No. 7/7 Kansas State rallies past No. 23/21 Football, 42-24
Dec. 1, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. - In his first start of the season, Case McCoythrew for 314 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it wasn't enough for No. 23/21 Texas football to overcome No. 7/7 Kansas State which downed the Longhorns, 42-24, Saturday evening to clinch the Big 12 Conference title and an automatic berth in the BCS
Collin Klein rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another for the Wildcats (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) who snapped Texas' five-game road winning streak by taking control early in the fourth quarter at sold-out Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Texas (8-4, 5-4) led 17-14 midway through the third quarter after Malcolm Browncapped off a 90-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run.
But Kansas State answered by driving 67 yards in 11 plays and chewing up 6:37 of the game clock. John Hubert capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and K-State had a 21-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Texas, which outgained the Wildcats 413-352 in the game, was forced to punt after a three-and-out and Klein connected with Tyler Lockett on a 55-yard TD pass on the first play of the ensuing possession giving K-State a 28-17 lead.
Klein completed just 8 of 14 passes for 184 yards, but he also rushed for 103 yards on 23 carries.
The Longhorns had a chance to pull within one score in the fourth, but Nick Jordan's40-yard field goal attempt with 9:30 left in the game sailed wide right after an 11-play drive.
K-State took advantage of a Texas fumble on a punt return and increased its lead to 35-17 with a 1-yard TD run by Hubert, his third of the game.
The Wildcats later converted an Allen Chapman interception of McCoy into another score.
D.J. Monroehelped set up the final Texas touchdown by running back the ensuing kickoff 72 yards. Four plays later, McCoy hit Brown, who eluded would-be tacklers and scampered into the end zone for a 9-yard TD.
McCoy connected on 26 of 34 passes in the game which included 17 straight completions at one point, the second-best mark in school history, trailing only his brother, Colt, who had streaks of 18 (vs. Oklahoma State) and 17 (vs. Missouri) during the 2008 season.
The Wildcats took a 7-0 lead when Klein plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out with 11:33 left in the first quarter.
K-State's Nigel Malone set up the score when he picked off McCoy at the UT 25 and headed for the end zone. The play was originally ruled a touchdown, but after an official review the ball was placed on the 1-yard line when it was determined Malone let the ball go just prior to crossing the goal line.
Texas finally got its offense going in the second quarter thanks to the defense.
Kansas State drove into Texas territory early in the second quarter, but safety Adrian Phillips picked off Klein in the end zone for a touchback. McCoy started the next drive with a shovel pass to Daje Johnson, who scampered 70 yards to the K-State 10. Jordan converted a 37-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3 with 12:00 left in the first half.
Texas forced a K-State punt and took the lead on its next possession. McCoy connected with Jaxon Shipley for 19 yards and Brown rumbled for 27 yards to the Wildcats' 29. Running back Johnathan Graycarried the ball 9 yards and then McCoy found Shipley for a 14-yard score that gave the Horns a 10-7 cushion they took into halftime.
But Kansas State was rejuvenated coming out of the locker room.
The Wildcats took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 75 yards for a touchdown. Hubert slithered through the Texas defense for 28 yards on the first play and Klein found Travis Tannahill for 29 yards to set up first-and-10 at the 15. Four plays later, Hubert scored from 2 yards outs.