Longhorns fall 42-45 at Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Texas lost its young star -- and a whole lot more.
Quarterback Colt McCoy was hurt scoring a touchdown on the fourth-ranked Longhorns' opening drive in a 45-42 loss to Kansas State on Saturday night.
The Longhorns (9-2, 6-1 Big 12) got within a field goal on Chris Ogbonnaya's 1-yard touchdown run with 1:36 to go. But Jordy Nelson recovered the ensuing onside kick and then caught a 6-yard pass for a first down that sealed the Wildcats' win.
Josh Freeman took a knee, and purple-clad fans streamed onto the field to celebrate their biggest win in a few years.
Freeman threw for 263 yards and three scores and ran for another TD for Kansas State (7-4, 4-3), which scored three touchdowns over a 3:06 span in the third quarter on its way to breaking a six-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
Texas, fifth in last week's BCS standings, had hoped to move up when No. 15 Rutgers stunned No. 3 Louisville 28-25 on Thursday. And when McCoy went in from a yard out for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the Longhorns appeared well on their way to doing just that.
But McCoy, whose 27 touchdown passes this season are a school record and two shy of the NCAA's freshman record, got pinned under the pile on the play and came up favoring his right shoulder. He was replaced by freshman Jevan Snead.
It was the first action of the year for Snead, who had pushed McCoy hard for the starter's job this summer. He was 13-for-30 for 130 yards and one score and was sacked five times.