A Closer Look: KU/Texas

News, notes and quotes on Kansas’ matchup with Texas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium at 3 p.m.

News, notes and quotes on Kansas’ matchup with Texas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium at 3 p.m.

WHAT HAPPENED TODAY?

Kansas is 7-2 all time in games played on Sept. 27. KU has won two straight games on this date with wins over Indiana State (20-6 in 1986) and Missouri (35-14 in 2003). The Saturday’s showdown with Texas marks the first time KU has played a Big 12 opponent on this date.

SERIES HISTORY

Texas leads the series with KU 11-2, and has won 11 straight after KU captured the first two meetings in 1901 (12-0) and 1938 (19-18). KU’s largest margin of defeat came in 2001 at Austin when Texas crushed the Jayhawks 59-0.

PARMALEE’S BACK

Junior wide receiver Tre’ Parmalee should see his first action of the season against Texas after being hampered by an elbow injury. He’s listed as a backup to Nick Harwell on the depth chart.

“(He) had probably the best training camp of anyone on our team,” Weis said. “He banged up his elbow in the same (preseason) scrimmage that (Brandon) Bourbon got his ACL, and he's been out for these three games. To be honest with you, Tre' was pressing -- was playing so well, we were trying to figure out how to get him in the first three. But he's back and ready to go, so we'll try to get him into the mix this week."

JOHNSON STEPPING UP

Senior backup defensive lineman Tedarian Johnson played well against Central Michigan last weekend, recording one solo tackle for loss.

“Actually Tedarian Johnson rated out one of the best of anyone on the team last week,” Weis said. “He was physical. He was one of the guys I called out on Sunday, and I thought it was by far the best game that he's played since he's been here.’

LET’S GET PHYSICAL

KU amped up its physical play in the week before the Central Michigan contest, which paid dividends in the game, where the Chippewas scored only 10 points. Weis wants the Jayhawks to continue playing physical football in practice.

“I'm a very superstitious person,” Weis said. “I think the physical practice helped us last week, and they know that -- it's only got to go up from there. It's never going backwards. It's only going forward. You toe that fine line when your roster isn't real deep of getting some guys banged up when you do that. ... But I think that starting with Central Michigan, especially after the Duke game, getting ready for Central Michigan, now getting ready for Texas, if we don't bang Tuesday and Wednesday, then we won't be ready to play on Saturday.”

WEIS NOT CALLING Buddy Brown

Weis said he won’t call his buddy and former Texas head coach Mack Brown about any advice on playing the Longhorns. But he’ll be happy to listen if Brown calls him.

“I had a couple of humorous texts with Mack this week on that subject, but I think that it's important to not put somebody -- I wouldn't make that call,” Weis said. “Everyone would think I should, but I would not make that call. Now, I gladly would take his call, okay, but I wouldn't make that call because I think that you're putting somebody on the spot, and you're asking him to do something that -- an uncomfortable situation. But if he wants to call me, he has my cell phone. I'll gladly take that one. Either way he'll call me after the game.”

SHOWING SOME LOVE

Junior linebacker Jake Love looks to build on his strong play against Central Michigan this Saturday. Love had a career-high 4.0 tackles-for-loss versus the Chippewas, which resulted in 18 negative yards. Included in Love’s four tackles behind the line of scrimmage was a sack for a loss of nine yards.

Love ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 19th nationally with 1.7 TFLs per game. He also ranks second at KU in tackles with 17.


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