Kansas beats Texas for first time since 1938, 24-21 in OTBy Darlene Powers Nov 21, 2016
Aside from one play - the first of the game - Kansas' defense valiantly held Texas in check. The Longhorns beat a team expected to contend for the College Football Playoff with a true freshman quarterback, a revamped offense and an electric home atmosphere. They close out the season next Saturday at Kansas State. Given that there were already reports of "extreme pressure" from boosters to fire Strong and try to bring in Houston's Tom Herman, it seems probable that this loss doomed any slim chances Strong had of surviving this season.
In somewhat shocking news, Texas has reportedly fired head coach Charlie Strong following a demoralizing 24-21 overtime loss to a formerly 1-9 Kansas Jayhawks.
Needing only a field goal after Lee's interception in overtime, KU ran Kinner five straight times where, after a false start penalty, Wyman would nail the walk-off kick.
The Kansas Jayhawks had one win on the year coming into Saturday's game against the Texas Longhorns. At 7-5, Strong has a chance of returning "with the operative word being maybe", the source said.
"The big thing for these guys, and we've been talking about it from the beginning, is the foundation that we're laying here", Beaty said, "regardless whether we were a bowl team or a team that was still doing foundational work. To see those fans down there, I saw so many great supporters of our university that were out there that, I mean, it felt good to give them a hug and thank 'em - with a win". "They've stuck it out".
With the loss to a 1-9 team that had not won a conference game in two years, you have to wonder if Charlie Strong will be able to hang on to his job.
After picking up a first down on a pulled zone read, Buechele threw an interception on his second underthrown deep ball of the game, evidence that something is physically wrong with him following numerous big hits this season. Before the KU seniors could as much as dry the tears from their cheeks following a pre-game ceremony involving their families, Texas had gone 75 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. They've gone through a lot.
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In the end, star running back D'Onta Foreman sat on the visiting bench, his head down, with once hand clenched into a futile hook 'em 'Horns hand sign.
It was the school's first time beating the Longhorns since 1938, so the celebration was justified (more so than past celebrations).
The third-year coach has been on the hot seat all season, and the temperature is only going to rise after a loss to the lowly Jayhawks.
"It's just sad", sophomore tackle Connor Williams said.
Asked about his coach's future, Warrick replied simply: "Trying not to think about it".
His wife was weeping outside the Longhorns' locker room. But they committed two turnovers of their own in an ugly third quarter, which the Longhorns turned into back-to-back touchdowns for a 21-10 lead.
After the teams traded punts, the Jayhawks put a long scoring drive together and converted a two-point conversion to cut the UT lead to 21-18 with 7:48 to go.
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