LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Matthew Wyman followed his field goal that forced overtime with a 25-yarder in the extra session Saturday, giving Kansas a stunning 24-21 victory over Texas and embattled coach Charlie Strong.
The Jayhawks (2-9, 1-7) poured off the sideline and into a pile with thousands of students after snapping a 19-game Big 12 losing streak with their first win over the Longhorns since 1938.
Texas had won the last 13 games in the series.
The Longhorns (5-6, 3-5) squandered plenty of chances down the stretch, including a fumble and a failed fourth-down try in the final minutes of regulation that could have put the game away.
They got the ball first in overtime, but Shane Buechele badly overthrew his intended receiver on their second play and Mike Lee was there to pick it off. After the Jayhawks marched inside the 5-yard line, their senior kicker playing in his final home game knocked through the winner.
It made D’Onta Foreman’s performance merely a footnote.
The Texas running back carried a school-record 51 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns, though his two fumbles proved costly – not only to the Longhorns’ season but quite possibly to Strong’s future.
The third-year coach has been on the hot seat all season, and the temperature is only going to rise after a loss to the lowly Jayhawks. Strong dropped to 16-20 since arriving at Texas, and not even the $10 million buyout he would be due could be enough to keep him from getting fired.
The Jayhawks took advantage of four first-half turnovers, including a pick-six by Brandon Stewart, to take a 10-7 lead into the locker room. But they committed two turnovers of their own in an ugly third quarter, which the Longhorns turned into back-to-back touchdowns for a 21-10 lead.
Kansas marched downfield for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and Steven Sims won the race to the pylon to convert the 2-point conversion and get within a field goal.
That proved to be pivotal in the final minute of the game.
The Jayhawks stuffed Texas on fourth down and regained possession with 58 seconds left. Three completions to Ke’aun Kinner and a targeting penalty got them within field goal range. Wyman’s kick from 36 yards out with 7 seconds remaining sent the game to overtime.
Texas was shaky throughout the game, especially when Buechele left for a short period in the first half with an injury, in what might go down as the biggest indictment of Strong’s tenure.
Kansas has been close to breaking through several times this season, including a 24-23 loss to TCU in early October and a 31-24 loss to Iowa State earlier this month.
Texas heads to TCU on Saturday for what could be Strong’s final game as coach.
Kansas tries to make it two straight on Saturday at Kansas State.