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Not quite the performance you expect to get an opposing coach fired, but enough to for the Horns to stroll to a 23-0 win over Kansas.

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17 - 52 (3.1): Texas total offensive plays - yards gained (yards per play) in four scoring drives

70 - 329 (4.7) - 23: Texas total offensive plays - yards gained (yards per play) - total points

While the bye week may have been spent expanding the Texas offense, the results were not too promising against an undersized and undermanned Kansas defense. In fact, the four scoring drives for Texas went a total of 52 yards: 4 plays and 18 yards to a TD following a Jaxon Shipley punt return, 3 plays 13 yards to a TD following Duke Thomas's first INT, 4 plays and 4 yards to a FG after a Jordan Hicks INT, and 6 plays 27 yards to a TD following a turnover on downs.

In total, the Texas offense, while picking up the pace to 70 plays this week against Kansas, only managed 329 total yards in the game and only 2 drives longer than 50 yards: one ending in a fumble at the KU 2 yard line, and a long missed field goal before the half.

5 - 6: Texas offense third down conversions - attempts in the first quarter

2 - 11: Texas offense third down conversions - attempts after the first quarter

The Texas offense managed to move the ball early in the game, picking up 5 of the first 6 third down opportunities in the only two drives to go longer than 7 plays on the day. After the early game planning moved past the scripted phase to the adjustment phase, the Texas offense had nothing to show, returning to 3rd down struggling form. Third down conversion rate is something we'll be watching closely to find improvement from this offense.

13 - 44 (3.4): Johnathan Gray rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry)

12 - 29 (2.4): Malcolm Brown rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry)

Whether it's an offensive line not built to produce on the ground, or a combination of a less-than-100% Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown showing he'll get what's blocked for, the Texas run game continues to slog along and do little to take pressure off a young QB. Absent improvement from existing OL options, a return from suspension for Desmond Harrison and Daje Johnson, or a revelation from the group of true freshmen backs, there are few signs this can improve as the schedule takes a turn for the difficult.

2 - 37: Armanti Foreman offensive touches - total yards

6 - 89 - 1: John Harris receptions - receiving yards - receiving TDs

6 - 81, 2 - 41: Jaxon Shipley receptions - receiving yards, punt returns - return yards

In a return to the Salute to Competency, a trio of WRs are proving they're the best group the Texas offense is fielding this season. Armanti Foreman earns the "Guy ITN Wants More Of" vote this week after turning a 30 yard reverse on Texas's longest drive of the day. John Harris continues to run away with this year's Gaskamp Award, posting his 4th straight game with a TD, only the second player in Texas history to accomplish the feat to start a season (Jordan Shipley in 2008 with 8 straight). And Jaxon Shipley showed off some old-Jaxon quicks in the open field.

Unfortunately for the WR group, the options will be limited to what their OL can block for and what Tyrone Swoopes can get to them. Hopefully improvement on both fronts will allow this group to maximize their efforts.

19 - 34, 218 (6.4), 1-0: Tyrone Swoopes completions - attempts, passing yards (yards per attempt), passing TDs - INTs

Checking on Tyrone Swoopes's progression, the sophomore signal caller produced mixed results on an expanded workload this week. While his completion percentage dipped, he did see his yards per attempt tick north slightly with a few more deep attempts. While several of the attempts failed to find their mark, one scrambling prayer to Jaxon Shipley connected to help the performance. Preferably some of those overthrows become underthrows, giving this WR group a chance to make plays.

Ty also added a rushing TD.

82 - 313 (3.8) - 0: Kansas offensive plays - total yards (yards per play) - total points

4, 4: Texas defensive sacks, interceptions

Facing Charlie Weis' decided schematic advantage, the Texas defense posted a strong, if not impressive, effort in the shutout. Kansas was held to 173 yards on 51 carries (3.4 per carry), and managed 141 yards on 34 pass attempts (4.5 per pass).

Additionally, the Texas pass defense managed to lock in 4 sacks (Steve Edmond, Cedric Reed, Quandre Diggs, and Shiro Davis all notching 1 each) and snag 4 picks (2 for Duke Thomas, and 1 each for Jordan Hicks and Quandre Diggs, who snagged another highlight reel INT in his own end zone).

In fact, the Texas defense is among the best nationally for sacks and interceptions. Texas's 4 sacks per game is good for tied-8th nationally and 2.25 INTs per game tied for 1st nationally. Naturally, those numbers will need to sustain if Texas has a shot against Baylor and Oklahoma in the coming weeks.

Notes from the defense: Hassan Ridgeway and Jason Hall tallied career highs with 7 tackles in their first career start. Duke Thomas tabbed a career high with two INTs. Jordan Hicks added 11 tackles, getting his third straight game with double digit stops.