Vitals: Kansas Jayhawks at Oklahoma State Cowboys

Wednesday, October 5th 2011, 11:24 am
By: News 9

Gerald Goodridge

Kansas Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1) at No. 6/7 Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-0, 1-0)
2:30 p.m. CST
Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Statistical Leaders:

  Kansas Jayhawks Oklahoma State Cowboys
Passing Jordan Webb
55-81, 814 yards, 9 TDs, 3 INTs
Brandon Weeden
142-191, 1,592 yards, 10 TDs, 6 INTs
Rushing James Sims
80 carries, 339 yards, 4 TDs
Joseph Randle
83 carries, 461 yards, 7 TDs
Receiving D.J. Beshears
15 receptions, 211 yards, 2 TDs
Justin Blackmon
38 receptions, 450 yards, 4 TDs

Injury Report:

Kansas: RB Darrian Miller (probable, hamstring); DB John Williams (out, knee); WR Daymond Patterson (out, groin).

Oklahoma State: OG Jonathan Rush (knee, out); CB Devin Hedgepeth (achilles, out); FS Johnny Thomas (out, academics).

Where to find it…

On Radio: Cowboy Radio Network

What you need to know…

It's safe to say that Kansas is not a very good football team. The Jayhawks opened the season with a 42-24 win over McNeese, before squeaking out a three-point win over Northern Illinois, but that's the point where KU was exposed. Over the next two games No. 13 Georgia Tech and Texas Tech carved up the Jayhawks' defense, allowing 111 points in the two games. Against Texas Tech, Kansas allowed 21 unanswered points in the third quarter and allowed the Yellow Jackets to set one NCAA and three school offensive records, including 768 total yards and 604 yards on the ground.

The Cowboys' come-from-behind win over Texas A&M at Kyle Field was a statement game. Oklahoma State erased a17-point deficit with three unanswered scores, facilitated by three turnovers, and dominated the time of possession in the third quarter to come out of one of the toughest places to play in the country with a win. Defensively, OSU brought down TAMU quarterback Ryan Tannehill twice, in addition to 11 tackles-for-loss, and generally harassed Tannehill for most of the second half.

Who you need to watch…

Quarterback Jordan Webb has been a bright spot for Kansas this season in a relatively down year for the Jayhawks offensively. Through four games, Webb has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes, while throwing nine touchdowns to just three interceptions and averaging 203 yards per game.

James Sims shoulders the load rushing for KU, averaging 20 carries for 84.8 yards and a score per contest through four games this season, averaging more than four yards per carry. In limited time this season, Tony Pierson has lit it up for Kansas. With just 24 carries, the freshman has 174 rushing yards, averaging 7.4 yards per carry, and has yet to be brought down for a loss.

Defensively, the task to match up with Justin Blackmon falls on senior cornerback Isiah Barfield. The 5-foot-11 defensive back is KU's top corner, with two pass breakups and 11 total tackles this year. Blackmon will likely draw double-coverage, seeing safety Keeston Terry, who has KU's only interception of the season, come over in assistance.

OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden had a career day in the Cowboys' big win against Texas A&M, passing for a school-record 438 yards and completed 78.3 percent of his passes. Perhaps more importantly, Weeden had his first game of the season in which he didn't throw an interception.

Joseph Randle has been outstanding for Oklahoma State this season and has provided much-needed balance to the Cowboys' pass-heavy offense. The sophomore has carried more than 20 times in each of OSU's four games this season, averages 115 yards per contest and has found the end zone at least seven times this season.