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No. 24 Texas hangs on to defeat No. 13 K-State

Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs the ball into the end zone during the Texas Longhorns football game against Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

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Bijan Robinson rushed for 209 yards as No. 24 Texas survived a second-half rally by No. 13 Kansas State to win 34-27 and move into a three-way tie for second in the Big 12.

K-State’s potential game-tying drive ended with a fumble at midfield with 24 seconds left.

Texas (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) won its sixth straight game against K-State and snapped a five-game road losing streak.

Adrian Martinez finished 24-of-36 passing for a season-high 329 yards for K-State (6-3, 4-2).

Texas led 31-10 at halftime before K-State cut it to one score twice.

K-State’s best cornerback, Julius Brents, was ejected from the game on a targeting call on the opening drive. The Longhorns capped the drive with a 36-yard touchdown run by Robinson.

Martinez hit Deuce Vaughn with a 28-yard touchdown pass to answer the score.

Texas marched 75 yards on eight plays to regain the lead. Roschon Johnson punched it in from the 9-yard line.

K-State then rattled off a 16-play, 84-yard drive but stalled on the Texas 4-yard line. Ty Zentner hit a 22-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10.

Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers found Xavier Worthy alone in the back of the end zone for the Longhorns’ third touchdown. Ewers finished 18-for-31 for 197 yards passing and two TDs.

Texas appeared headed to a three-score lead when Johnson broke through the line on a fourth-and-1 run, but Ekow Boye-Doe stripped the ball from behind and it was recovered by Jacob Parrish at the K-State 10. K-State failed to convert a fourth-and-2 deep in Texas territory.

The Longhorns answered with a 74-yard drive, capped by a 28-yard Bert Auburn field goal. The key play was a 68-yard run by Robinson.

Martinez then threw his first interception of the season, setting up Texas at the K-State 27. Ewers hit Worthy on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left in the half.

K-State took advantage of a Johnson fumble to trim the deficit early in the third quarter. Martinez punched it in from the 1-yard line. Martinez then hit Kade Warner on a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut it to 31-24.

Auburn’s 29-yard field goal made it a two-score game. Zentner answered with a 28-yarder.

–Field Level Media