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Big 12 Sports

September 14, 2012

No. 16 TCU set to make Big 12 debut against Kansas

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) —

The Jayhawks do, too.

It’s just that so far they’ve been swinging and missing.

Running backs Tony Pierson and Taylor Cox have been bright spots through an otherwise drab start to the year, but Kansas is still waiting for its own quarterback, Notre Dame transfer Dayne Crist, to start playing like the high-profile recruit he was coming out of high school.

The senior has thrown more picks than touchdowns, and is barely completing half his passes.

“We’ve got a ton of respect for TCU. They’re a historic program, they’ve got great coaches and great players, and we’re excited for this opportunity,” Crist said. “We’re not listening to the outside stuff and chatter. We’re focusing on what we have to do.”

That’s the same mantra resonating in the TCU locker room.

“We want to show them that every week, no matter who you’re playing, from the top team to the bottom team, it’s going to be a fight,” Kansas wide receiver Daymond Patterson said, “and we are going to be here to welcome you to the Big 12.”

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