Texas, using its backup quarterback, escaped Kansas with a win. And while the final quarter showed that Texas had the skill and talent to put up touchdowns when it needs to, the first three quarters should be slightly more disconcerting.
Case McCoy: The junior quarterback proved that he was ready and able to lead Texas to a come-from-behind win. Inserted in the fourth quarter with Texas trailing 14-7, McCoy directed two scoring. McCoy also led a come-from-behind win against Texas A&M last year. But he said it was the Kansas State game in which he was put in but did not rally his team that has driven him to be more prepared in these situations.
Jaxon Shipley: After being out of the mix for a couple of weeks, Shipley became the lead receivers for the Longhorns. Not only did Shipley keep drives alive in the first three quarters, his 18-yard catch on a 4th-and-6 kept the game-winning drive alive.
Second-half defense: It's hard to applaud the Texas defense for much, but after being run over, around and through for the first two quarters, the defense allowed just 75 yards in the second half. The defense also was able to keep KU out of the end zone late in the game, holding the Jayhawks to a field goal to set up what was Texas' game-winning touchdown drive.
David Ash: The sophomore has been solid since becoming the full-time starter. He did struggle against Oklahoma but that was more of an offensive line issue and there were some suspect play calls in that game. Against Kansas, Ash failed to get on track and reverted back to his habit of throwing bad interceptions. Ash threw two against the Jayhawks and both were in KU territory. The first pass was underthrown and the second was behind the intended receiver. Ash finished 8-of-16 for 63 yards with the two picks.
Rush defense: Texas allowed James Sims to go for a career-high 176 yards, including a 64-yard run. Sims was the fifth straight player to set a career-high in rushing against the Texas defense. The defense was able to shut down Sims in the second half. But Kansas still had 234 yards rushing and had it not been for a bungled snap would have had closer to 250.
Intensity: For two weeks, in the wake of the OU loss, Texas has talked about playing with intensity. And the Longhorns started out the KU game doing just that. Texas came out, stopped KU and subsequently scored. Then Texas did absolutely nothing for the next two and half quarters. Texas coach Mack Brown said the team relaxed. That is not a position this Texas team can take too often and win.