A look around the Big 12

Originally Published: September 28, 2004
By Chip Brown | Special to
Can Colorado win by keeping things simple? Can the Jayhawks hold on to a big lead? Our Big 12 notebook addresses those questions, along with looks at Iowa State's kicking woes, Brad Smith's dangerous legs, and much more.

Texas Tech

  • This is what happens when turnovers and poor punting hit your team: Of the 13 touchdowns Tech has given up this season, eight have come on drives that started in Red Raider territory.

  • Mike Leach deserves credit for catching the Kansas defense sleeping by calling a draw play to Taurean Henderson, who took it 70 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 2:37 to play. The play call even caught his own players by surprise.

  • How's this for a ringing endorsement of Mike Leach: "He's a weird person in a way that you don't know what he's thinking all the time," said receiver Jarrett Hicks. "You wonder what's going on in his head. It's usually about football or trying to relate a story about football."