AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas got its season back on the right track by running past a winless Kansas team in the second half for a 59-20 win on Saturday night. What we learned:
What the win means for Texas: Texas found an antidote for its offensive struggles on Saturday night: Play Kansas. Jerrod Heard threw for 201 yards (a career high in Big 12 play) in three quarters of action and got plenty of help with 100-yard days from running back D'Onta Foreman and receiver John Burt. This was obviously a must-win for the 4-5 Longhorns and their hopes of going bowling, but to reach that goal they'll now have to pull off two wins from the three-game stretch of West Virginia, Texas Tech and Baylor. Not going to be easy, but they at least got a bit of a confidence-booster on Saturday.
What the loss means for Kansas: Too many miscues proved costly for the Jayhawks, who've now lost 37 consecutive games away from home. The score and tone at halftime might've looked a lot different had Kansas not fumbled away a score on a fourth-and-goal run or lost a punt that Texas recovered at KU's 17 (and scored on soon after), in addition to a missed 26-yard field goal attempt to end the half. The Jayhawks had a hard time protecting freshman quarterback Ryan Willis and ran out of gas in the second half to drop to 0-9.
Unsung hero: As usual for this Texas team, it's Tyrone Swoopes. The backup quarterback racked up five touchdowns on a 4-yard rush, a 1-yard rush, a 40-yard pass to Armanti Foreman, a 44-yard rush and a wild fumble he scooped up for a 10-yard score. Swoopes took over for Heard in the fourth quarter and had some fun in a rare opportunity for extended playing time. He's continued to establish himself as a critical puzzle piece in play-caller Jay Norvell's offense.
The game turned when… Foreman took a sweep left early in the third quarter, made one defender miss and was gone for a 93-yard touchdown. That score made it 31-14 and took some serious pressure off the Longhorns after Kansas fought back in the second quarter to make it a 10-point game. The offense opened up from there in the second half. Foreman's run was the third-longest in school history.