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Kansas DB makes most of first start

Jordan’s nine stops ties for team lead

October 1, 2000

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— Matt Jordan has mixed feelings about the game in which he made his first career start.

On one hand, Jordan Kansas University's running back-turned-defensive back who made his first start at nickel back tied for the team lead with nine total stops in the Jayhawks' 34-16 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday at OU's Memorial Stadium.

On the other hand well, we took care of that with the score.

"I tried to make the most of my opportunities," said Jordan, a sophomore from Junction City who also had three tackles for losses, a sack and a quarterback hurry. "They don't come too often, so you have to make the most of them. But I made a couple of mental mistakes. I think I blew two, three assignments, but I got better as the game went on."

The same can't be said for the rest of the Jayhawks, who let a 16-10 second-quarter lead slip away with three straight turnovers and 24 unanswered points.

"We've got a lot of stuff to improve on," Jordan said. "We have a lot of things we can tighten down. A couple of breaks went the other way, and it's tough."

Jordan isn't sure what to make of the Jayhawks' first test against a passing team. The Sooners' aerial circus collected 346 passing yards, the second-most allowed by a KU team in Terry Allen's four-year tenure.

"I thought we did a pretty good job in the second quarter to the third quarter," Jordan said. "They weren't passing much on it. It was just shovel, shovel, screen, shovel. That can go both ways. They can always say the shovel pass was what was working. That's what football's about."

Given the situation seven turnovers hurt KU's field position and kept the defense on the field longer Allen was relatively pleased with KU's defense, despite the 444 total yards allowed.

"We did a pretty good job defensively," Allen said. "Obviously, the field position generated by the seven turnovers is going to hurt you."

OU quarterback Josh Heupel completed 29 of 43 passes for 346 yards and zero interceptions.

But Kansas linebacker Marcus Rogers says the number is misleading.

"We pretty much felt we took their passing game away," he said, "and they had to use trick plays, which we're weak at. But it was tough to come back from the turnovers, because it kept our defense on the field. We were a little fatigued there at the end."

KU will play host to Kansas State on Saturday. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

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