After a disappointing loss to Missouri last weekend, the Longhorns look to make up for it this week against 13th ranked Kansas State. Texas has had a rough last three games of the season and hope to capitalize this week to get back on the winning track.
The Longhorns never really looked to be in the Missouri game, being dominated in all aspects. The running game never got it going, which slowed Texas down all around. The countless injuries the Longhorns continue to have aren’t helping matters either.
With a key loss to Fozzy Whittaker over the weekend, Bryan Harsin will be hoping Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron are back and healthy to get the running game back on track to where it was in previous weeks.
Harsin will need to get the running backs prepared for this tough game and possibly throw in more than a few trick plays. The Wildhorn will be obsolete this weekend without Whittaker unless one of the other running backs can step up into this role somehow. This will make the Longhorns even more one dimensional if they’re unable to find someone to fill this void.
Texas will also be hoping quarterback David Ash has a more accurate passing game this weekend after going 13 of 29 with zero touchdowns and one interception. If the running game goes according to plan this weekend, this should open up some big play opportunities down the field for the Longhorns, and get the receivers into the game a little more than normal.
If Ash gets off to a slow start again this week, don’t be surprised to see Case Mccoy in sooner than later.
Manny Diaz will be looking to have his defense ready to shut down the Wildcats’ junior quarterback Collin Klein, who has proved to be a threat running the ball, while also having a decent passing game.
Klein has put up over 1000 yards rushing with 24 touchdowns, as well as over 1500 passing yards this season. Klein is definitely the heart and soul of this Kansas State offense, and if the Longhorns are able to slow him down it will go a long way.
Kansas State is coming off a tough four overtime win over Texas A&M and are looking to complete a sweep of all Texas schools in the Big 12 with a win in Austin this weekend.
Texas fans can only hope Mack Brown and the Horns don’t allow this to happen again two weeks in a row and pull off the win at home this weekend.
It’ll definitely take the pain away from last weeks loss and hopefully secure a spot in a decent bowl game as well.