By Jim Vertuno
The Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas — Malcolm Brown delivered the tough yards and the touchdowns for Texas. Chris Whaley provided the knockout blow.
Brown ran for 119 yards and four touchdowns and Whaley, a senior defensive tackle, scored his second touchdown of the season on a 40-yard fumble return as Texas beat Kansas 35-13 Saturday for the Longhorns’ fifth win in a row.
Whaley, who was initially recruited as a running back and scored on a 31-yard interception return against Oklahoma, broke open what had been a surprisingly close game in the third quarter when the 295-pound lineman scooped up a loose ball and scored.
“He does it again,” said Longhorns defensive end Cedric Reed. It was his sack of Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps that knocked the ball out.
“I saw the ball go flying and Whaley go running,” Reed said.
Brown’s touchdown runs covered 2, 3, 1 and 30 yards for Texas (6-2, 5-0), which remains in a tie for first place in the Big 12. Case McCoy passed for 196 yards with two interceptions in Texas’ first home game since Sept. 21. The Longhorns defense held Kansas to 306 total yards.
After a 1-2 start, Texas turned its season around and is now bowl-eligible thanks in large part to a running game that has worn down opponents. Texas finished with 221 yards rushing.
“We wanted to grind those yards out,” Brown said. “Coaches want runners who are tough, like the contact and aren’t backing away from it. I’ve taken pride in that.”
Kansas dropped its 26th consecutive loss in the Big 12. Jake Heaps passed for 160 yards for the Jayhawks (2-6, 0-5).