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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Talib ends ‘drought’

Corner gets first pick since Oct. 6

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After Week 11, who do you consider to be truly the nation's best college football team?

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  • Oklahoma 2% 109 votes
  • Missouri 1% 54 votes
  • West Virginia 0% 11 votes

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— The slump is dead.

Kansas University junior cornerback Aqib Talib cut in front of a Zac Robinson pass and intercepted it with 7:32 left on Saturday, sealing the Jayhawks' 43-28 victory at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The pick caused the fans to fiddle for their keys and start heading for their cars.

For a visiting player, that's the best kind of play one can make.

"It was a little drought," Talib said. "The drought is over."

Yeah, it really was. Talib hadn't intercepted a pass since his "jump ball is my ball" pick at the end of the Kansas State game on Oct. 6. His pick that day sealed KU's victory, too.

Talib now has four interceptions on the season, including the 100-yard show for a score against Florida International. He advanced this one only about 17 yards, but it was beside the point.

Not only was the game over by that point, but Talib was remembered for a far more devastating blow in the eyes of the Cowboys.

Talib was the one that sniffed out a slot screen and blew up star wide receiver Adarius Bowman, causing him to miss the game and perhaps the rest of the season.

"It was just a read for us. In the coverage we were in, that's what we do. We've got to go get it," Talib said.

"He threw it, and I made a good break on it. I hate to see him go down like that, but I was just playing football."

Talib actually left the game himself, though he returned in time to apply the icing to the cake.

Kansas is now 10-0 heading into Saturday's game against Iowa State.

And its star cornerback has a monkey off his back, at long last.

"We coming. Let's go," Talib said. "We'll just keep it rolling now."

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