Recap: Kansas State vs. Texas
Manhattan, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones scored rushing touchdowns to lead No. 11 Kansas State in a 23-0 victory over Texas on Saturday.
Jake Waters passed for 224 yards on 19-of-30 efficiency and Matthew McCrane hit all three of his field goal attempts for the Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 Big 12), who have won four straight since a loss to Auburn.
"We have a lot of football ahead of us," said Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. "We are only as good as today, and tomorrow is a different day. To have the continuity and to be able to do it continuously, would be a good thing. We have not done it continuously all year. We got a ways to go."
Tyrone Swoopes went just 13-for-25 for 106 yards for the Longhorns (3-5, 2-3), who were coming off a narrow win over Iowa State last week.
"One week it is the offense, one week it is the defense, and one week it is the special teams," said Texas head coach Charlie Strong. "All three phases have to play well and that is the only way we are going to win games. We had our chances and we just did not take advantage of them."
The shutout was the first time Texas had been blanked since Oklahoma did it on Oct. 9, 2004.
Kansas State held the ball for over six minutes on its first possession of the game and faced a 1st-and-goal at the 2, but three straight runs saw the team stopped each time and a 19-yard field goal from McCrane gave the hosts a 3-0 lead with 7:14 left in the first.
Another three-and-out from Texas saw the Wildcats get the ball back at the Texas 42 as a poor punt of just 12 yards gave them excellent field position. They were only able to get three more points, though, as McCrane hit a 30- yarder for a 6-0 lead with three minutes left in the opening quarter.
Texas' first touch of the second quarter saw the team start with the ball at the Kansas State 40, and the first snap was a 12-yard run from Swoopes. The team converted another first down and had the ball at the KSU 16, but a holding call moved it back 10 yards, and a 10-yard sack on third down forced a punt.
After another exchange of punts, the Wildcats had the ball at their own 15 and Waters converted a 3rd-and-13 with a 24-yard completion to Curry Sexton. Jones followed with a 14-yard run to get the ball to midfield. After a 29-yard completion from Tyler Lockett got the ball to the Texas 3, Robinson took the next snap to the end zone and give the team a 13-0 lead with just over two minutes left in the first half.
After punting on their first touch of the second half, the Wildcats quickly got the ball back as they recovered a D'Onta Foreman fumble near midfield, turning that into a 38-yard field goal from McCrane for a 16-0 lead with under three minutes to play in the third.
The Longhorns pushed the ball across midfield on their ensuing touch thanks to a 21-yard catch from Marcus Johnson on 3rd-and-10. However, facing a 4th-and-1 at the Kansas State 14, Johnathan Gray got stuffed and the Wildcats took over control.
Kansas State then put the nail in the coffin, driving the length of the field and making it a 23-0 game on a 1-yard touchdown run from Jones with 9 1/2 minutes left.Game Notes
It was Kansas State's first shutout since blanking Kent State three years ago,
and first conference shutout since keeping Iowa State off the board on Nov. 8,
2003 ... Kansas State hosts Oklahoma State next Saturday ... Texas plays at
Texas Tech next week ... The Wildcats have won six of the last seven games
against the Longhorns, and lead the series 9-6 ... Kansas State totaled 367
yards, holding Texas to just 196 while also controlling the ball for over 39
minutes ... It was the 500th win for the Kansas State program.