Five thoughts: KSU 42, Texas 24

Here are five thoughts following Texas’ 42-24 loss to No. 6 Kansas State.

What does 8-4 mean?

Texas went 5-7 in 2010, Then 8-5 in 2011 with a win over Cal in the Holiday Bowl. Texas finishes the 2012 regular season at 8-4 with a bowl game upcoming.

While I have always thought the notion and hope for the Texas program to win ten games was always silly with a 13 game season when you count the bowl game, the Longhorns won’t even reach that goal.

While it doesn’t matter now, Texas looks at the 2012 season thinking it should have won against West Virginia and TCU. At the same time, Texas could have easily lost to Oklahoma State and Baylor.

However, a lot of the view of this season will come down to what happens in the bowl game. The Longhorns might finish the season with a slightly better record, but it’s still probably not up to the expectation level for a that felt they were very good this year and could be a championship contender in 2013.

There is a wide gap between this 2012 team and being championship caliber.

What’s going on at QB?

Does anyone have an idea of what is really going on at the quarterback position at Texas? The Texas staff told us last week that if David Ash was available this past week that they both would have played against Kansas State. That should tell you that the staff does not feel settled at the quarterback position.

Ash has had a better season than I anticipated. Before the season I predicted that Ash would have 2,000 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has already beat those numbers but his lows have been really low and his performances against Oklahoma, Kansas and TCU show glaring issues.

Case McCoy played well on the road against Kansas State throwing for 314 yards and two scores with two interceptions. Those picks were bad. One was returned for a score and the other set up a TD.

For a team that could have high hopes in 2013, they better figure out what they want to do at the quarterback position.

In 2013 the best of the best quarterbacks in the 2012 Big 12 will be gone. Texas will have one or two of the most experienced quarterbacks in the conference but it still better pick one.

Youth movement

Young guys are making huge contributions all over the country including Texas A&M, Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida, Georgia, Oregon and others

Texas already has sophomores contributing on in the defensive backfield, quarterback, running back, wide receiver and the offensive line.

Texas needed help on the defensive side of the ball and got it from two really talented freshmen. Defensive end Shiro Davis and linebacker Peter Jinkens both played really well against Kansas State. Couple that with emerging players like freshmen Cayleb Jones and the future, at least, looks bright from a talent perspective.

The need for speed

Texas has speed at the running back spot with Daje Johnson and D.J. Monroe. Throw Marquise Goodwin in that group and you have three impact guys in the running game.

Texas still needs speed at the wide receiver. Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis are really good receivers but neither are the speed burners that take the top off the defense and have safeties scared every play of the game.

Texas needs speed and needs it from someone who lines up at receiver for the entirety of the game and forces defense to pay attention to them on every single play.

Final thoughts

It had to sting the folks in burnt orange to hear the Kansas State crowd chant "We own Texas". Mack Brown is 2-7 against Bill Snyder and the Wildcats, so the people in purple have every reason to gloat.

The final score doesn’t say much. It was 21-17 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

McCoy had 17-straight completions during this game. That is tied for the second-longest in UT history. His brother Colt had streaks 18 and 17.

The Texas staff called two really good drives to end the first half. If not for the clock management issues to end the first half, it would have been the best run of play-calling that the coaching staff would have had all year.

Why was Kansas State trying to throw the ball so much? Collin Klein 4-for-10 for 72 yards and an interception in the first half. In the second half, Texas got a steady diet of run plays from the bruising QB.