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October 14, 2012Oklahoma State had three, three-and-outs in their last five possessions. The Jayhawks defense held Joseph Randle to his lowest rushing total of the season.
One the other side of the ball James Sims and the Kansas ground game were chunking out yards against the Oklahoma State defense. The Cowboys are perennially a physical team but it was the Jayhawks that took over late in the game.
"In the fourth quarter I thought it was clear who was winning the line of scrimmage," Weis said on Sunday night. "I think that it caught them (OSU) a little off guard. They were a little surprised we were playing that physical. Let's start with the defense who I felt in the fourth kind of roughed them up in the run game. There were no easy yards in the run game. They brought just enough heat the quarterback couldn't get too comfortable.
"Whether you want to give credit to the offensive line or James Sims. Once he got rocking-and-rolling everyone was playing better because I think they fed off of him."
No moral victory, but confidence
Weis has made it clear he doesn't care about keeping a game close, he wants to win. And he will play to win. But there are some positive signs the team can take as the program continues to build.
"They are disappointed in the loss but they are as upbeat as they have been since the opening game," Weis said. "They feel a lot better about themselves. There was evidence on tape to substantiate what we are saying. They know with us the jury is still out because people want to see if this is a one-time deal where they go and win the fourth quarter. There is a lot more positive vibe around the place in quite some time."
Weis said there has never been a problem with work ethic, but it gets tough to see progress when you are losing. He felt it was a matter of time before the team started to show progress late in the game.
"The way they were working it was just a matter of time," Weis said. "It was going to happen. If they were going to quit they would have quit a long time ago. We are just too hard on them. They had plenty of opportunities long before now. When you work really hard and you have good kids that work hard, eventually it's going to come around."
More news and notes:
-- Weis said he wasn't going to give any hints on who the starting quarterback will be between Dayne Crist and Michael Cummings.
-- One particular time stood out to Weis with Cummings in the game. During a time when Weis was speaking to the team Cummings caught his attention.
"There was one timeout when I called them over," Weis recalled. "I said remember on the last play this is always a possibility. He said 'yeah I saw that but this is what happened.' It was a very upper level thought to be sharing with me at that time. That showed me he wasn't just playing the game, he was thinking about the game."