LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Texas Longhorns defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 55-14 on Senior Day at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Kansas celebrated 11 seniors prior to the start of the game.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Texas got one first down before Kansas forced a punt. The Jayhawks brought on Jalon Daniels as the starting quarterback to the pleasure of the crowd. Daniels returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games with an injury.
Kansas would go three-and-out on each of its first two possessions, but were able to move the ball on the third drive of the game, which ended in a turnover on downs after eight plays. KU would drive into the Texas red zone on its next drive, and appeared to score a touchdown on a fourth-down pass from Daniels to Jared Casey. A penalty negated the touchdown, however, and a 34-yard field goal attempt was wide right as KU remained scoreless.
KU’s final drive of the first half ended in an interception and Texas took a 31-0 lead into halftime after scoring on five consecutive drives to close out the half. UT’s Bijan Robinson rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Longhorns totaled 301 total yards, including 219 on the ground.
Kansas was able to get on the board in the third quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Daniels to Torry Locklin. The touchdown capped a 7-play, 80-yard drive for Kansas that took up 3:16. Locklin’s touchdown catch was his second of the season.
On the ensuing offensive possession, Kansas drove 74 yards in four plays that ended with a 12-yard touchdown reception by Luke Grimm. The scoring play marked his fifth touchdown of the season. A 55-yard catch by Quentin Skinner set the Jayhawks up in the red zone.
Daniels finished 17-for-26 for 230 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in his return. Devin Neal led the rushing attack with 13 carries for 51 yards, while Skinner led the receivers with four receptions for 98 yards. Defensively, Kenny Logan Jr. led the Jayhawks with 10 tackles.
Kansas will close out the regular season with a trip to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Kansas State Wildcats on Nov. 26. That game kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by FOX.