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Postgame Reaction: KSU-24, Texas-21

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Texas is now 3-4 overall, 1-3 in the Big 12 and Charlie Strong is 1-7 in his last eight true road contests.

The Texas defense was dominated by a KSU offense that lacks big play potential.  So naturally, Texas spent most of the game in off coverage and allowed a 52% passer with a bad shoulder to throw short routes at a 74% completion percentage.  When that QB wasn't killing us on 3rd and 4th down with called runs and draws.  Given that Ertz is KSU's #2 leading rusher and it's a Wildcat staple, it may have eluded our film study.  The Texas defense also contributed a litany of timely penalty bail outs on key downs.

With three uncharacteristic Wildcat turnovers in the 2nd half (including an end zone fumble), Texas got back into the game and made it interesting, but not interesting enough.

Jefferson and Wheeler were both benched in-game, joining a long list of Fall camp starters who are now sitting and watching because we didn't get around to teaching them their positions during Spring and Summer installs.

The Texas offense couldn't get on track, partly due to being iced by the KSU offense, but in large part because they were a miserable 3 of 13 on 3rd and 4th down.  The KSU secondary was quite vulnerable and D'onta Foreman got his but we never could put together anything with any consistency.  Some of that was player error (two huge drops on 4th down), some of it was being deprived of enough possessions to work out the kinks and some of it was suboptimal play calling.

Texas lost on special teams as well.  Domingue nerfed a gimme field goal and we lost the kick return game in the 1st half.

The Longhorns will face Baylor next Saturday in Austin.

What will the mood in DKR be like?