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Big 12 football notebook: Kansas coach Charlie Weis gives his take on Oklahoma State

Baylor has penalty problems, and Oklahomans ignite the Kansas State offense.
by Erik Horne Published: November 4, 2013
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Ahead of Kansas' meeting with Oklahoma State, Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis talked about the challenge of the OSU defense and the transfer of defensive back Tyler Patmon to the Cowboys.

Patmon, a three-year starter for the Jayhawks, transferred to Stillwater after not meshing with Weis and his new staff. Through eight games, Patmon is second on the Cowboys in pass breakups (eight) and has 13 tackles — three for loss.

“We both chatted and when you graduate from college, you can move on and go somewhere else,” Weis said of Patmon leaving KU after graduating.

Weis said he'll spend more time coaching the offensive linemen ahead of a tough matchup with OSU's defensive front seven.

“With the number of changes we're making, going against a pretty salty defensive front, not even to mention those safeties, I think we're gonna have our work cut out for us,” Weis said.

BRILES NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO PENALTIES

Baylor has done a lot of things well this season, but the Bears haven't avoided penalties.

The Bears are unbeaten and No. 5 in The Associated Press poll, but rank 108th out of 123 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in penalties per game (7.43).

Shockingly enough, Texas Tech (109th, 7.44) and Kansas (112th, 7.63) are actually ranked lower.

“We talk about making sure we play clean and are really alert to penalties, but they're part of the game,” Baylor coach Art Briles said. “What you try to do is have your players aware of every situation.”

When asked about the defensive challenge coming up on Thursday against OU, Briles said the defenses of Kansas State and OU are similar in one regard.

“I think they're both really, really good defenses with really good people with really good schemes,” said Briles, who wouldn't dare say if the game would be a shootout. “We've got a really good defense, they've got a really good defense, so you never know.”

FIRST TIME IN MORGANTOWN FOR BROWN, LONGHORNS

In all his years of coaching, Texas coach Mack Brown has never been to Morgantown. The Longhorns (5-0 in conference) enter this weekend's game against West Virginia tied with Baylor for the Big 12 lead.

“We've always heard how great their fan base is and how exciting it is to go there and play,” Brown said. “You win with running game and defense on the road, and West Virginia is playing really good defense right now.”

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Texas' defense has greatly improved since the beginning of the season.

“We all understand how talented Texas is,” Holgorsen said. “It looks to me that their effort and energy has improved as the year's gone on.”

OKLAHOMANS IGNITING K-STATE OFFENSE

Kansas State lit up Iowa State 41-7 on Saturday, the Wildcats' first 40-plus point game since Sept. 7 against Louisiana-Lafayette. Coach Bill Snyder said the Wildcats have benefitted from having Oklahoma natives Tramaine Thompson (Jenks) and Tyler Lockett (Tulsa Washington) back from injury and illness the last two games.

Thompson had three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown, while Locket led KSU with five receptions for 72 yards against Iowa State. The two combined for 164 yards and four scores against West Virginia on Oct. 26, the start of the Wildcats' two-game winning streak.

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by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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