12:00 PM ET, November 13, 2004
Memorial Stadium, LAWRENCE, KS
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Stirring rallies are becoming the Longhorns' specialty.
One week after scoring 49 unanswered points in the biggest comeback in school history, Texas (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) the Longhorns got a touchdown run and a scoring pass from Vince Young in the final 4:11 to beat Kansas 27-23.
Young had 409 yards total for the Longhorns (9-1, 6-1 Big 12), who rallied for a 56-35 win over Oklahoma State the week before and still have hopes of playing in a BCS bowl.
"One of the great things about Vince Young is that he can beat you both ways," said Texas coach Mack Brown.
Young scrambled 22 yards on a fourth-and-18 play and then scored on an 18-yard run to pull Texas within 23-20 with 4:11 to go.
"We expected that they were going to play the pass, so I just used my God-given talent to use my legs," he said. "In my head I refused to let them make that tackle. In my head I had already planned to make (Kansas) miss."
Then, with 11 seconds to go, he connected with Tony Jeffery for the winning TD, denying Kansas what would have been its biggest win in almost a decade.
"Vince threw a great pass," said Jeffery. "It was the biggest catch I have had this year."
The Longhorns got the ball for their final drive after a controversial offensive pass interference call on Kansas that left Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino fuming.
Mangino, in remarks that could bring a stiff fine from the Big 12 office, implied that officials wanted Texas to win so it could bring a BCS windfall into the league.
"You know what this is all about, don't you? BCS. That's what made a difference today in the game," Mangino said. "That's what made the difference in a call in front of their bench. Dollar signs."
The Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6) still led 23-20 after Young's 18-yard TD run but faced a third-and-7 from their own 26. Quarterback Brian Luke hit Charles Gordon for a 16-yard gain that would have given them a first down.
But officials called Gordon for a penalty, making it third and 20. A moment later, Kansas punted out of its own end zone and the Longhorns got the ball on the Kansas 47 with 1:53 to go.
"All of America sat at home and watched the play," Mangino said. "All college football fans who watched the game, we'll let them be the judge about that call."
Mangino backed off from his comments in a statement released Saturday night.
"After an emotional loss, in our seniors' last home game, I made remarks that I regret," Mangino said. "Any implications that BCS standings played a role in Saturday afternoon's game was inappropriate. I have always supported the BCS system and will continue to do so."
Brown said he did not want to get drawn into a controversy.
"I know he's really proud of (his team) and I also know he's really frustrated," Brown said. "The other thing I would say is I think we had 100 yards more penalties than they did. So obviously, those are comments for the Big 12 office, not for me."
The Longhorns were penalized 10 times for 103 yards. Kansas drew three penalties for 23.
Kansas, a 22-point underdog, took a 23-13 lead with 7:41 left on a 1-yard touchdown pass from fourth-stringer Luke to Lyonel Anderson.
Young finished 22-of-40 for 289 yards and added 114 yards on the ground. Cedric Benson, the Big 12's leading rusher, had 161 yards on 28 carries and set an NCAA record with his 36th game with a touchdown when he went in from 16 yards out in the second quarter.
Luke came into the game in the second quarter when starter John Nielsen became the third Kansas quarterback in three weeks to go down with an injury. Luke finished 14-for-25 for 225 yards and a touchdown. His 73-yard completion to Mark Simmons set up the final Kansas touchdown.
Johnny Beck kicked three field goals in the first half for Kansas.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||6-18||4-15|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-1|
|FG||0:08||JOHNNY BECK 39 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 24 yards.
|TD||8:45||CEDRIC BENSON 16 YD RUN (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 70 yards.
|FG||2:25||JOHNNY BECK 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 51 yards.
|FG||0:00||JOHNNY BECK 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 27 yards.
|FG||10:06||DUSTY MANGUM 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 47 yards.
|FG||5:53||DUSTY MANGUM 50 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 14 yards.
|TD||11:42||AUSTINE NWABUISI 1 YD RUN (SCOTT WEBB KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 39 yards.
|TD||7:41||LYONEL ANDERSON 1 YD PASS FROM BRIAN LUKE (SCOTT WEBB KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||4:12||VINCE YOUNG 18 YD RUN (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 87 yards.
|TD||0:11||TONY JEFFERY 21 YD PASS FROM VINCE YOUNG (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yards.