MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Charlie Weis took his time before emerging from the visiting locker room after Kansas absorbed a 56-16 beating from No. 7 Kansas State.
His parting words to reporters indicated why the postgame chat with his players had taken the better part of a half hour.
The Jayhawks allowed their in-state rival to score more than 50 points for the third straight year. Kansas State's John Hubert ran for 101 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries, while quarterback Collin Klein had two touchdowns running and throwing.
Essentially, the Wildcats scored at will.
Needless to say, Weis did not approve.
"One thing that I can't do is I can't just stay status quo," Weis said. "I can't just say, 'Well, that's OK. We got our butts whooped by K-State. That's OK, fellas.' Trust me, that's not the message that was relayed in the locker room after the game."
Kansas' Dayne Crist threw for 189 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. The Notre Dame transfer was replaced by Michael Cummings in the fourth quarter.
James Sims had 115 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Jayhawks.
Weis used a go-for-broke mentality — including several successful trick plays on special teams — in an effort to spring the upset. He succeeded for the first 30 minutes, the Jayhawks holding the ball for 21:35 in the first half, before things finally got away from them.
"It really came down to not executing," Crist said. "There wasn't a play that took life out of us one way or another. We're going to battle as long as there's time on the clock."
Kansas (1-4, 0-2 Big 12) )put together a time-gobbling, 86-yard drive that kept Klein and Co. on the sideline for a good chunk of the first quarter and ended in a 19-yard touchdown pass to Tony Pierson. Crist was 7-of-8 passing for 77 yards on the series.
Kansas State (5-0, 2-0) answered with a 74-yard drive of its own. Hubert did almost all the work, and his 20-yard touchdown run over a gaping right side knotted the game late in the quarter.
That's when Kansas got sneaky — or downright audacious.
Held to three-and-presumably-out, Weis told Ron Doherty to execute what amounted to a punter draw that went for a first down. The Jayhawks marched to the Kansas State 23 before they were held again, but this time they faked a field goal, and holder Blake Jablonski threw a pass to defensive end Toben Opurum — a former running back — to set up Sims' short TD run.
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