Did Charlie Weis put his team at a competitive disadvantage on Saturday?
- by Zach Barnett 1 year ago
Is it possible that Charlie Weis, he who declared his teams would have a "decided schematic advantage" at Notre Dame, put his team at a competitive disadvantage before Kansas even took the field at Texas Tech on Saturday?
The Big 12 mandates that teams may take 70 players on the road. Kansas took just 54 players to Lubbock on Saturday.
"This was about going on the road with guys that really, really care," Weis told the Lawrence Journal-World. "It's important to them. I'll take that group of guys that played today and give us a chance whenever we're playing."
According to the paper, not included among the Jayhawks' 54 travelling players were junior Christian Matthews, who has rushed nine times for 73 yards and a touchdown in eight games and played regular snaps at wide receiver, and redshirt freshman Damon Martin, who started at left guard against Texas.
Is it possible that Weis' team, which scored 10 points in the last half of the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime, wore down as the game stretched into double overtime?
The Jayhawks scored a touchdown to open overtime, but were unable to stop Texas Tech as the Red Raiders scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions, the second of which saw Texas Tech move forward in increments of 11, 5, 3 and 3 yards to score in four plays.
Kansas moved forward one yard in the ensuing possession, thereby ending the game with a 41-34 Texas Tech win.
So it's certainly possible that Weis put his team at a disadvantage on Saturday, but maybe Weis was correct and his smaller roster banded together to put forth a more focused effort.