AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kansas coach Charlie Weis had reminded his players how close they came to beating Texas last year. When the Jayhawks had the ball and the momentum in the third quarter on Saturday, they had the chance to believe they could pull off the upset this time.
Instead, another mistake led to another blown opportunity and another loss in a Big 12 losing streak that now stands at 26 games and counting.
Malcolm Brown ran for 119 yards and four touchdowns and defensive tackle Chris Whaley scored his second touchdown of the season with a 40-yard fumble return as Texas beat Kansas 35-13 in a game that didn't get away from Kansas until late.
Whaley's touchdown in the third quarter broke open what had been a surprisingly close contest. Initially recruited as a running back, Whaley scored when he scooped a fumble by Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps, turning a 14-6 Texas lead into 21-6.
Whaley also scored on a 31-yard interception return earlier this season.
"Our margin of error is very small," Kansas coach Charlie Weis said. "When you give up one game-changing play, you're fighting a little bit of an uphill battle."
Brown's touchdown runs covered 2, 3, 1 and 30 yards for Texas (6-2, 5-0), which won its fifth in a row and 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 held Kansas to 306 total yards.
"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."
Heaps passed for 160 yards for the Jayhawks (2-6, 0-5).
Texas had to rally to beat Kansas in the final seconds last year, and the Longhorns lacked the early spark they had in their previous two games in wins against Oklahoma and TCU. McCoy threw his first interception on Texas' first drive, and the Longhorns were held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since the season-opener.
But Kansas had the sort of misfires that come with a losing streak. The Jayhawks had three drives inside the Texas 15 that accounted for just six points.
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