Nov 26, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Roschon Johnson (2) runs for yardage during the first half against the Kansas State Wildcats at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Roschon Johnson’s career performance lifts Texas past Kansas State

Roschon Johnson ran for a career-high 179 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries and the Texas defense produced two fourth-down stands in the fourth quarter as the Longhorns stampeded past Kansas State 22-17 on Friday in the Big 12 Conference regular-season finale for both teams in Austin, Texas.

Texas (5-7, 3-6 Big 12) snapped a six-game losing streak, its longest since 1956. The Longhorns still could earn a bowl spot if not there are not enough six-win teams to fill the 82 postseason spots.

The much-maligned Longhorns defense came up with two stops on fourth-down-and-one in the fourth quarter, the second of which came with 4:03 to play at the Texas 17-yard line.

Casey Thompson passed for 170 yards and a TD as he shared time at quarterback with Johnson, who came to Texas as a QB but has been primarily a running back during his time in Austin.

Deuce Vaughn rushed for 143 yards and a score on 24 carries for the Wildcats (7-5, 4-5), who have clinched a bowl spot but head to the postseason with a two-game losing streak.

Will Howard passed for just 65 yards for Kansas State, but scored on a 71-yard run and finished with 82 yards on the ground.

The Longhorns took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards to a 9-yard TD run by Johnson out of the wildcat formation. Kansas State answered with a 9-yard scoring run by Vaughn at the 4:44 mark of the first quarter.

Texas went back on top with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to Cade Brewer with 13:07 to play in the second quarter but Cameron Dicker missed the PAT kick, leaving the score at 13-7. The Wildcats responded with Howard’s 71-yard keeper for a TD and a 14-13 Kansas State lead.

The teams traded field goals in the final two minutes of the half, with Chris Tennant nailing a career-best 51 yarder with 1:56 to play for Kansas State and the Longhorns countering on Dicker’s kick from 24 yards out on the last play before halftime.

The Wildcats went to the locker room up 17-16.

Dicker’s 39-yard field goal with 1:52 to play in the third quarter pushed Texas back in front at 19-16. His third field goal of the game, a 22-yarder, expanded the Longhorns’ lead to 22-17 with 7:32 remaining in the game.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Keilan Robinson (7) runs for a touchdown during the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Texas looks to end disappointing season on high note vs. Kansas State

Texas will be playing mostly for pride when it hosts bowl-bound Kansas State on Black Friday in Austin, Texas, in the Big 12 Conference finale for both teams.

The Longhorns (4-7, 2-6 Big 12), who have lost six straight games for the first time since 1956, look to avoid a seventh conference loss, a cellar Texas has never reached in program history. Texas may end its disappointing 2021 campaign without a bowl for the first time since 2016 (5-7 teams can become bowl eligible if not enough teams finish 6-6) and needs a win to avoid its worst record since it finished 1-9 65 years ago.

The Longhorns head home after a 31-23 loss at West Virginia on Saturday in which both their regular quarterbacks suffered injuries. Backup QB Hudson Card opened the second half after replacing the ineffective Casey Thompson and passed for 123 yards and a touchdown before being forced from the game late in the fourth quarter.

Both quarterbacks have been listed as day-to-day heading into Friday’s game.

Keilan Robinson had 111 yards and a 49-yard touchdown on nine carries for Texas in the loss. Robinson and Roschon Johnson have become the primary ballcarriers for the Longhorns after a season-ending injury to star back Bijan Robinson.

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said he expects his team to finish the season strong.

“(Having bowl) practices would be great, would be nice, but I think inevitably for us it’s about the psyche and the mindset,” Sarkisian said. “Don’t think that our players aren’t working hard and trying hard. Our guys are battling, and they’re competing.”

The Wildcats (7-4, 4-4) travel to Austin after a 20-10 home loss to then No. 11 Baylor on Saturday that snapped Kansas State’s four-game win streak. Deuce Vaughn led the Wildcats with 128 yards on 11 carries and their only TD; he also paced the team with five catches for 37 yards.

“Everyone on this team is a grown man and we know what just happened and what we need to do to get better,” Kansas State center Noah Johnson said after Saturday’s loss. “We just have to go do it. You don’t play football to cakewalk everyone. The hard times, that’s when you grow and learn the most.”

Skylar Thompson passed for 158 yards in the loss before leaving late in the game with a left leg injury. His availability for the Wildcats in the short week is still to be determined.

Texas has won the past four games against the Wildcats but owns just an 11-10 all-time lead in the series.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Casey Thompson (11) throws a pass during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia, Texas fight to stay on course for bowl eligibility

West Virginia hosts Texas in a Big 12 game between teams trying to stay in the running to become bowl eligible on Saturday in Morgantown, W. Va.

The Mountaineers and Longhorns have struggled this season, both bringing 4-6 overall records into a game that will eliminate one of them from any postseason consideration. Both teams have to win their final two games to become bowl eligible.

West Virginia and Texas also find themselves tied for seventh place in the Big 12 with 2-5 records in conference play.

The Mountaineers have dropped two straight games, the latest a 34-17 loss at Kansas State on Nov. 13 that came down to the fourth quarter. After West Virginia scored with more than 11 minutes remaining to cut its deficit to 24-17, Kansas State made the plays to win the game.

Jarret Doege passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns and uncorked two interceptions for West Virginia. Leddie Brown rushed for 85 yards on 20 carries but also fumbled in the fourth quarter.

“Our guys played hard, but playing hard is not good enough,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “You’ve got to play smart, and we just don’t play smart — and we turned the football over.”

The Longhorns head north for the do-or-die game on the heels of an embarrassing 57-56 home overtime loss to Kansas on Nov. 13. It was the Jayhawks’ first Big 12 road win since 2008. Texas has lost five straight games, its longest such streak since 1956 when it lost its final eight contests of the year.

Casey Thompson passed for 353 yards and six touchdowns including an 8-yarder in overtime to Marcus Washington to give Texas its first lead of the game. But Kansas responded with a touchdown and two-point conversion to send the Longhorns into head-scratching mode, again.

“Clearly everybody’s upset,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday. “Everybody feels the frustration in what has occurred. But I can assure you nobody’s more upset, nobody’s more frustrated than we are in the performance.”

Sarkisian announced Monday that star running back Bijan Robinson will miss the rest of the season because of a dislocated elbow injury he suffered in the loss to Kansas. Robinson had racked up 1,127 yards rushing through the first 10 games, in the process becoming the first Texas player since 2016 to reach the 1,000-yard mark.

Texas starting cornerback Josh Thompson is also out the rest of the season with a fractured fibula.

The Longhorns have won three of their past four meetings with West Virginia, including wins in Morgantown in 2017 and 2019.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Keilan Robinson (7) tries to avoid a tackle by Texas Longhorns defensive back Brenden Schooler (14) during the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas shocks Texas in OT, snaps 8-game losing streak

Jalon Daniels passed to Mason Fairchild for a 2-point conversion in overtime as the Jayhawks stunned Texas 57-56 on Saturday in a wild Big 12 Conference game in Austin, Texas, to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Casey Thompson passed for 358 yards and six touchdowns, including an 8-yarder in overtime to Marcus Washington to give Texas its first lead of the game.

But the Jayhawks answered on Devin Neal’s 2-yard TD run, eschewed a kick that would have tied the game and went for broke, beating the Longhorns for the first time ever in Austin.

Daniels pass for 202 yards and three TDs for the Jayhawks (2-8, 1-6 Big 12), the final of which was a 2-yarder to Kwamie Lassiter II midway through the fourth quarter. Neal ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns, and caught a scoring pass in the win.

The Longhorns rallied from 21 points down to pull to within 49-42 on an 8-yard TD pass from Thompson to Xavier Worthy with 4:39 left. Thompson then hit Cade Brewer for a 25-yard TD with 22 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Bijan Robinson ran for 70 yards and caught a TD pass before being injured in the second half. It’s the first time Texas (4-6, 2-5) has lost five straight games since 1956, when it had eight straight losses to close out the season.

Neal scored on a 3-yard TD run for the Jayhawks on their first possession. Kansas added an 11-yard touchdown pass from Daniels to Fairchild that pushed its lead to 14-0 with just 36 seconds left in the first quarter.

Texas cut the KU lead in half with a 25-yard scoring pass from Thompson to Washington with 12:14 to play in the second quarter. The Longhorns then tied the game on their ensuing possession on a 33-yard TD toss from Hudson Card to Worthy.

Daniels put Kansas back on top with a 9-yard TD run with 2:25 left in the half. The Jayhawks re-established their 14-point lead on a 19-yard pass from Daniels to Neal after a fumble by Card at the Texas 23.

Card then uncorked an interception that was returned 31 yards for a touchdown by Jacobee Bryant with one minute to play in the half.

Thompson got the Longhorns back on track with a 1-yard TD on the first possession of the third quarter. But Kansas responded with Neal’s 10-yard scoring run.

Thompson’s second TD pass was a 25-yarder to Robinson with 3:50 to play in the third quarter. His third, for seven yards to Worthy 2 ½ minutes later, cut the Kansas lead to seven points.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Ames, Iowa, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Hudson Card (1) throws a pass against the Iowa State Cyclones during the third quarter at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Struggling Texas looks to get back on track vs. Kansas

There’s been no panic this week in the Lone Star State as unranked Texas prepares to host hapless Kansas on Saturday in Austin, in a game between two Big 12 teams that are stuck in the mud and going nowhere fast.

That might come as a surprise to some who have come to expect a short fuse from the Longhorns’ fanbase. Instead, there’s been a collective yawn and a shaking of heads as Texas (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) tries to get back on track after losing four consecutive games for the first time since 2010 — all in conference.

The Longhorns are home after a 30-7 loss at Iowa State on Nov. 6 in which they were totally outplayed after halftime for the fourth straight contest, managed just 207 total yards of offense and got little or nothing out of their two quarterbacks or their defense.

Texas gained only 6 yards, had just 14 offensive snaps and punted four times during the pivotal third quarter as the Cyclones roared to the lead and the win after trailing 7-3 at the half. It’s the fourth game in a row that the Longhorns were leading in the third quarter and lost.

“We don’t have time for feeling sorry for ourselves,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “This has been a long month with some grueling losses, and our guys continue to come back and fight back. I’d be remiss without saying that I’m as frustrated as anybody because I know what we’re capable of.”

Quarterback Hudson Card passed for just 101 yards and a touchdown for Texas after entering in relief of the ineffective Casey Thompson. Bijan Robinson, the Longhorns’ star running back, had 90 yards rushing and caught eight passes for 36 yards but fumbled twice.

Kansas travels to Austin after a 35-10 loss to Sunflower State rival Kansas State in Lawrence on Nov. 6. The Jayhawks (1-8, 0-6) have now lost 13 straight games to K-State and have dropped eight consecutive games — by an average of 31.5 points per contest — since a season-opening 17-14 win over South Dakota.

Kwamie Lassiter II led Kansas with six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, with third-string quarterback Jalon Daniels passing for 105 yards and Devin Neal rushing for 62 yards on 19 carries for the Jayhawks.

“We’ve got to keep working — got to keep working,” Kansas coach Lance Leipold said. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve said for a long time. Our margin of error is small, and we have to find a way to overcome things that don’t go our way and respond better than we have and become a little bit more consistent.”

The Longhorns lead the all-time series 16-3, including a 9-0 record at home.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns wide receiver Joshua Moore (6) pulls celebrates a touchdown against the Baylor Bears with Texas Longhorns offensive lineman Jake Majors (65) in the first half of an NCAA football game at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports

WR Joshua Moore leaves Texas to enter transfer portal

Texas starting receiver Joshua Moore is no longer with the team, Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday.

Sarkisian said the 6-foot-1 junior will enter the NCAA transfer portal.

“That’s his option and opportunity to do that,” Sarkisian said. “That’s what college football provides and we wish him the best of luck.”

Sarkisian and Moore reportedly had a heated exchange at practice last week, according to The Athletic.

Moore caught two passes for 32 yards in Saturday’s 30-7 loss at Iowa State, giving him 24 receptions for 265 yards and three touchdowns in nine games this season.

He was an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection in 2020 after leading the Longhorns with 30 catches, 472 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games. He caught two touchdown passes in a 55-23 victory over Colorado in the Alamo Bowl.

Moore also played six games in 2018 before a season-ending shoulder injury, catching seven passes for 53 yards and one TD.

He sat out the 2019 season after being suspended following an arrest for unlawful gun possession, a misdemeanor charge for which he received deferred adjudication.

Moore joined the Longhorns as a four-star prospect in the Class of 2018.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) celebrates with teammates following a touchdown during the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Texas, Iowa State meet in battle of Big 12 disappointments

Texas and Iowa State, both unranked and coming off losses, will square off on Saturday evening in Ames, Iowa, in an attempt to find some sort of winning formula as the Big 12 Conference winds into its second half.

This game was once considered one of the marquee matchups of the season, back in August when the Longhorns and Cyclones were expected to battle Oklahoma for a conference championship.

But Texas (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) has lost three straight games and has stumbled to a break-even mark with the final third of its season to play. The most recent setback was a 31-24 loss at No. 16 Baylor last Saturday.

Casey Thompson passed for 280 yards and two scores for the Longhorns, who dropped their third straight game after having a double-digit lead in the third quarter. Texas rushed for just 102 yards, with star running back Bijan Robinson gaining only 43 yards on 17 totes.

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said the Longhorns’ spirit has been good and that its focus is on this week’s game.

“Win this week — our emphasis every week is about the most important game: the next one,” Sarkisian said. “This is no different. We recognize big picture where we’re at. I think this group is connected. They’re sticking together, and that’s going to pay dividends for us.”

The Longhorns have not lost four consecutive games since their disastrous 2010 season in which they went 5-7 and finished last in the Big 12’s Southern Division.

Iowa State (5-3, 3-2) is not much better, especially after a 38-31 defeat at West Virginia last Saturday that dropped the then-No. 22 Cyclones out of the Top 25.

Breece Hall ran for 167 yards, including a 70-yard TD on Iowa State’s third play from scrimmage, in the loss and had a crucial fumble at the goal line in the fourth quarter. Brock Purdy passed for 185 yards and a score and ran for another TD for the Cyclones.

The Cyclones’ defense, which had allowed no more than 350 yards in its first seven games, surrendered 492 yards to West Virginia.

“We certainly lacked making plays out there,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said after the loss. “We’re doing a lot of really good things, but there’s things we’ve got to continue to improve on. They showed up again (Saturday). From an attitude, effort and investment standpoint, I’m really proud of our kids.”

Iowa State has defeated the Longhorns the past two seasons, winning 23-21 in Ames in 2019 and 23-20 last year in Austin.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Keilan Robinson (7) looks for yards past Baylor Bears linebacker Dillon Doyle (5) in the first half of an NCAA football game at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports

Gerry Bohanon leads No. 16 Baylor past struggling Texas

Gerry Bohanon passed for 222 yards and ran for a touchdown, and Abram Smith rushed for 113 yards and a crucial 32-yard score in the fourth quarter as No. 16 Baylor came from behind to beat struggling Texas 31-24 on Saturday afternoon in Big 12 play in Waco, Texas.

Bohanon was 18-of-31 passing and uncorked two first-half interceptions but was nearly flawless after halftime as the Bears (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) pulled out all the stops in this one. Baylor scored a touchdown when a wide receiver threw a TD pass and another on a run by a tight end on an end around.

Casey Thompson passed for 280 yards and two scores for the Longhorns (4-4, 2-3 in Big 12 play), who lost their third straight game after having a double-digit lead in the third quarter. Texas rushed for just 102 yards, with star running back Bijan Robinson gaining only 43 yards on 17 carries.

The Longhorns struck first, turning in interception by an B.J. Foster on Baylor’s second snap of the game into a 10-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to Joshua Moore. The Bears answered with a 6-yard scoring pass on a wide receiver reverse by Tyquan Thornton to R.J. Sneed.

Isaiah Hankins booted a 38-yard field goal late in the second quarter to give Baylor its first lead at 10-7. Texas responded just 32 seconds later with a 63-yard TD bomb from Thompson to a wide-open Xavier Worthy to go up 14-10 at halftime.

Robinson rammed home from the 1 on Texas’s opening possession of the second half to push the Longhorns’ lead to 21-10. Bohanon countered with a 6-yard touchdown run on the Bears’ ensuing drive at the end of a 9-play, 75-yard march.

Ben Sims rumbled for a 1-yard scoring run on an tight end-around four plays after he caught a 28-yard pass as the Bears jumped to the front at 24-21 with 12:48 to play. After a failed fake punt by Texas, Baylor added to its lead with Smith’s twisting 32-yard TD run, pushing the Bears’ lead to 31-21 with 7:59 remaining.

Cameron Dicker’s 27-yard field goal with 4:40 to play brought the Longhorns back to within seven points. Texas had a final possession but had four incomplete passes and never threatened.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Gerry Bohanon (11) in action during the game between the Baylor Bears and the West Virginia Mountaineers at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dynamic QB Gerry Bohanon leads No. 16 Baylor in dustup with Texas

No. 16 Baylor hosts unranked Texas on Saturday at Waco, Texas, in what could be considered a matchup between the most surprising team in the Big 12 and the most disappointing.

The Bears (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) have been the surprise, winning with all phases of the game and already reaching bowl eligibility a year after going 2-7 in the truncated COVID-racked 2020 campaign.

The Longhorns (4-3, 2-2) are the disappointment, losing two straight conference games, to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, after owning double-digit leads deep into the third quarter of each contest.

Baylor and Texas have played 110 times since 1923, with the Longhorns earning a 79-27-4 record over the Bears in the series.

It will be the 51st meeting between the two programs in Waco, where the Longhorns hold a 31-17-2 record over the Bears. Texas has won five of the last six meetings against Baylor, including two of the last three in Waco.

Baylor had an open week last week after recording two consecutive victories, most recently a 38-24 home win over then-No. 19 BYU on Oct. 16.

Abram Smith rushed for a career-high 188 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears, and Gerry Bohanon passed for 231 yards and a score in the win. Baylor dominated the game on both sides of the ball, outgaining BYU 534-409 overall and 303-67 on the ground while recording five sacks.

“To have some time off was well needed with our staff and players who have invested in all of this,” Baylor coach Dave Aranda said. “It’s nice to have a bit of a breather, and it’s good to get back into it. We’ve got ourselves a great opponent at the end of the week, and I’m looking forward to that challenge.”

The Bears will have their hands full with Texas’ explosive offense, which ranks second in the Big 12 with an average of 41.6 points per game and third at 456.7 yards per outing.

Texas heads up I-35 for Saturday’s game after a much-needed bye week. The Longhorns’ most recent game was a 32-24 loss to Oklahoma State on Oct. 16 that snapped Texas’ three-game home winning streak.

“I thought the bye week was good for us on a couple of fronts,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We got a chance to get a couple of guys a little more healthy.”

Expect the Longhorns to get the ball plenty to sophomore running back Bijan Robinson, the Big 12’s leading rusher who ranks third nationally with 924 yards and has 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Robinson ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns and added a TD reception against Oklahoma State as Texas built a 24-13 advantage. However, the Longhorns were outplayed in the final quarter and had no answer for the Cowboys late.

Texas quarterback Casey Thompson passed for 179 yards and a TD but threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

If Texas is going to get back in the Big 12 race and cast off the “disappointment” label, it can’t afford a loss to Baylor.

“We’ve got some great games in front of us. Quality opponents,” Sarkisian said. “We think we can play better than we’ve played all year, and we’ll see what happens.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs for yardage in the red zone in the first half of the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylen Warren, No. 12 Oklahoma State use big 4th Q to top No. 25 Texas

Jaylen Warren rushed for 193 yards on 33 carries, with 118 of those yards coming in the fourth quarter, and Tanner Brown kicked four field goals as No. 12 Oklahoma State charged back for a 32-24 win over No. 25 Texas on Saturday afternoon in a key Big 12 Conference contest in Austin, Texas.

The Cowboys (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) dominated the game after the early minutes of the third quarter, scoring 19 unanswered points once falling behind by 11. After taking the lead with 4:37 left on Brown’s fourth field goal, Oklahoma State stopped the Longhorns on a fourth down and added a 10-yard touchdown run by Spencer Sanders with 2:18 to play.

Bijan Robinson ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns and added a TD reception as Texas built a 24-13 advantage. But for the second straight week, the Longhorns were outplayed in the final quarter, and had no answer for the Cowboys late.

Sanders (19 of 32 passing) also produced a 7-yard touchdown pass to Brennan Presley during the Cowboys’ comeback and finished with 178 yards through the air.

Casey Thompson passed for 179 yards for the Longhorns (4-3, 2-2 in Big 12) but threw two interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown.

Robinson plowed into the end zone on a 1-yard TD run on the game’s opening drive, culminating an 11-play, 75-yard march. Oklahoma State got on the board with a 21-yard field goal by Brown at the 3:41 mark of the first quarter before Cameron Dicker countered with a 28-yard FG for the Longhorns on the ensuing possession.

Texas expanded its lead to 17-3 with a 13-yard scoring pass from Thompson to Robinson with 8:36 to play before halftime.

The Cowboys’ Jason Taylor II flipped the script on the game with an 85-yard interception return that brought Oklahoma State to within 17-10 at the 5:13 mark of the second quarter. Brown added a 39-yard field goal with 8 seconds to play in the half to bring the Cowboys to 17-13 at the break.

Robinson got the Longhorns back on track with a 38-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. Brown answered with another 21-yard field goal for Oklahoma State with 4:49 to play in the quarter and then then put Oklahoma State in front for good with his fourth FG of the game.

–Field Level Media