4 overreactions from Texas football’s paramount win over Kansas State

Jaylan Ford, Texas football
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Keondre Coburn, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Keondre Coburn, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

Keondre Coburn playing like the best interior defensive lineman in the Big 12

Turning the attention to the defensive side of the ball, you can’t go without mentioning the play of the two defensive MVPs in this game for Texas following this huge win over Kansas State.

The main defensive MVP of the game was clearly junior linebacker Jaylan Ford, who had a team-leading 10 combined tackles, six stops, three run stuffs, one quarterback pressure, one forced fumble, and one interception.

Two of the biggest plays in this game came thanks in large part to the efforts of Ford. The first of the two big plays came when he picked off senior Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez late in the first half. Texas would manage to convert that turnover to points, giving the team an even more comfortable lead heading into the locker room at halftime.

And the second big play in this game from Ford was the fumble recovery he had to seal the win for the Longhorns. Ford was finally able to land on a fumble, which was his second fumble recovery of the season.

The player that forced the fumble in the first place, though, also deserves a ton of credit for his play in this game. Senior nose tackle Keondre Coburn was the one who made the play to force the Martinez fumble in the first place.

For his efforts getting after the passer in this game, Coburn actually rounded out Week 10 as the highest-graded pass rusher among interior defensive linemen in the entire country.

Coburn would finish up this game with four combined tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, three quarterback pressures, two stops, and two forced fumbles. It just so happened that one of those forced fumbles was the one that got the win for Texas in the end.

I must say that Coburn is playing the best football of his career of late, and he’s performing like one of the best interior defensive linemen in the Big 12 without a doubt.