Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - QUAR­TER­BACKS: BJust Last week’s grade: D sea­son av­er­age: B RUN­NING BACKS: C Last week’s grade: D sea­son av­er­age: B- RE­CEIVERS: B Last week’s grade: C sea­son av­er­age: B RICHARD TI­JE­RINA TEXAS: THEN AND NOW Bet­ter? DE­FEN­SIVE LINE: CAsh­ton rodolfo Gon­za­lez /

How Texas (8-4) graded out in its 42-24 loss to Kansas State:

be­cause Case McCoy (26 of 34 for 314 yards, 2 touch­downs, 2 in­ter­cep­tions) ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions and ac­tu­ally out­played Collin Klein for parts of the game doesn’t mean he had a great night. McCoy’s highs: The 17 straight com­ple­tions, his guid­ing Texas to a sec­ond­half lead and some clutch third-down con­ver­sions. His lows: Two picks that re­sulted in two Kansas State touch­downs, a costly in­ten­tional ground­ing penalty that took away a pos­si­ble field goal and a fum­ble. Johnathan Gray was the lone Longhorn with dou­ble-digit car­ries, but he av­er­aged only 2.4 yards, and both Mal­colm Brown (7-40-1) and D.J. Mon­roe (1-46) out­gained him. Joe Berg­eron’s fi­nal line wasn’t good (1 carry, 3 yards) but it was an im­por­tant first­down con­ver­sion run; he ended up in­jur­ing his shoul­der and did not re­turn. Brown took over his usual short-yardage du­ties. Brown, who missed the TCU game, looked good run­ning again and also was a fac­tor in the pass­ing game, with six catches for 43 yards and a touch­down. Mike Davis wore Jeremy Hills’ No. 5. That’s about all we can say about his game, which was quiet (3 catches, 18 yards). Jaxon Ship­ley was McCoy’s fa­vorite tar­get. They hooked up five times for 68 yards and a touch­down. Cayleb Jones had two touches — one run, one catch — and both went for first downs. Maybe Mar­quise Good­win’s bad thumb played a part in his fum­ble, but ei­ther way, the fum­ble hurt as it led to a missed field goal.

the Horns put up a good fight. Let’s go bowl­ing. A com­par­i­son of the Horns sta­tis­ti­cally from 2012 to 2011, through 12 games, based on per-game av­er­ages: To­tal of­fense Pts scored Pts al­lowed Yds al­lowed Pass­ing TDs/INTs Rush­ing 441.0 36.1 29.4 412.2 247-365-3,180

23/10 461-2,112-31 404.0 28.4 23.2 315.3 192-334-2,323

15/18 500-2,086-17 Bet­ter Bet­ter Worse Worse Bet­ter Bet­ter Bet­ter Case McCoy threw for 314 yards and 2 touch­downs against Kansas State. On a night when pro­tect­ing the quar­ter­back was crit­i­cal — David Ash’s bad ribs meant Texas’punter, Alex King, was the emer­gency quar­ter­back — McCoy was sacked five times. The right side of Texas’line had pass pro­tec­tion is­sues. Don­ald Hawkins was flagged for a leg whip. Part of Gray’s and the run­ning game’s is­sues were be­cause Texas’ line had prob­lems get­ting a push and open­ing lanes. Texas fared bet­ter when run­ning wide.

Dorsey didn’t play, and Alex Okafor, while play­ing a hand­ful of snaps, was lim­ited with a bad an­kle. The game ul­ti­mately was won be­cause the Wild­cats were able to con­trol the clock and move the ball with their run­ning game, pow­ered by Klein and John Hu­bert, who scored three touch­downs. That’s why the Longhorns were un­able to hold that 17-14 third-quar­ter lead. As the game went on in the sec­ond half, Texas’ front looked tired and gen­er­ated less of a pass rush. LINEBACK­ERS: Steve Ed­mond and Peter Jinkens fin­ished tied for sec­ond on the team in tack­les, with five apiece. Jinkens stood out on de­fense; he had Texas’lone sack and was a phys­i­cal

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