The Pierson rules
KU coach Charlie Weis has said that he’d like to protect sophomore running back Tony Pierson by limiting his touches to around 12 to 15 touches per game. Pierson is just 5 feet 11 and 170 pounds. But Pierson hit 20 carries on Saturday — mostly because KU needed to secure the win in the second half.
“We were on a pitch count,” Weis said. “So I knew where we were.
“Well, the game was close. But it wasn’t like (backup) Taylor (Cox) only had 10 touches there. When you run the ball 48 times … sometimes you’re going to go a little bit over.”
Senior tight end Mike Ragone, a sixth-year transfer from Notre Dame who will turn 24 this season, hauled in the first touchdown of his college career from old KU quarterback Dayne Crist late in the third quarter.
“It felt great,” Ragone said. “It felt even better to win the game.”
The KU defense has put an extra emphasis on turnovers this season. And for a night, it paid off. Senior safety Bradley McDougald finished with two interceptions, senior transfer defensive end Josh Williams forced and recovered a fumble, and Tyler Patmon and Corrigan Powell each added a pick.