AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Longhorns are celebrating an extra day of Thanksgiving after beating Kansas State 22-17 in a game where Texas played free football all four quarters on offense and especially defense.
Texas went for 381 yards of offense with Roschon Johnson of Port Neches, Texas, where he was a high school quarterback, rushing for 179 yards on 31 carries and scoring a touchdown.
Coach Sarkisian said in the post-match press conference that he would like to have 100 Roschon Johnsons in the locker room.
Xavier Worthy had 6 passes for 65 yards, narrowly missing a regular season 1,000 yards by just 19 yards. Cade Brewer scored a reel-type touchdown type in the corner of the end zone on a 10-yard pass from Casey Thompson. Jared Wiley caught 2 for 24 yards, Jordan Whittington also cut two for 18 yards, Marcus Washington caught one for 14 yards.
Casey Thompson threw 23 times and completed 17 for 170 yards, an early interception in the first quarter, and rushed three times for 11 yards. Thompson has had a torn ligament in his thumb most of the season, but he’s still tied for 17th most touchdowns in college football at 24.
The Texas defense dominated by allowing just 65 passing and 228 rushing yards, stopping Kansas State at key times to keep the momentum going on the Texas side. 33 linebacker David Gbenda had the lone sack and seven solo tackles. Texas recorded 46 tackles. A key tackle for a 10-yard loss came from Jacoby Jones in the third quarter to keep the Texas momentum alive.
After the game and Eyes of Texas singing, Coach Sarkisian’s boss met him in the end zone to chat. At the post-match press conference, we asked Coach Sarkisian what Chris Del Conte told him during their exchange. We saved it and will share it in our next article.