K-State Upset of Texas Breaks Conference Record


Kansas State beats Texas Longhorns | Image by ESPN

Kansas State’s 116–103 upset of the No.6-ranked Texas Longhorns on Tuesday night set a new record for the most combined points in regulation in Big 12 history.

The teams combined for 219 points, which was 20 more than the previous record set by the Longhorns and the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2002.

The total was the third-most in conference history, only trailing games that went to overtime.

Kansas State’s 116 points were its most in program history — surpassing the 115 total set in 1991. It was also the most by an unranked team against a top 10 team since 1990 and the most scored on the road by an unranked team since the AP poll came into existence in 1948–49.


The Wildcats controlled the game from the beginning, starting with a 12–3 run over the first 3:16 of the game, and led throughout the entire contest. Kansas State shot 54% from three-point range and led 58–40 at halftime.

The Longhorns scored 63 points in the second half but never trimmed the deficit to less than seven.

The loss was the first for the Longhorns since head coach Chris Beard was suspended on December 12, and it snapped a six-game winning streak.

Kansas State is now 2–0 in the Big 12 and 13–1 overall, while Texas is 1–1 in the conference and 12–2 overall.


All five starters for Kansas State scored in double figures, led by guard Markquis Nowell with 36 points and forward Keyontae Johnson with 28.

Guards Tyrese Hunter and Marcus Carr combined for 56 points for the Longhorns. Hunter led the way with 29, and Carr scored 27.


Kansas State head coach Jerome Tang was unaware the teams had set a record and told ESPN he was just concerned about his defense.

“We gave up 103 points,” Tang said after the game. “That’s what I’m concerned about.”

Texas interim head coach Rodney Terry had similar thoughts on his team’s performance.

“We have a number of guys that can score,” he told the Austin American-Statesman. “We have to continue to try to buy in and understand that defense is going to travel.”

Terry added, “Defense is going to help us win games, and that’s where we’re going to really have to get better.”


Kansas State plays No.12 Baylor, Tang’s former employer, in Waco on Saturday. The Longhorns will also play Saturday and try to get back on track on the road against Oklahoma State.

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