BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
“If they would have tossed Lyndell, it would have been disastrous,” Spencer said. “That was huge. My heart was beating 100 miles an hour, because if they would have dropped him, two of the sub packages would have been totally destroyed and we would have had freshmen in there that just weren't ready for that type of game in that environment.”
Starting cornerback Kevin Peterson also missed the Texas Tech contest, thinning OSU's secondary even more. The injury status for Gary and Peterson for the Kansas game is unknown.
CHELF, YURCICH CALM FOLLOWING INTERCEPTIONS
One of Cowboy quarterback Clint Chelf's best qualities is his unflappable demeanor. That held true against Texas Tech, when he threw two poor interceptions, including a one that was returned for a touchdown.
Sounds like that calmness also carries over to the coaches box, where offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich didn't harp on those mistakes when speaking with Chelf.
“You talk about it. You analyze it. You correct it. And then you move on,” Yurcich said. “I don't know if there's another way. You want me to rip him more? You want me to yell at him for about five minutes? No.”
LAVEY AN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT RECIPIENT
Cowboy linebacker Caleb Lavey has earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors.
The senior, who has already earned his degree in finance, is currently working on his masters in business administration and holds a 3.7 grade-point average.
Lavey now advances onto the ballot as a candidate for Academic All-America honors. No OSU football player has earned that distinction since Darnell Smith in 2006.