University of Kansas

Kansas-Texas football preview

Updated: 2013-11-01T01:55:46Z

When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium

TV/radio: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel; KCSP (610 AM)

The series: Texas leads series 10-2

The line: Texas by 28

What’s at stake

Kansas can avenge one of the most heartbreaking losses of Charlie Weis’ first season. Last season, KU took a 14-7 lead over Texas into the fourth quarter and pulled ahead 17-14 with 2:28 left. But Texas backup quarterback Case McCoy led a last-minute scoring drive, and KU lost out on a signature upset.

Cheers if …

KU can shake off last week’s beating against Baylor. The Jayhawks have played competitive football this season — at least for stretches — but last week’s 59-14 loss against Baylor was an ugly one. Can KU stay confident heading into Royal-Memorial Stadium?

Jeers if …

The Jayhawks can’t stay competitive for a half. After four straight losses, Weis is beginning to grasp for positives. Earlier this week, he pointed to KU’s ability to be in games in the fourth quarter. Even if they can’t win at Texas, the Jayhawks need to start the season’s final month with a respectable performance.

Three things about Texas

1 Quarterback Case McCoy, the younger brother of Texas legend Colt McCoy, has replaced an injured David Ash and led Texas to a 3-1 record as a starter this year. He was nine for 19 passing for 228 yards in a win over TCU last week.

2 The Longhorns are a perfect 10-0 against KU in Big 12 play, outscoring the Jayhawks by an average of 43.6 to 14.5 during those games.

3 Despite a four-game winning streak, Texas coach Mack Brown is 27-18 since the beginning of the 2010 season.

Key matchup

Kansas’ rushing attack against Texas’ defense: KU probably needs to score at least 20 points to have a chance at an upset. And the Texas defense has improved since former Chiefs defensive coordinator Greg Robinson took over for Manny Diaz on Sept. 8. To move the ball, the Jayhawks need to be strong up front.

KANSAS (2-5, 0-4 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Sept. 7South DakotaW, 31-14
Sept. 14at RiceL, 23-14
Sept. 21Louisiana TechW, 13-10
Oct. 5Texas TechL, 54-16
Oct. 12at TCUL, 27-17
Oct. 19OklahomaL, 34-19
Oct. 26BaylorL, 59-14
Saturdayat Texas2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9at Oklahoma State3 p.m.
Nov. 16West VirginiaTBA
Nov. 23at Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 30Kansas StateTBA

TEXAS (5-2, 4-0 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31New Mexico StateW, 56-7
Sept. 7at BYUL, 40-21
Sept. 14MississippiL, 44-23
Sept. 21Kansas StateW, 31-21
Oct. 3at Iowa StateW, 31-30
Oct. 12vs. Oklahoma (at Dallas)W, 36-20
Oct. 26at TCUW, 30-7
SaturdayKansas2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9at West Virginia6 p.m.
Nov. 16Oklahoma StateTBA
Nov. 28Texas Tech6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7BaylorTBA

KANSAS OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR19Tre’ Parmalee5-10175So.
LT61Pat Lewandowski6-5295Jr.
LG63Ngalu Fusimalohi6-2310Jr.
C70Gavin Howard6-4300Sr.
RG65Mike Smithburg6-3300Jr.
RT77Aslam Sterling6-5315Sr.
TE41Jimmay Mundine6-2240Jr.
WR25Brandon Bourbon6-1225Jr.
WR1Rodriguez Coleman6-3195Jr.
QB9Jake Heaps6-1210Jr.
RB29James Sims6-0200Sr.
K28Matthew Wyman6-1200So.

KANSAS DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE90Kevin Young6-3287Sr.
NT98Keon Stowers6-3297Jr.
DE96Keba Agostinho6-2277Sr.
LB93Ben Goodman6-0245So.
LB31Ben Heeney6-2230Jr.
LB57Jake Love6-0220So.
NB27Victor Simmons6-1220Jr.
CB24JaCorey Shepherd5-11190Jr.
FS33Cassius Sendish6-0195Jr.
SS5Isaiah Johnson6-1210So.
CB12Dexter McDonald6-1200Jr.
P1Trevor Pardula6-5212Jr.

TEXAS OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR8Jaxon Shipley6-1195Jr.
LT51Donald Hawkins6-5310Sr.
LG75Trey Hopkins6-4300Sr.
C55Dominic Espinosa6-4305Jr.
RG72Mason Walters6-6320Sr.
RT77Kennedy Estelle6-7320So.
TE4Geoff Swaim6-4252Jr.
WR2Kendall Sanders6-0187So.
WR1Mike Davis6-2195Sr.
QB6Case McCoy6-2200Sr.
RB32Johnathan Gray5-11208So.
K4Anthony Fera6-2208Sr.

TEXAS DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE88Cedric Reed6-6258Jr.
DT90Malcom Brown6-4305So.
DT96Chris Whaley6-3295Sr.
DE44Jackson Jeffcoat6-5250Sr.
LB19Peter Jinkens6-1218So.
LB55Dalton Santos6-2235So.
LB33Steven Edmond6-3245Jr.
CB6Quandre Diggs5-10200Jr.
FS2Mykkele Thompson6-2186Jr.
SS17Adrian Phillips5-11210Sr.
CB23Carrington Byndom6-0180Sr.
P4Anthony Fera6-2208Sr.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Texas 30-17

After last year’s near upset, Kansas’ players believe they can hang with Texas. Still, the Jayhawks haven’t won on the road in years — 21 straight games to be exact — and the streak can’t be expected to end in Austin.

Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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