Jayhawks Trail at No. 3 Texas 27-6 at Halftime in Football

Nov. 21, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas – Despite driving into Texas territory repeatedly in the first half, Kansas could only come up with six points as No. 3 Texas holds a 27-6 lead at halftime.

KU drove inside the Longhorns’ 10 yard line twice in the first half yet only came away with two Jacob Branstetter field goals. The Jayhawks had four drives in the first half advance into UT territory.

On its second drive of the game, Texas used two big plays to go on top 7-0. James Kirkendoll got behind the KU secondary and caught a Colt McCoy pass for a 31 yard touchdown. That play was set up by a 34-yard catch and run from McCoy to Marqui Goodwin.

Later in the quarter Kansas senior Jeff Wheeler forced a McCoy fumble which senior Justin Thornton recovered. The Jayhawks then drove down to the Texas nine-yard line highlighted by a Todd Reesing to Dezmon Briscoe 33-yard pass play. Junior placekicker Jacob Branstetter nailed a 27-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 early in the second quarter.

Texas quickly responded when McCoy connected on his second touchdown pass of the game, a 38-yarder to Jordan Shipley making the score 14-3 with just under 12 minutes before half.

Following a 36-yard kick return by senior Darrell Stuckey, Kansas droved down to the Texas eight-yard line before Branstetter then made a 26-yard field goal to make the score 14-6 in favor of Texas with seven minutes before intermission.

Branstetter muffed an onside kick attempt giving Texas a short field. After a three-and-out, Longhorn Hunter Lawrence made a career-long 49-yard field goal to give UT a 17-6 lead.

Following a KU three-and-out, Texas went on a 10-play drive that covered 59 yards when Cody Johnson scored on a one-yard plunge to make it 24-6 with 1:21 before half.

Following a KU three-and-out, UT’s Lawrence ended the scoring of the first half by making a 47-yard field goal.