If Kansas players had forgot about last year’s crushing loss against Texas, a last-minute heartbreaker on their home field, Charlie Weis came up with a pretty unorthodox reminder this week.
He cued up a playlist of nothing but country music — George Strait was apparently a favorite — and the Longhorns’ familiar fight song. And then he pressed play.
“That was definitely getting us in the Texas spirit,” junior nose tackle Keon Stowers said. “I feel like Coach Weis always has something up his sleeve.”
In reality, no KU players, at least the ones from last season, have stopped thinking about that Texas loss. The Jayhawks led 14-7 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and then 17-14 with less than three minutes left. Kansas was a play away from a season-defining victory, and then, like so many other games, they were stuck with another loss.
“(I remember) how close we were to moving in the right direction and giving this team some type of positive feel to the season,” Stowers said. “I feel like we’ve just been so close to getting that positive feel that we need.”
For Kansas, which has lost four straight to open Big 12 play, it’s a familiar position. The Jayhawks probably would have preferred to play Texas a month ago, before the Longhorns shook off a 1-2 start and won their first four Big 12 games.
But after being destroyed 59-14 by Baylor last week, the Jayhawks should, at the least, feel like they can play with the Longhorns.
“The players should feel like they have a chance at winning,” Weis said. “That’s the most important thing. Look, they just came off a butt-kicking this past week, so you’re getting ready to go on the road to Texas, who’s got momentum going on their side.”