MANHATTAN, Kansas (Ticker) -- Texas made sure it would not be disappointed for a second straight week.
Longhorn defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs blocked Jared Brite's attempted game-tying field goal with seven seconds remaining as No. 8 Texas defeated 19th-ranked Kansas State, 17-14, snapping the Wildcats' eight-game home winning streak.
Last week, the second-ranked Longhorns blew an 11-point lead in a 35-24 loss to third-ranked Oklahoma. Texas quarterback Chris Simms struggled mightily, tossing three interceptions without a touchdown while completing just 12-of-26 passes for 156 yards.
"The kids picked it back up and they fought their guts out and came up here to show everybody and our football team that they cared enough about them and their coaches that they wanted to win," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "That's the reason we won tonight. The game plans were really great, but the reason we won tonight is the kids were not going to lose."
Simms was more effective in this contest, completing 13-of-24 attempts for 184 yards, two TDs and one interception. With the game tied at 14, he connected on a 32-yard strike to B.J. Johnson on 3rd-and-11 at the Kansas State 49, setting up Dusty Magnum's go-ahead, 27-yard field goal with 92 seconds remaining.
"I was pretty confident going out there that I was going to make it," Magnum said. "I felt really good in the warmups early in the game. After that, I felt confident going into the game."
Ell Roberson quickly marched the Wildcats (5-2, 1-2 Big 12 North) back down the field, coming up with a pair of long passes to James Terry on consecutive plays with less than a minute to play.
But Brite - who missed an extra-point attempt in the second quarter - did not get enough loft to his 36-yard attempt to send the contest into overtime, handing the Wildcats a second defeat in three contests.
"I couldn't tell (if the kick was low)," Brite said. "My head was still down when I heard the thump of someone's hand. I couldn't tell. I thought it was going high, but you can never really tell."
"I think it pains everybody," Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said of the loss. "We are all on the same team. When you prepare and invest as much as our youngsters have and our coaches have, then it's painful. It's all over the locker room. They are pained."
It was the Longhorns' second blocked field goal and seventh blocked kick of the season.
Texas (6-1, 2-1 Big 12 South) was paced by Johnson, who had four catches for a season-high 132 yards. Cedric Benson, who entered the game averaging 112.7 rushing yards per game, was limited to 59 on 23 carries.
Darren Sproles had 136 yards rushing for Kansas State, which outgained Texas on the ground, 159-46, but fell to 3-4 all time against the Longhorns. Roberson completed just 7-of-18 attempts for 102 yards and one touchdown.
"There were a few times I felt I should have gotten rid of the ball but the situation at hand caused me to hold on to the ball a little longer," Roberson said. "My hat goes off to Texas. They came out and played us. Offensively, we couldn't get ourselves going and we were killing ourselves with penalties every time we had a good drive."
Texas took a 7-0 lead on a 39-yard pass from Simms to Johnson 46 seconds into the second quarter. Kansas State countered with a two-yard TD run by fullback Nick Hoheisel with 11:55 to go in the quarter but Brite's extra-point attempt was blocked.
The Longhorns made it 14-6 on a two-yard pass from Simms to backup tight end David Thomas on a bootleg to the left with 5:35 left in the third quarter. The Wildcats tied it on a 15-yard TD toss from Roberson to Thomas Hill and a successful rush by Sproles on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt with 10:40 to play.
Kansas State held the ball for 5 1/2 more minutes than Texas but fumbled the ball five times, losing one. Texas did not have any fumbles.
"It's great for our team," Simms said of bouncing back from the loss to Oklahoma. "We're a different team this year. I don't care what anybody says. We are going to fight throughout the year, so if you guys want to count us out of this thing, we're not out. We'll be back."