Texas football coach Mack Brown, whose Longhorns barely defeated down-on-its-luck Kansas University on Saturday in Memorial Stadium, sees better days ahead for the Jayhawks. “They are going to beat somebody here. I’m just glad it wasn’t us,” Brown said. By Gary Bedore
The name of the formation was not divulged, with quarterback Michael Cummings even going as far as to call it "a secret," but a new-look offensive wrinkle for the Kansas University football team proved successful for the Jayhawks during Saturday's 21-17 loss to Texas.
How did a Kansas football team that now has a 17-game losing streak in Big 12 games almost beat a roster jammed with future pros? Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says it was a matter of desire ... and heart.
KU coach Charlie Weis talks following KU's 21-17 loss to Texas on Oct. 27, 2012.
Texas' Case McCoy tossed a one-yard touchdown to D.J. Grant with 12 seconds left, giving the Longhorns a 21-17 victory over Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
"Personally, I'm miserable," KU coach Charlie Weis said. "But for our team, there's definitely things to grow from."
Earlier, KU kicker Nick Prolago knocked through a 29-yard field goal with 2:28 left in the fourth quarter, which gave KU a 17-14 lead.
Texas answered with a nine-play, 70-yard drive, with the key play coming on a fourth-and-6 completion from McCoy to Jaxon Shipley for 18 yards.
"Usually, you say, 'You didn't close the game,'" Weis said. "I think (Texas) made a couple plays."
Junior running back James Sims led KU, rushing 28 times for 176 yards.
"I don't know if there's a better back in the league," Weis said.
As a team, KU finished with 234 rushing yards on 56 carries.
The Jayhawks were so reliant on their running game that they didn't attempt a pass in the second or third quarter.
KU (1-7, 0-5 Big 12) will play at Baylor at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 3.
Game Balls and Gassers
• James Sims rushed for 139 first-half yards on his way to a 176-yard rushing day, his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game.
• Ben Heeney, a middle linebacker to the bone, made the first hit on Joe Bergeron on fourth and goal from the 1. The closer to the goal line, it seems, the tougher Heeney becomes.
• Bradley McDougald attempted to field a punt he should have let go, fumbled and gave the ball to Texas at the KU 19 early in the third quarter.
• Cornerback Tyler Patmon was badly beaten down the left sideline by Mike Davis, who had a 39-yard reception to give Texas first-and-goal from the three with 1:16 left, setting up Longhorns’ game-winning touchdown with 12 seconds left.
How They Scored
10:53 - Joe Bergeron 3 run. Anthony Fera kick. After the Texas defense drove KU back on its opening drive, the Longhorns took over in KU territory and drove 43 yards in four plays and 1:44 to take the early lead. Johnathan Gray had the big run for UT on the drive, rumbling 31 yards on the Longhorns' first play from scrimmage. On Bergeron's touchdown run, the bruising back was hit behind the line of scrimmage but drove a pile into the end zone. (UT 7, KU 0).
12:06 - Christian Matthews 15 run. Nick Prolago kick. KU picked up some momentum on a five-play, 98-yard drive that covered 2:09 and featured a 64-yard run from tailback James Sims, who went over the 100-yard mark for the day on the drive, which started at the KU 2-yard line. (UT 7, KU 7).
7:16 - Tony Pierson 11 run. Prolago kick. After KU's initial score of the day, the defense turned Texas away with a three-and-out and Cummings led a seven-play, 63-yard drive that featured three runs of 11 yards or more. The first came from Sims and the last two from Pierson. (KU 14, UT 7).
9:41 - Marquise Goodwin 11 run. Fera kick. Texas turned to back-up quarterback Case McCoy for this drive and the younger brother of former UT great Colt McCoy handed off seven times on a drive that spanned 84 yards in 3:23 and featured four different Longhorns carrying the ball. KU's defense took a serious hit on the third play of the drive when starters Jake Love and Toben Opurum both had to be helped off the field because of injuries. (KU 14, UT 14).
2:28 - Nick Prolago 29 field goal. After giving up the game-tying score to the Longhorns, the Jayhawks responded with arguably their best drive of the season. It spanned 61 yards in 14 plays and took 7:07. Most of the damage was done by James Sims and Tony Pierson on the ground, but a huge pass interference call on a pass intended for Andrew Turzilli sparked the drive and Prolago capped it off by connecting on his first career field goal make. (KU 17, UT 7).
0:12 - D.J. Grant 1 pass from Case McCoy. Fera kick. After taking the late lead, KU had the Longhorns facing a fourth-and-six from their own side of the field, but McCoy delivered a strike to Jaxon Shipley and two plays later hit Mike Davis for a 39-yard gain that set up the game-winning touchdown pass to a wide open Grant in the end zone. (UT 21, KU 17).