WATCH: Jaylan Ford fumble recovery seals Texas football’s win vs. K-State

Jaylan Ford, Texas football. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
Jaylan Ford, Texas football. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports /

A win that was a long time coming for head coach Steve Sarkisian and No. 24 ranked Texas football was delivered on the night of Nov. 5 against head coach Chris Klieman and the No. 13 ranked Kansas State Wildcats. Texas looked to have a victory in hand early in the third quarter. Yet, assuming that Texas is going to be able to lock up wins early in the third quarter just isn’t the way the cookie crumbles for this team.

Sark and the Longhorns continued to play it close to the vest in this game. Heading into the locker room at halftime, the Longhorns held a commanding 31-10 lead over Kansas State. But the Wildcats came roaring back in the second half, to close the lead to just one possession late in the fourth quarter.

Kansas State rattled off a 17-3 run in the second half, which really made the Longhorns faithful sweat down the stretch. Texas wasn’t getting many breaks going its way. Two fumbles that should’ve landed in Texas players’ hands wound up staying with Kansas State.

Yet, the Longhorns finally got one fumble to bounce its way late in this one. In what amounted to the final offensive possession of the game for the Wildcats, senior quarterback Adrian Martinez had the ball knocked out of his hand. Junior linebacker Jaylan Ford fell on the ball, which would essentially be the play that sealed the win for the Longhorns.

Jaylan Ford’s fumble recovery gets Texas football a huge road win over Kansas State

Here’s a look at the biggest play of the game on this night.

It was senior nose tackle Keondre Coburn that forced the fumble from Martinez. And it wound up bouncing to Ford a few yards down the field.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers was able to take a knee to run out the time on the clock.

And that is how Texas was able to win its sixth game of the season. This massive win over Kansas State was largely delivered by the big plays Ford made. He had two turnovers, also including a key pick in the first half of Martinez that led to a Texas score.

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The win over Kansas State in Week 10 arrived for the Longhorns by the final score of 34-27. This moves Texas to a record of 6-3 (4-2 Big 12) on the season. Next up for Ford and the Longhorns is  a big-time matchup against the undefeated and No. 7 ranked TCU Horned Frogs at home in Austin on Nov. 12.