Kansas State scored just before the half to take a 10-3 lead over Texas in a first half that had been dominated by defense. The Wildcats took the lead early after an interception of Longhorns QB David Ash set them up inside the red zone. Unable to punch it in, they settled for a short field goal. Texas evened the score early in the second quarter on a 48-yard field goal by Justin Tucker, after slanted field position provided them with a drive start at the K-State 44.
Four consecutive punts later, the Wildcats took over at their 46 with 3:07 remaining in the half. Collin Klein led them on an eight-play, 54-yard drive that chewed up all but nine seconds of the clock, punching in a back breaking drive with a 16-yard TD pass to Chris Harper.
Texas outgained Kansas State 100-56 in the conservative half, but Ash completed just six of 14 passes for only 29 yards. Texas won the ground battle 71-2 in the half but trails on the scoreboard, 10-3.