LAWRENCE, Kan. -- It took a two-minute drive from a backup quarterback, but No. 23 Texas, favored by three touchdowns, managed to pull out a 21-17 win over Kansas. The loss extended Kansas' streak of losses to BCS-AQ schools to 18.
It was over when: Backup quarterback Case McCoy hit Mike Davis with a 39-yard pass to take the Longhorns to the Kansas 3 with 1:16 left. After two unsuccessful attempts to run the ball in, McCoy found D.J. Grant for a touchdown.
Game ball goes to: Kansas running back James Sims. Sims set the tone in the first quarter with a 64-yard run. That run was key to a 98-yard touchdown drive that came as a result of five straight run plays.
Key stat: The Texas defense has allowed five straight players to have career highs in rushing the ball. Sims, who came into the game averaging 111 yards per game, had a career high with 176 yards. The KU run game was so effective the Jayhawks did not throw a pass in the second and third quarters.
Unsung hero: Kansas' Jake Love had two sacks and another tackle behind the line of scrimmage. The outside linebacker dictated the pace on defense for KU all day. His ability not just to get in the backfield to disrupt run plays but also to keep Texas from running wide was crucial in keeping the Texas offense from moving the ball.
What it means: The Longhorns are now bowl eligible but have issues all over the field. The play of McCoy, coupled with the woeful play of starter David Ash, could signal another quarterback controversy at Texas.
For KU, Charlie Weis’ team came painfully close to a signature win in the coach’s first year in Lawrence.