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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Notebook: Patmon beats former teammates; Pierson returns from injury

Former Kansas player and current Oklahoma State cornerback Tyler Patmon talks a little trash to Kansas' Connor Embree after an incomplete pass during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Former Kansas player and current Oklahoma State cornerback Tyler Patmon talks a little trash to Kansas' Connor Embree after an incomplete pass during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Charlie Weis post-game press conference after 42-6 loss at Oklahoma State

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— For much of the past few seasons, cornerback Tyler Patmon sat in the Kansas locker room and dealt with the disappointment of another tough loss or a new embarrassing defeat.

Saturday, following Kansas University's 42-6 loss at Oklahoma State, Patmon, now a fifth-year senior for the Cowboys, was a little more upbeat while his former teammates went through those same old emotions.

Patmon, who transferred to Oklahoma State for his fifth and final season of eligibility following the 2012 season, served as a captain for the Cowboys on Saturday, a sight that was not overlooked by his former teammates.

“It was definitely weird, but I'm happy for him,” said KU receiver Andrew Turzilli, who was covered by Patmon a couple of times during Saturday's loss. “He's doing good here. He made some plays, they got the win.”

Patmon was animated throughout Saturday's game, but Turzilli and KU cornerback JaCorey Shepherd said they felt their former teammate's energy was all in good fun.

“Nothing bad (was) said,” Turzilli noted. “We're friends. As you saw, he made a few plays and he was jawing at our sideline. I'm sure it was real fun for him.”

Added Shepherd: “I saw him a little bit and talked to him before the game. It wasn't much. It was more of a good luck thing. But it was kind of weird being in that situation. I'm happy for him and glad it worked out for him.”

Pierson plays

KU junior Tony Pierson returned to the field for his first full game since suffering a concussion in KU's loss to Texas Tech on Oct. 5, and made an immediate impact. Pierson was targeted on three of KU's first four offensive plays and finished the day with 87 yards rushing on six carries — including a 50-yard sprint in the second quarter — and provided KU's offense with more versatility than it has enjoyed in weeks.

“Every time he touches it, we get him in space,” KU coach Charlie Weis said. “That's our form of throwing the ball down the field.”

As for how Pierson fared health-wise?

“You could see that he wasn't as sharp as he normally is,” Weis said. “He had been out for a while, but, based off it being his first game back, he held up pretty well.”

Miller absent

KU running back Darrian Miller missed Saturday's game because he was dealing with “personal issues,” according to Weis, who said the sophomore running back was not in the dog house.

“It has nothing to do with football,” Weis said. “And also nothing to do with school either.”

Also absent Saturday was junior wideout Rodriguez Coleman, who injured his knee in last week's loss to Texas.

“He's close,” Weis said. “But he really couldn't burst this week. We kept him home to get him treatment (Friday) and all day (Saturday) so we can have him back. I would rest assured he'd be ready to go for this week's game.”

Doherty makes good

A week after replacing Matthew Wyman as KU's place kicker, senior Ron Doherty missed his first field goal try on Saturday, when he bounced a 32-yard field goal try off the left upright. Doherty later atoned for the miss, making kicks of 40 and 29 yards to account for KU's only points.

“I'm glad that I didn't just flip the switch after he missed the first one,” Weis said. “I wanted to. I wanted to, but I've shown extreme patience and I was glad he came back and hit the next two.”

Asked if he said anything to Doherty, who received immediate encouragement from teammate Ben Heeney after the miss, Weis indicated that he didn't need to.

“Usually my look is bad enough,” he said. “Non-verbal communication is very effective in most cases.”

This and that...

The Jayhawks won Saturday’s opening coin toss for the fourth time this season and chose to defer their choice to the second half. Oklahoma State elected to receive the game's opening kickoff.... KU is now 29-32-2 all-time against Oklahoma State.... Junior linebacker Ben Heeney led KU with 11 tackles.... Junior Buck Michael Reynolds' sack in the third quarter gave him a team-best 5.5 sacks this season.... Temperature at kickoff was 67 degrees, under sunny skies with winds of 4 mph out of the southeast.

Comments

Chandler Accipiter 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Patmon will always be remembered as a large part of KU's last conference win.

Tony Pierson nevers runs faster than when he is running for the sideline. With his injury I understand why he wants to avoid contact, but with his speed he should be extending plays and making the defense miss. Barry Sanders was honored by OSU yesterday for his a truly amazing 1988 season, but maybe the most remarkable fact is that he was the return man on both kickoffs and punts for the entire season. Impact players need to be in positions to make an impact!

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Terry N Tom Denner 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Got real close to the 50 point blowout prediction. 2-10 season here they come. WV will win by the score of 48 -17, ISU will win by 38 -13, last but not least KST will spank the Squawks by the score of 49-10 !!! End of another disappointing football season for KU. LAST YEAR WAR CRY WAS THE CALVARY IS COMING !! LMAO !!! THIS YEAR WAS SOMETHING OF A JOKE -- DREAM TEAM 2013 !! CHOKE CHOKE COUGH COUGH !! I even bought into that crap by having a shirt with that on the back. Wore it ounce and that was to the Tex Tech game !! Glad no on saw it on me !! OH well, there is always next year and Charlie, HIRE A DAMN OC that knows what he's doing for next season or don't bother coming back for your third and possibly your final year.

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