NCAA Game Summary - Kansas State at Texas|
(Saturday, September 29th)
Final Score: Kansas State 41, (7) Texas 21
Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Jordy Nelson caught 12 balls for 116 yards and
one touchdown, and added an 89-yard punt return for a score as Kansas State
shocked seventh-ranked Texas, 41-21, at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial
Josh Freeman completed 22-of-38 passes for 177 yards and a score for the
Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 Big 12), who topped Texas for the second straight season.
Kansas State shocked the then-fourth-ranked Longhorns in Manhattan by a 45-42
count last November.
James Johnson carried 19 times for 77 yards scored twice, once on a rush and
once on an 85-yard kickoff return.
Colt McCoy threw for 200 yards and a touchdown but had a career-high four
interceptions on 19-of-39 completions for the Longhorns (4-1, 0-1), who
suffered their worst home defeat in 10 seasons under Mack Brown.
Quan Cosby had two receptions for 33 yards and a TD, and Jamaal Charles added
72 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Vondrell McGee added a one-yard score
"It was a disappointing loss for us," Brown admitted. "Give Kansas State
credit they played great. Four turnovers, you have to win the turnover battle,
to one. It's disappointing. The kids played hard. We have to regroup and come
back together. We have to be positive about the things we did well and make
sure we correct the mistakes that were obvious."
A torrential downpour greeted both sides at the start of the second half, and
McCoy returned from a hard hit late in the first half to lead the Longhorns,
who were facing a 10-point deficit.
The sophomore signal-caller finally got on track on the second drive of the
third, passing for 61 yards and rushing for a first down. When Charles rumbled
in from six yards out on first-and-goal, their deficit was sliced to 24-21.
Kansas State kicker Brooks Rossman missed a 51-yarder short with less than six
minutes to play in the quarter, but the following Texas drive was muted when
another McCoy pass was picked, this time by Wildcats defensive back Justin
McKinney. Rossman hit a career-long 44-yarder to cap that drive and the lead
was 27-21 with less than four minutes remaining.
After holding Texas on the next series, Nelson ripped off an 89-yard punt
return for a 34-21 Wildcats edge.
One play later, McCoy registered his fourth interception of the game. Johnson
went in from two yards out eight plays after that to up the visitors' lead to
41-21 early in the fourth.
The Texas offense was ineffective for the remainder of the game and the
Wildcats walked away with a huge early-season conference road victory.
"We really wanted to try to build the team on special teams and defense," said
K-State head coach Ron Prince. "We knew we were going to have to play some
great defense to be able to deal with all the great offenses in this league.
Today, I felt for the first time since we have been here that we have played
well in both of those phases at the same time."
The Wildcats struck on their first possession, an 11-play, 80-yard march
ending when Freeman hit Nelson for a four-yard score. Texas rebounded on a
one-yard-run by McGee on fourth-and-goal which capped a 15-play, 68-yard
With less than four minutes to go in the half, Ian Campbell picked off McCoy's
low pass between the hashmarks and rumbled 41-yards down the left side for
the go-ahead score.
McCoy redeemed himself on the following series, rolling far right and hitting
Cosby in the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown pass, but K-State came right
back as Johnson took the kickoff 85 yards to the house for a 21-14 lead.
Cosby took the next kickoff 45 yards to the Texas 49, but McCoy threw right
into the hands of the Wildcats' Justin Roland on the next play. McCoy was
leveled by K-State defensive end Clayton Cox right after the throw and fell
hard on his shoulder. Rossman ended the drive by hitting a 33-yard
field goal to give Kansas State a 24-14 lead which they would take to the
John Chiles went under center for Texas' final plays of the half after McCoy
was taken to the locker room for evaluation.
"He had to go with the doctors," added Brown. "We didn't get to talk to him at
all at halftime. We didn't talk to him until he came back out in the second
half and they said he was going to have to run around a little bit and then
they said he could play."
The all-time series is knotted, 5-5...It was the most points scored on Texas
in Austin since a 66-3 drubbing at the hands of UCLA in 1997 when John
Mackovic was head coach...Brown's worst home loss was a 35-17 defeat by Kansas
State in 1999. It was also Texas' first loss in a Big 12 opener since 1998,
which also came against the Wildcats...Longhorns offensive tackle Adam
Ulanoski left the game in the second quarter and did not return after being
diagnosed with a knee injury...Cosby has at least one reception in 23 straight
games...Texas hosts Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl next
Saturday, while Kansas State hosts Kansas also Saturday.
09/29 22:09:05 ET