College football notebook: Crafty Kansas coach goes with backup

2012-10-14T00:00:00Z College football notebook: Crafty Kansas coach goes with backupThe Associated Press The Associated Press
October 14, 2012 12:00 am  • 

LAWRENCE, Kan. - This week, Kansas coach Charlie Weis committed to taking risks that would put his Jayhawks in the best position to win. Benching quarterback Dayne Crist for Michael Cummings did the trick.

Even though the Jayhawks lost 20-14 to Oklahoma State on Saturday, Cummings gave them hope with two successful scoring drives in the fourth quarter. He led Kansas' first scoring drive, which he capped with a 21-yard pass to Jimmay Mundine. He was also under center when James Sims finished the next drive with a 28-yard TD run.

Weis said Cummings provided the spark he was looking for, and saw the fourth-quarter rally as an improvement for the Jayhawks (1-5, 0-3 Big 12), who have been struggling to finish games.

Heisman hopeful stalls

LUBBOCK, Texas - Put that Heisman talk on hold. A second straight trip to Texas turned out to be too much for Geno Smith and No. 5 West Virginia to handle. Texas Tech's defense and a swirling wind confounded Smith, and the Mountaineers' defense couldn't stop the Red Raiders in a 49-14 victory Saturday.

Smith, who had thrown for 24 touchdowns coming into the game and established himself as the Heisman Trophy front-runner, had only one TD pass against the nation's top-ranked pass defense.

One play is all he needs

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Air Force backup quarterback Kale Pearson took just one snap against Wyoming, but it turned out to be the biggest and most controversial of the game. Pearson scored on a 5-yard bootleg in the fourth quarter, lifting the Falcons over the Cowboys 28-27 Saturday night.

"The hardest part right there is just getting the snap," Pearson said.

Connor Dietz, who left the game for one play because of an injury, passed for 141 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West). Dietz rushed for 92 yards.

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen was visibly upset with Falcons coach Troy Calhoun after the game, questioning whether Dietz was injured, noting the quarterback walked about 20 yards before taking a knee near the Falcons sideline. He said the several minutes that trainers attended to Dietz gave Air Force time to strategize the next play.

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