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September 9, 2012

Sunday night football notebook

It is easy to point the finger at missed field goal opportunities in the Jayhawks last second loss to Rice. But it is a lot more than field goals.

Charlie Weis talked about how he deals with a kicker like Ron Doherty after a tough game like Saturday.

"First of all you have to let them know it is not okay to miss field goals," Weis said. "I start with the opposite of what you would expect. Now once you have said that you have to let them know that is just one play in the game. There are so many plays in the game you could isolate and say if we wouldn't have done that we would have won. If we would have done that we would have won."

Weis pointed out there were a lot of plays that led to the loss and not just errors in the kicking game.

"When you are up two scores in the fourth quarter there's going to have to be a lot of things go wrong," Weis said. "Unfortunately there were a lot of things go wrong."

Latest update on injuries

After the Rice game Weis said there were a lot of bumps and bruises. The noticeable ones were to Prinz Kande, Kale Pick, Brandon Bourbon, and Lubbock Smith.

Of all the injuries the one to Kande may be worse going into the game against TCU. Weis was in the process of getting an update from Murphy Grant, the assistant athletic director for sports medicine.

"I'm going to meet with Murphy in a little while," Weis said. "It looks like out of all of them Kande is the most likely guy to not play. Pick actually was way better than what we thought he was going to be. We're still waiting some tests (MRI) back. We should have all of this stuff by the time we are done today."

Finishing drives on offense

Although the Jayhawks couldn't hold onto the lead in the fourth quarter, Weis wasn't disappointed with the offensive production in the second half.

"We moved the ball pretty well to tell you the truth," Weis said. "We had one or two drives that we had a negative early in the drive and it led to a three and out or four and out. I think moving the ball wasn't the issue. Finishing the drive was more of the issue."

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