Sunday, October 14, 2007

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KU rips Baylor, 58-10

The Kansas Jayhawk football team got revenge for last season's single-point loss to Baylor by stomping the Bears to the tune of 58-10.

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2007 KU-Baylor Football

Former KU fullback John Riggins was added to the Memorial Stadium Ring of Honor in a halftime ceremony. Riggins gave a bow to each side of the stadium while a lengthy ovation was given. His name was added to the ring on the northeast side of the stadium.

Riggins played at KU from 1968-70 before a successful NFL career. He already has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

¢ At 6-0 overall, Kansas is bowl-eligible in 2007. Of course, the Jayhawks are well aware, based on last year's 6-6 record and empty holiday season, that bowl-eligible doesn't mean bowl-bound.

"If you really want to guarantee a bowl, you've got to win more than six," Mangino said. "If you don't win more than six, there's no guarantee. The kids don't care. They set their sights so high, I don't think it entered their mind."

¢ Backup quarterback Kerry Meier lined up as a punter in the first quarter, with no apparent trickery in the cards. Meier took the normal snap and shanked it for just 15 yards, a job normally reserved for Kyle Tucker.

"Kyle's struggling a little bit here in the last few weeks," Mangino said. "We've had Kerry working as a backup. Not that we're going to bench Kyle, but we're trying to alleviate some of the pressure. Kyle's been pressing."

Meier also pooch-punted twice lined up as a quarterback with KU's offensive personnel on the field. In that setup, starting quarterback Todd Reesing motions out wide and becomes the gunner.

¢ The Jayhawks used multiple defensive formations Saturday, but mostly used four down linemen despite Baylor's tendency to pass. Often, KU would use an extra defensive back in place of linebacker James Holt.

¢ Four Kansas players recorded interceptions - Justin Thornton, Chris Harris, Sadiq Muhammed and Gary Green. It was Thornton's second pick of the season, the first for everyone else.

¢ Kansas started the game with a diamond formation on offense, with Meier in the back. It's the second straight game in which Meier, Reesing's backup at quarterback, registered a start as a receiver.

Meier ended up with a 31.3 average on three punts, two pass receptions for 20 yards, 25 yards on 4-of-6 passing, and three rushes for 11 yards, including a two-yard touchdown.

¢ KU junior Aqib Talib's run of six straight games scoring a touchdown ended Saturday. Talib was seen on the field for just two offensive plays and wasn't thrown at. On defense he recorded two tackles but had no passes defended.

¢ Mangino said the only thing that "irked" him from Saturday's game was the 97-yard kickoff return by Baylor sophomore David Gettis at the end of the third quarter.

"Other than that," Mangino said, "we played well in all three segments of the game."

¢ Sophomore running back Angus Quigley made his long-awaited college debut during the fourth quarter on Saturday. He rushed the ball eight times for 47 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run with eight seconds left.

¢ Freshman Dezmon Briscoe replaced Raimond Pendleton as KU's primary punt-return specialist during the first half. Anthony Webb, who hadn't dressed out the previous two games, fielded punts in the second half.


troutsee 14 years, 3 months ago

Webb looks like the guy to return punts. He looked more confident.

Passing game was not as sharp yesterday.

hometownhawk 14 years, 3 months ago

Correction: Receivers were not sharp, with about 10 drops. Reesing threw good balls and they dropped them again and again. This problem needs to end before next Saturday.

Dirk Medema 14 years, 3 months ago

It was nice to see Quigley and Webb contribute.

Thanks for the commentary HTH. I don't get to see games much in CA, and was wondering why Todd's numbers were off a bit.

ESPN gave a game ball to Reesing, but from what I was reading of the play by play, it sounded like Jake was really the guy that broke things open for KU. He comment in another article just how much the 2 phases compliment each other, and that he & BMac would prefer that the running game open things up for the passng game, though the coaches seem to think contrary.

actorman 14 years, 3 months ago

"Mangino said the only thing that "irked" him from Saturday's game was the 97-yard kickoff return by Baylor sophomore David Gettis at the end of the third quarter."

Interesting that he doesn't mention the dropped passes, which he did mention last week. I agree with hometown that it wasn't Reesing's fault. He deserved much better stats than he got -- not that he would care, given that he seems to be a total team player and cares only about winning.

As for the game ball, it really should have gone to the entire defense. The offense played decently, but the defense was TREMENDOUS.

OmahaKUAlum 14 years, 3 months ago

I agree, the dropped passes are frustrating. Yesterday's game was the first I saw in person, and we need to correct this problem. Against better teams, dropped passes will definitely hurt us. I thought Reesing looked sharp, except for one pass that probably should have been intercepted in the 2nd quarter. Our receivers need to help him out more, especially Marcus Henry, who dropped several.

JBurtin 14 years, 3 months ago

Funny side note, in yet another redemption story Marcus Henry dropped three balls and on his third drop was visibly frustrated. I was telling my fiance (it's awesome having a girl that loves football) that we would probably throw to Henry for a touchdown pass to bring back his confidence. I had barely gotten the words out of my mouth when sure enough, Henry was on his way to the end zone.

Just Keep Sawin Wood Boys! You'll get there!

Lonnie Ross Dillon 14 years, 3 months ago

I suspect he didn't mention the dropped passes becasue previous mentions of it had no effect. He may be afraid of putting pressure on them.

How about that line for Meier. Talk about playing multiple roles. What I like about having him punt is that it opens up a whole lot of fake options. He can run and throw. That forces the defense to honor that...and reduces the number of guys available to set up for runbacks.

seattlehawk_78 14 years, 3 months ago

If they are still dropping passes at this point I think one has to assume this is the level of play we can expect from our receivers from here on out. I'm not sure this is something that can be corrected. Kind of like free throw shooting, there are good basketball players who just can't do it and the more you fail at it the more it becomes a mental challenge.

shelleysue 14 years, 3 months ago

Nothing to do with this article, but is it really necessary to boo the opposing team when they come onto the filed and yell at Baylor fans when they're doing nothing other than leaving the stadium?

I have to say I was embarrassed to be a KU fan several times yesterday. Missouri is one thing, but to boo every opposing team is ridiculous. I'm very competitive and if oppoing fans are being jerks, it can often get me started, but I will not boo opposing players and fans.

Support the Jayhawks without acting like classless trash. Seriously!

seattlehawk_78 14 years, 3 months ago

Although it was years ago, I saw something similar after a game against UCLA. My excitement over winning that game was diminished by the way KU fans taunted the opposing team after they left the field. How hard is it to be a good fan when your team has won? I'd like to think KU fans are better than most but in all fairness I can't say that. It's usually a minority of fans that behave so badly that it becomes embarrassing and there may not be any school who is totally immune from this type of conduct. Just goes to show that no matter how badly players act, fans are quite a bit worse. Take solace in the fact that no matter how badly we act, we will never be as bad as Mizzou.

If you really feel bad about it, go onto a Baylor fan site and make an apology on behalf of KU.

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