Oct. 29, 2011
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AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 24 Texas (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) piled up 590 yards of total offense and held Kansas to only 46 yards Saturday evening in a 43-0 victory over the Jayhawks (2-6, 0-5 Big 12) before 99,211 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. It marked the first time Kansas had been shut out in 109 games (10 years).
The Longhorns had success on both sides of the ball, recording a shutout for the first time since the Horns' 62-0 win over Baylor in 2005, while RBs Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron became the first pair of Texas freshman running backs ever to rush for 100 yards or better in the same game as Texas amassed 441 rushing yards. UT also held Kansas to 36 total plays, the fewest allowed in Big 12 conference play history, while the Jayhawks' three first downs were the fewest since they had four against Nebraska in 1972, and their 46 yards of offense were fewest since Nebraska held them to 48 in 1997.
Bergeron came in for Brown later in the second half and led the Horns with 136 yards and two TDs on 13 carries. Brown carried 28 times for 120 yards and two TDs. Quarterback David Ash completed 14-of-18 passes for 145 yards and had one rushing TD and Case McCoy saw time in the second half.
The Texas defense had a record-setting performance and allowed only three first downs. Kansas posted a net of -2 rushing yards and only 48 yards through the air. The Horns also recovered a fumble, picked off a pass and registered three sacks. Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat led the team with seven tackles - three for a loss - including a sack. Cornerback Quandre Diggs registered five tackles (three solo), notched two TFLs and notched an interception on the night. Defensive ends Alex Okafor and Chris Whaley picked up one sack each.
Texas opened up a 7-0 lead on its initial drive of the game, as it went 65 yards on 11 plays and picked up a six-yard touchdown run from Brown. The Longhorns found the end zone on their next drive when they drove 90 yards on 13 plays, highlighted by a 27-yard run from RB Fozzy Whittaker and a 19-yard completion to Whittaker from Ash. Ash called his own number and crossed the goal line from two yards out, as Texas took a 14-0 lead. Texas fell a yard shy of the end zone on its next possession when Ash was stopped short of the goal line on fourth-and-one, but the Longhorns added an unconventional safety on the next play to take a 16-0 lead early in the second quarter. Kansas threw an incomplete pass from its one-yard line, but the Jayhawks' Jeremiah Hatch committed a personal foul hands to the face penalty in the end zone, resulting in the two points for the Longhorns.
Texas found the end zone again two drives later. Running back D.J. Monroe carried for four yards before Ash hit wide receiver Jaxon Shipley for 15 yards and a first down. Brown carried for one yard before the Horns picked up their next first down on a personal foul penalty. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin carried for 10 yards and another first down, and on third-and-two from the KU 3, Whittaker picked up two yards to set up first and goal. Brown plunged in from a yard out to stake Texas to a 23-0 lead with 2:22 left in the second quarter.
Diggs picked off Kansas' Jordan Webb at the Jayhawks' 38, and UT's Justin Tucker converted a 52-yard field goal as the second quarter expired to put Texas up 26-0 at the half. The Longhorns extended their lead to 33-0 on their second drive of the third quarter. Brown led off with three consecutive carries for 11 yards and a first down before Ash hit Goodwin for 27 yards to the KU 37. Goodwin carried for 12 yards before Bergeron carried for 21 yards to the Kansas 4-yard line. Bergeron finished off the drive with his first career touchdown run, as he plunged in from four yards out. Tucker later tacked on a 31-yard field goal to give Texas a 36-0 lead with 9:10 remaining in the game.
Texas added a fourth-quarter touchdown on a drive featuring nothing but Bergeron. The freshman ran for 11 yards and a first down and then carried for eight yards to the Kansas 37. Bergeron carried two yards to the 35 and took it to the end zone on the next play to push the Longhorns' lead to 43-0.