Matt Tait’s Kansas football notebook
Biere bounces back
After playing one of the roughest games in the history of the program during last week’s loss to North Dakota State, Kansas University’s junior tight end Tim Biere bounced back in a big way during Saturday’s 28-25 victory against No. 15 Georgia Tech.
On the first play of the second quarter, with the Jayhawks driving, Biere caught a two-yard touchdown pass on a play-action toss from Jordan Webb that gave KU a 14-7 lead.
Of the reception, which Biere showed to the Memorial Stadium crowd with one hand after hauling it in, Biere said: “Last week was the worst game of my life. I don’t even know how to explain how I felt the first couple days. But I moved on, and the team picked me up and had my back. I knew I was going to get another opportunity, and I got a touchdown out of it. It felt great.”
Flagman takes a beating
For the second straight week, a member of the KU team carried the giant Jayhawk flag out of the tunnel and onto the field at the start of the game.
Last week, against North Dakota State, senior wide receiver Johnathan Wilson was the first to break in the new tradition. Saturday, against Georgia Tech, Olaitan Oguntodu led the Jayhawks out, though he did so against a much stiffer wind. Perhaps Oguntodu’s battle against the wind prepared him for what he was about to see on the field.
Oguntodu finished with a career-high seven tackles — fourth on the team — and one that he likely won’t soon forget. Late in the game, the senior safety popped Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt square in the chest. Both players went down, but Oguntodu stayed down and had to be helped off the field.
“It happened right in front of me,” junior linebacker Steven Johnson said. “When that happened, I was just like, ‘Wow, this guy’s out here laying it on the line.'”
KU sophomore Kale Pick played a handful of snaps at quarterback during Saturday’s victory. Pick, the starter against North Dakota State, was benched this week in favor of red-shirt freshman Webb but was still used under center on some rushing plays.
Asked if using Pick was his way of running a Wildcat type of offense, KU coach Turner Gill said: “If you want to use that term, yep. We just want to be able to do some things against the defense with his capabilities to throw or run. Obviously, he’s a quarterback and can do multiple things. He’s not just a running back, where every time he’s in he’s going to run the ball.”
Pick finished 0-for-1 through the air and added 12 rushing yards on three carries.
Patterson penalized for dive
KU junior Daymond Patterson was flagged for an excessive-celebration penalty after diving into the end zone to cap off his 32-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Patterson, who said he remembered watching YouTube clips of former KU coach Mark Mangino ripping into former Jayhawk Raimond Pendleton after a similar penalty, said he was not trying to be a showboat.
“I got hit and spun around, and I felt like there was pursuit behind me, and I just dove and went into the end zone,” Patterson said. “They said nobody was close enough, and they threw a flag. The coaches just said, ‘Make sure you’re smart with it,’ and there’s a time and a place to correct what I did. We have plenty of meetings for stuff like that.”
Aldrich on hand for upset
Former Kansas University basketball standout Cole Aldrich was spotted in the press box for part of Saturday’s game.