Kansas almost went exclusively to the run in their game against the Texas Longhorns. They ran the ball 56 times compared to a total of nine passing attempts during Staurday’s loss.
James Sims led the Kansas rushing attack as he carried the ball a total of 28 times. On these 28 carries, he ran for 176 yards out of Kansas’ 234 total rushing yards. However, he did not have a single rushing touchdown, but the Jayhawks did have two rushing touchdowns.
These rushing touchdowns both came in the second quarter on a 15 yard run by Christian Matthews and an 11 yard run by Tony Pierson. Kansas did not throw the ball at all during the second or the third quarter.
Even though the Jayhawks ran the ball well, Texas got the win after pulling David Ash before their final drive and put in Case McCoy. McCoy drove down the field to put the Longhorns up 21-17 ton win the game.
Despite losing to Texas this week, Kansas might be able to get their first conference win next week if they can run the ball this well again.
The Jayhawks will play the Baylor Bears next week. In their last game, Baylor let Joe Bergeron and the Longhorns run all over them. Texas had 251 rushing yards in the game as Bergeron scored five touchdowns.
If Kansas can run the ball as well as they did against Texas, they can defeat Baylor. This game against the Longhorns could be seen as a foreshadowing to next week’s game. An effective Kansas rushing attack could equal a conference win for the Jayhawks.
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