Five keys to the game for Texas vs. Kansas

Steve Sarkisian and his Longhorns travel to Lawerence this weekend for a road matchup with Kansas.

Texas looks to eliminate the bitter taste left from its ugly offensive performance against TCU. Quinn Ewers and the Longhorns’ offense hope to get back on track after totaling less than 200 yards of offense in their biggest game of the season.

The Longhorns can not afford to play sloppy again this weekend. Texas should know how dangerous this Jayhawks squad is as they beat the Horns in overtime a year ago.

Kansas is enjoying one of its best seasons in recent history behind head coach Lance Leipold. Kansas has already reached bowl eligibility, entering this ballgame with a 6-4 record.

Texas must find a way to escape this pivotal road showdown with a victory to keep its season afloat. Big 12 title hopes are still on the table if Texas can win their final two games and get some outside help.

Here are five keys to the game for Texas vs. Kansas this Saturday.

Get back to feeding Bijan Robinson

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Texas’ offense is at its best when they get the ball to Bijan Robinson. Pounding the rock and finding a way to involve Robinson in the passing game would serve the Horns well.

Simplify the passing attack

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Steve Sarkisian is asking Quinn Ewers to do more than what he has proven capable of over the last few weeks. Missed deep balls are stalling out Texas’ offensive attack. Scheming some easier throws for Ewers must be a point of emphasis for Sark this week.

Convert on third down

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Texas went a whopping 1-17 on third downs against TCU last week. Not exactly a recipe for success. More positive plays of first and second downs should make picking up third-down conversions much easier.

Bring a similar defensive game plan as last week

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TCU and Kansas both employ similar offensive attacks. Texas showed the ability to limit the run game and keep Max Duggan in the pocket. The same game plan should be in play this week against Kansas.

Limit turnovers and free possessions

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In close games, the possession count can turn into a deciding factor in the outcome. Whoever plays a cleaner game when it comes to turnovers and penalties has the upper hand in coming out with the win.

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire