Kansas was without its best offensive and defensive players Saturday. Leading tackler Ben Heeney and receiver Tony Pierson both missed the game after being listed as day-to-day this week.
Kansas coach Charlie Weis said Heeney had been hopeful that he could play after suffering a knee injury against TCU on Oct. 12, while Pierson still has remnants of a concussion suffered Oct. 5 against Texas Tech.
Tonys waiting to be asymptomatic, Weis said. He went for a test on Thursday, and passed a cognitive test with flying colors, but you dont mess around with heads.
Kansas also played without junior Andrew Turzilli and defensive lineman Tedarian Johnson.
• Senior James Sims, with 129 yards rushing, had the 13th 100-yard game of his career, moving into a tie with June Henley and Laverne Smith for second-most in school history behind Tony Sands 17.
• After getting an interception and fumble recovery, junior cornerback JaCorey Shepherd has been involved in four turnovers the last two games.
• Kansas has lost 35 of its last 36 Big 12 games, dating back to a 34-30 loss to Colorado on Oct. 17, 2009.