• Wildcats have been thorn in Longhorns' side

    Colt McCoy is helped off the field after being injured against Kansas State in 2007. The quarterback was unable to lead Texas past the Wildcats, who have beaten the Longhorns three games in a row. (Daily Texan file photo)
    Colt McCoy is helped off the field after being injured against Kansas State in 2007. The quarterback was unable to lead Texas past the Wildcats, who have beaten the Longhorns three games in a row. (Daily Texan file photo)

    Texas is used to success.

    The Longhorns football program is unlike most teams in the country. It gets the best recruits, it has the best facilities, and it has the top coaches. A majority of programs would love to have merely one of the three. With the exception of the 2010 season, not many teams have come in the way of the Longhorns in the past decade. Occasionally, a Sooner roadblock or a last-second Red Raider miracle will upend Texas’ season but never on a consistent basis.

    However, not since 2003 have the Longhorns defeated the Kansas State Wildcats.

    Their last win came eight years ago when quarterback Vince Young established himself as the go-to guy, replacing quarterback Chance Mock in Texas’s 24-20 victory. The Longhorns only faced the Wildcats twice every four years in the old format of the Big 12, leading some to believe the Kansas State victories were flukes. Regardless, Texas was favored in two of the three meetings since its 2003 victory, only to fall short all three times.

    From Texas’ season collapsing in Manhattan in 2006 to the Wildcats punishing an already-struggling team last season, the Longhorns have had their fair share of difficulties with Kansas State. And Saturday might not prove any different.

    In 2006, the Longhorns were on the cusp of the national championship game for a second consecutive year. Texas ranked fourth in the AP poll and traveled to the “Little Apple” behind redshirt freshman quarterback Colt McCoy, destined to defeat the Wildcats with ease. After an early Longhorn touchdown, McCoy left the game with an injury. Quarterback Jevan Snead entered the game and kept Texas in it, passing for 190 yards and a touchdown. However, Kansas State proved too much for the Longhorns to handle. Behind quarterback Josh Freeman’s three touchdowns and 269 yards passing, the Wildcats shocked the Longhorns 45-42.

    In 2007, with revenge on its minds, Texas welcomed Kansas State to Austin only to receive a 41-21 beat down at the hands of receiver Jordy Nelson. The Wildcats lost the yardage battle 272-330, but completely baffled Texas with special teams and defensive plays, registering three touchdowns off those alone.

    This Saturday, Kansas State returns to Austin, with one of the most threatening rushing attacks in the country. Quarterback Collin Klein is averaging 100 yards a game on the ground and is fresh off of running for five touchdowns against the Aggies this past weekend. Texas will certainly have its hands full against the Wildcats and its grind-it-out offense. 

    Printed on Thursday, November 17, 2011 as: Kansas State presents problem for UT

  • Fantasy Frenzy: Leinart now starter, Bush is must pick up, Jackson should sit

    Houston Texans' quarterback Matt Leinart is now the starter after Matt Schaub went down with an injury on Sunday.
    Houston Texans' quarterback Matt Leinart is now the starter after Matt Schaub went down with an injury on Sunday.

    Week 10 of the fantasy football has come and gone, so let’s take a look at who was hot and who was not.

    Hot:
    1. Michael Bush, Oakland Raiders — Bush had a great game filling in for starter Darren McFadden on Thursday, rushing for 157 yards and a touchdown, along with 85 yards receiving. Bush has become a must pick up in all leagues, and will continue to be a fixture in your lineup until McFadden comes back from his ankle injury. Even if McFadden does come back Bush will still be a serviceable flex player, as every team in the league utilizes two back systems, especially the run heavy Raiders.

    2. Matt Leinart, Houston Texans — Why is a quarterback that hasn’t done anything good since 2006 in his college days on this list? It’s because he is now the starter of one of the best offenses in the league, after the Texans lost starter Matt Schaub for the season on Sunday. Leinart takes the reigns of one of an offense with great weapons, and while the Texans will continually lean heavy on the run game, Leinart should still be a solid starting option in leagues with 12 or more teams or two quarterback slots.

    3. Tony Romo — Fully healthy ribs equals a mistakes free Cowboys’ QB. Romo went 23-26 from the field for 270 yards and three touchdowns, in essentially one half of work, as Dallas ran the ball with the lead in the second half. This included starting the game 13-13 from the field; this guy quieted any questions about his play, for this week at least.

    Not:
    1. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles — His season up till Sunday had been riddled with injures, contract disputes, showboating and poor play. This was all before he missed a meeting last week, causing the Eagles to bench him for Sunday’s game. This benching cannot sit well with Jackson, couple that with all of the Eagles' problems on the field; it is hard to see an unhappy Jackson being a productive fantasy option the rest of the season.

    2. Denver Broncos Receivers — The Denver Broncos ran the ball 55 times on Sunday, while only passing for eight — that’s right, eight passes thrown in an NFL football game in the 21st century. On top of all of that quarterback Tim Tebow only completed two of those passes. With that kind of passing performance and crazy run to pass disparity on offense, do yourself a favor and burry your Broncos wide-outs on the bench.