AUSTIN, Texas — Jalon Daniels hit Jared Casey on a scrambling pass for a 2-point conversion in overtime and Kansas stunned Texas 57-56 Saturday night to snap the Jayhawks’ eight-game losing streak this season and a 56-game losing streak in Big 12 road games.
Kansas was a 31-point underdog at Caesars Sportsbook, making the Jayhawks’ victory the largest spread upset ever in a Big 12 conference game.
Texas had rallied from 21 down in the second half to force overtime on Casey Thompson’s touchdown pass to Cade Brewer with 22 seconds left.
Texas got the ball first in overtime and scored on Marcus Washington’s scoop-and-stretch touchdown catch. But Kansas (2-8, 1-6 Big 12) answered with Devin Neal’s 2-yard touchdown run.
First-year Kansas coach Lance Leipold then immediately decided to go for the win and Kansas players stormed onto the field when Daniels found Casey trailing the scrambling quarterback across the middle of the field and the fullback cradled the throw for the score.
Texas (4-6, 2-5) started 4-1 under first-year coach Steve Sarkisian, but has now lost five in a row — the school’s longest losing streak since 1956 and tied for third longest in program history.
Daniels passed for 202 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score. Neal rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns for the Jayhawks, who hadn’t won a road game in the Big 12 since 2008. The Jayhawks defense forced four Texas turnovers.
Thompson finished with 358 yards passing with six touchdowns for the Longhorns, who must win their final two games to become bowl eligible.
Kansas hadn’t scored more than 33 points in a game this season and rolled up 35 by halftime.
ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.