extra Point) 31 17
Fourth Quarter TexKanSt
KanSt TD 14:54 Kade Warner 25 yard TD pass from Adrian Martinez (Ty Zentner Extra Point) 31 24
Tex FG 10:29 Bert Auburn 29 yard field goal 34 24
KanSt FG 4:26 Ty Zentner 28 yard field goal 34 27
Team Stats
  Texas Kansas State
First downs 24 25
  Rushing 8 9
  Passing 13 14
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 9-15, 60% 5-12, 42%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 40-269 35-139
Passing Yards 197 329
Return Yards 18 85
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-30-0 24-36-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2-12
Punts 3 3
Fumbles Lost 2-2 3-1
Penalties - Yards 7-49 9-85
Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Q. Ewers 18 30 197 2 0
Kansas State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Martinez 24 36 329 2 1
Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Robinson 30 209 7.0 1
R. Johnson 7 62 8.9 1
Q. Ewers 1 0 0.0 0
K. Robinson 1 -1 -1.0 0
Kansas State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Vaughn 19 73 3.8 0
A. Martinez 14 52 3.7 1
D. Giddens 2 14 7.0 0
Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Sanders 5 54 10.8 0
X. Worthy 4 42 10.5 2
B. Robinson 2 34 17.0 0
J. Whittington 2 22 11.0 0
S. Red 2 20 10.0 0
K. Robinson 2 20 10.0 0
J. Billingsley 1 5 5.0 0
Kansas State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Knowles 3 93 31.0 0
D. Vaughn 7 86 12.3 1
K. Warner 5 52 10.4 1
B. Sinnott 3 44 14.7 0
P. Brooks 3 37 12.3 0
R. Garcia II 2 9 4.5 0
S. Wheeler 1 8 8.0 0
Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Ford 1 18
Kansas State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Trejo 3 129 43.0
Kansas State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Zentner 3 161 53.7
Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kansas State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Brooks 1 7 7.0
Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kansas State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Knowles 5 78 15.6
Texas Missed FG
Player Length
Kansas State Missed FG
Player Length




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