In his second week as defensive coordinator, Greg Robinson certainly looked more prepared for the option. Faced with a variety of quarterback runs and pitches, the Texas defense was significantly more disciplined, allowing only 115 yards on the ground and three yards per carry.
Texas would open the scoring in this one with a 27-yard field goal from Anthony Fera at 6:26 in the first, and followed that up with a 63-yard touchdown pass from David Ash to Kendall Sanders.
After both teams traded punts, Johnathan Gray bounced a run out for a score of his own, pushing the edge up to 17-0.
But with 3:02 left in the half, the Wildcats' offense finally came to life, as KSU was able to put together a four-play, 82-yard drive, capped off by a 15-yard touchdown run from John Hubert.
The Longhorns lost David Ash at the half with a reported head injury, but Case McCoy took his place and immediately led Texas down the field for a score. That mission was helped by a KSU fumble, a fake punt on fourth down and a second Johnathan Gray touchdown. That would make it 24-7 Texas with 9:29 in the third quarter.
Neither team would score again until John Hubert's four-yard run in the early fourth, which cut the deficit to 24-14, but Kansas State would get no closer. Texas' Malcolm Brown and Kansas State's Waters would then trade one-yard touchdown runs, keeping Texas ahead by ten.
Kansas State would have two more chances to score from deep inside Texas territory, but Waters fumbled to end both the drives and the Wildcats' hopes of victory.
Box Score Hero: For Texas, it had to be Johnathan Gray. The 5'11, 208 pound sophomore carried the ball 28 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
It might have been a losing effort, but an honorable mention also goes to Kansas State's Tyler Lockett, who hauled in 13 passes for 217 yards. He accounted for an astounding 86% of KSU's passing yardage on Saturday, and then added 96 more kick return yards.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither Texas nor KSU received votes last week, and the outcome of this one isn't likely to vault either back into the AP rankings.
But Did They Cover? Texas was anywhere from a 5.5 to a 7-point favorite. A 10-point win means they covered.
Next Week's Schedule: Texas has the week off before facing Iowa State on Thursday, Oct. 3rd. The Wildcats will also be off next week. Oklahoma State awaits on Oct. 5.