- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Stuck in a winless season, nothing seems to bounce the right way for Kansas. Not the fumbled punts or the field goals that plunk off the uprights.

Even the rule book finds ways to deny touchdowns.

So went another loss for the Jayhawks on Saturday night, this one a 59-20 Texas romp that came just a week after the Longhorns had been shut out by Iowa state.

Jerrod Heard threw an 84-yard touchdown pass to John Burt on Texas’ first offensive play and D’Onta Foreman ran 93-yards for a third quarter score. Tyrone Swoopes ran for four touchdowns for Texas (4-5, 3-3 Big 12), two in the fourth quarter, and also threw a 40-yard touchdown in mop-up duty in the Longhorns’ highest-scoring game in two seasons.

Kansas (0-9, 0-6) has lost 37 in a row away from home. The Jayhawks have given up at least 58 points in three straight games.

But Kansas was within 24-14 with a chance to make a game of it before the usual bad things started to happen.

A drive ended at the Texas 1 with a fumble in to the end zone. A Kansas player jumped on the ball but there was no touchdown because by rule, on fourth down the player who drops it must recover. The result was Texas ball.

Minutes later, a 26-yard field goal attempt clanked off the right upright as time expired. First year coach David Beaty had rejected a chance to run a last play before opting to kick.

“We have got to be able to convert that field goal right there. We have got to convert those two drives and maybe the game is a little different,” Beaty said.

Texas then finished off the Jayhawks with 35 straight points in a scoring burst the Longhorns hadn’t seen in a long time.

Heard finished with 201 yards passing and 23 yards rushing, one of his best games since a 527-yard school record effort in a loss to California back on Sept. 12. Foreman finished with 157 yards rushing after gaining just 16 in the first half.

Swoopes scored two touchdowns on runs of 4 and 1 yards in the first half when the game was still close, then finished off the Jayhawks with a burst in the fourth quarter when the game turned into a Texas romp.

Ryan Willis led Kansas with 214 yards passing and one touchdown.

The Longhorns still need two wins in their final three games to qualify for a bowl in coach Charlie Strong’s second season. The Longhorns play next at West Virginia, host Texas Tech on Thanksgiving and end the regular season at Baylor.

The scoring outburst will be a confidence boost for a Texas team that badly needed one and has struggled to keep up in the wild scoring of the Big 12. The Longhorns jumped to a 17-0 lead against one of the worst defenses in the country and survived the second-quarter surge from the Jayhawks.

“One week you don’t score anything,” Strong said. “The next week you’re so explosive … We needed that.”

Heard, who hadn’t passed for more than 53 yards in three of the previous four games, threw over the top of the Kansas secondary for the long strike to Burt, who easily beat one-on-one coverage to haul it in.

Texas poured it on in the second half, starting with Foreman’s long run. Foreman took the handoff, bounced around the left end and suddenly was in the clear all the way to the end zone. His touchdown on Texas’ next drive put the Longhorns up by 24.

Swoopes replaced Heard at quarterback to start the fourth quarter and his first pass attempt was a 40-yard touchdown to Armanti Foreman. He added a 44-yard TD run, then scooped a fumble for another late touchdown.

“They exploded in the second half and you have to take your hats off to them,” Beaty said.

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