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Normally this will probably be a Sunday thing but with the long weekend and all that goes with that, a slight delay.
With that, the drive chart. I can't remember seeing a drive chart this positive last year unless you count New Mexico State perhaps. Long sustained drives throughout, our special teams was able to flip the field on a couple of occasions and in all we're only talking about three empty drives in the game for Kansas.
I did find it interesting that we were way behind McNeese in terms of time of possession but then again it felt like it all game. The McNeese drives were LONG and I don't mean that in terms of yardage I mean that in terms of number of plays and time. That's not a great thing for the defense from the standpoint of being on the field, but I guess it does mean we weren't giving up the big play. Without question this team needs to find a way to get off the field on 3rd down though.
Offensively we all know the story was the running game and Webb was very efficient. I'd still say their are a lot of question marks surrounding Webb but hats off to him for managing his opportunities in this one. The lack of turnovers is both a positive (on offense) and a negative (on defense). Gill wants to win the turnover battle and we didn't force many mistakes in this one.
All that said I think the staff played this one pretty vanilla. They were able to control the line of scrimmage, run the football and win the game in relatively easy fashion. No reason to play all your cards in this one because Northern Illinois is going to be a challenge.