Now that Colorado is no longer in the league, there's no more picturesque stadium than the one at Kansas. Surrounded by hills, many of the trees were in their fall glory Saturday. It was lovely.
JAYHAWK CROWD: D
Not so lovely was the Kansas crowd. There were about 10,000 Jayhawk fans in the stadium at kickoff. Sure, it was rainy and gray — the really bad stuff didn't arrive until later — but the vast swaths of empty seats were still shocking. There were thousands more Kansas fans at the men's basketball team's season-opening, late-night practice Friday night.
COWBOY CROWD: A
There were about 3,000 OSU fans in Lawrence. Considering the expected blowout, which didn't materialize, and the forecasted rain, which did, it was a strong showing by the Cowboy faithful. Plus, it looked like OSU brought the whole marching band. The more marching bands, the better.
NICO ORNELAS: I
The sophomore linebacker gets an incomplete for his play on special teams. He was penalized for leaping over the shield block on a Kansas punt. He actually ran in, leapt straight into the air but got undercut so it looked like he tried to leap over the shield. Then on OSU's next punt, he was whistled for targeting an opponent, which is supposed to be called when a defenseless player is hit. The Jayhawk punt returner hadn't called for a fair catch and it appeared Ornelas was pushed into the returner. Not sure Ornelas earned either penalty.
UNHERALDED RECEIVERS: B
If not for the lesser-known receivers, the Cowboys would've been in trouble. Tracy Moore injured his ankle in the first half, had it heavily wrapped at halftime and did not return in the second half. Isaiah Anderson hurt his hand in the first half, had a finger heavily wrapped after the game and didn't return either. That left guys like Charlie Moore and Austin Hays to pick up the slack, which they did quite nicely.
Not one of the Cowboys' best look, but the newly styled gray helmets, with white jerseys and gray pants were plenty sharp. And since gray was the color of this cloudy, stormy day, the uniforms fit. The Cowboys changed up their gray helmets, adding white “OSU” decals and switching out the black facemasks for white.