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  • Published Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 11:57 p.m.

First quarter

Key play: KU’s Billy Owens committed a running-into-the-kicker penalty inside the Texas 10-yard line, keeping a Longhorns drive alive. Texas would drive down the field and score.

Key stat: KU was zero for one on field-goal attempts.

Second quarter

Key play: In the final minute before halftime, KU quarterback Jake Heaps connected with receiver Rodriguez Coleman for a 43-yard gain. It set up a 21-yard field goal.

Key stat: Kansas finished with six penalties for 39 yards in the first half.

Third quarter

Key play: Texas’ Cedric Reed forced a fumble on a sack of quarterback Jake Heaps. Chris Whaley picked up the loose ball and rumbled 40 yards for a touchdown.

Key stat: KU had 26 rushing yards in the third quarter.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Texas’ Malcolm Brown pushed the Longhorns’ lead to 35-6 with 9:07 left, his fourth rushing touchdown of the day.

Key stat: KU has not defeated Texas since 1938.

Report card

Offense: D. The passing offense was a little better, but Kansas failed to score 20 points for the seventh straight game. Even worse, KU’s offense was responsible for a Texas touchdown after Jake Heaps’ fumble.

Defense: B. For close to three quarters, the KU defense held the Texas offense to just 14 points. Safety Isaiah Johnson had KU’s first multi-interception game since Sept. 1, 2012.

Special teams: C. Punter Trevor Pardula averaged 45.7 yards on seven punts, including a booming 68-yarder. But a missed field goal and a crippling running-into-the-kicker penalty were costly errors in the first half.

Coaching: C. It’s been a trend: Charlie Weis has managed to keep KU competitive against some pretty good teams in the Big 12 — namely Texas (twice) and Oklahoma. That’s fine, but at some point, Weis needs to win a Big 12 game.

Player of the game: Texas running back Malcolm Brown. The Longhorns rushed 44 times for 221 yards, and Brown finished with 119 yards and all four of Texas’ offensive touchdowns.

Reason to hope: After next week’s game at Oklahoma State, the schedule begins to soften with games against West Virginia and Iowa State.

Reason to mope: Kansas is now just four games away from 30 straight losses in the Big 12.

Looking ahead: The Jayhawks are back on the road on Saturday for a 3 p.m. matchup against Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Rustin Dodd

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