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Jonathon Brooks carries No. 3 Texas past No. 24 Kansas

Field Level Media
01 Oct 2023, 09:19 GMT+10

(Photo credit: Jay Janner/American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK)

Jonathon Brooks ran for career-high 217 yards and two touchdowns as No. 3 Texas ran up and down the field on short-handed No. 24 Kansas in a 40-14 win on Saturday in Austin, Texas.

It was the first time the teams have faced each other with both being ranked in the Associated Press poll.

The Longhorns dominated throughout, racking up 661 total yards to just 260 for Kansas, which played without star quarterback Jalon Daniels, the preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Daniels missed the game because of a back issue that flared up in pregame warmups.

Quinn Ewers passed for 325 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores as Texas (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) has won its first five games for the first time since 2009. Adonai Mitchell hauled in 10 catches (one for a TD) for 141 yards to lead the Longhorns' receiving corps.

Jason Bean was just 9-of-21 passing for 136 yards in Daniels' stead, with 58 of those yards on his lone scoring pass. Kansas (4-1, 1-1) had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Texas drove 88 yards in seven plays to the game's opening score, Ewers' 30-yard TD run with 10:06 to play in the first quarter. The Longhorns added a 26-yard field goal from Bert Auburn with 1:52 to play in the quarter.

Kansas got on the board when Daniel Hishaw picked up a fumble by Bean and scooted 18 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 10-7 with 14:05 to play in the second quarter.

The Longhorns answered with a 30-yard FG by Auburn at the 11:15 mark three snaps after Brooks ripped off a 67-yard run.

Brooks broke through a huge hole up the middle and ran untouched for a 54-yard TD on the first possession of the third quarter that pushed Texas' lead to 20-7.

The Jayhawks responded immediately as Bean hit Trevor Wilson on a 58-yard scoring pass to bring the deficit back to six points.

Brooks racked up his second rushing TD on a 1-yard plunge at right guard to make it 26-14 with 2:33 to play in the third.

Texas added fourth-quarter TDs on a 9-yard Ewers-to-Mitchell pass and a 1-yard quarterback keeper.

--Field Level Media

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