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An Uncomfortable Truth: Kansas State Owns Texas

Sadly, this is true.
Sadly, this is true.

For Texas fans, three things are inevitable in life -- death, taxes, and losing to Kansas State. Four if you want to count Aggies being annoying, but that's beside the point here.

The point here is that Kansas State owns Texas. Absolutely and unequivocally. Kansas State fans know it. Texas fans know it.

The numbers tell the story -- the Wildcats are the only team in the Big 12 to hold an all-time edge in victories of the Longhorns and one of only three teams overall.

During his tenure at Texas, Mack Brown is 2-5 against Kansas State, including two losses to Ron Prince. Think about that -- if Ron Prince could have played Texas every game, he not only would still have a job, but he would be the best coach ever. And undefeated. Ron Prince. Take a moment to let that sink in. But not so far that it makes your head explode, because I don't want to be responsible for that.

The Longhorns haven't won against the Wildcats since 2003, even though it feels longer. Much longer. At three games, the losing streak isn't even particularly long, but it feels longer.

Such is the nature of devastating losses, which include the 2006 game when Colt McCoy was injured early on a quarterback sneak, derailing Texas hopes of a BCS bid and the 2007 game that included Jordy Nelson running wild and punt, kickoff, and interception returns for touchdowns, at the time, the worst home loss of the Mack Brown era.

Last season? Well, the memory is no doubt fresh in the minds of most Longhorn fans, but suffice it to say that it was the worst loss of a terrible season and the game in Manhattan included Garrett Gilbert throwing interceptions on three consecutive passes. So there was that.

Despite the ridiculous odds in favor of the Longhorns on Saturday, the odds don't look particularly strong for the Longhorns to reverse the trend this season, especially if Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron, and Jaxon Shipley either can't play or are limited by recent injuries. That list doesn't even include Keenan Robinson, who left last week's game with a thumb injury, and DJ Grant, who missed some time against Missouri with an apparent knee injury.

What was the most traumatic moment in the last three losses for you and can Texas end the reign of terror on Saturday?