The bounces extraordinarily continued to go Kansas' way for a fourth-straight time as Texas coughed up another possession when Foreman was stripped by Cameron Rosser and Armstrong recovered it for seven yards to the Texas 43-yard line.
Multiple reporters confirmed that the report was inaccurate. Given that there were already reports of "extreme pressure" from boosters to fire Strong and try to bring in Houston's Tom Herman, it seems probable that this loss doomed any slim chances Strong had of surviving this season. Ultimately, Kansas wasn't able to keep it up in the second half, and a late spark from Carter Stanley and Steven Sims Jr wasn't enough to pull out the victory. After playing 17 true freshmen while starting a school-record 10 a season ago, Texas has played 15 with six making a start this season. We at the University of Texas, we don't lose to Kansas.
Herman is considered among the leading candidates at Texas and LSU, if Jimbo Fisher remains at Florida State, as well as OR, if the Ducks fire Mark Helfrich, sources said. KU answered the call and stuffed him to put the game on the line with a fourth-and-5 with 1:03 left. This, after all, was a Kansas team that went 0-12 past year and had only one win so far this season - against Rhode Island, a 2-9 FCS team. Players now in UT's freshman and sophomore classes have combined to make 195 career starts (97 on offense; 98 on defense). Even though it was his most shaky performance this season, the freshman said he was OK.
Kansas has some youth stepping up as well. Against Iowa State, Lee posted a career-high 12 tackles and is right on Smithson's heels for the team lead. Wyman's kick from 36 yards out with 7 seconds remaining sent the game to overtime.
That was because in October the lure of Herman, always considered Texas' No. 1 target, had dulled with losses to Navy and SMU and near losses to Tulsa and UCF.
- During one first-half stretch, Texas committed four turnovers on four consecutive series: a fumble by Tyrone Swoopes, two interceptions by Shane Buechele and a Foreman fumble. In most categories, the Longhorns have improved by a significant margin over each of the last two seasons. A season ago at this time, UT was averaging 367.5 yards per game. With more than 10 minutes left in regulation, the offense had only produced six first downs. Well, the Longhorns played their worst game of the year, and it turns out, they didn't have that margin for error.
Even though it didn't end up mattering, KU's offense had a lousy first three quarters. The defense also did its part, holding West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard to 269 passing yards with only one touchdown and three interceptions.
Expect this one to get ugly fast.
Kansas responded by keeping it on the ground, using senior running back Ke'aun Kinner as a rusher on all of its overtime snaps.
Strong's tenure at Texas has had some bright spots, but the overall results have been dismal.