AUSTIN, Texas — Everything was heading versus Kansas late. The momentum. The crowd. The score.
Jalon Daniels hit fullback Jared Casey — a wander-on who hadn’t caught a go this time — on a scrambling toss for a 2-level conversion in additional time and Kansas shocked Texas 57-56 Saturday night to snap the Jayhawks’ eight sport dropping streak this season and a 56-video game getting rid of streak in Big 12 street contests that stretched back again to 2008.
“It actually suggests a ton about the young males we have in the locker place,” coach Lance Leipold reported. “They have been starving. It really is one particular win. We have to build on it.”
Kansas was a 31-level underdog at Caesars Sportsbook, earning this the premier distribute upset at any time in a Massive 12 conference activity. The Jayhawks experienced under no circumstances won a recreation versus Texas in Austin in the series’ heritage, moving into Saturday -9 in those video games.
: Kansas entered Saturday -100 as an underdog of at minimum 24 factors given that the FBS/FCS break up in 1978, by far the worst in the FBS over that extend
2: Wins in last 5 online games vs. Texas for Kansas, which was 2-13 all time versus the Longhorns and experienced misplaced 13 straight prior to then
5: Straight losses for Texas, longest skid in past 65 seasons and tied for 3rd longest in faculty background
6: TD passes for Texas’ Casey Thompson, which tie Colt McCoy for most in a single video game in faculty record
18:Consecutive convention losses for Kansas prior to Saturday, tied for longest in FBS
21:Consecutive losses for Kansas vs. FBS groups prior to Saturday, longest energetic streak in FBS
56: Texas factors in the loss, most in university record
57: Kansas details in a street game, most in university background
79: Texas entered Saturday 79- as a beloved of at least 24 details given that the FBS/FCS split in 1978
Leipold understood he had absolutely nothing to drop on the conversion try. Get rid of the video game? So what? Leipold is striving to rebuild the worst application in the Huge 12.
But make it and conquer Texas — even a struggling Longhorns program now mired in its worst getting rid of streak in far more than 60 several years — and Kansas (2-8, 1-6 Significant 12) could grab faculty football’s notice with a stunner.
It labored to perfection after the Jayhawks approximately allow it slip absent.
Texas had rallied from 21 down in the 2nd fifty percent to force overtime on Casey Thompson’s landing pass to Cade Brewer with 22 seconds still left.
Texas bought the ball very first in additional time and scored on Marcus Washington’s scoop-and-stretch touchdown capture. But an unsportsmanlike perform penalty established up Kansas with a quick discipline and the the Jayhawks answered with Devin Neal’s 2-lawn touchdown operate.
Leipold never ever hesitated on the final decision to go for the win. Kansas players stormed on to the subject when Daniels found Casey trailing the scrambling quarterback across the center of the discipline and the fullback cradled the toss for the score.
“I did not in fact see the capture … But I saw most people operating toward them, so I manufactured my way toward them too and jumped into the dogpile,” Neal explained. “It was just certainly outstanding.”
Casey, a freshman from Plainville, Kansas, who hadn’t performed a snap of offense for the Jayhawks in advance of Saturday night time, called the play “a surreal second.”
“He’s received 1 of the best arms on the team,” Daniels claimed. “I’ve witnessed him make some miraculous catches with just a person hand. Walk-on or not, he’s heading to be a ball participant when it counts.”
Although Kansas gamers ran close to the area, 1 Texas participant sat in the vicinity of the goal line and pounded the turf with his helmet in stress.
Texas (4-6, 2-5) began 4-1 under initial-yr mentor Steve Sarkisian, but has now missing five in a row — the school’s longest getting rid of streak since 1956 and tied for third longest in software historical past. Texas must earn its last two online games to develop into bowl qualified.
Texas hasn’t skipped a bowl or had a shedding time considering the fact that 2016. Sarkisian’s predecessor Tom Herman in no way had a shedding time in four many years and gained all 4 of his bowl online games, but was fired in any case following not profitable a Massive 12 title.
“Right until we determine that out, that it usually takes self-control, dedication, toughness and accountability all of the time, we are likely to be swimming upstream,” Sarkisian claimed. “That is the information to the guys. At some issue they have bought to acknowledge that.”
Sarkisian was requested if his players have checked out on the year.
“I you should not know. You’d have to inquire them,” Sarkisian stated.
Daniels passed for 202 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for a score. Neal rushed for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Jayhawks. Kansas hadn’t scored a lot more than 33 details this year and had 35 by halftime. The defense forced 4 turnovers.
Thompson concluded with 358 yards passing with 6 touchdowns for the Longhorns.
ESPN Stats & Facts and The Connected Press contributed to this report.