Longhorns doomed by familiar mistakes vs. Kansas State

Kevin Flaherty – FOXSportsSouthwest.com and LonghornsDigest.com
November 8, 2010

For the second consecutive week, Texas coach Mack Brown said he thought his team played hard from start to finish. And for the third consecutive week, the Longhorns ended the game with a loss.

Saturday’s 39-14 thrashing at the hands of Kansas State has likely served as the low point of Texas’s season, representing the only blowout loss of the Longhorn’s conference year. This one wasn’t even as close as the final score indicated: Kansas State led 39-0 before Texas added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The same culprits that cost the Longhorns in their other four losses haunted Texas on Saturday. They lost the turnover battle 5-0 on five Garrett Gilbert interceptions, committed ill advised penalties and went away from the running game despite trailing just 17-0 in the second quarter. Additionally, the defense was often out of position and allowed two 100-yard rushers.

They also came away bitten by the injury bug yet again, losing cornerback Chykie Brown for the season. In addition, tackle Kyle Hix, running back Tre Newton and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat are questionable for this week. Hix’s injury brings the possibility of Texas starting three freshman offensive linemen