Sunday, November 11, 2007

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2007 KU-OSU Football

Reader poll

After Week 11, who do you consider to be truly the nation's best college football team?

  • LSU 16% 659 votes
  • Oregon 15% 614 votes
  • Kansas 64% 2605 votes
  • Oklahoma 2% 109 votes
  • Missouri 1% 54 votes
  • West Virginia 0% 11 votes

4052 total votes.

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.

KU's players were unaware of Ohio State's loss until after the game.

"I didn't talk to them about it," KU coach Mark Mangino said. "We were trying to beat Oklahoma State."

¢ Kansas appeared to have a few key players going at less than 100 percent, though it wasn't enough to keep anyone out.

KU quarterback Todd Reesing appeared to favor his left leg, while James McClinton had a slight hobble as well that caused him to miss plays in the middle of the game. Both said they felt fine, though.

"It comes with the game, man," McClinton said. "It's a contact sport."

¢ Reesing threw three touchdown passes with no interceptions Saturday. His last pick came at Kansas State on Oct. 6, and he has thrown 179 passes since without an interception.

For the season, Reesing has thrown for 2,647 yards with 26 touchdowns and four interceptions.

¢ KU junior Justin Thornton started at safety alongside Darrell Stuckey for the first time this year. Patrick Resby started the first nine games at strong safety, but Thornton had played well in a reserve role and had a team-high four interceptions going into Saturday's game.

Thornton started four games as a freshman last year.

¢ Kansas finally used the Kerry Meier trickery Saturday that it was capable of. During the first quarter, Meier, lined up as a slot receiver, motioned into the backfield. Reesing then pitched to Meier on an option right, and Meier immediately flung it downfield to Marcus Henry. It ended up being a 43-yard gain that set up a Scott Webb field goal at the end of the first quarter.

¢ KU wide receiver Henry's 199 receiving yards are the most by a KU player since Quintin Smith had 221 yards against Louisville in 1989.

¢ Boone Pickens Stadium is unique from any other venue in the Big 12 Conference in that the end zones are on the east and west sides of the stadium, instead of the usual north-south. It typically causes problems with the sunshine, but Saturday's game started well after dark.

¢ Oklahoma State's stadium is undergoing a massive expansion project that will make the capacity around 60,000, as well as add more than 100 suites around the rim of the stadium. The seats will be ready for the 2008 season.

¢ Representatives from the Fiesta, Sugar, Alamo and Texas bowls were credentialed for Saturday's game. In addition, a representative for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back, was on hand. KU cornerback Aqib Talib is a semifinalist for the honor.

¢ After going 13-1 in its last 14 games, Kansas is now 35-35 in the Mangino era.

¢ Attendance was 39,848 for Saturday's game - the smallest crowd KU has played in front of this year.


jayhawk1996 13 years, 5 months ago

39,000 people show up and they're going to have 60,000 seats and 100 suites next season? I hope some more OSU fans join the "I'm a man" bandwagon before then.

actorman 13 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for posting the O'Brien info., filmer. Let's get on it, guys! It's still too close for comfort.

actorman 13 years, 5 months ago

Representatives from the Fiesta, Sugar, Alamo and Texas bowls were credentialed ...

That's nice and balanced: two for us and two for them.

Chicago_JHawk 13 years, 5 months ago

actorman - you win for best comment of the morning!

Chris Weaver 13 years, 5 months ago

todd reesing's about to be overtaken in the davey o'brien awards. remember - you can vote once a day.

Gordon Penny 13 years, 5 months ago

It truly is a brand new year when the smallest crowd KU is playing in front of is 39000, and on the road!!

63Jayhawk 13 years, 5 months ago

Just curious if anyone else saw what I saw in the OSU game. It appeared to me that OSU had a play called for WR #15 to throw a pass when the QB threw him a lateral pass. Unfortunately for OSU #15 fumbled the ball and the Jayhawks recovered. It sure looked to me like # 15 was getting in position to throw before he secured the ball. (I looked on OSU's web site where it is mentioned that #15 has completed a pass before.) Then on the very next play, Mangino made them pay by doing the very same thing with Meier throwing the ball from the WR position. Iloved it!!

seattlehawk_78 13 years, 5 months ago

They are adding seats and they couldn't fill up yesterday's game. Sounds a bit optimistic to me. Before OSU got back into the game that was the quietest crowed I've ever hear, or didn't hear.

hometownhawk 13 years, 5 months ago

I was there and it seemed pretty close to capacity. Not necessarily 100% full, but not very many empty seats. The 39,000 was just because they don't have the whole stadium open right now.

Dirk Medema 13 years, 5 months ago

I've been wondering when they were going to have Kerry throw the ball, and what a sweet pass. It is usually a RB or WR that is attempting, but to see a QB execute it was great. It is cool that other teams will have to respect that option that much more. It should open up the runing lanes a bit more.

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