LONGHORNS LIVE BLOG: Texas in meltdown at home as Kansas takes 42-21 lead – KXAN.com

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns return home to play Kansas in hopes of ending a four-game losing streak.

Texas (4-5, 2-4 in Big 12) is facing the real possibility of a season without a bowl game, which would be an undeniable failure in Steve Sarkisian’s first year as Longhorns head coach. The Longhorns need two wins in their final three games to become bowl eligible.

A Texas Athletics spokesperson said Saturday Casey Thompson will start against the Jayhawks, but expect both quarterbacks to play. Sarkisian said earlier this week Hudson Card will get some playing time against the Jayhawks (1-8, 0-6 in Big 12).

Running backs Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson will be available to play Saturday night. Third-string running back Keilan Robinson is out due to COVID-19 protocols, according to UT.

Follow along for news and notes from the game in this live blog.

Kansas vs. Texas live blog

SLIVER OF HOPE: Texas comes out of the locker room and puts together a 75-yard touchdown drive in four minutes. Casey Thompson is back at quarterback and he scored on a two-yard run to get the deficit to 14.

Xavier Worth picked up 14 yards on a 3rd-and-13 to keep the drive alive.

SCORE: Kansas leads 35-21

HISTORIC LOW: Kansas goes to the locker room leading 35-14. Texas has never trailed Kansas by 21 points in its history. This would be the Longhorns’ first loss at home to the Jayhawks.

Kansas hasn’t won a Big 12 road game in 13 years when Mark Mangino was its head coach.

Texas last lost to Kansas in 2016 — head coach Charlie Strong was fired a week later.

DISASTER PT. 2: In the span of 1:20, Kansas has turned this game into a rout. Card throws a terrible pass toward the sideline that is picked off by Kansas’ Jacobee Bryant. Bryant returns it 23 yards for a touchdown.

Texas is in complete shock now trailing the Jayhawks 35-14.

SCORE: Kansas leads 35-14

DISASTER: The Longhorns offensive line can’t hold up and Card held on to the ball for too long. The result — another Kansas sack and fumble recovery at the Longhorns 23-yard line.

Three plays later, Daniels hits Devin Neal for a 19-yard touchdown.

SCORE: Kansas leads 28-14

JAYHAWKS ANSWER: Kansas answered right back with a 75-yard scoring drive. Jayhawks QB Jalon Daniels is looking like a star out there, running for a nine-yard touchdown. Statistically, Kansas entered the game with one of the worst offenses in the country.

Daniels is 15 of 20 for 157 passing yards. He’s also run for a touchdown.

SCORE: Kansas leads 21-14

CARD TD: It’s Hudson Card’s turn at quarterback during the second series of the second quarter. Card had some nice touch on a 33-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Worthy,

Worthy now holds the record for touchdown receptions for a Longhorns freshman with nine.

SCORE: Tied at 14

ON THE BOARD: There are a lot of nervous fans in Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. If Texas hadn’t scored on that drive, this stadium would’ve sounded more like the Perry-Castaneda Library on UT’s campus.

But the Longhorns did get on the board with a touchdown pass from Casey Thompson to Marcus Washington.

It’s a 25-yard catch for Washington. His first touchdown of the season.

SCORE: Kansas leads 14-7

AGAIN: The Jayhawks are here to win and Texas is heading toward an ultimate low if it doesn’t wake up soon. The Longhorns are trailing Kansas 14-0 as we head to the second quarter.

Kansas compiles another 10-play, scoring drive capped off by a touchdown to a wide-open Mason Fairchild from Jalon Daniels. Daniels threw the ball perfectly in the middle of the Longhorns’ zone defense, but the pass defense was suspect at best.

SCORE: Kansas leads 14-0

TURNOVER: Casey Thompson and Bijan Robinson started for the Longhorns on a promising drive that ended in a fumble.

The Longhorns moved 40 yards on six plays before Kansas’ Kyron Johnson strip-sacked Thompson at the Jayhawks 36-yard line. Kansas recovers.

KANSAS SCORES: Kansas exploits Texas’ awful run defense on the first series of the game, picking up 54 yards on the ground during a 75-yard touchdown drive. The Jayhawks only faced third down twice on the drive. Devin Neal runs three yards for the score.

SCORE: Kansas leads 7-0

PREGAME: Texas won the coin toss and deferred its option to the second half. Kansas will start on offense.