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OSU football notebook: Third quarter good for Cowboys, bad for Jayhawks

OSU has outscored opponents 86-17 in the third quarter so far this season. Kansas has been outscored 69-31 in the third.
Published: November 7, 2013
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BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com

Should Saturday's contest between Oklahoma State and Kansas be close at the half, the third quarter could be the breaking point for the Jayhawks.

OSU has outscored opponents 86-17 in the third quarter so far this season. Kansas, meanwhile, has been outscored 69-31.

Jayhawk coach Charlie Weis pointed to execution, not halftime adjustments by the opposing coaching staff, as the root of the problem for his squad.

“When a ball goes off a guy's hands into another guy's hands, that's not an adjustment,” Weis told the Lawrence Journal-World. “That's a deflected pass that you just caught and ran down to the 4 yard-line. Or when you have two guys collapsing on one to go make a tackle on a swing pass and they run into each other and the guy takes it to the house, that wasn't an adjustment by the offensive coordinator. That's a missed tackle.”

TRUE FRESHMAN DERIC ROBERTSON SERVES EMERGENCY DUTY

When starting strong safety Shamiel Gary left the Texas Tech game with an injury, that threw true freshman Deric Robertson onto the field in a hostile road environment against a potent passing team.

So how did Robertson perform?

“We put him out there and we kept him deep and told him, ‘Don't let anybody get behind you,'” defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said.

“His eyes were big. I'm glad he was there, because we had to have another body. We were out of bodies.”

It could have gotten even worse for OSU had fellow safety Lyndell Johnson's ejection for targeting stood. That also would have required Johnson to miss the first half of the Kansas game.

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