Stories for November 24, 2007


Lead stories

Daniel's 40 completions too much for KU to overcome in the end, MU wins 36-28

The story of the night was Missouri's Chase Daniel covering up 13 MU penalties by completing 40 pass attempts en route to a 361-yard, three-touchdown night, earning the Tigers a berth in the Big 12 title game next Saturday in San Antonio against Oklahoma. Todd Reesing rallied KU back with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, finishing 28-of-29 for 349 yards and two TDs to go with two picks. He also had a five-yard touchdown run in the second half. KU couldn't get much of a running game going at all, finishing with just 42 yards - a season-low. KU will now have to wait until Dec. 2 to find out what bowl game it will be playing in.

Scoring Summary: KU-Mizzou

A look at who scored, when they scored and how it happened.

Aggies take home NIT title

Texas A&M triumphs at the Garden, topples Ohio State 70-47

Reserve guard Derrick Roland scored a career-high 15 points and Texas A&M held Ohio State to one field goal in the first 111â2 minutes of the second half in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

OSU in spoiler role

Cowboys can deny Sooners title

Even in a best-case scenario, Oklahoma State can't find its way into its first Big 12 championship game. Keeping rival Oklahoma from getting there wouldn't be a bad consolation prize, though.

Cowboys boast balance

Rushing, passing totals match exactly

To get through 11 games and have exactly the same yardage totals in rushing and passing took quite the coincidence for Oklahoma State - or maybe some meticulous planning.

The man behind the sunglasses

Passion for game led Mangino from Pennsylvania to prairie

It was the rarest of days in Memorial Stadium. The flags were limp, even the one high atop the construction crane that was supposed to be the season-long symbol of new heights the Kansas University football team would reach in the future.

Kansas-Missouri escapes Rams' interest

St. Louis Rams players usually keep a close eye on the big college games. But somehow, tonight's Kansas-Missouri matchup for the Big 12 North title holds almost zero interest. Tight end Randy McMichael, who went to Georgia, had a succinct "Who cares?" reaction this week followed by more lengthy discourse on the state of the game.

Fans: Bundle up for a chilly game

Tammy Ford, of Lawrence, is facing a clothing conundrum. She and her husband will be at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., today to cheer on the Kansas University Jayhawks, but they may have to do so clad in the University of Missouri's colors. "I'm a little bit worried because my coat is black, and my husband's is gold," she said.

Virginia 86, No. 21 Texas 83

Monica Wright scored 23 points to lead Virginia to an upset victory over Texas in the first round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.

Woodling: Tiger recalls '60 game

For nigh onto four decades now, Jim Carothers and I have been transplanted Tigers in the Land of the Jayhawks. Both of us graduated from Missouri in the spring of 1963, yet he witnessed arguably the most depressing defeat in MU football history, and I didn't.

Jayhawks keep eye on football

Let's see : LSU's top-ranked football team lost to Arkansas in three overtimes on Friday, meaning Kansas University conceivably could be ranked No. 1 in the country come Sunday. No. 1, that is, if the Jayhawks defeat Missouri's Tigers at 7 tonight at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Standout showdowns

Sure, today's game is big, but other KU-MU meetings had meaning, too

We've heard it all week: Today's game between No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 Missouri is shaping up to be the most important game in the 116-year history of the Border War rivalry. Ever. That certainly is a good guess, even without going back through time. Both the No. 2 Jayhawks (11-0) and No. 3 Tigers (10-1) are in the running for a Big 12 championship and a coveted berth in the BCS National Championship Game. But "ever" is such a strong word, isn't it? Or is it?

Coaches learned of rivalry early

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino is in his sixth season as head coach. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is in his seventh. Yet both remember clearly their first run-ins with the new fan base they'd be out to please. Not surprisingly, the subject went to the Border War game quite quickly.

Kansas wary of Maclin

Missouri University's football team already had playmakers. Chase Daniel, one of college football's best quarterbacks, had a tremendously talented cast of targets - Martin Rucker, Chase Coffman and Will Franklin - over the last three seasons. But they had no shot, none of them, of bringing the "wow" factor quite like Jeremy Maclin does.

Kansas players steeped in Border War lore

Kansas University sophomore running back Jake Sharp has seen a few big games. After all, he has been involved in some storied high school football matches between Salina South and his alma mater, Salina Central. But what is about to transpire tonight between Sharp's No. 2-ranked Jayhawks and No. 3 Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium undoubtedly will trump many of the memories he has from those days in Salina.

Tease photo

A lot to gain

B-Mac tops 1,000, but he's not celebrating

Every time Brandon McAnderson took a handoff his senior year on Lawrence High's football team, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino's emotions would be in a tug-of-war. What a talent, he would think. But what a price.

Buffs rough on NU

Lopsided loss could be Callahan's last

All eyes in Nebraska now look toward Tom Osborne's office - to see if Bill Callahan could possibly emerge from his upcoming meeting with Nebraska's athletic director with his job still in hand.

Aggies trip UT; coach quits

Franchione steps down after 38-30 victory

Dennis Franchione gave Texas A&M another victory over Texas. Then the embattled coach handed in his resignation. While there were no Big 12 titles or bowl victories in Franchione's five seasons, his tenure ended on a high note, a 38-30 victory over 13th-ranked Texas that gave the Aggies consecutive wins over their hated rival. "This team has been special all year to me," Franchione said. "And I thought they played a wonderful game."

KU women clip Drake

Kansas University sophomore LaChelda Jacobs was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and scored 15 points off the bench as the KU women's basketball team held off Drake, 69-64, Friday in the first round of the SMU Hoops for the Cure Classic.

Jayhawk fan in Iraq proudly displays crimson and blue

Lawrence native Rick Morris won't be getting much sleep for awhile. Morris will begin watching the Kansas-Missouri football game at 4 a.m. Sunday. That's Iraq time.

KSU recalls Fresno

Bulldogs started Wildcats' tailspin

Very few players on Kansas State's roster were around the last time the Wildcats squared off against Fresno State, but those who were remember it clearly. The year was 2004, and No. 13 Kansas State's hopes for the season were sky-high following a Big 12 Championship the season before. But Fresno State came to Manhattan and exposed the Wildcats.

Commentary: Kansas-Missouri more than a game

There's a lot at stake tonight at Arrowhead Stadium when Missouri and Kansas reenact their uncivil war. This will be a memorable football game and a massive party. From inside the stadium walls to the far reaches of the parking lots, the action will be fast and furious.

Other Paris sister leads Sooners

Ashley Paris, not Courtney, helps OU hold off Mississippi State

Oklahoma will always have Paris, but it won't necessarily be Courtney.

No. 18 Kansas State 73, Central Florida 71, OT

Freshman Michael Beasley had 30 points, Jacob Pullen added 19, and Kansas State beat Central Florida in overtime in the Old Spice Classic. The Wildcats (4-1) were coming off an 87-77 upset loss to George Mason on Thursday.

No. 15 Texas 102, New Mexico State 87

A.J. Abrams had career bests of 31 points and nine 3-pointers to lead Texas to victory over New Mexico State in the semifinals in the StubHub! Legends Classic on Friday night.

Wake Forest 53, No. 11 Texas A&M 46

Alex Tchangoue scored 16 points, including four free throws with less than 10 seconds left, to rally Wake Forest over Texas A&M at the Paradise Jam. Tiffany Roulhac added 12 points and four assists and Mekia Valentine had four blocks for the Demon Deacons (4-1).