NCAAF Game Recap - Kansas State at Texas
Sat Nov 9, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LSU
46
Ala
41
F
MD
14
OHSt
73
F
Clem
55
NCSt
10
F
PSU
26
Minn
31
F
Mizzu
0
UGA
27
F
IASt
41
Okla
42
F
Vand
0
Fla
56
F
Bayl
29
TCU
23
F(2OT)
ND
38
Duke
7
F
Iowa
22
Wisc
24
F
UConn
3
Cin
48
F
K St
24
Tex
27
F
Wyo
17
Boise
20
F OT
Wake
17
VaTec
36
F
ECU
51
SMU
59
F
Nev
17
SDSU
13
F
Kent
33
Toled
35
F
Ball
31
WestMI
35
F
MiaOH
24
Ohio
21
F
ULLaf
48
CoCar
7
F
Temp
17
SoFL
7
F
UCF
31
Tuls
34
F
Wash
19
OreSt
7
F
Purd
24
NW
22
F
W Ky
45
Ark
19
F
TxTch
38
WVU
17
F
FlaSt
38
BC
31
F
UMass
7
Army
63
F
GATec
28
UVA
33
F
UTSA
24
OD
23
F
SoAl
28
TxSt
30
F
Char
28
UTEP
21
F
Stan
13
Colo
16
F
GaSo
28
Troy
49
F
USC
31
AzSt
26
F
UAB
2
SMiss
37
F
Ill
37
MSU
34
F
Lou
27
MiaFL
52
F
NMSt
3
Miss
41
F
NorTx
17
LaTec
52
F
GASt
31
ULMon
45
F
FLInt
7
FlAtl
37
F
UtSt
37
Fres
35
F
WaSt
20
Cal
33
F
App
20
SCar
15
F
Lib
24
BYU
31
F
Tenn
17
KY
13
F
SJSU
40
Hawaii
42
F

Nov 9, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(20) Kansas State (6-3)

14

0

0

10

24

Texas (6-3)

0

7

10

10

27

Dicker FG sends Texas over No. 20 Kansas State 27-24
Sat Nov 9, 2019 8:45 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas needed a win to keep any lingering Big 12 title hopes alive.

The Longhorns got it behind the same fourth-quarter formula they used a few weeks ago: Give up a late lead before quarterback Sam Ehlinger engineers a long drive to set up a Cameron Dicker field goal as time expires.

Dicker's 26-yarder lifted the Longhorns to a 27-24 victory over No. 20 Kansas State on Saturday. The victory keeps Texas in the hunt for a return trip to the Big 12 championship game with three games left.

With two losses already, they'll still need some help. But the Longhorns (6-3, 4-2) at least are still alive. They fought back after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, then rallied again after letting their own big lead evaporate.

"It could have been a really, really bad scene," Texas coach Tom Herman said. "The win is obviously very important for us. The way that it happened, to be down 14-0 in the blink of an eye ... We put ourselves on the ropes (this season) and we took a step toward swinging and scratching and clawing our way off."

Dicker has booted two-game winners on the final play in Texas' last three games. His 33-yarder beat Kansas in a wild 50-48 finish on Oct. 19.

Against Kansas, Ehlinger had 71 seconds to get the Longhorns within scoring range, and he did it with a frantic but crisp push. Against Kansas State, the Longhorns went 65 yards in 13 plays and sucked the final 6 minutes, 45 seconds off the game clock.

This time, Texas looked to be setting up for the field goal until Ehlinger surged into the end zone on a keeper. After an illegal formation penalty nullified the touchdown, Ehlinger fell on the ball the next play and Dicker trotted on for the kick

"As bad as we all wanted to score to cap off that drive, the smart thing was to set up the field goal and not let them get back on the field," Ehlinger said.

Even that might have had some uncertainty.

Dicker's regular holder, punter Ryan Bujcevski, didn't play because of a broken collar bone. That left backup holder Chris Naggar handling the ball on the final play. The snap, hold and kick were flawless.

Dicker, who was seen entering the stadium before the game with his shirt untucked and unbuttoned under his sport coat, was as cool as ever.

"When Sam kneeled the ball, I saw the time," Dicker said. "Whatever wins is cool."

The win also made Texas bowl eligible.

Keaontay Ingram rushed for 139 yards and two second-half touchdowns for the Longhorns. His second one put Texas up 24-14 early in the fourth quarter. Kansas State rallied to tie it on Joshua Youngblood's 98-yard kickoff return and Blake Lynch's 45-yard field goal.

Kansas State's Skylar Thompson passed for a career-high 253 yards. Thompson's touchdown passes of 70 yards to Malik Knowles and 19 yards to Wykeen Gill had the Wildcats (6-3, 3-3, No. 16 College Football Playoff) rolling early. But Thompson passed for just 36 yards in the second half.

THE TAKEAWAY

Kansas State: Thompson was excellent early until Texas' press coverage neutralized his receivers, and the Wildcats' running game never developed. The Wildcats also got a bit sloppy with a rare fumble that ended a promising drive in the first half, and a dropped pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter. The drop would have been a difficult catch for Dalton Schoen, but he got both hands on the ball and was pulling it in before a Texas defender knocked it away.

Kansas State didn't convert a third down in the second half.

"I thought he hung in there really well," Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said. "They were bringing pressure and we were barely getting guys free."

Texas: After early miscues, the Texas defense looked better than it has all season. A healthier secondary that returned All-Big 12 safety Caden Sterns locked down the Kansas State offense over the final three quarters. The secondary didn't force any interceptions, but for once opposing receivers weren't running wide open all over the field.

"We showed you all that this is what happens when we're fully healthy," Texas defensive tackle Keondre Coburn said. "This is a great team. Our defense is really good. We've just been hurt."

POLL IMPLICATION

The loss will knock the Wildcats down and maybe out of the Top 25. The Longhorns, who were still among those getting votes, could return to the rankings. Voters may wait to see what Texas can do the next two weeks on the road at Iowa State and undefeated Baylor.

BIG PUNT RETURN

Texas came in ranked dead last among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in punt returns with negative total yardage. Then Brandon Jones returned a punt 53 yards in the fourth quarter to set up Ingram's second touchdown.

UP NEXT

Kansas State hosts West Virginia on No. 16.

Texas plays at Iowa State on Nov. 16

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Passing

K St Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Thompson 27 17 63.0 2 253 70 0 118.3
Tex Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Ehlinger 29 22 75.9 1 263 37 1 100.2

Rushing

K St Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Burns 8 26 3.3 7 0
H. Trotter 4 21 5.3 17 0
Tex Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Ingram 16 139 8.7 34 2
S. Ehlinger 14 40 2.9 18 0

Receiving

K St Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Knowles 3 94 31.3 70 1
D. Schoen 5 68 13.6 21 0
Tex Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Duvernay 9 110 12.2 32 0
C. Johnson 7 110 15.7 37 1

Fumbles

Returning

K St KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Youngblood 1 98.0 1 98 0 - 0 0
Tex KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Jones 0 - 0 0 1 53.0 0 53

Punting

K St Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Anctil 5 218 43.6 60
Tex Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Naggar 3 131 43.7 47

Takeaways

K St Int Yds InTD
W. Neil Jr. 1 11 0

Team Stats Comparison

K St Tex
Points For 24 27
Total Yards 304 477
Rushing Yards 51 214
Passing Yards 253 263
Passing Completions / Attempts 17/27 22/29
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 0/0
First Downs 17 24
Penalties - Yards 2/20 9/85
Time Of Possession 41:41 19:19
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/11 4/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 5/44 3/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter K St Tex
K St 1:34 TD Malik Knowles 70 yd pass from Skylar Thompson (Blake Lynch kick) 7 0
K St 9:42 TD Wykeen Gill 19 yd pass from Skylar Thompson (Blake Lynch kick) 14 0
2nd Quarter K St Tex
Tex 2:57 TD Collin Johnson 21 yd pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick) 14 7
3rd Quarter K St Tex
Tex 1:43 TD Keaontay Ingram 34 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 14 14
Tex 5:58 FG Cameron Dicker 36 yd FG 14 17
4th Quarter K St Tex
Tex 2:43 TD Keaontay Ingram 12 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 14 24
K St 2:57 TD Joshua Youngblood 98 yd kick return (Blake Lynch kick) 21 24
K St 8:15 FG Blake Lynch 45 yd FG 24 24
Tex 15:00 FG Cameron Dicker 26 yd FG 24 27

Game Information

Stadium: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium/Jamail Field, Austin, Texas
Attendance: 97,833
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