It won’t be easy, though, with three of those four games on the road.
The Jayhawks (1-7, 0-5 Big 12) next chance at a “W” comes Saturday when
they head to Waco, Texas, to play Baylor (3-4, 0-4), who is also
winless in Big 12 play.
Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. at Floyd Casey Stadium on FSN.
Kansas is coming off a heartbreaking 21-17 loss to No. 23 Texas last
Saturday. The Jayhawks led the majority of the game until Texas tied
it, 14-14, with 9:41 remaining before the Longhorns scored the
game-winning touchdown with 12 seconds left.
Baylor, meanwhile, is trying to bounce back after a 35-21 loss at Iowa State. The Bears, who won their first three games, have now lost four
BU features an explosive offense which ranks No. 1 in the nation in
passing (395.7 ypg), No. 3 in total offense (569.4 ypg), and No. 7 in
scoring (44.1 ppg) and pass efficiency (167.6).
The Bears boast the nation’s most potent quarterback-receiver duo in
Nick Florence and Terrence Williams. Florence leads the country in
total offense (414.1 ypg) andpassing yards (378.9 ypg), while ranking
third nationally in points responsible for with 22.3 points per game.
Williams is a dynamic playmaker who leads the nation with an
eye-popping 171.0 receiving yards per game and 20.1 yards per catch
while ranking fourth with 8.6 receptions per contest. Fellow receiver
Lanear Sampson has a current reception streak of 37 straight games,
tied for the second-longest active streak nationally while Tevin Reese
is tied for 11th with his reception streak of 30 games.
KU coach Charlie Weis knows there is much to fear in Baylor’s offensive
attack, especially containing Florence and Williams.
“(Florence has) got a very accurate arm and he throws his deep ball as
good as anyone I’ve seen on the college level,” Weis said. “He’s (also)
not afraid to pull it and run it on the read option.”
“Terrance Williams is probably as good as I’ve seen. I think he’ll be a
high draft pick. That 172 yards per game average is not by accident,”
Baylor, a big-play team and quick-strike offense (BU has averaged 35.5
yards on 23 passing touchdowns this season, including six of 50 yards
or longer while also scoring 14 TDs on drives of one minute or less,
and 23 touchdowns in two minutes or fewer) will try to keep KU on its
heels in its spread passing attack.
“Their wide receivers sometimes will be split a yard from the sideline.
So they make you cover the entire width of the field, which is kind of
unique and I haven’t seen people use that same type of approach,” Weis
While Baylor’s offense is what everyone talks about, BU has struggled
defensively this year. The Bears have given up 42.7 points per game,
allowing 70 points at West Virginia on Sept. 29 in a 70-63 loss, and
giving up 56 points at Texas on Oct. 20 in a 56-50 setback.
But Weis said Baylor’s defense is better than those numbers indicate.
“Everyone wants to talk about their offensive firepower and the fact
that the defense gives up a lot of points, but realistically the
defense is on the field a lot, because the offense scores real quick,”
Weis said. “Their circumstance is that they’re on the field about every
two minutes and they’re back on the field again.”
A big key for Kansas is creating turnovers on Saturday. BU turned the
ball over just once in its first three wins before committing 16
turnovers in its last four losses.
“If we’re going to have chance to win, we’re going to need turnovers,”
KU will be bolstered by the return of senior receiver Daymond Patterson, who’s missed the last two games with a head injury.
Patterson is tied for first on the team with 19 receptions for 160
yards. Weis said Tuesday that he “couldn’t render a guess on what
packages he’ll be in and what he wouldn’t be in until after I see him
out there (in practice).”
But Weis knows what a healthy Patterson brings to the team.
“He’s one of the most experienced guys you have; experienced guys know
the tricks of the trade like how to get open versus press coverage,”
The Jayhawk players feel they are close to turning the corner after
playing with the “big boys” like then-No. 15 TCU on Sept. 15 (KU lost
20-6), Oklahoma State on Oct. 13 (KU lost 20-14) and most recently
Texas last Saturday.
But Weis insists playing a team close isn’t good enough. The Jayhawks
need a victory after seven straight losses.
And he’s hoping that “W” finally comes against Baylor, a team KU hasn’t
beaten since 2007.
“I think a win helps validate all the hard work and effort they
(players) have been doing,” Weis said. “No matter what everyone sees
about games getting closer, improvement and everything, you can’t
believe you’ve truly turned a corner until you have something more
definite to show from it. So I think that winning is very, very