Running back Johnathan Gray had a breakout week for the Longhorns as he rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 win against Kansas State, a game considered to be the team’s best of the season. In the past Gray shared the load at running back with several other players, but after his great play on Saturday Gray should expect to get the bulk of the team’s carries in the future. Behind improved play from the Longhorns offensive line, Gray had runs of 21, 16, 15, 13 and 12 yards and picked up first downs on eight of his carries, according to Max Olson of ESPN. Gray has also been a positive for the injury ridden Texas offense as he has been able to stay healthy to this point. Texas quarterback David Ash was injured in the win against Kansas State with a head injury and was replaced by senior Case McCoy, who showed the ability to lead the team to victory in the second half.
Also, just two weeks after the firing of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, Texas’ defense showed promise this past Saturday. The Longhorns allowed just 115 rushing yards and 275 passing yards. Even though Kansas State was able to convert more than 50% of its third-downs and had 21 first downs, Texas’ defense definitely showed some improvement. The Longhorns forced three turnovers and were able to capitalize off of the Wildcats’ mistakes. Texas has a bye week this week and plays Iowa State next on October 3. The off week should give Texas the opportunity to continue to improve its defense and rest some of its injured players.