- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
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HornsNation on Kansas State's 17-13 win over Texas:
How the game was won: Kansas State was able to rattle Texas quarterback David Ash, forcing him into two interceptions. The Wildcats turned those picks into 10 points as they held off a late Texas charge for their fourth straight win over the Longhorns.
Turning point: Ash appeared to settle down after throwing a pick on the first possession of the game. But the freshman came back with a pick on the first possession of the second half. While the Texas defense was able to hold KSU to a field goal after the first pick, KSU scored seven after the second. That pushed the lead to 17-3. With Texas’ offensive struggles, the lead was safe.
Stat of the game: Kansas State has averaged 208.5 rushing yards per game. The Wildcats were held to 38 yards rushing on 39 attempts. In all, KSU was only able to generate 121 yards of offense against the Longhorns' defense. Quarterback Collin Klein was sacked five times.
Player of the game: Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho proved to be too much for the Kansas State run game. The senior led the Longhorns in tackles with 12 and also was responsible for making sure the defensive alignment was set before each play. Acho also had a sack to give him three on the season.
Unsung hero of the game: Tight end Blaine Irby came into the game with two catches for 18 yards. He had three against Kansas State, including a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put some life into the Texas offense. This was Irby's first season back after sitting out two years recovering from a knee injury.
Worst call: Faced with a fourth-and-8, trailing by seven at the KSU 10 and with only 4:27 on the clock, Texas elected to kick a 28-yard field goal rather than go for it. The kick was good, but Texas still needed a touchdown to win. In addition, instead of the KSU offense starting inside its own 10, the Wildcats had the ball on the 34.
Second guessing: The halo rule is no longer in place in college football, but Texas did get flagged for interfering with the catch of a punt in the second quarter. The penalty proved extremely costly for the Longhorns as it allowed KSU to start at its own 46-yard line. From there Kansas State raced down the field to put the game's first touchdown on the board just before the half.
What it means: For Texas the loss means it very well could finish the season at 6-6. The Longhorns still have to play Texas A&M and Baylor on the road. Both teams have winning records and both teams have proven they can score points, something Texas has proven it cannot do.
2dDavid M. Hale