Kansas State saw on film how opponents ran up and down the field on Texas. The Wildcats simply couldn't duplicate it.
After two weeks of giving up staggering yards on the ground, the Longhorns' defense tightened up Kansas State and made the big plays by creating three second-half turnovers in a 31-21 Texas win Saturday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Kansas State (2-2, 0-1) had hoped its zone read option, with either Jake Waters or Daniel Sams at quarterback, could find the same running lanes BYU and Mississippi did. But Waters rarely got moving forward and the slippery Sams carried just eight times.
The Wildcats rushed 38 times for 115 yards, a paltry 3.0-yard average.
By the time Texas (2-2, 1-0) jumped out to a 24-7 lead in the second half, the running game wasn't much of an option. The Wildcats were forced to throw in a game of catch-up.
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