If there was ever a sign that 2021 simply wasn’t Texas year, it was revealed on Saturday when the Longhorns suffered a historic defeat at the hands of Kansas in Austin, 57-56 in extra time.
Nor in basketball. In football.
The Longhorns gave Lance Leipold’s side a 14-0 early lead, then fell behind 35-14 at half-time and 42-21 in the third quarter – unfathomable deficits for those even remotely aware of Texas history as a bloody program. blue (and even more incredible for those who know how dominant the Longhorns have been in this series).
To Steve Sarkisian, he didn’t let his team be destroyed. The Longhorns scored five touchdowns in the second half to equalize the game 49-49 and force overtime. The Longhorns’ attack played its part there, giving the team the only advantage of the match. But the defense failed to keep Kansas out of the end zone on the next drive or the Jayhawks’ 2-point conversion attempt.
Back to the Texas offense: He wasn’t perfect as he committed four turnovers – three of which led directly to the Kansas touchdown in the first half – but he still did enough to give Texas a chance to win. Casey Thompson completed 30 of 43 passes for 358 yards and six touchdowns for an interception. Bijan Robinson ran 14 times for 70 yards before exiting the game with an unspecified arm injury.
The defense yielded only 420 yards (compared to the Texan offense’s 574 yards) but had no response for Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels. He completed 21 of 30 passes (albeit with three interceptions) for 202 yards and the winning conversion to 2 points:
It is, without hyperbole, a low point in the history of Texan football. On the contrary, it was a great win for Leipold and Co., which will be remembered forever by the faithful of Jayhawks. With that, Sporting News examines five incredible stats on Texas’ historic defeat:
Texas was a 31.5-point betting favorite over Kansas ahead of Saturday’s game. While that number is worth mentioning, what’s even more incredible is the history of Kansas as a huge underdog. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Jayhawks were a morbid 0-100 as a loser of 24 or more points since 1978.
Kansas entered 0-100 Saturday as underdogs by at least 24 points from the 1978 FBS / FCS division, by far the worst WL in FBS at that time.
Texas entered 79-0 Saturday as a favorite by at least 24 points since 1978. pic.twitter.com/tmBG6UT2jn
– ESPN statistics and information (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 14, 2021
Additionally, Texas was an impressive 79-0. Put those two records together and it all pointed to a win in Texas. He should have, anyway.
This is the number of points Kansas have averaged in their last two games against the Longhorns. The Jayhawks lost 50-48 in 2019 – COVID-19 forced the cancellation of last year’s bout – and then won 57-56 on Saturday. By contrast, Kansas has averaged 14.4 points against the rest of the Big 12 over the past three years. This is a huge indictment of the Texas defense.
Here is how many victories Kansas has over Texas over all times. Jayhawks improved to 4-16 against the Longhorns on Saturday. Kansas won the first two fights of this series, 12-0 in 1901 and 19-18 in 1938. In ’38 the Longhorns were in the Southwest Conference and the Jayhawks were in the Big 6 (which later became the Big 8). Texas won the next 13 games before suffering their third loss in the series, 24-21 in 2016. Texas won the next three games before falling again on Saturday.
This was Kansas’s losing streak in the Big 12 away games, a trait that dates back to 11 October. 18, 2008, a 45-31 defeat against No. 4 Oklahoma. Additionally, it was Kansas’ first win at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks were 0-9 before Saturday and had been beaten there by an average of 30.7 points per game.
Daniels is the hero of the game for Kansas, but you can’t overlook the recipient of the winning pass in the final 2-point conversion: redshirt freshman full-back Jared Casey. It was the capture of his career in Kansas – and, indeed, his only one. He had no stats listed on his Kansas bio page.
What the hell of a stage to finally get on the board, Casey.