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Originally published September 15, 2006 at 08:50p.m., updated September 15, 2006 at 11:51p.m.

Final: Kansas falls, 37-31, in double OT

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Friday night's game between Kansas University and Toledo might have been a contest to see which team could give the other more overtime gifts.

Kansas (2-1) and Toledo (1-2) combined for three turnovers in double overtime, but it was the latter team that prevailed with a 37-31 victory.

In the first posession of overtime, Toledo faced a 4th-and-goal from its own 25-yard line. Instead of having their true freshman kicker attempt a 41-yard field goal, the Rockets surprisingly went for the touchdown.

UT gift #1.

Perhaps they reflected too hard on the Jayhawks surrendering a 37-yard touchdown pass on 4th-and-15 with 51 seconds left in the first half. That didn't happen in overtime. Sophomore cornerback Aqib Talib, in his first game of the season, interrupted a potential touchdown-scoring fade route. Kansas ball - all it needed was a field goal to win from the opposing 25-yard line.

But on the first play of the second overtime possession, freshman quarterback Kerry Meier fumbled the ball and Toledo recovered.

KU gift #1.

As a result of initially defending during the first overtime, Kansas started the second overtime on offense. The momentum appeared to heavily favor Kansas when Meier scrambled and had his facemask grabbed for a personal foul and half the distance to the goal line. With the ball inside the 10-yard line, Meier threw a fade route on 1st-and-10, trying to find junior wide receiver Marcus Henry in the corner of the end zone. Meier did not put nearly enough arch or power on the ball and it fell dicrectly into the hands of Toledo cornerback Bo Martin for the fourth UT interception of the night.

KU gift #2.

UT running back Jalen Parmele made sure the Rockets didn't match the Jayhawks with another turnover. He actually made sure of it on the ensuing play from scrimmage when he took the handoff 25 yards around right tackle for the game-sealing touchdown.

Quick stats

Meier finished the game 23-of-41 with 243 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Meier added 57 yards and an additional score on the ground. Senior running back Jon Cornish had 89 yards on 20 carries. Henry had four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore tight end Derek Fine, who had one catch before Friday, hauled in five catches for 49 yards.

With the KU defense being suspect last week, it held Toledo quarterback Clint Cochran to an inefficient 15-of-47 passing for 136 yards and one touchdown. Cochran did not throw an interception.

Regulation

The Jayhawks elected to play for overtime. They gave senior running back Jon Cornish two carries and ran out the clock. Kansas won the toss and elected to play defense first in overtime.

On a 3rd-and-10 for Toledo, sophomore Mike Rivera nearly picked off Clint Cochran's pass. The attempt fell incomplete and Toledo was forced to punt with 1:21 left in the game. Senior wide reciever Jonathan Lamb called for a fair catch at the KU 18-yard line.

Kansas went three-and-out and was forced to punt. Junior punter Kyle Tucker did not get off a good punt. It landed out of bounds at midfield. Toledo had 1:52 left in the game.

The KU defense forced Toledo to punt with 3:13 left in the game. The ball landed at the 10-yard line, but kept rolling and ended up in the end zone. Freshman quarterback Kerry Meier will start the KU drive at its own 20 with three minutes left.

Freshman quarterback Kerry Meier took the ball on the two-point conversion and scrambled out to the right for an option. He decided to keep the ball. Meier went airborn, diving over his offensive linemen and into the end zone. Kansas and Toledo were tied at 31 with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Meier found wide receiver Dexton Fields for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Meier found Fields in the flat. Fields made a UT cornerback miss and made a move toward the right sideline. He then beat the UT secondary to the endzone. The score is 31-29, and KU took a timeout to decide whether it will go for the two-point conversion.

Freshman quarterback Kerry Meier completed a pass to wide receiver Marcus Herford for a 7-yard gain and a first down. There is four minutes remaining in the game. Meier then found wide receiver Marcus Henry for a 15-yard pass to put Kansas at the Toledo 20-yard line.

Toledo called a timeout with 4:31 left in the fourth quarter. Kansas will face a 3rd-and-7 just at the Toledo 44-yard line.

The Toledo defense has produced four sacks, three interceptions, a safety and a touchdown against the KU offense.

The first interception of Toledo cornerback Barry Church's career couldn't have come at a better time for the Rockets. With 7:19 left in the third quarter, Church picked off freshman quarterback Kerry Meier on 3rd-and-3. Kansas was threatening, inside the UT 20-yard line. Church intercepted a short pass attempt and took the ball back 84 yards for the Toledo score. An extra point put Toledo ahead of Kansas, 31-23.

Toledo safety Tyrell Herbert will not return to the game tonight. He was taken off on a cart in the first half.

Toledo running back Richard Davis saw four consecutive carries before he punched the ball in from the 1-yard line. Toledo faced a 4th-and-goal from its own 1-yard line and elected to give the ball to Davis again. He plowed his way through KU defenders and fell on the goal line for the score. The extra point hit the upright and bounced in to give Toledo a 24-23 lead in the fourth quarter. It was the second Toledo touchdown of the night on fourth down.

A crucial 2nd-and-9 situation saw freshman quarterback Kerry Meier throw a pass to Marcus Henry, but it went straight through Henry's hands. UT cornerback Bo Martin was in the right place at the right time to intercept the wobbling ball off of Henry's hands. Martin returned the ball to the KU 8-yard line, setting up a 1st-and-goal opportunity.

Kansas and Toledo both went three-and-out to end the third quarter. When the fourth quarter began, Kansas lined up to receive a Toledo punt.

On first-and-10 from the UT 33-yard line, freshman quarterback Kerry Meier threw to a wide open Marcus Henry in the end zone. The pass was short and Henry dove and made the touchdown catch on the ground. It was Henry's third touchdown reception this season. Junior kicker Scott Webb booted through an extra point to put Kansas ahead, 23-17, with 4:26 left in the third quarter.

UT quarterback Clint Cochran was back in the game on the next possession.

Sophomore defensive end John Larson sacked UT quarterback Brandon Summers in his own end zone, resulting in a safety. Summers had only thrown one pass this season, and it was intercepted. Kansas only trailed by one, 17-16.

Cochran left the game with 8:30 left in the third quarter with cramps in his left leg. Brandon Summers replaced Cochran at quarterback.

In a second half full of punts, junior punter Kyle Tucker may have had the best one of the night. Tucker pinned Toledo inside its own 2-yard line. The punt landed around the UT 10 and senior running back Jon Cornish trapped the ball when it reached the Toledo 2-yard line.

After a Toledo punt, which put Kansas at the UT 49, it represented the third time Kansas started a drive in its opponent's territory.

Sophomore cornerback Aqib Talib was back in the game to start the second half. Talib suffered apparent cramping earlier in the first half and had to miss a series.

Kansas had to punt to open up the second half after picking up a first down on a 15-yard Toledo late hit penalty. Tucker booted a punt to the Toledo 6-yard line.

Halftime: Toledo 17, Kansas 14

Talib was spotted holding his right side on the last possession. He was not in the game for much of the Toledo touchdown drive. True freshman cornerback Anthony Webb took Talib's place.

At halftime, Meier was 8-of-15 passing for 75 yards and an interception in the air. Meier had a touchdown on the ground and added 22 yards rushing. Cornish had nine carries for 64 yards in the first half.

Clint Cochran's 37-yard strike at the end of the first half put the Toledo quarterback at 12-of-29 passing for 132 yards and a touchdown in the first half. KU stopped the run effectively in the first half. The leading Toledo running back has only 23 yards.

On a 4-and-15 situation from the KU 37-yard line, Toledo elected to go for it - the decision paid off. Cochran threw a strike to wide receiver Stephen Williams, who ran past the KU secondary into the back of the end zone for the score. There were only 51 seconds left in the first half. On the two-point conversion, Cochran found wide receiver Nick Moore wide open in the back of the end zone. Toledo led Kansas, 17-14, with 51 seconds left in the first half.

Meier threw his first interception of the game with 3:25 left in the second quarter. On a 3rd-and-19, Meier tried to force a pass downfield into double coverage. UT defensive back Tyrell Herbert intercepted the pass at the Toledo 29-yard line.

After senior wide receiver Brian Murph caught a 9-yard pass, UT defensive lineman Tyree Pollard remained on the ground. His injury was unknown, but trainers came out to place Pollard into a cart so he could be taken to the locker room. He would not return in the first half.

The KU defense held Toledo to its second three-and-out possession of the game. Senior wide receiver Brian Murph called for a fair catch at the KU 38-yard line, but a block in the back penalty pushed KU field position back to its own 28.

Junior running back Brandon McAnderson put Kansas ahead, 14-9, with 6:44 left in the second quarter. McAnderson ran straight ahead for a 2-yard touchdown run. Cornish made two huge plays on the drive. After being called for holding, Cornish immediately redeemed himself with a 18-yard shovel pass. He then ran in between the tackles on the next play and broke a run down the right sideline. Cornish paused, waiting for UT defenders to pass him on the sideline, cut it back upfield, and took the ball to the UT 2-yard line, setting up the score.

Cornish now has 66 yards rushing on eight carries.

Toledo running back Jalen Parmele put Toledo ahead, 9-7, with a 1-yard touchdown run around left tackle with about 10 minutes left in the second quarter. Toledo marched 70 yards down the field and gained four first downs on the drive. Cochran found tight end Chris Hopkins twice on crucial third down situations for six and 16-yard gains.

Webb missed a 48-yard field goal, handing the ball back to Toledo on its own 30-yard line with 14:25 left in the second quarter.

Kansas produced two first downs on its next drive, but was unable to get past its own 40-yard line. A Kyle Tucker punt resulted in a touchback.

Toledo freshman quarterback Brandon Summers is the backup quarterback, should Toledo need to take Cochran out of the game. Summers has attemped one pass this season. It resulted in an interception.

Kansas forced the second Toledo punt of the night. Cochran limped down the sideline as he made an attempt to reach the first down marker. He did not get hit on the play, which raised questions of why Cochran was limping. Toledo trainers tended to Cochran's right knee on the sideline.

Starting the second drive deep in its own territory did not help Kansas. With 8:03 remaining in the first quarter, Meier lost the ball in the end zone. Cornish picked the ball up and tried to make a move. He ran out of room. Toledo tackled Cornish in the end zone, resulting in a safety. Kansas still led, 7-2.

The KU secondary looked solid on Toledo's second possession of the game. Cochran threw three straight incompletions after two first downs. UT punter Brett Kern placed the ball deep in KU territory. The Jayhawks will start their second drive of the game on the 8-yard line.

Meier ran for a 12-yard touchdown near the right corner of the end zone for KU's opening score. It was the Pittsburg native's fourth touchdown run of the season. Kansas led 7-0 with 12 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Meier also had a 15-yard run before that on a quarterback option keeper. Arguably the most important play of the drive saw Meier completing a 19-yard pass to junior tight end Derek Fine for only his second catch of the season.

Toledo went three-and-out on its first drive. The Rockets gained only one yard on the drive. On their punt to the Jayhawks, a halo-infraction was called on the Rockets for interfering with Murph. Kansas started with good field position, at the Toledo 45-yard line.

Kickoff

Kansas kicked off to Toledo to open the game. UT's Richard Davis returned the ball to the Toledo 15-yard line.

Game preview

Kansas will take on Toledo tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The Jayhawks welcomed the Rockets to Memorial Stadium in 2004 and destroyed them, 63-14. However, Toledo is coming off of a 9-3 season, which saw it defeat UTEP, 45-13, in the GMAC bowl. Kansas went 0-5 on the road last season.

This will be the Rockets' second game against a Big 12 opponent this season. Toledo (Mid-American Conference) hasn't won a game yet, and is 0-2. It lost to Iowa State and Western Michigan on the road. This will be UT's first home game. Toledo has an impressive home field record of 34-2 since the end of the 1999 season.

Kansas (2-0) easily defeated Northwestern State, 49-18, the first week of the season, but suffered a scare last week against Louisiana-Monroe. The Jayhawks defeated the Warhawks by only two points, 21-19.

Sophomore cornerback Aqib Talib will be back in the KU secondary and start tonight's game. The Jayhawks arguably need Talib badly for this game after surrendering 377 passing yards last week. Kansas is currently ranked last in the Big 12 in total defense, giving up an average of 353.5 yards per game.

Comments

pjdeanwag 13 years, 6 months ago

Fun game to watch. Not a fun game to lose.

estaboy 13 years, 6 months ago

Regardless of Meier being a freshman, the kid has got to use some common sense out there. That was almost the worst display of football by a quarterback I have ever seen. Hats off to the D for doing a great job, this loss was all on the offense, minus Cornish.

Sparko 13 years, 6 months ago

Correction: Kansas defeated Kansas. Errors on offense all night in an otherwise dominant performance. The defense played as well as it ever has. Cornish might have made a tiny bit of a difference if he had been used correctly, you think? That was some bad coaching right there. On the other hand, the officiating was terrific. It was a needlessly exciting game, frittered away with coaching blunders and Freshman nerves.

Matthew Goble 13 years, 6 months ago

I agree completely with estaboy. Regardless of age and experience, there are certain throws that have to be made. Meier has not yet shown that he is ready to be a starting quarterback in the Big XII.

Jhawk275 13 years, 6 months ago

I've never seen a football team as a whole make soooo many poor decisions. This is horrible news for this team. I don't care if they're young. Toledo is a bad BAD football team. And as for the "glass bowl" being a tough place to play...it wasn't sold out and the crowd didn't sound all that intimidating. If KU chokes this badly at a place like this, what are they going to do when they go into a big 12 stadium? Another winless road season.

getserious 13 years, 6 months ago

That was the worst job of coaching and quarterbacking I've ever seen. I said before halftime when they completed the(unforgivably bad coaching) 4th and 15 for a touchdown that it would cost us the game. A good athlete does not make a good qb. Million dollar arm and legs and a two cent head do not make a good fit. This is a job killer or loser, and usually at Ku these things snowball for a lost season. Pitiful

seattlehawk_78 13 years, 6 months ago

This is the first time I've seen KU play so I'm not sure if tonight was indicative of the way they've played thus far. Meier's running ability makes him a threat but he has problems throwing the ball downfield. That last interception was horribly under thrown. I saw a number of passes that were totally lacking in precision and seemed to only be thrown in the vicinity of a receiver. I think they will improve each week just like they did last year but after tonight's game, they clearly do not look ready for conference play, which is only two weeks away.

Cornfed 13 years, 6 months ago

Terrible. Why did Mangino get such a big contract again? Offense is pathetic. Here is an idea fatty, go diet then develop some killer instinct. CU should even beat us. I stood behind MM for a long time but DONE IS WHAT I AM.

DerekR25 13 years, 6 months ago

Wow! You guys are totally ripping apart an offense that, even though I totally agree with all the mistakes, put up 31 points. So you think it was the worst coaching job you've seen when we did not allow a first down the entire 2nd half? You think throwing in all the fakes and shovels for big gains is the worst coaching you've ever seen? Face it fellas, this is what young quarterbacks that aren't used to getting hit every other play have to deal with. Did you see how great and mature Meier looked at times. When he recovered from one interception to lead his team down the field to a TD, or when he chose to take the dive for the 2pt conversion. Give it a rest, you guys are giving up after one game. What pathetic "FANS" you are acting like. I also think the officials were great except for one play that totally cost us. We ABSOLUTELY STUFFED their 4th and goal from the 1yd line, and it was not reviewed. That was piss poor. I think we had some really great moments tonight. Our offense pretty much moved the ball at will in the first half, it was just the mistakes that cost us, then in the second half, when they started stuffing our offense, our D kicked it in to high gear! Just relax and let the season unfold. If a team thinks or knows their fans have given up on them after one game, how do you think anyone would feel trying to play with pride and confidence. Give me a break, I'm tired of hearing Jayhawk fans (whom I think are the greatest fans in the country) acting and sounding like the Nebraska fans I have to put up with on a daily basis. Give up the negativity and cheer for your team and pick them back up and tell them to go out and make it up next week. That's what being a fan is all about. Not ripping them a new one after every mistake. That's all I have to say to you people! Goodnight, and....Go Jayhawks I'll be rooting as usuall next saturday against South Fla.!!!!!!!!!!!!

jayhawk20 13 years, 6 months ago

Why in the hell do you pass on 1st and 10 with a freshman quarterback when all you need is a field goal in overtime? Run the ball with Cornish. I will never understand that call.

Jhawk275 13 years, 6 months ago

This is frustrating, but I am far from counting them out. They're young, they're stupid, but DAMN, they are talented. Give em time. Although they lost to a bad team tonight, they should've learned a lot of valuable lessons. I don't excuse Mangino and NQ, that playcalling was pathetic, and being that they've been here for 5 years means its completely unacceptable.

seattlehawk_78 13 years, 6 months ago

KU win coach good. KU lose coach bad. Wow Cornfed why don't you just give up on your life while you're at it.

kef104 13 years, 6 months ago

I lived thru Valcente (sp) and Allen coaching guys to not try. It now appears that Mangino has fallen prey to the same folly. If a team at least tries to score with a little bit of time left in a half, it gives them a chance to score. Telling your team to not waste the effort is exactly that, a wasted effort.

We lost to a team tonight that was coached by a man who demonstrated that effort and not quiting could make up for not having any offense at all. Their coach deserves a contract extension. Ours better figure out real fast that we are tired of teams that quit just because the clock is running down. It will not take too many poor coaching efforts like tonight before Kansas fans boo the coaching staff off the field at the end of a half. It has happened before.

If you fail trying, at least you tried. Effort we can support, standing around while the clock dies, well, that simply reduces football to being a place to practice cheering before basketball starts.

BriarFox 13 years, 6 months ago

My opinion is very simple....

Win or Lose, We Bleed Crimson and Blue !!!

We're so very proud of them, they played a great game.

For all the ones who want to bitch and moan, when we see YOU out there on the field?????

bugmenot 13 years, 6 months ago

The Jayhawks could have won this game without throwing a pass. Meier was off target all night and Toledo couldn't buy a first down in the second half, so why throw the ball?

The coaching staff made good adjustments to shut down Toledo in the second half, but offensively, why put Meier in a position to throw 4 interceptions when throwing the ball down field wasn't necessary?

seattlehawk_78 13 years, 6 months ago

Sure are a lot of sorry excuses for fans here tonight. I agree with DerekR25. I think Mangino coached a good game. He ran plays that protected his QB and as he pointed out, they came back and tied the game which at least gave them a chance to win. Call me a foolish optimist but in spite of the mistakes, I saw a lot of things I like. I don't think this team is as good as last year's but I think they can still be competitive. For those who think Mangino is a bad coach and Meier is a mistake at QB after one loss, maybe you don't have the stomach for this game.

JBurtin 13 years, 6 months ago

Oh well, a freshman made some freshman mistakes and it cost us the game. At least he showed some moxie in taking it downfield for the chance at an overtime. That's a much better performance than Luke and Barmann were giving us last year.

I was happy to see us let him loose and let him throw tonight. Anybody who thinks we could have won the game without him throwing simply doesn't know anything about football. Regardless of how the defense was playing, the only reason we were able to move the ball tonight was because the coaching staff opened up the playbook and called a few more daring plays. If we hadn't, Toledo could have stacked the box and stopped us the same way Louisiana Monroe did. Unfortunately a freshman is still a freshman and no amount of coaching can change that.

Luckily, one game does not decide a season. My hope is that this loss will anger our team as much as it has angered the fans. Light a fire under this kind of talent and we can still make a very good season out of it. In fact, to look on the bright side, this loss doesn't count toward our conference record which ultimately is much more important to a program.

Mike Hart 13 years, 6 months ago

Nothing new. We played like true faggots when the pressure was on. This was 80's KU tradition in football from a KU grad who has seen it all since the worst of times... KU teams of '86, '87, 88, '89. 5 turnovers to ZERO. You deserve to lose EVERY TIME you do that. I know... it brings back too many memories from QBs that made you want to pull your hair out- Mike Orth, Kelly Holcomb, the horrors. Really frustrating to endure growing pains from a pretty talented team with a freshman QB. That last interception in 2-OT... not even close. Feel sorry for the kid, Meier, faggot and all.

true_fan 13 years, 6 months ago

Reading these comment boards is always frustrating for me. There are a number of people here who seem to be good sports fans - they grumble when their team loses, but don't pretend to have all the answers (if they did, they wouldn't be sitting at home writing comments to a message board!).

Then there are those (like mhart123 to pick on someone) who feel the need to call names and point fingers. It's just sad. And it gets even worse during basketball season when there seem to be more coaches online than there are schools with teams. Pick the team up when they're down and ride the wave when they're up. THAT'S what school spirit and being a fan is all about. This isn't professional ball where winning is the ONLY thing. Have some pride about being a Jayhawk.

Sure, this football team made some mistakes last night. And it hurts to see it. There's been a lot of it over the years. It's hard to win by turning the ball over 5 times, and yet they still had a chance. The offense actually looked sharp at times. The defense made some great plays. But the defense also made some very basic mistakes - or one over and over - they did a poor job of tackling. It reminded me of the 2003-2004 KC Chiefs poor tackling defense. It seems that things might have gone better if they tried to wrap up the ball carrier instead of just hitting them with a shoulder.

I don't pretend to have all the answers. But name calling and disrespecting the team and coaches is NOT what true fans do. I'm sure sometime in life everyone's heard the expression "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." So for you whiners and complainers, I respectfully request that you shut the **** up, and to those of you who are truly fans, I say:

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK, GO KU!!!

actorman 13 years, 6 months ago

Nothing new. We played like true faggots when the pressure was on ...


You're right, mhart, homophobic comments ARE nothing new. Perhaps the thought hasn't entered your pea brain, but it is actually possible to criticize a team's performance without resorting to derogatory comments. Obviously that's something you still need to learn, even if you're not a freshman.

Mike Hart 13 years, 6 months ago

What does homophobia have to do with anything I said? Meier threw the game in 2-OT. That was PATHETIC.... period. He has long hair... he threw a pass with no mustard behind it. You do the math. Perhaps if he focused on hitting the receivers in the hands instead of zeroing on their crotch... he might have a better completion percentage... well... at least in passes to OUR team.

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