Instant Analysis: Texas 43, Kansas 0

October, 29, 2011
10/29/11
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How the game was won: Texas came out with a conservative approach and it worked. The Horns wanted to keep the ball on the ground, control the clock and give the young quarterback, David Ash, some confidence. With 41 rushes in the first half alone it is safe to say Texas stuck to the plan and was very successful in its execution.

Stat of the game: Kansas had two first downs through the first three quarters. One of those came via a penalty in the first quarter when Alex Okafor was flagged for roughing the passer. Kansas finished with 46 total yards.

Player of the game: Malcolm Brown rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns. He became the third Texas freshman to have three 100-yard rushing games. Jamaal Charles and Ricky Williams also had three 100-yard games, while Cedric Benson had five and Earl Campbell had four.

Unsung hero of the game: Jackson Jeffcoat. The sophomore defensive end had taken some heat for his play through the first six games. While he didn't pull in a ton of stats, he did have two tackles for loss and was key in keeping the ball from getting to the outside. That forced KU to try and go between the tackles where the linebackers were waiting.

Second guessing: Case McCoy should have taken a meaningful snap in the first half. If Texas wants to have a backup plan, McCoy needs the seasoning. This was a game where McCoy could have gained some confidence. Ash likes to run, and that might lead to an injury as Texas goes through the final five games. So it would have made sense to get McCoy more action when the game mattered.

What it means: There is not a lot Texas can glean from this performance offensively, other than that it is still not comfortable with Ash throwing deep. But on defense, this performance has to inspire those players. Kansas is awful. But to hold a team to two yards through nearly three quarters of play is impressive against any team. The defensive line continued to get pressure on the passer all night, and for the first time in several games, the linebackers hit the correct gaps in the run defense.

Carter Strickland | email

Reporter, HornsNation

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