Matchups: vs. Kansas

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  • Quarterback
  • Advantage: Texas

Freshman Shane Buechele didn’t play wonderfully against West Virginia last week, throwing an interception and almost having a few more picked off. Buechele finished the day only averaging 6.6 yards per attempt, but he did have a rushing touchdown.

Freshman Carter Stanley started for the first time last week against Iowa State and played decently. Kansas is currently assessing its quarterback situation after junior Montell Cozart, who’s struggled this season, came back from a recent concussion.

 

  • Running Back
  • Advantage: Texas

Junior D’Onta Foreman turned in another great performance last week. Foreman finished with 167 rushing yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry, but was held out of the end zone for the first time in three weeks.

Senior Ke’aun Kinner had his biggest game of the season against Iowa State, rushing for 152 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Taylor Martin also added 83 yards and a score for himself.

 

  • Wide Receiver
  • Advantage: Texas

Junior Dorian Leonard broke out for 125 receiving yards on seven receptions against West Virginia. Freshman Collin Johnson turned in another solid performance and appears to have developed a chemistry with Shane Buechele.

Sophomore Steven Sims Jr. is the usually primary target for whoever’s behind center for the Jayhawks. Sims ranks fourth in the Big 12 in receptions per game and eighth in receiving yards per game.

 

  • Offensive Line
  • Advantage: Texas

The Texas offensive line looked vulnerable at times against West Virginia and struggled in pass protection. Shane Buechele was sacked four times and the running game stagnated in the second half.

The Kansas offensive line did a good job up front against Iowa State, and the Jayhawks were able to run the ball well, averaging 6.1 yards per rush. The Jayhawks rank sixth in the Big 12 in sacks allowed.

 

  • Defensive Line
  • Advantage: Texas

The Texas defensive line had one of its best games all season, helping stifle West Virginia for only 114 rushing yards. Freshman end Malcolm Roach finished with seven tackles, three for a loss, and a sack.

The Jayhawks got pummeled up front against Iowa State, giving up 238 yards on the ground. Sophomore end Dorance Armstrong Jr. leads the Big 12 in tackles for loss and ranks second in sacks.

 

  • Linebacker
  • Advantage: Tie

Sophomore Malik Jefferson left the West Virginia game with a concussion, and his status for Kansas is uncertain. Sophomore Edwin Freeman has continued to make plays.

Freshman Mike Lee and senior Courtney Arnick combined for 22 tackles against Iowa State. Sophomore Keith Loneker Jr. added eight tackles of his own.

 

  • Defensive Back
  • Advantage: Tie

The Texas secondary was instrumental in forcing turnovers against West Virginia. Senior Dylan Haines had two interceptions, sophomore P.J. Locke III had an interception and sophomore Kris Boyd forced a fumble.

The Jayhawks rank third in the Big 12 in pass defense, allowing 237.3 yards per game. Senior safety Fish Smithson had six tackles and an interception against Iowa State.

 

  • Special Teams
  • Advantage: Tie

Texas had yet another field goal blocked last week, one that helped decide the game in hindsight. Senior kicker Trent Domingue is now 14 of 19 on field goals this season.

Junior receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez had a productive day against Iowa State in the kick return game with 92 yards on four returns. Senior kicker Matthew Wyman has made only eight of 14 field goal attempts this season.