LAWRENCE, KAN. - The Kansas Jayhawks had one win on the year coming into Saturday’s game against the Texas Longhorns. Four quarters, six turnovers, and an overtime later, the Jayhawks were celebrating a victory over a Texas team that may not have a head coach much longer.
The six turnovers were just too much for the Longhorns to overcome as they fell in overtime 24-21 to the Jayhawks. Kansas won the game on a short field goal in overtime after Longhorns quarterback Shane Buechele threw an interception Texas’ opening possession of overtime.
Buechele’s interception gave Kansas everything it needed to pull out the overtime win. A quick drive down Texas’ throat on the ground allowed the Hawks to kick the game winning field goal.
Here's what the final kick looked like from the game, via Brian Davis of KVUE news partner the Austin American-Statesman.
The final kick. pic.twitter.com/mRgF7qGdBx— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) November 20, 2016
The loss overshadowed a record performance for running back D’Onta Foreman. The one-time Heisman Trophy-contender carried the ball 51 time for 250 yards and two touchdowns. But his multiple fumbles and Buechele’s three interceptions doomed the Longhorns.
The question now becomes will the Longhorns let head coach Charlie Strong finish the season or fire him before the season finale next week. There were rumblings earlier Saturday that Strong was coaching for his job the last two weeks and the loss doesn’t help his case, especially against a woeful Kansas team.
Texas athletic director Mike Perrine didn’t speak to reporters after the loss to Kansas.
The team must now turn its focus to next week and the TCU Horned Frogs. The Longhorns can still become bowl eligible with a victory over TCU. A loss will send Texas to an early end to the season for a third straight year.