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Sarkisian on ending Texas losing streak: ‘It was heavy’

Texas held on to defeat Kansas State and snapped a six-game losing streak in their final regular-season game.

Running back Roschon Johnson dominated the Wildcats’ defense, recording 31 carries for 179 yards with a touchdown. Quarterback Casey Thompson also threw for 170 yards with a touchdown pass to tight end Cade Brewer. The Longhorns’ defense stopped the Wildcats twice on fourth down in the second half while not allowing any points. 

Ending his first season with the Longhorns, coach Steve Sarkisian led Texas to end their longest losing streak since 1956. Texas finished their regular season at 5-7 for the first time since 2016. While Sarkisian may have wanted more out of his first season with the Longhorns, he admitted that snapping the losing streak was necessary. 

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Sarkisian was non-commital if Texas would accept a bowl bid at 5-7, which is a possibility if there are not enough qualfied teams to fill all the bowl slots. 

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Despite earning a victory against the Wildcats, the Longhorns have struggled to earn statement wins throughout the season. The uphill battle started with an embarrassing 40-21 loss to Arkansas in Week 2. They earned wins against Rice, Texas Tech, and TCU for their following matchups, but they were embarrassed again during the Red River Showdown. 

The Longhorns’ 55-48 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 9 kickstarted the losing streak for Texas.The Longhorns went on to lose the next five matchups against Oklahoma State, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, and West Virginia. The Longhorns may have a chance at earning a bowl game slot, but they won’t be confirmed until selection Sunday on Dec. 5. 

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