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Sunday, October 28, 2007

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2007 KU-Texas A&M Football

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Chewing up the turf

Ryan Greene, Ryan Wood and Tom Keegan discuss how KU was able to get the best of Texas A&M the old-fashioned way - both stopping the run and moving the ball on the ground themselves.

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Texas A&M looked to stop the KU passing attack featuring quarterback Todd Reesing. The sophomore finished with 180 yards on 21-of-33 passing, with no interceptions and no touchdowns.

A shaky start made KU rely on running back Brandon McAnderson for yards in the first quarter.

"He wasn't rattled," KU coach Mark Mangino said of Reesing. "I think he was so anxious to make something happen early in the game that he was out of sync for a couple of series. He played well. He made plays."

¢ Kansas is 8-0 for the first time since 1909 and has a chance at improving to 9-0 for the first time since 1908. Also, the Jayhawks are 4-0 in Big 12 Conference play, marking the first time they've ever won four games in the Big 12.

¢ Junior Kendrick Harper started at cornerback opposite Aqib Talib, while freshman Chris Harris came in for nickel packages. It was the first change to the starting 11 on defense all season, and Mangino attributed it to the package KU wanted to run.

"There's nothing to read into that," Mangino said. "We're very happy with Chris and where he is."

¢ Announced attendance was 85,341, the second-largest crowd Kansas ever has played in front of. The largest was a 1979 game at Michigan, which attracted 100,118 fans.

¢ Among those in attendance was former president George H.W. Bush and current secretary of defense Robert Gates. Bush attends several Texas A&M games every year.

¢ Kerry Meier, KU's backup quarterback, started his third game this season as a slot receiver. Kansas opened in the five-wide set

¢ Saturday was Military Appreciation Day at Texas A&M. Among other pregame festivities, a Navy helicopter did a flyover.

¢ McAnderson had 94 yards rushing on seven carries in the first quarter alone, including runs of 22, 20 and 33 yards. He added a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter.

¢ Kansas had 407 yards of total offense, marking the seventh time in eight games it has surpassed 400 yards. Only Colorado prevented Kansas from hitting the plateau.

¢ The Jayhawks won in the state of Texas for the first time since 2001, when they beat Texas Tech in overtime.

¢ Kansas hasn't been 4-0 in conference play since 1992, when it was in the Big Eight.

¢ KU kicker Scott Webb gave the Jayhawks their first lead at 3-0 in the third quarter, but overall he struggled on the night. He missed field-goal attempts from 31 and 33 yards and had a 27-yard try blocked.

¢ Kansas tried trickery on the last play of the first half. After giving the impression in the two previous plays that it was running out the clock before halftime, KU got in the victory formation, Reesing acted as if he were going to kneel and instead looked downfield for Marcus Henry. Texas A&M didn't get caught snoozing, though, and Reesing ate the ball and took a sack.

¢ All four of KU's conference opponents to date - Kansas State, Baylor, Colorado and Texas A&M - have finished with less than 100 rushing yards against Kansas.

¢ Mangino now owns a 33-35 career record as KU's head coach.

¢ Representative from the Alamo, Independence and Texas bowls were in attendance.

Comments

ryanm1988 6 years, 10 months ago

Because Kansas is going to a better bowl than Alamo, Independence or Texas

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ModerateOne 6 years, 10 months ago

Sorry to nitpick, but doesn't Memorial Stadium in Lincoln hold ~92,000? It was certainly full when KU played there in 2006.

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actorman 6 years, 10 months ago

"Representative from the Alamo, Independence and Texas bowls were in attendance."

They were obviously there for Texas A&M.

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JBurtin 6 years, 10 months ago

Why would you make that assumption?

Bowl officials have visited KU games at home this year (including the Tositos Fiesta Bowl). They came Saturday to look at two good teams that are both deserving of bowl bids.

Remember that guys like Corso and the other pundits are from big time programs that don't want to see the status quo upset. Bowl officials don't care who is good, they just want to see a good matchup in their own bowl so they can draw a big crowd and make money.

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Nutflush21 6 years, 10 months ago

If we go to the Alamo, Independence or Texas bowls, it would be a disappointment. Obviously, a BCS bowl has to be the goal, but the Holiday bowl would be nice as well.

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that_guy 6 years, 10 months ago

Memorial-Lincoln holds barely more than 81,000.

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Larry Smith 6 years, 10 months ago

Actually the attendance for the NU game last year was 85,069. Sorry about the nitpicking ;)

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Larry Smith 6 years, 10 months ago

I would think that we would get a better bowl than either of the 3 listed.

Alamo gets the big 12 4th or 5th place finisher

Independence gets big 12 7th place finisher

Texas gets the big 12 8th place finisher

I could be wrong, but I think thats how it goes.

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JJEagleHawk 6 years, 10 months ago

The 8th place finisher in the Big 12 will not likely be bowl eligible . . .

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Drew Alan 6 years, 10 months ago

EagleHawk-

after yesterdays action, there are 6 big twelve teams that are already bowl eligible, with 3 others being one game away. K-State Needs to win one of its last 4 (and it plays Iowa State and Nebraska) Colorado needs to win one of its last 3 (it also plays iowa state and nebraska) Oklahoma State needs one of its last 4 (and it plays Baylor)

so just like last year, its looking like there will be 9 bowl eligible big Xii teams there may be a pack of them at 6-6, but that's still bowl eligible!

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Larry Smith 6 years, 10 months ago

wasn't KU the 9th place finisher and bowl eligible last year(6-6)? Granted they did not get selected, but they were eligible.

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Drew Alan 6 years, 10 months ago

yup, that's exactly what happened, and that's why after we went 6-0 and reporters were all like "you're bowl eligible, how does that feel" he responded with "we won 6 games last year, and look where that got us"

if a few upsets happen (namely nebraska winning a couple of games) we could even end up with 10 bowl eligible teams.

it is also unlikely that two big 12 teams will get BCS bowl bids, meaning that there will only be 8 slots available, except for some extra at-large bids that are floating around, but priority usually goes to 7-5 teams from major conferences, before going to 6-6 teams from majors, and other teams from mid-majors.

I love that the big XII is going to beat itself up and end up with a bunch of 8-4, 7-5, and 6-6 teams, and conferences like the big east, sec, and big 10(+1) are going to do the same thing, but I still feel like we get no respect... teams with 4 losses from the SEC will still be in the top 15 (like florida by seasons end) but a team with 4 losses in the big XII would be SOL.

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Kevin Long 6 years, 10 months ago

We don't have to worry about that now. We may be able to get to the Sugar bowl! that's right Sugar bowl! I know lets here all of you say i'm getting way ahead of myself. The possibilities are becoming very realistic for them to run the table, like it or not. We don't even need to be thinking about these 4th and 5th place bowls right now.

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actorman 6 years, 10 months ago

"priority usually goes to 7-5 teams from major conferences, before going to 6-6 teams from majors ..."

I don't believe it's a question of priorities, I think it's a rule. No 6-6 team (no matter which conference it's from) can be taken for a bowl until all 7-5 teams (no matter which conference they're from) have been taken.

Much as I hate to denigrate the Big XII, dsmith, there is simply no comparison to the SEC. The reason that some SEC teams with four losses may still be in the top 15 is that it is by far the best conference. Just look at the nonconference results.

And klong, note that it's not the Sugar Bowl KU is after, it's the National Championship game. They're two different games. If KU doesn't go to the title game but still makes a BCS bowl, I believe it would go to the Fiesta Bowl because of the Big XII tie-in.

In any event, let's all keep our fingers crossed that nine (or even 10???) Big XII teams make bowl games, because that could be more money and exposure for the entire conference. (I say "could" be more money, because I know that a lot of times teams barely break even on the lesser bowls. Either way, the more conference teams that make bowl games, the better it is for the conference overall.)

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actorman 6 years, 10 months ago

Also, I'm surprised, jburtin, that you didn't get my humor. When I said the bowl officials were obviously there for aTm, I was making a joke about how mediocre the Aggies are, while assuming (as others have pointed out) that KU would be going to better bowls than those.

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troutsee 6 years, 10 months ago

I am not convinced that the SE Conference is superior. KSU could have easily beaten Auburn on the road (outplayed them into the 4th). Let's see how it all shakes out in the bowls. I'd stack our top 4 (KU, MU, OU, and KSU) against any of them. Remember, this KU team is a TEAM and has no weaknesses.

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troutsee 6 years, 10 months ago

Two comments: 1) We are winning because we have dedicated coaches and players; we are well balanced; we go about our business without individual hotdogging (i.e. we are a TEAM in every sense of the word). 2) Most of the pundits picked A & M in this game while those of us who have been intensely following the Hawks this year were confident that we would handle A & M (the score should not have been as close as it was). We are capable and probably could beat most of the teams that will continue to be ahead of us in the polls. Unfortunately, one loss teams will continue to be ahead of us in the polls until the end of the year, such is the bias toward the "big time" programs. Ultimate respect will come after we run the table. Boys, we are in the process of running the table. This team is special because we play as a TEAM.

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cwag 6 years, 10 months ago

Jayhawks now #8

AP Top 25 1. Ohio State (59) 9-0 1,615 2. Boston College (1) 8-0 1,501 3. LSU (3) 7-1 1,478 4. Oregon 7-1 1,417 5. Oklahoma 7-1 1,365 6. Arizona State (2) 8-0 1,310 7. West Virginia 7-1 1,286 8. Kansas 8-0 1,164 9. Missouri 7-1 1,121 10. Georgia 6-2 949 11. Virginia Tech 6-2 823 12. Hawaii 8-0 776 13. USC 6-2 742 14. Texas 7-2 728 15. Michigan 7-2 726 16. Connecticut 7-1 555 17. Alabama 6-2 547 18. Florida 5-3 532 19. Auburn 6-3 530 20. South Florida 6-2 392 21. Wake Forest 6-2 259 21. Boise State 7-1 259 23. South Carolina 6-3 196 24. Tennessee 5-3 165 25. Clemson 6-2 146

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seattlehawk_78 6 years, 10 months ago

Wow! Michigan is number 12. Oh I forgot they lost a close one at home to Appy State and as we all know ASU is the defending D2 national champion so it goes to Michigan's strength of schedule.

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chezlog 6 years, 10 months ago

actorman - I got your joke and it was well put. Thoses bowls don't excite me after Saturdays win but they can take the Aggies if they want to.

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