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Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Longhorns Pick & Prediction NOV 26TH 2021

Complete Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Austin
121Wildcats Kansas State
122Longhorns Texas
OP
52
-1
CU
52.5o -108
-3 +100
ML
ML: 125
ML: -145
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1 2 3 4
7 10 0 0
7 9 3 3
Score
17
22
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Texas will be playing mostly for pride when it hosts bowl-bound Kansas State on Black Friday in Austin, Texas, in the Big 12 Conference finale for both teams.

The Longhorns (4-7, 2-6 Big 12), who have lost six straight games for the first time since 1956, look to avoid a seventh conference loss, a cellar Texas has never reached in program history. Texas may end its disappointing 2021 campaign without a bowl for the first time since 2016 (5-7 teams can become bowl eligible if not enough teams finish 6-6) and needs a win to avoid its worst record since it finished 1-9 65 years ago.

The Longhorns head home after a 31-23 loss at West Virginia on Saturday in which both their regular quarterbacks suffered injuries. Backup QB Hudson Card opened the second half after replacing the ineffective Casey Thompson and passed for 123 yards and a touchdown before being forced from the game late in the fourth quarter.

Both quarterbacks have been listed as day-to-day heading into Friday's game.

Keilan Robinson had 111 yards and a 49-yard touchdown on nine carries for Texas in the loss. Robinson and Roschon Johnson have become the primary ballcarriers for the Longhorns after a season-ending injury to star back Bijan Robinson.

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said he expects his team to finish the season strong.

"(Having bowl) practices would be great, would be nice, but I think inevitably for us it's about the psyche and the mindset," Sarkisian said. "Don't think that our players aren't working hard and trying hard. Our guys are battling, and they're competing."

The Wildcats (7-4, 4-4) travel to Austin after a 20-10 home loss to then No. 11 Baylor on Saturday that snapped Kansas State's four-game win streak. Deuce Vaughn led the Wildcats with 128 yards on 11 carries and their only TD; he also paced the team with five catches for 37 yards.

"Everyone on this team is a grown man and we know what just happened and what we need to do to get better," Kansas State center Noah Johnson said after Saturday's loss. "We just have to go do it. You don't play football to cakewalk everyone. The hard times, that's when you grow and learn the most."

Skylar Thompson passed for 158 yards in the loss before leaving late in the game with a left leg injury. His availability for the Wildcats in the short week is still to be determined.

Texas has won the past four games against the Wildcats but owns just an 11-10 all-time lead in the series.

--Field Level Media

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Longhorns Recap NOV 26TH 2021

Roschon Johnson ran for a career-high 179 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries and the Texas defense produced two fourth-down stands in the fourth quarter as the Longhorns stampeded past Kansas State 22-17 on Friday in the Big 12 Conference regular-season finale for both teams in Austin, Texas.

Texas (5-7, 3-6 Big 12) snapped a six-game losing streak, its longest since 1956. The Longhorns still could earn a bowl spot if not there are not enough six-win teams to fill the 82 postseason spots.

The much-maligned Longhorns defense came up with two stops on fourth-down-and-one in the fourth quarter, the second of which came with 4:03 to play at the Texas 17-yard line.

Casey Thompson passed for 170 yards and a TD as he shared time at quarterback with Johnson, who came to Texas as a QB but has been primarily a running back during his time in Austin.

Deuce Vaughn rushed for 143 yards and a score on 24 carries for the Wildcats (7-5, 4-5), who have clinched a bowl spot but head to the postseason with a two-game losing streak.

Will Howard passed for just 65 yards for Kansas State, but scored on a 71-yard run and finished with 82 yards on the ground.

The Longhorns took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards to a 9-yard TD run by Johnson out of the wildcat formation. Kansas State answered with a 9-yard scoring run by Vaughn at the 4:44 mark of the first quarter.

Texas went back on top with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to Cade Brewer with 13:07 to play in the second quarter but Cameron Dicker missed the PAT kick, leaving the score at 13-7. The Wildcats responded with Howard's 71-yard keeper for a TD and a 14-13 Kansas State lead.

The teams traded field goals in the final two minutes of the half, with Chris Tennant nailing a career-best 51 yarder with 1:56 to play for Kansas State and the Longhorns countering on Dicker's kick from 24 yards out on the last play before halftime.

The Wildcats went to the locker room up 17-16.

Dicker's 39-yard field goal with 1:52 to play in the third quarter pushed Texas back in front at 19-16. His third field goal of the game, a 22-yarder, expanded the Longhorns' lead to 22-17 with 7:32 remaining in the game.

--Field Level Media

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