UT ready to take on Kansas State, honors senior class
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Texas enter the field on Friday at 11 a.m. against Kansas State, hoping to end their six-game losing streak and end the season in a pleasant way, instead of heading to the offseason with a bitter taste.
The Longhorns (4-7, 2-6 in Big 12) play primarily for pride, as they will most likely miss a bowl game for just the fourth time since 1998 – Mack Brown’s first season at UT.
Ahead of kick-off, the 29 seniors, some of whom have undergone three head coach changes, will be honored in front of the crowd ahead of the final home game of their college career.
“This week we’re celebrating our seniors, they gave a lot to the university, they gave a lot to this program,” said head coach Steve Sarkisian. “We have a few guys where technically I’m their third head coach… we have to make sure we do a good job for them, we have to make sure we do our best for them so that they have a great experience, a memory. imperishable in DKR for their last game, and I expect us to play well and play hard.
For a few games, the problem for Texas was not being able to maintain a lead; that problem turned into the Longhorns’ inability to start quickly as they did earlier this season.
Their last two losses against Kansas and West Virginia, the Longhorns lost 14-0 early. They were able to come back from those deficits, but couldn’t get over the bump.
It has been an extremely frustrating time for the players and Sarkisian has explained what he expects from the players at the end of the season.
“Ideally we would like to play really well on Friday and send each other a message, one, of what we’re capable of; second, make sure we send the old people back to the right side; third, to let our fans know that we are building this the right way; and four, that our future opponents have something to look at when it comes to the type of team they’re going to play next fall.
Fans of Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium will see a Central Texas high school star in action for the Wildcats, running back Duece Vaughn of Round Rock Cedar Ridge.
“I feel like I’m looking at Darren Sproles 2.0 when I look at the guy,” Sarkisian said. “Obviously, not tall, but tall at heart. “
The 5-foot-6 Vaughn has racked up 1,115 yards and 14 touchdowns this season for Kansas State. He also has 434 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.
“The offense goes through him, but his versatility shows because he can do a lot of things very well.”
Kansas State has one of the best defenses in the Big 12, allowing for the second few touchdowns in the conference.
The Longhorns are a little injured before the last game of the regular season.
Linebacker Luke Brockermeyer sidelined for Kansas State game after injuring knee in practice; QB Hudson Card (ankle) and LB DeMarvion Overshown (foot) will both be decisions on game day.
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Kick-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on FOX.