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Texas vs. Kansas State 2012: Longhorn fans searching for positives

The Texas Longhorns finished the year on a sour note, dropping the final regular season game on Saturday in a disappointing 42-24 loss to Kansas State.

The Longhorns led 10-7 at the half thanks to a strong defense and a surprising performance by quarterback Case McCoy. Starting in place of David Ash, McCoy tied a school record with 17 straight completions yet tossed two very costly interceptions that led to 14 points for Kansas State.

The Wildcats pulled away from a tight game in the fourth quarter, scoring 28 unanswered points thanks to missed opportunities, poor defense and two turnovers. In the end, the Longhorns finished the season 8-4, 5-4 and left many fans frustrated by another letdown season.

Wesley Eberts of Burnt Orange Nation looks for the positives in a moral victory on Saturday night:

In all seriousness, the Longhorns played a tough game against Kansas State on Saturday that was closer than the final score, which was aided by a late fumble from Quandre Diggs when Texas was still in the game and another interception from Case McCoy an out route, this time to the opposite side of the field than his first pass that was nearly taken for at touchdown the other way, providing the final 42-24 margin to a game that was much closer than the final score appeared.

With the loss, the Longhorns will likely play in Alamo Bowl, although there is a chance Texas earns a bid to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.