Six turnovers key to last season’s upset vs. Texas

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2) puts Texas running back D'Onta Foreman (33) on the ground after recovering a fumble during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Raise your hand if you think Kansas will emerge victorious from its 5 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Austin against heavily favored Texas.

Anybody not wearing a Kansas uniform or coaching for the visitors?

OK, now raise your hand if after the first play from scrimmage in last season’s game vs. Texas in Lawrence you thought the Jayhawks would emerge victorious. A refresher: On the game’s first play from scrimmage, Jacorey Warrick scored on a 75-yard pass play, covering the final 71 yards after the catch on the short pass from Shane Buechele.

Kansas went on to win 24-21 in overtime for David Beaty’s first and to date only victory against an FBS school.

Can Kansas do it again? If it can cause six Texas turnovers again it can. It was the highest turnover total by a team in a Big 12 conference game since the Longhorns turned it over six times vs. TCU in 2014. No Big 12 school has that many miscues in a game this season. Texas has turned it over seven times in nine games.

In the stunning upset, KU had as many interceptions (three) as it has in nine games this season.
Brandon Stewart returned his 55 yards for a touchdown and Fish Smithson and Mike Lee also picked off passes, Lee’s leading to the winning field goal.

D’Onta Foreman, now with the Houston Texans, rushed 250 yards and two touchdowns on 51 carries, but also lost two fumbles. Tyrone Swoopes also lost a fumble.

Dorance Armstrong was in on 11 tackles, three for a loss, two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered one, then famously stiff-arming the 235-pound Foreman to the ground. Armstrong called it, “the best game of my college career so far.”