Texas was looking like themselves again, going up 27-7 at one point. Then, the old Longhorns appeared, from lousy quarterback play to questionable defensive adjustments.
One major piece that we learned is that there is no quarterback battle. Maalik Muprhy started the game on a tear, throwing for 175 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter.
He then looked like he didn’t know where he was, throwing two interceptions and it could have been a few more if it weren’t for dropped picks by K-state defenders.
Murphy also missed several wide open passes in what could have resulted in touchdowns and ended up finishing the day with 248 passing yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
After Texas went up by 20 points, defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski dropped defenders in coverage to provide soft cushioning for the Wildcats’ receivers despite having an electric first half of holding Kansas State to 7 points.
Despite a horrendous post-first quarter, the Longhorns managed to escape with a win. Here’s a look at the final numbers in the important win.
Kansas State: 360
Kansas State: 327
Kansas State: 33
Kansas State: 2
3rd ad 4th down efficiency
Kansas State: 3-16
Kansas State: 19
Time of possesion
Kansas State: 27:52