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Big 12 football: Texas QB David Ash has come a long way since last season

The sophomore was named Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week after stellar game against Ole Miss
By Mike Baldwin Published: September 17, 2012
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photo - Texas quarterback David Ash (14) fights through an attempted tackle by Mississippi defensive end Channing Ward (11) in the second quarter of their NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Texas won 66-31. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ORG XMIT: MSRS124
Texas quarterback David Ash (14) fights through an attempted tackle by Mississippi defensive end Channing Ward (11) in the second quarter of their NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Texas won 66-31. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ORG XMIT: MSRS124

“We could do some things that would give him the label of being a running quarterback, but that's not what our offense is,” Holgorsen said. “He's getting rushing yards because he's doing a good job of getting out of bad situations, getting out of the pocket to extend a play.”

BAYLOR NEXT UP FOR MONROE

Louisiana-Monroe upset Arkansas in overtime and last week pushed Auburn to the brink before losing in overtime. The Warhawks host Baylor on Friday night in a nationally televised game.

“You hope your players are always ready regardless of the situation,” said Baylor coach Art Briles. “But what Louisiana-Monroe did the opening week at Arkansas and the national attention they garnered was huge. If you didn't have the respect you should have had, it certainly would help motivate you.”

Baylor is riding an eight-game winning streak dating back to last season.

JAYHAWKS TRY TO SLOW IT DOWN

In a conference that features up-tempo spread offenses, Kansas coach Charlie Weis said his game plan is to slow the game down.

“When you feel there's a talent discrepancy, the one thing you have to try to do is play more complementary football,” Weis said. “Although all offensive coordinators like to sling it all over the field every play, for us, that does not bode well to do it that way.

“We have a couple of decent runners. Our team is committed to running the football. The slower we can play the game the better for us.”

IOWA STATE DEFENSE HAS BEEN DOMINANT

Iowa State's defense hasn't allowed a touchdown the past two games, the first time that's happened in more than 50 years.

The challenge increases following a bye week. The Big 12 features five teams ranked in the top 11 nationally in total offense.

“Our kids look forward to the challenge to see if we're improved like we believe we are, and we see if we can keep points to a minimum and play great defense,” said Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads. “That's what you have to have if you're going to finish in the upper half of this league.”

The Cyclones have seven senior starters on defense.


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