Kansas State pulls away from Texas late for 42-24 victory

All hail Purple Merlin. - Jamie Squire

Bow to your purple overlords.

At a certain point in every contest between two sides, there comes a time when resistance becomes futile.

If it wasn't before, the game on Saturday in the Little Apple gave more proof to the fact -- Kansas State owns Texas.

Give your fealty to your purple overlords. You have no choice. Well, there is always death.

In all seriousness, the Longhorns played a tough game against Kansas State on Saturday that was closer than the final score, which was aided by a late fumble from Quandre Diggs when Texas was still in the game and another interception from Case McCoy an out route, this time to the opposite side of the field than his first pass that was nearly taken for at touchdown the other way, providing the final 42-24 margin to a game that was much closer than the final score appeared.

The offensive and defensive gameplans were both solid for Texas in the first half as Manny Diaz played more base defense and Bryan Harsin found ways to mitigate McCoy's weaknesses to the outside of the field and allow him to work outside behind the line of scrimmage and down the middle of the field, which McCoy did well.

After the interception to start the game and an incompletion, McCoy completed 17 straight passes, one short of the Texas record held by his older brother. Aided by those efforts, Texas took a 10-7 lead to halftime, but missed out on points when an intentional grounding penalty took Texas out of field goal range just before the first-half clock expired.

In the second half, though, the adjustments by Kansas State were too much, with a 55-yard play-action pass from Collin Klein to Tyler Lockett a backbreaker to start the 4th quarter that put the Wildcats up 28-17.

The final score looked rather ugly, but the game was closer than it indicated -- Texas hung with Kansas State for about three quarters, more than many expected.

Anyone up for a moral victory?

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