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The Kansas Jayhawks were 30.5 point underdogs heading into Saturday’s night matchup against the Texas Longhorns. Pulling off the miracle win, Kansas defeated the Longhorns in overtime, 57-56 — culminating into a whole new low for Texas’ team under the Steve Sarkisian regime.
Kansas was off to a roaring start, going up 14-0 by the second quarter — kickstarted by a touchdown run from Devin Neal and followed up with an 11-yard touchdown catch by Mason Fairchild.
Jayhawks quarterback Jalon Daniels went 21-of-30, throwing for 202 yards and scoring four total touchdowns. The starting running back in Neal had a strong night with 143 rushing yards and three touchdowns — also adding a receiving touchdown in the second quarter with a 19-yard pass from Daniels.
The Longhorns sported both Hudson Card and Casey Thompson under center. Thompson had the more impactful night: going 30-of-43 for 358 yards, six touchdowns and an interception.
Still, Texas failed to seal the deal in the overtime thriller after playing largely from behind but rallying from a 42-21 deficit late in the third to push the game past regulation. Texas tied the score, 49-49, with 0:22 left in the fourth and also scored on their first possession in added time with an 8-yard score from Thompson to Marcus Washington.
Getting the ball back with a chance to respond, the Jayhawks marched down the field and let a 2-yard run by Neal put them in position, 56-55, to tie the game with the easy boot or go for two to win the game. First-year Kansas football coach Lance Leipold decided to go for the win, which led to Jalon Daniels connecting with Jared Casey for the two-point score and narrowly winning the contest — completing the historic upset.
Sark and the team walked off the field at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium having to take in the S-E-C chants prodding the Longhorns’ ambitious pursuit for elite competition these forthcoming years, following the demoralizing loss to the 1-8 Jayhawks.
Saturday became Kansas’ first win against a Big 12 team on the road since 2008, while Texas completes its worst losing streak (5) in 65 years (1956) of the revered Lone Star program’s history.
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