LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — You didn't even have to be in the same room as Kansas coach Charlie Weis to know how he looked when he pored over the statistics that Oklahoma State has been putting up this season.
It's enough to simply read his remarks and imagine.
"It's big, big numbers," Weis said. "It's big passing totals. It's big rushing totals. It's big point totals. These are big numbers."
For the record, Weis had a slight deer-in-the-headlights look on his face, though he also smiled in appreciation of what the Cowboys have been doing. Sure, there was an 84-point blitz of Savannah State to skew the numbers, but that doesn't change the fact that Oklahoma State (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) has scored at least 30 points in 22 consecutive games.
The Cowboys lead the nation in scoring at nearly 59 points per game. They lead the nation in total offense at nearly 660 yards per game. They're the only team in the nation among the top 10 in passing offense and rushing offense, gaining 300 yards on the ground per game.
Big numbers, to be sure.
"They're big numbers no matter what," Weis said, "but you do have to factor in two of their opponents from this year. Their two wins, you have to look at numbers from those games, and those games are non-competitive. But the numbers still count. Doesn't matter who you're playing."
Yes, along with that blowout of Savannah State was a 65-24 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, the two wins alternating with a 59-38 loss to Arizona and a controversial 41-36 loss to Texas.
The Cowboys visit the Jayhawks on Saturday.
"You have to be able to prepare to play at the speed they play at," said Kansas defensive end Toben Opurum. "That's where most of their big plays come from is playing high paced and getting defenses out of order and kind of frustrated with what they're doing."
That's precisely what happened to the Jayhawks (1-4, 0-2) last season.
Kansas actually scored first in the game played in Stillwater, Okla. But it took fewer than 2 minutes for quarterback Brandon Weeden to lead the Cowboys back downfield, and the touchdown to tie the game was only the tipping point of what would become a shake-your-head kind of rout.
Oklahoma State tacked on four more touchdowns by the end of the first quarter. Three more by halftime. One each in the third and fourth quarters for good measure.
By the time the final seconds ticked away, Kansas had managed two fourth-quarter TDs to make the final score slightly more respectable — or rather, as respectable as 70-28 can be.
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