I'm not going to lie, I started to write this recap before Kansas scored the touchdown and 2-pt conversion. And I assumed while writing it that Kansas couldn't finish off the comeback. I'm going to leave my reactions because a final amazing drive to tie the game and an amazing OT didn't invalidate those points. After that, I'll add a couple more points to celebrate.
Not much was expected from the Kansas Jayhawks on Senior Day, but a dominant defensive performance in the first half gave the Kansas faithful some hope heading into the break. Ultimately, Kansas wasn't able to keep it up in the second half, and a late spark from Carter Stanley and Steven Sims Jr wasn't enough to pull out the victory. We'll break down the game a bit more in the next few days, but here are a few quick thoughts:
First, this defense is special. Texas hasn't really had a big problem with giving the ball away, but they turned the ball over 5 times. Dorance Armstrong was an absolute terror in the backfield, and Texas had the ball punched out multiple times.
Second, Carter Stanley looks like the real deal. I realize that the final two chances fell short. I know that he overthrew some receivers, and had a few picks. But what i saw was a guy that was suffering from a lack of experience, not an inability to play at this level. If David Beaty hadn't messed up the QB situation so badly this year, we might have actually gotten a win or two in conference.
David Beaty is holding this team back. They have more talent than their record would indicate, and the offense has definitely been negatively affected by his scheme and play-calling.
Just when all looked lost, Carter Stanley led a brilliant 1-minute drive that tied the game on a Matthew Wyman kick. He was helped out by a roughing the passer/targeting call and a brilliant play by Steven Sims to rip a sure interception out of the defenders hands.
In OT, Texas was on offense first, and the second play was a Mike Lee interception on a poor throw by the Longhorn QB. Ke'aun Kinner pinned the ball down to the 3 and the resulting kick sealed the victory.
We'll definitely get more analysis of this game shortly, but for now, the comment section is yours. Go crazy, and ROCK CHALK!