Oklahoman Published: September 26, 2000
Playing the percentages NORMAN -- After Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel completed 62 percent of his passes in 1999, quarterbacks coach Chuck Long said Heupel could improve his accuracy by 10 percent this season.

So far, Heupel is halfway there.

In three games, Heupel has completed 67 percent of his passes (69 of 103) and leads the NCAA in the statistical category.

Heupel threw two interceptions against Rice, raising his season total to four, but he was on target most of the day, completing 77.1 percent (27 of 35 passes). That's just shy of his best mark in a 15-game career -- 77.5 percent in his debut against Indiana State.

In the last two games, Heupel is 51-of-67 (76.1 percent).

Heupel ranks among NCAA leaders in several other categories, including:

Total offense (fourth, 307.3- yard average).

Points responsibility (tie third, 50 points).

Yards per attempt (third, 8.73 average).

Passing efficiency (seventh, 155.0).

Total passing (eighth, 23 completions per game).
Stingy Jayhawks Kansas leads the nation in pass defense.

The Jayhawks have allowed an average of 84.0 yards in three games. Their last two opponents, Alabama- Birmingham and Southern Illinois, have managed 45 and 43 passing yards, respectively.

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