Numbers, it's said, rarely lie. With that thought in mind, HornsNation -- with a healthy assist from the ESPN Stats and Info crew -- will dig into the numbers each week and pull three stats that could play a significant role in the outcome of Texas' game. This week, Kansas, a team winless in the Big 12, is in the spotlight.
Texas has allowed it opponents to convert on 12-of-15 fourth downs. That’s 80 percent. And it’s even worse in Big 12 play. Opponents have gone for it on fourth down nine times against Texas and made it all nine times. Perhaps the most damaging were the five fourth downs converted by West Virginia.
"We beat West Virginia if they're not 5-for-5 on 4th downs," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "That's something has to improve and has to improve fast."
What has been maddening for Texas is that it has been so consistently good on third-down defense. Texas only allows 36 percent of third downs to be converted.
"So you look at what's killing us, it's key plays now because we are playing better, we're playing with more intensity, we're stopping the run better at times, but people have made 12-of-15 fourth down situations on us this year, and that's 80 percent, and that's unacceptable," Brown said.
Kansas has only converted on 6-of-18 fourth down attempts.
Kansas has lost 17 games in a row to BCS-AQ schools. That’s the worst streak in FBS. Indiana has lost 12 straight to BCS-AQ schools. As for Texas record against he Jayhawks, the Longhorns are 9-0 since the formation of the Big 12, have outscored Kansas by an average of 32 points per game and outgained the Jayhawks by an average of 308 yards per game.
Texas has allowed 1,511 rush yards through seven games this year. That’s more than twice as much as it allowed all of last year (729). Not so surprisingly. Texas is last in the Big 12 in rushing yards allowed and opponent yards per play. Texas has also allowed 32 runs of 15 yards or more. And, to top it all off, Texas has allowed 5.3 yards per rush. That is last among BCS-AQ teams.
Kansas does have a decent rush offense. James Sims has averaged 111.5 yards per game with 102 of those coming against an Oklahoma defense that shut down the Texas run game. As a team the Jayhawks average 198 rushing yards per game.