3. Special teams bug still biting the Longhorns
In the Big 12 opening win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys at home at DKR back on Sep. 21, Texas football had trouble locking down the game down the stretch on special teams. Although it wasn’t the kicking coverage that let Texas down against Oklahoma State (but it nearly was). The punting game did it in for them there.
The hands team remained a positive for the Longhorns here, and it was the kickoffs that nearly cost them. Texas allowed a 98 yard touchdown kick return to Kansas State when it looked as if they almost had the game put away. That touchdown from Kansas State brought them back within one score after they were previously down 24-14.
Special teams was a story of ups and downs thus far for the Longhorns. But in two big wins at home over Kansas State and Oklahoma State, the Longhorns emerged unscathed in the win column despite their special teams errors.
This game did come down to yet another game-winning field goal by sophomore kicker Cameron Dicker, and he has been very clutch at home this season. He won the game against the Kansas Jayhawks, 50-48, for the Longhorns a few weeks back.
At one point, it appeared as if that kick return for a touchdown gave head coach Chris Klieman and Kansas State enough momentum to pull them back even and ultimately take the win from Texas. It was lucky that Texas did well enough on offense in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter to grab the victory.