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Six turnovers key to last season's upset vs. Texas

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Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2) puts Texas running back D'Onta Foreman (33) on the ground after recovering a fumble during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2) puts Texas running back D'Onta Foreman (33) on the ground after recovering a fumble during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

Raise your hand if you think Kansas will emerge victorious from its 5 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Austin against heavily favored Texas.

Anybody not wearing a Kansas uniform or coaching for the visitors?

OK, now raise your hand if after the first play from scrimmage in last season’s game vs. Texas in Lawrence you thought the Jayhawks would emerge victorious. A refresher: On the game’s first play from scrimmage, Jacorey Warrick scored on a 75-yard pass play, covering the final 71 yards after the catch on the short pass from Shane Buechele.

Kansas went on to win 24-21 in overtime for David Beaty’s first and to date only victory against an FBS school.

Can Kansas do it again? If it can cause six Texas turnovers again it can. It was the highest turnover total by a team in a Big 12 conference game since the Longhorns turned it over six times vs. TCU in 2014. No Big 12 school has that many miscues in a game this season. Texas has turned it over seven times in nine games.

In the stunning upset, KU had as many interceptions (three) as it has in nine games this season. Brandon Stewart returned his 55 yards for a touchdown and Fish Smithson and Mike Lee also picked off passes, Lee’s leading to the winning field goal.

D’Onta Foreman, now with the Houston Texans, rushed 250 yards and two touchdowns on 51 carries, but also lost two fumbles. Tyrone Swoopes also lost a fumble.

Dorance Armstrong was in on 11 tackles, three for a loss, two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered one, then famously stiff-arming the 235-pound Foreman to the ground. Armstrong called it, "the best game of my college career so far."

Comments

John Fitzgerald 2 weeks ago

This game will be a great reminder that coaching does make a big difference. KU will lose by 30 or more points to a team they beat last year.

Brett McCabe 1 week, 6 days ago

While I was thrilled for the guys after that win, and it was well-deserved, anyone who looked at the turnover margin knew what had happened. It wasn't Carter Stanley leading us to the promised land. In fact, our offense scored a TOTAL of 24 points, even with the overtime and 6 turnovers by Texas.

I've heard and read that this game is what got Beaty the extension. If it is, it's just another reason that Zenger should stay as far away from the football program as possible. Winning a single fluke game, against a lame-duck coach, after snarfing up 6 turnovers should have been a moment for celebration and nothing more.

After watching Beaty mishandle the offense all season, Zenger probably figured it was his time to strike, get the extension and provide himself with some contract cover. Although I hate being this cynical, the alternative is to admit that the A.D., after watching Beaty last year, really thought he could turn this program around. And that's scary, so I'll be cynical and give Zenger the benefit of the doubt.

John Brazelton 1 week, 6 days ago

We also played two competitive games prior to the Texas game that we weren't able to win. The team last year was heading in positive direction.

Jeff Coffman 1 week, 6 days ago

You and I have two different opinions on competitive...Iowa State at home the prior week, I'll agree, we lost by a touchdown and it was one we led; however, 48-21 against WVU was not competitive; it just seemed that way because the prior 3 were significant blowouts. We looked really bad last season, and there were some hopes, but not worth anything to get excited about.

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