By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
Key play: Kansas started the game with a woeful drive, and Texas took advantage by marching 43 yards, capped by a 3-yard TD plunge by Joe Bergeron.
Key stat: Texas rushed for 51 yards in eight carries during the quarter.
Key play: On KU’s first drive, James Sims broke free for a 64-yard run — and a horse-collar penalty added on yardage. Moments later, Christian Matthews raced into the end zone on a 15-yard run that tied the score 7-7.
Key stat: Kansas entered the locker room with its first lead over Texas since the Jayhawks lost a fourth-quarter advantage against the Longhorns in 2004.
Key play: KU linebackers Ben Heeney and Huldon Tharp combined on a goal-line stand with 8:57 left, keeping KU’s lead at 14-7.
Key stat: Zero. KU quarterback Michael Cummings’ pass attempts in the quarter.
Key play: Texas’ Case McCoy hit Mike Davis for a 39-yard completion on a wheel route down the sideline, setting up Texas’ game-winning score.
Key stat: Three. Blown fourth-quarter leads by KU this season.
Player of the game: Case McCoy. Texas’ backup quarterback came off the bench and was an unlikely savior.
Reason to hope: Kansas has not beaten Texas since 1938 and almost did on Saturday. That should make KU fans feel a little better about the direction of the program.
Reason to mope: Texas’ defense had given up at least 48 points in each of its last three Big 12 games. Forget the Texas brand for a second and this may have been KU’s best remaining chance for a win.
Looking ahead: Kansas heads back on the road to face a high-scoring Baylor squad at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Waco.