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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Seven-and-oh!

Jayhawks pass test from Buffs

Kansas University offensive lineman Ryan Cantrell (50) runs in to celebrate with tight end Derek Fine (85) following Fine's fourth-quarter touchdown reception. The TD proved decisive in the Jayhawks' 19-14 victory over Colorado on Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

Kansas University offensive lineman Ryan Cantrell (50) runs in to celebrate with tight end Derek Fine (85) following Fine's fourth-quarter touchdown reception. The TD proved decisive in the Jayhawks' 19-14 victory over Colorado on Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

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Undefeated Jayhawks rank 9th in BCS

Jayhawks fall in at number nine in the Bowl Championship Series standings after winning in Colorado.

Go figure

333

Kansas University's total offensive yards

353

Colorado's total offensive yards

5.5

KU's average yards per rush (on 33 carries)

2.0

Colorado's average yards per rush (also on 33 carries)

minus-8

Yards gained by CU on its final possession

1995

Year Kansas last beat Colorado in Boulder

84

Game-high rushing yards for KU quarterback Todd Reesing

66

Rushing yards by the Colorado team combined

1

Sacks by Colorado

2

Times Colorado reached the red zone (CU capitalized just once)

— With a short wave, a thumbs up and a quick smile, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino gave the go-ahead to the 2,500 Jayhawk fans celebrating in the northwest corner of Folsom Field.

Party on.

There's no mistaking it now. The Jayhawks' 19-14 road victory over Colorado on Saturday affirmed that every one of the program's haunting demons of the past has been exorcised. Every one.

Kansas is rolling toward historic success, gaining steam in its quest for a Big 12 Conference title and making more and more pundits across the nation believe in what KU is capable of.

And rest assured, it's plenty.

The 15th-ranked Jayhawks are now 7-0 and 3-0 in Big 12 Conference play. Saturday's victory was a gritty performance in front of a mostly hostile crowd of 51,940, with multiple tests of perseverance that KU overcame every time.

"We have some hard-nosed, tough kids," Mangino said afterward. "We have some talented kids, but the heart and soul of this team is the overachiever, hard-nosed kids. They were the ones that really buckled down here tonight."

They had to. Colorado (4-4, 2-2) made the game interesting late, scoring a touchdown with 3:42 left to get within five and then getting the ball back almost immediately after a Kansas three-and-out.

In the past, it was a situation which put the Jayhawks' defense on its heels.

But now?

"We were pumped," said linebacker James Holt, one of the hard-nosed types who finished with 15 tackles. "We dream for stuff like that."

The ensuing stop illustrated KU's readiness. CU quarterback Cody Hawkins was sacked by Jeff Wheeler on the first play, then he muffed a snap and threw two incompletions into shut-down coverage to turn the ball over on downs with 1:46 left.

So ended KU's second straight Big 12 road victory, after Mangino's squads won just two of 20 in the coach's first five years.

Yes, it is quite different around here.

"We never feel unbeatable," cornerback Aqib Talib said. "You just have to prepare every week : Once you go out there feeling unbeatable, that's when you end up upset."

It hasn't happened yet. An entertaining defensive battle broke out Saturday, as KU and CU struggled to score in the first half.

The only scoring before halftime, though, was impressive. KU kicker Scott Webb overcame a bad snap, stutter-stepped and still delivered a 48-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

"I was just trying to get it down as fast as I could," said Kyle Tucker, the holder. "If I didn't get it down the first time, I was going to run. Webb had an awesome kick. A (48)-yard, one-step kick."

Kansas led 3-0 at halftime, but Colorado took a 7-3 lead in the third quarter on a 27-yard pass from Hawkins to Tyson DeVree.

Here was another test for Kansas, and it took all of 90 seconds to pass it. The Jayhawks marched 58 yards on five plays on the ensuing drive, finding paydirt when Jake Sharp dove across the goal line just 1:30 after DeVree scored.

A quick point was proven that the Jayhawks weren't rattled. And, in fact, they never trailed again.

"They took the lead, and it was on our shoulders to go out there and take it right back," said quarterback Todd Reesing, who completed 20 of 29 passes for 153 yards and a score. "When the pressure gets put on us, we really respond well."

A trait of a champion. The Jayhawks have no hardware yet, but with Saturday's victory, they stay a stiff-arm's length away from the rest of the Big 12 North. At the same time, they kicked Colorado to the middle of the pack.

Kansas plays at Texas A&M next week, and the popular stance in sports is to spend the rest of Saturday enjoying the outcome before looking ahead to next week.

But for all that the Jayhawks have done right, their focus may trump it all. Yes, KU players and coaches were excited afterward. Certainly, the fans were in a giddy mood as they hit downtown Boulder.

But after a raucous locker room spent celebrating their own perfection to date, the Jayhawks were back to business before many of them even boarded the bus to head toward Lawrence.

After all, bigger goals await for this team. And it seems they finally have put it all together in a quest to reach them.

"It was crazy, exciting," Tucker said. "We're 7-0 now. We're ready to go out and get eight."

Comments

Bryan Summers 7 years, 1 month ago

The 'hawks played like champions in Boulder. I can't wait until next week.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk! Go KU!!!

Kevin Long 7 years, 1 month ago

Awesome win! They showed they can play a drag it out defensive battle and still win!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!! 7-0

troutsee 7 years, 1 month ago

I was at the game all the way from St. Joe, Mo. A crazy, boisterous crowd of Jayhawks, just like in Manhattan. Let's beat A & M. I'm predicting that we will beat the luckiest team in America.

jayhawkinATL 7 years, 1 month ago

Way to go 'Hawks!!!!! I'll be in College Station cheering you on next week.

sevenyearhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

there's a few of us making the trek to College Station ... we'll have to coordinate a big ol' KUSports tailgate, maybe we'll invite the Spodcasters for a "live" GameDay type session ...

you reading this Mr Greene?

KUAlum2000 7 years, 1 month ago

anybody see how upset Jack Arute was when mangino refused the normal halftime interview? It seemed after that the announcers took a "we'll show you not to talk to us" attitude.

wi_jayhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

This is the magic season for KU...the magic year.

afilmer 7 years, 1 month ago

shutting down hughes answered a big question in my mind - could KU stop a propper running game? they did. the D came up big when it counted, our little QB made 0 mistakes, and webb made certain that even mistakes were overcome.

gotta like the make-up yeah?

sevenyearhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

so is the Round Mound of Touchdown aka Javorskie Lane going to be tougher to stop than this Hughes guy?

Mangino_Maniac 7 years, 1 month ago

I just listened to Aqib's audio clip... Aqib, you are awesome dude!!!

Great game by all the Jayhawks! Bring on the Aggies!!

1977kufan 7 years, 1 month ago

SUPER, SUPER GAME JAYHAWKS!!! The D is awesome and that 94 yard drive to "clear the air in Boulder" who is in charge here was priceless (just take a look again and again at how that drive ended!!!) Super calls by all of the coaches and I really like Coach Mangino's halftime demeanor. The TV personalities didn't even realize what Coach was doing. What they should have realized was "I am busy assisting and guiding my team, I don't have time for TV 'sideshows' -- business first, TV second". If you want to see how misguided the "TV show" was -- did you check how that protracted segment of the new basketball coach at CU? Was that a fill-in or was that a fill-in!!! JAYHWAWK FOOTBALL, WATCH IT, LOVE IT!!!

DallasHawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Great Game guys! Knew you could do it! Keep the focus and we'll be cheering you on from the stands in College Station!

Jeremy Bolinger 7 years, 1 month ago

This should be our toughest test yet people. We pass this test, and I will be 1000% confident that we have gotten past all of our road woes.

100 7 years, 1 month ago

KU fans: go to College Station next Saturday! This A &M team is for real! Respect them and their fans! Road trip!

Brian Skelly 7 years, 1 month ago

I felt after the Baylor game it was extremely important to at worst split the next two road games (CU/A&M).

The good thing now is, were going to probably be ranked in the top 10 in the BCS standings, and regardless of what the media-types say, we are there.

Losing to A&M wouldnt be the end of the world, but if we WIN that game there can be no denying this team.

I just love how Mangino keeps them on a pretty even keel.

Not getting to full of themselves, and you can hear that when Mangino talks maybe the biggest asset they have.

I'd just love to win at A&M for the thought and knowledge we'll be 2-3 TD favorites against Nebraska.

Now, that IS historic.

Larry Smith 7 years, 1 month ago

I was really hoping for a better ranking. Only going up to 12 in the AP and 10 in the coaches. We will have to wait and see about the BCS.

Keep it going Hawks!!

Dan Harris 7 years, 1 month ago

The Aggies can't pass to save their lives. We need to put 7and 8 in the box and take Lane and Mcgee out of the game. Go Hawks!!!

7 years, 1 month ago

A lot of great posts on here today. A few thoughts:

1) Tucker should be the special teams player of the week.

2) The CU fans did a great job of making noise whenever KU was on offense.

3) Looking forward to attending the game in College Station!

seattlehawk_78 7 years, 1 month ago

I couldn't help but notice the lack of dropped passes yesterday.

Hats off to the defense. They played a hell of a game.

jayhawkr34 7 years, 1 month ago

anybody wonder how long it will be til the rumors start about mangino leaving for another school

Jeffery Barrett 7 years, 1 month ago

I was at Worlds of Fun yesterday w/ my KU shirt & hat on. I saw dozens & dozens of other people w/ KU stuff on and received many "Go Hawks, 7-0!!!" all day long. Not 1 person mentioned basketball. It was all about the football team! First prediction for next Sat., KU 33 - A&M 13. GO FOOTBALL JAYHAWKS!!!

Michael Leiker 7 years, 1 month ago

Anybody know anything about wheeler's wrist?

Kenneth Hillman 7 years, 1 month ago

any recommendations on where to get tickets to the A&M game? I want to make sure i'm sitting with hawk fans

CasperCorps 7 years, 1 month ago

9 in the BCS!!! How sweet it is... Keep taking one game at a time Hawks and the sky's the limit.....

7 years, 1 month ago

kenhil, you might try the Texas A&M ticket office:

http://www.12thmanfoundation.com/tickets/ticketbox.asp

If I am not mistaken, the KU sections are probably 148 & 149.

http://www.12thmanfoundation.com/12thman/graphics/kyleseatingchart.jpg

Kenneth Hillman 7 years, 1 month ago

Thanks txrockchalk. I called the KU ticket office, which is sold out, and they said the KU sections are in 140 and 149. Still trying to figure out the best way for tickets but there are some available at StubHub if anybody is interested.

7 years, 1 month ago

No problem, kenhil. I think sevenyearhawk has a couple of tickets for sale in the KU section. You might try clicking on the link below, then click on "contact sevenyearhawk," and send him an off-line message.

http://www2.kusports.com/users/sevenyearhawk/

Kenneth Hillman 7 years, 1 month ago

Got my tix and I'll see everybody at the game.

ROCK CHALK!!

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