Stories for November 11, 2007


Lead stories

Extra Minutes: Kansas 85, UMKC 62

Tying up loose ends from KU's third win in six days, counting Tuesday's exhibition finale. Mario Chalmers led the way with 23 points, including a career-high six three-pointers.

6Sports video: KU women's bball team defeats Hartford in nail-biter

The Kansas Jayhawk women's basketball team barely defeated the Hartford Hawks by a final score of 75-72.

6Sports video: Dream season continues as 'Hawks drop OSU

The Kansas Jayhawk football team improved to 10-0 after defeating Oklahoma State by a final score of 43-28.

6Sports video: Jayhawk hoops squad tops UMKC

The Kansas Jayhawk men's basketball team defeated the UMKC Kangaroos by a final score of 85-62.

KU jumps to third in latest BCS rankings

Ohio State's loss to Illinois on Saturday created a little bit of wiggle room for Kansas University to continue climbing. The Jayhawks, after beating Oklahoma State 43-28 on Saturday, is now ranked third in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The top two teams at the end of the regular season will play for the BCS National Championship on Jan. 7.

Chalmers' six threes key 23-point effort, KU takes down UMKC, 85-62

A Mario Chalmers layup off a steal with over a minute left was the final piece to his sound evening on the floor. KU wasn't all that sound defensively and committed some silly errors, but eventually pulled away in its second game of the regular season. Mario Chalmers scored a game-high 23 points, hitting several of his six three-pointers in key moments when KU needed a pick-me-up. Russell Robinson hit three longballs of his own, finishing with 15, while Darrell Arther had 13 and both Sasha Kaun and Sherron Collins scored 10 apiece. KU is off until Thursday, when the Jayhawks face Washburn in Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.

The Fifth Quarter: Kansas 43, Oklahoma State 28

Tying up loose ends from KU's finishing touch on a clean sweep of the Big 12 South in the 2007 regular season, also giving KU its first 10-0 start since 1899.

Ohio St. gives an inch, Illinois takes a mile

Top-ranked Ohio State's national title hopes teetered on a timeout, the ball inches from a first down for Illinois. Illini coach Ron Zook changed his mind and decided to go for it on fourth down, and that was the beginning of the end for the Buckeyes' hopes of redeeming themselves in this season's national championship game.

Kansas football notebook

Kansas is 10-0 for the first time since 1899. With Ohio State's loss to Illinois earlier Saturday, the Jayhawks are the last unbeaten team among the six major conferences.

Mercer shocks USC

Georgetown survives William & Mary

Give it up for the Atlantic Sun. Mercer capped a sensational week for the low-major conference, stunning No. 18 Southern California, 96-81, Saturday and spoiling O.J. Mayo's college debut.

Game balls & Gassers

Marcus Henry: Contributed his fifth 100-yard receiving game with career-high 199 yards and three touchdowns on eight catches.Anthony Webb: Still sets himself up for too many punishing hits instead of calling for a fair catch.

Tease photo

KU passes test, moves to 10-0

Jayhawks improve to 10-0 with victory over Cowboys

This is beyond a nice little run, beyond a cute storyline and into the world of straight-faced seriousness. Kansas University has one of college football's top teams in 2007. Because, without fail, it has an answer for everything. A counterpoint for every point. A backup plan for every hiccup. A victory for every challenge. Ten in all.

OSU bemoans turnovers

Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman, who caught 300 yards and four touchdowns last season in Lawrence, was a non-factor Saturday in a 43-28 Kansas victory against the Cowboys before he left the game with an injury in the second quarter.

Building a career

Jayhawks big man relishes opportunities

Stepping into Allen Fieldhouse as he enters his fourth year as a student at Kansas University, redshirt junior Matt Kleinmann sees things through different eyes. Following a summer internship with 360 Architecture in Kansas City, Mo., he now looks at the old barn - site of today's 7 p.m. battle against UMKC - as both a college athlete and a hopeful designer.

K-State stops Washington

Shalee Lehning had 16 points and 11 assists to lead Kansas State to an 88-61 victory over Washington on Saturday. Lehning also had six rebounds and four steals before being substituted out with five minutes remaining, missing out on a third career triple-double.

Keegan: Kansas, Henry a good (mis)fit

The college football waters are anything but still. The giants continue to drop, one by one, and the basketball giant is the lone football school from a BCS conference without a loss. The landscape is so different that Kansas University even has one of those classic tall, long-armed, high-jumping, fast Big 12 receivers playing on its side, pulling a big victory out of the sky, instead of having to watch one on the other side.

Wissel leads Jayhawk runners at regionals

Senior Colby Wissel qualified for the NCAA Championships for the Kansas University cross country team with his fifth-place finish at the Midwest Regional Championships on Saturday afternoon. As a team, the KU men finished 10th and the women placed 12th in the 19-team field.

KSU rowers defeat KU

The Kansas University rowing team fell Saturday to Kansas State, 16-9, in KU's final fall regatta. The Jayhawks took the three novice races, but narrowly fell to K-State in the varsity races. It was K-State's first victory over the Jayhawks in a dual since 2005.

Tech coach rips officials after loss

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach ripped game officials Saturday, suggesting the crew favored Texas, after the Longhorns beat the Red Raiders 59-43. Without naming him, Leach noted that referee Randy Christal lives in Austin.

Tech gives Knight 891st win

Martin Zeno scored 19 points, and Alan Voskuil keyed a second-half run to lead Texas Tech past UC Riverside, 68-56, Saturday.

Huskers blast 'Cats

Nebraska vents frustration on K-State

Once Nebraska's offense got going, coach Bill Callahan showed no inclination to let up. Joe Ganz threw for 510 yards and seven touchdowns to set school records and Nebraska scored on 11 straight possessions while ending a five-game losing streak with a 73-31 dismantling of Kansas State on Saturday. Did Callahan run up the score? "I didn't think about the score," he said. "We just kept playing."

Bizarre ending dooms Buffs against Iowa State

Iowa State coach Gene Chizik wasn't sure what happened at the end. Neither was Colorado coach Dan Hawkins. They weren't alone.

KU volleyball snags comeback victory

After trailing two games to none Saturday night, the Kansas University volleyball team showed battled back to win the last three games and earn a 3-2 victory over Colorado. Kansas improved to 12-15 on the season and 5-12 in Big 12 matches. Colorado dropped to 6-19 overall and 1-16 in league play.

UMKC running (and gunning) for Jayhawks

It figures to be bombs away for the University of Missouri-Kansas City during today's 7 p.m. nonconference clash at No. 4-ranked Kansas University.

Talib ends 'drought'

Corner gets first pick since Oct. 6

The slump is dead. Kansas University junior cornerback Aqib Talib cut in front of a Zac Robinson pass and intercepted it with 7:32 left on Saturday, sealing the Jayhawks' 43-28 victory at Boone Pickens Stadium.

America East favorites first test for Kansas

Danielle McCray dazzled for Kansas University on Thursday, but Hartford U. has a dandy Danielle, too. In fact, Danielle Hood and the rest of the Hawks have been tapped as the unanimous preseason favorite to capture the America East Conference women's basketball championship.