Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Fifth Quarter: Kansas 39, Kansas State 20


What this means...from the press box

Ryan Wood, Journal-World KU football beat writer

"Kansas did what no one has done in a month - make Josh Freeman look like a freshman. The six takeaways were the key to a 19-point victory no one saw coming. It was an inspired, emotional effort, and don't be surprised if it carries over to next week's game.

With the defense seeming to be back on track, Kansas has a team competent enough to win out - Mizzou next week, and whatever bowl game could come of it."

Tom Keegan, Journal-World sports editor

"It seems like years ago that this same football team was making a habit of becoming a springboard for opposing players to win Big 12 Offensive Player off the Year honors.

That was back when the line applied no pressure and the secondary routinely was torched. All that has changed, but one thing hasn't - Jon Cornish remains the best healthy running back in the Big 12."

Ryan Greene, editor

"Anthony Webb finally had good reason to bust out the jump shot celebration Aqib Talib has made a habit of executing after big plays.

You knew all year that if the Jayhawks had a complement to Talib on the other sideline, this defense could be dangerous. He had two picks, a pass breakup on a huge third down play in the first half and scored his first career touchdown. Granted, he was flagged 15 yards for celebrating, but heck, he can be forgiven this time."

Inside the numbers

51,821: That was Saturday's attendance - the largest ever at Memorial Stadium. It surpassed last year's attendance for the Nebraska game by 71.

23: That's how many games KU had gone until Saturday without allowing a 100-yard rusher. K-State's Leon Patton finished with 102 yards on 14 carries, but while the Wildcats won that small battle, the Jayhawks won the war. Jon Cornish's 201 yards were a huge part of the 247 ground yards KU compiled, outrushing K-State by 129.

1,331: That's how many rushing yards Cornish now has for the season, which ranks as the third-highest single season total in KU history. He needs just 112 more to pass Tony Sands' 1991 total of 1,442 for the all-time Jayhawk record.

Just in case you missed it...

Saturday's game marked the fourth straight season in which KU fans have ended a major home win by tearing down both sets of goalposts and toting them to Potter Lake, which is located about 100 yards southwest of the stadium. And why not? The Jayhawks earned bowl eligibility for the third time in four years.

Hopefully you didn't miss it...

Kansas now looks to have a completed secondary, with both redshirt freshman Darrell Stuckey and true freshman Anthony Webb coming up huge alongside sophomore Aqib Talib. Webb registered a pair of picks and his first career touchdown while Stuckey was in on several gang tackles and had a big tackle for loss in the first half. KU, who entered the game ranking last against the pass in the Big 12, finally looks to have a reliable second corner. It rightfully is Webb, who learned the hard way this season by taking a couple of torchings to get to where he is now.

Plenty of that also came from KU's defensive front - namely junior James McClinton - getting pressure in the face of K-State's fab freshman quarterback Josh Freeman, who threw three interceptions and added a fumble.

Yep, they really said it...

Aqib Talib on Anthony Webb's breakout game: "Before the game he told me 'Aqib, this is my breakout game.'...So we made jokes about it and I said 'You've been telling me that for eight weeks straight.' He finally had that breakout game. He's ready now."

Aqib Talib on the day as a whole: "One word...Ballin'!"

Anthony Webb on his pick-six which looked quite impromptu: "The play with the interception, we did that play in practice, so I could see it coming."

Jon Cornish on his team being overlooked by Kansas State:"I think they thought after the texas game, they thought they could come in here and win. Probably based on that, their performance was lower."


Kyle Rohde 13 years, 2 months ago

A great, great effort and a spectacular day for the KU football team, but unfortunately it was overshadowed by our idiot student section. For the sixth time in four years (Mizzou in '03, KSU in '04, NU, ISU, MU in '05) they tore down the goalposts, embarrassing all the fans who packed the stadium and had it loud throughout. KU needs to do something to stop this ridiculous pattern and its simple. Put cameras on the goalposts and the first five students to touch them are expelled. If we don't want to be so harsh, the first five are each fined $1,000. That'll stop this new tradition and quick. I'm a KU '05 grad and was part of the crew that tore down the posts in '03 but this win did NOT justify doing it for a sixth time in four years.

LivedinLawrence4Life 13 years, 2 months ago

I think it would make more of a statement and be a much classier win if the students expected KU to win and left the goal posts in place. Rushing the field and tearing down the goal posts gives K-State the satisfaction of knowing that we didn't expect to beat them!

beebe1 13 years, 2 months ago

Nobody touched them in Ohio, after beating the number 2 team in the country(Michigan). It did take a couple hundred cops standing in a phalanx arround the goal posts; but nobody even tried to touch them. Another alternative, make the goal posts so they just lift out of a couple of holes and get carried away. Stick a new set back in the same holes.

seattlehawk_78 13 years, 2 months ago

I'm 51 and I have a job, a mortgage and a kid. Given my demographics I should be of the opinion that tearing down goalposts is immature and lacking in class and sportsmanship. My only question to those who think the goalposts should stay in place is, what the f@#$ is wrong with kids today? You're not students for long so take this opportunity to get drunk and act stupid. I think it's a great tradition and I hope to see it more often.

Kyle Rohde 13 years, 2 months ago

Because it embarrasses us on national TV constantly and makes us look like a bunch of low class losers who don't ever expect to win a game. Yes, this team is only 6-5 but they have competed in every game. There hasn't been any game where KU hasn't been close. Beating a mediocre KSU team is not cause for tearing down goalposts. MU in '03, KSU in '04 and NU in '05 were justified goalpost-tearing-down days. Saturday was not.

areyouserious 13 years, 2 months ago

If you are against tearing down the posts, you must have not gone to college, or you were never a part of such an exciting environment as Saturday. I can understand why you are so outraged, because you lived a very boring life!!


TEAR EM DOWN.........HAUL EM OUT.........THROW EM IN.........JUMP IN.......GET EM OUT...........AND KEEP THE PARTY GOING!!!!!

William James 13 years, 2 months ago

Enough about the damn goal post. It shouldnt of happened, it did, move on! The game Saturday is an 11am start. That gives everyone plenty of time to get to Columbia, support the Hawks while they clown Mizzou then be back in Kansas in time to see the Notre Dame/USC game, then at 10pm see KU/Florida play in basketball. I expect to see plenty of Crimson and Blue in Columbia Saturday!

areyouserious 13 years, 2 months ago

All the students did was a favor for the university.........they were going to take them down for the year anyways!!!

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