Texas vs Kansas : Texas linebacker Gary Johnson won’t play in Friday’s regular-season finale against Kansas. You know the joke. A guy walks into a bar, he’s wearing burnt orange, of course, and before he has a chance to sit down someone has already verbally bludgeoned him with taunts and trash talk about the fact the Texas Longhorns lost in overtime to the Kansas football Jayhawks.
Texas football is the punchline. Texas football is the joke. Get it?
Sadly, that game, the most embarrassing moment in Texas football history, turned two years old on Monday, the jokes and laughs still plenty.
I thought about sharing my experience in Lawrence on that day. Oh, yes, I was there. I was standing there in the cold bleachers, one of the, maybe, 10,000 people in attendance, in full-blown Surrender Cobra as the Longhorns walked off the field. Well, I don’t know if they walked off the field. It looked more like their sad, miserable souls were being dragged to their final resting place, inside the locker room at Kansas where reality — an absolutely unfathomable reality — was waiting for them.
Per Yahoo Sports, Texas announced Johnson has been suspended for the game due to an unspecified violation of team rules.
Now in his second season at Texas, Johnson has become one of the most important defensive players for head coach Tom Herman in 2018. The senior leads the team with 74 total tackles and 14 tackles for loss.
Johnson’s absence stands to benefit Kansas’ rushing offense. Jayhawks running back Pooka Williams ranks joint-13th in the nation with 7.1 yards per carry as a freshman.
The Longhorns enter Friday’s game ranked 37th in run defense after allowing 136.5 yards per game.
Texas (8-3) can clinch a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 1 with a win over Kansas.