November 7, 2007

Stuckey ready to redeem from last year

It might have been a warm, sunny day the last time the Jayhawks played the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but inside Kansas's locker room the mood was dark and chilly after the Jayhawks 42-32 loss. Safety Darrell Stuckey remembers the game all too well.

"There was a lot of tension, a lot of disappointment," Stuckey said, "Not too much was said, but a lot of anger was felt."

A lot of that frustration was felt by the secondary. After Kansas jumped out to a 17-0 lead, Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman caught fire and burned the Jayhawks for 300 yards receiving on 13 catches. It wasn't the lack of talent that cost Kansas the game, but the mental side of it.

"(Bowman) is a talented receiver, but a lot of it was lack of assignments, lack of not being where we needed to be," Stuckey said. "A lack of closing a hole. We didn't have the knowledge of the game, but we have that now."

Since that game, Kansas hasn't lost at Memorial Stadium, but that won't matter this weekend as the Jayhawks will have to travel to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State and their high-powered offense.

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