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ALLEN LOOKING TO ANSWER QB QUESTION

September 19, 1999

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Boulder, Colo. -- The last thing Kansas football coach Terry Allen expected after KU's miserable offensive showing Saturday at Colorado was to revisit a potential quarterback controversy.

But he brought it upon himself when he started Zac Wegner, then gave the ball to backup Dylen Smith, who went the rest of the way in a 51-17 blowout loss to CU at Folsom Field.

"We gotta find an offense," Allen said after losing his against CU. "We were trying to find somebody who could make some things happen."

Neither QB could do that Saturday. Nor could Kansas' running backs or wide receivers, for that matter. The Jayhawks gained just nine first downs and 172 total yards -- against a defense that, coming in, ranked last in the Big 12 in most defensive categories.

"We didn't do anything offensively," Allen said. "How can you distinguish between the quarterbacks?"

Neither was spectacular. Smith completed 14 of 26 passes for 129 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Wegner was 3-for-6 for 17 yards with no TDs and no interceptions.

"We thought Dylen had a little bit more ability to make plays," Allen said, "but there weren't a lot of plays made."

Did his decision to go with Smith mean Wegner is out as starter? Not necessarily.

"I thought about going back to Zac in the second half," Allen said, "but I wanted to get Dylen a chance to get some experience."

Smith was grateful, but he was flabbergasted by Kansas' offensive malaise.

"The main thing is, we didn't play well today," Smith said. "They played harder than we did."

In Allen's mind, the pitiful offensive showing wasted a valiant -- if not especially good -- defensive showing. Kansas allowed 442 total yards.

"You go from disappointed to mad to frustrated," Allen said. "It wasn't a terrible defensive effort. But offensively, it just became pretty anemic."

Linebacker Andrew LeClair led the Kansas defense with 17 total tackles. Kareem High, Greg Erb and Dariss Lomax had 10 stops apiece.

"We did a pretty good job, but we were put in some bad situations," said KU outside linebacker Algie Atkinson, who collected nine total tackles and all three of KU's sacks. "But we gotta deal with it. We win as a team and we lose as a team. It wasn't like we were overwhelmed. They just capitalized on our mistakes. That's how you lose football games."

-- Andrew Hartsock's phone number is 832-7216. His e-mail address is ahartsock@ljworld.com.

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