The Kansas Jayhawks had one of their worst performances in a very long time as they were shutout 43-0 by the Texas Longhorns. The Kansas offense was held to only 46 yards of offense with 48 passing and minus two rushing the ball. Anytime Kansas had the ball they were not able to do anything against the Texas defense.
Kansas had five drives that resulted in negative yards, 10 drives were five plays or less and their longest drive was seven plays and that was at the end of the game. Only three first downs were recorded for Kansas compared to Texas' 35, Kansas went 1-for-10 on third downs while Texas went 11-for-16 and the time of possession was lopsided in Texas' favor 44:07 to 15:53 for Kansas.
The defense did not do much better by allowing 43 points which was actually one of their better outputs. Only the game against Northern Illinois where Kansas allowed 42 points and the game against McNeese State where Kansas allowed 24 points were better outings. The 43 points also was seven points better than their season average of allowing 50 points per game.
The rushing defense also allowed 441 yards which was their second worst output of the season only to the 604 they allowed to Georgia Tech. Kansas is now 2-6 on the year and next week they take on Iowa State which may provide some relief in the loss column.
The Kansas Jayhawks have had little time on offense to move the ball as they have only ran 13 plays compared to the 59 plays that Texas has run. In the chances that Kansas has had on offense they have not done well. Kansas' drives have gone like this: Punt, punt, safety, punt and interception, and their first possession latest the longest with four total plays. Kansas has only two total yards on the day with four passing yards from quarterback Jordan Webb who has completed 2-of-6 passes and the rushing game has negative two yards on the evening.
The defense has not fared much better as Texas has 300 yards of total offense on the day and has allowed running back Malcolm Brown to rush for 103 yards in the first half.
So far it has been all Texas Longhorns in the this game as they have controlled the ball for the majority of this game so far. The Kansas defense is having trouble stopping the Texas offense, in particular the rushing game which is nearing 150 yards on the ground and the second quarter is just underway. The Kanas offense has ran only 10 plays and has a grand total of 12 total yards.
The scoring for this game has all come on the Texas side who has two rushing touchdowns which were scored by quarterback David Ash and running back Malcolm Brown. Brown already had 76 yards and looks to break the 100 yard mark before the half if the Kanas defense does not step it up.
The other score was a safety due to a personal foul on Jeremiah Hatch in the endzone which resulted in a safety and the ball for Texas who now lead 16-0.
The big deal about this game is that it is the second conference game that is being broadcast on the Longhorn Network on Saturday evening. However this game will also be broadcast on the Jayhawk television network, so there is a chance for fans in the Kansas are to see this game.
Kansas head coach Turner Gill is on the hot season and a win over the Texas Longhorns would go an extremely long way in removing him from that position. However Kansas is playing their fourth straight ranked opponent, has lost five straight and have not won a game on the road this season.
Game Date/Time: 6 p.m. Central, Saturday, October 29, 2011
Location: Darrell K. Royal Stadium, Austin, Texas
TV: Longhorn Network and Jayhawk Television Network.
Kansas Jayhawks sophomore linebacker Huldon Tharp will play against Texas Saturday, according to reports quoting head coach Turner Gill.
Tharp is a reserve linebacker who has seen time on special teams this season, and is tenth on the team in total tackles, with 17. Tharp missed two weeks with a rib injury. Still out for the Jayhawks is linebacker Jake Fairley (leg). Both defensive tackle John Wililams (knee) and receiver Daymond Patterson (groin) are out for the season.