For the second straight week, KUs passing game was hampered by a series of drops from its receivers and tight ends. After piling up five drops last week against South Dakota, KU had crucial drops in the first half by Jimmay Mundine and Josh Ford in its 23-14 loss to Rice.
The bottom line is: We have to tie together consecutive plays, KU coach Charlie Weis said. And on third down, when the quarterback hits you in the chest, you need to catch the ball. You know that, I know that and the players know that, too.
Quarterback Jake Heaps, who was just 13 for 28 for 157 yards, said he would continue to have confidence in Mundine, who had two drops last week.
Missed opportunities are something that you want to capitalize on, Heaps said, because you never know when youre going to get that opportunity back again. So when you have missed opportunities, from whoever it is, it hurts your team.
• KUs 77-yard touchdown pass from Heaps to junior Tony Pierson was KUs longest completion since Todd Reesing connected with Marcus Henry for 82 yards against Oklahoma State in 2007.
• Defensive tackle Marquel Combs didnt make the trip to Houston. Combs, rated as one of the top juco players in the country coming out of Pierce College (Calif.), didnt play last week against South Dakota.
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