Saturday, November 26, 2011
Jayhawks trying to find offense, get fancy
By David Ubben
Kansas led at halftime, but it scored a defensive touchdown and its only other scoring drive went for negative yardage after an interception.
The Jayhawks needed a change on offense, and they've gone with an uptempo pace out of the Jayhawk formation to make it happen with the game tied at 10.
The result: Three first downs on a single drive after having just two in the entire first half. A false start on 4th-and-1 near midfield forced a punt, but it's a huge step in the right direction for Kansas, especially if Christian Matthews can throw a bit more to keep the Tigers honest.
Expect to see more of that until Missouri stops it. James Sims even took snaps out of the formation, which most often features Matthews. He completed his first pass of the season out of the formation to a wide-open Kale Pick, another fellow former quarterback, for 12 yards.