Texas down 14-7 at the half


Elisabeth Dillon

Kansas running back Tony Pierson scores a touchdown during the second quarter.

Chris Hummer

Texas enters the half down 14-7 to Kansas.

Yes, that’s the same Kansas team that has yet to record a Big 12 win and the same school who’s only victory came against South Dakota State.

But, Texas has managed to bungle what should have been a confidence booster with an almost unthinkable – before the season – lack of ability to stop the run.

Kansas has rushed for 177 yards thus far in the game, and their starter James Simms has gashed the Longhorns for 139 yards.  The majority of the Jayhawks big plays have come off simple spread running plays up the middle. Texas has them contained, but a missed tackle will allow Kansas to break off 10-yard plus gains.

Both of the Jayhawk touchdowns have been walk-in rushes in the red zone, and the defense just looks at a loss to contain them.

Texas’ offense isn’t playing much better either. Besides the groups quick opening drive score, the Texas offense has only combined for 75 yards against a defense that allows over 30 points a game.