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The Morning Stake: October 5th

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 RedRaiderSports’ Will McKay writes about about LB Jordyn Brooks and the progress of the defense thus far:

Many of those critical third down stops came against Oklahoma State last Saturday night in Lubbock, particularly in the redzone. The Red Raiders forced Houston to kick field goals four times – two of which they missed – inside the 20s, something Brooks was pleased with.

“Obviously, we could’ve done better. I was proud of the effort that we put up against one of the top offenses in the nation. We knew it was going to be a fourth quarter battle, but I’m just proud of how we hung in there. They drove it on us a lot, and we held our own in the redzone a couple of times to give our offense a chance to score the ball,” Brooks said. “We knew we had to get a stop, especially after getting that punt blocked. We knew it was critical. So, we sucked it up, we went out there, and we fought.”

  A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender and his journey from high school in Florida, to Washington State, to a JUCO and then starting at Kansas:

“The overall theme of the way coach Leach teaches things is don’t over-complicate things,” Bender said the lessons he took from the former Texas Tech head coach. “And keep things as simple as possible. The goal is to get points points when you have the football. Then you go back to square one and keeping things simple.”

After he was ruled academically ineligible, though, Bender elected to transfer to Itawamaba (Miss.) Community College. The 6-foot-1 quarterback threw for 2,733 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions for Itawamba CC in nine games.

He chose to sign with Kansas, following the Jayhawks upset win over Texas last season, due to his camaraderie with the coaching staff and familiarity with the Air Raid offense run by offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and head coach David Beaty.

  KUSports’ Tom Keegan writes about how Kansas needs to stop it’s bad starts (it’s not just Texas Tech):

The time has come for Kansas to either put a stop to getting blown out of games right off the bat or brace for the reality that if this keeps up much longer, the stands will look at the beginning of games the way they do in the waning moments — by which time even Eleanor Rigby feels too isolated and heads home.

By halftime, Central Michigan led Kansas, 24-6. Ohio was up on the Jayhawks, 18-0, in the second quarter en route to a 25-14 lead heading into the third quarter. West Virginia took a 35-13 halftime lead.

In its three games vs. FBS foes, all losses, KU has trailed at the half by an average score of 28-11, and has mustered just six first-quarter points.

What an opportunity for Texas Tech.

  RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz talks with CB DeMarcus Fields about the improvement of the defense:

He mentioned that his demeanor to compete is what he wants to share with his teammates – and DBs Octavious Morgan and Vaughnte Dorsey are already there for him to go head-to-head with.

However, he said he learns a slew of things from both JUCO transfers.

“I really learned how to grind from them. Since I was young, and watching them, I’ve always had to compete,” Fields said. “They make me work harder in school and on the field.”

This sense of being a competitor isn’t something new to Fields. He flies on the field but also competes at home through video games.

His go to game is Madden or Call of Duty. His main competition – his roommate WR T.J. Vasher.

  Miscellaneous . . . A-J Media’s Don Williams has the story of Dan Irons, who suffered a heart attack on Monday and the Lubbock-Cooper staff helped save his life . . . CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodds has his list of coaches on the hot seat and Kliff Kingsbury is no longer on it . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo previews the Texas Tech vs. Kansas game . . . Athlon Sports’ Nicholas Ian Allen also previews the Texas Tech / Kansas game . . .

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