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Originally published November 8, 2008 at 11:35a.m., updated November 8, 2008 at 06:38p.m.

FINAL: Ganz’s 324 passing yards lead Nebraska to 45-35 victory

With a sea of red-clad Nebraska fans as backdrop, Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing leaves the field after throwing a fourth-quarter interception. Though Reesing threw for 304 yards, the Jayhawks suffered a 45-35 loss to the Huskers on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

With a sea of red-clad Nebraska fans as backdrop, Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing leaves the field after throwing a fourth-quarter interception. Though Reesing threw for 304 yards, the Jayhawks suffered a 45-35 loss to the Huskers on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

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Reader poll

Who do you miss most from last year's Kansas football team?

  • Brandon McAnderson 8% 181 votes
  • Derek Fine 2% 49 votes
  • Aqib Talib 40% 896 votes
  • Bill Young 19% 422 votes
  • Marcus Henry 1% 24 votes
  • Anthony Collins 9% 215 votes
  • James McClinton 17% 384 votes
  • Cesar Rodriguez 1% 26 votes
  • Other 0% 17 votes

2214 total votes.

Reader poll

Who was the Jayhawks' first-half MVP against Nebraska?

  • Dezmon Briscoe 33% 38 votes
  • James Holt 22% 25 votes
  • Todd Reesing 23% 26 votes
  • Russell Brorsen 4% 5 votes
  • Darrell Stuckey 8% 10 votes
  • Other 7% 8 votes

112 total votes.

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Who will win the game in Lincoln on Saturday?

  • Kansas 89% 73 votes
  • Nebraska 7% 6 votes
  • Too close to call 3% 3 votes

82 total votes.

6:22 p.m.

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FINAL, NU wins 45-35

Joe Ganz threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns, and Nebraska dominated the second half in a 45-35 victory over Kansas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

The Cornhuskers outscored the Jayhawks 31-21 in the second half.

Roy Helu also tore through KU's defense, rushing 16 times for 115 yards and two scores.

The Cornhuskers scored on every possession in the second half except for the last one where they ran out the clock. NU, after starting the second half with a field goal, had touchdowns on four straight possessions.

Nebraska ended with 495 yards of offense, led by Ganz, who was 28 of 37 with three TDs and one interception.

Reesing led KU, going 15-for-30 with 304 yards passing, three touchdowns and one interception.

Dezmon Briscoe added six catches for 176 yards and a touchdown. He also set the school record for touchdowns in a career with 18.

Jake Sharp ended with 22 carries for 90 yards and one touchdown.

NU (6-4, 3-3) has won 20 games in a row against KU in Lincoln, with the last KU victory coming on Oct. 12, 1968.

KU (6-4, 3-3) will play host to Texas next week.

1:43 left in fourth quarter, NU leads 45-35

KU, after two completions, goes back 15 yards on a sack. A three-yard run by Reesing turns it over on downs, and NU will kneel out the clock.

2:15 left in fourth quarter, NU leads 45-35

Darrell Stuckey recovered the onside kick for KU. The Jayhawks will need a score and another recovery to stay in this one.

2:15 left in fourth quarter, NU leads 45-35

Reesing leads the Jayhawks down for another score, ending the drive with a 15-yard TD run on a scramble.

3:48 left in fourth quarter, NU leads 45-28

On third-and-goal from the KU 13, Ganz fires a perfect pass to Swift in the left side of the end zone. Once again, the Jayhawks' secondary is burned for a big play.

3:59 left in fourth quarter, NU leads 38-28

On a fourth-and-8, NU fakes a field goal, with the holder flipping it over his head to a running Henery. The kicker leans forward just enough for a first down at the KU 11.

5:30 left in fourth quarter, NU leads 38-28

NU defensive end Zach Potter intercepts Reesing's first pass of the next drive with a leaping grab.

5:58 left in fourth quarter, NU leads 38-28

KU's defense can't find a way to stop the running of Helu, as he barrels his way up the middle for a 23-yard gain. With that carry, he had 112 yards on nine carries with two scores. On a key third-and-6, Ganz finds a wide-open Swift for 22 yards across the middle with no KU defender in sight. Two plays later, Suh catches a tackle-eligible pass for a 2-yard TD, and the Jayhawks are once again down two scores.

9:55 left in fourth quarter, NU leads 31-28

Reesing won't let Kansas die, moving the Jayhawks down the field against the wind. On a first-and-20, he hit Johnathan Wilson, who made a man miss for a 29-yard gain, and later, Reesing found Sharp on a pass in the flat for 17 more yards. Three plays later, Sharp bounced off two NU players on the right side and made his way seven yards into the end zone. KU's defense will need one stop to give Reesing a chance late.

14:15 left in fourth quarter, NU leads 31-21

KU goes three-and-out after Reesing overthrows a wide-open Briscoe on third down. Rojas shanks another punt against the wind, and NU takes over at its own 48. The next play, Helu takes it 52 yards down the right sideline for a score, and the Cornhuskers have taken control.

End of third quarter, NU leads 24-21.

KU gets a nine-yard run by Sharp, but now will go against the wind in the fourth quarter.

8 seconds left in third quarter, NU leads 24-21.

Both teams haven't been intimidated when trailing in this game. NU comes right back, going 78 yards on eight plays, capped by a 10-yard touchdown dive from Helu.

4:32 left in third quarter, KU leads 21-17.

Reesing finds the end zone on an 11-yard TD pass to Dexton Fields, but a lot of the credit has to go to KU offensive coordinator Ed Warinner. After running numerous option plays, Warinner had Reesing fake the option, then drop back to pass. The play-action caught Nebraska by surprise and ended up being the perfect play called at the perfect time.

6:12 left in third quarter, Nebraska leads 17-14.

After a couple good runs by Sharp, KU goes backward on the next three plays, which includes an intentional grounding, holding call and ineffective shuffle pass. After a punt, though, KU gets its third turnover, as Swift coughed up a punt return and Mike Rivera recovered. The Jayhawks take over at the Cornhuskers' 20.

8:31 left in third quarter, Nebraska leads 17-14.

KU's defense limits the damage, as a sack by Mike Rivera helps move the Cornhuskers back. NU still gets a field goal, as Alex Henery puts through a 35-yard kick to put the Huskers back on top.

13:00 left in third quarter, game tied 14-14.

Another three-and-out for KU. Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh now has eight tackles, as KU hasn't been able to block at all today. Nate Swift followed with a 47-yard punt return, and NU is quickly in Jayhawk territory.

HALFTIME LEADERS

Kansas

Passing

Todd Reesing 5-for-9, 150 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing

Jake Sharp 11 carries, 29 yards

Reesing 8 carries, 27 yards

Receiving

Dezmon Briscoe 3 catches, 110 yards, TD

Kerry Meier 1 catch, 28 yards, TD

Nebraska

Passing

Joe Ganz 17-for-25, 198 yards, 2 TDs, INT

Rushing

Quentin Castille 2 carries, 33 yards

Roy Helu Jr. 4 carries, 21 yards

Receiving

Helu 5 catches, 30 yards

Todd Peterson 3 catches 50 yards

The good news for Kansas is ... the defense has forced two turnovers. The Jayhawks have taken advantage of Nebraska mistakes, and they'll need to do so again in the second half.

The bad news for Kansas is ... that it is falling helplessly behind in the time-of-possession battle. NU has had the ball 18:15 compared to KU's 11:45, and the Jayhawks defense has shown a tendency to tire in the second half. KU's offense will need to try to keep possessions going a little longer if its hopes to save its defense.

Halftime, game tied 14-14. KU runs out the clock with three running plays to take us to halftime.

20 seconds left in second quarter, game tied 14-14.

KU's first three-and-out comes at a horrible time, and after a punt, Nebraska takes over at the Jayhawk 49. Weird decision by Reesing on a third-and-2, as, without hesitation, he fired a deep fade route down the sideline incomplete to Briscoe. James Holt bails out the KU offense two plays later, reaching high to bring down an interception inside the NU 20.

2:17 left in second quarter, game tied 14-14.

KU's defense (and particularly secondary) are really underperforming on obvious throwing downs. Case in point on third-and-10 from the KU 25: Ganz drops back, then finds a wide-open Chris Brooks over the middle for a 25-yard score. Brooks' third catch as a Cornhusker helps to tie the score at 14.

4:39 left in second quarter, KU leads 14-7.

KU's offense doesn't waste any time scoring after a Nebraska punt. After a Jake Sharp first-down run, Reesing hit an open Briscoe down the sideline. Briscoe then stepped by the tackle of Rickey Thenarse and weaved his way 53 yards for a touchdown. Briscoe now has the school record for career TD receptions with 18 (he has 11 this season).

6:50 left in second quarter, game tied 7-7.

Reesing is sacked on third down to halt the KU drive. After giving them props before the game, the Jayhawks' offensive linemen are not performing well. Reesing hasn't had much time to look for receivers, and the running game has been stagnant so far (14 rushes, 34 yards).

9:41 left in second quarter, game tied 7-7.

Nebraska's offense turns it over for the first time, as Darius Parish stripped the ball from Lucky and Russell Brorsen recovered it. The play halted an effective drive that had taken the Cornhuskers 45 yards down the field.

12:30 left in second quarter, game tied 7-7.

KU is forced to punt after Reesing throws an incompletion on a third-and-5. Despite the nasty conditions, Reesing has thrown the ball well so far. An 18-yard punt by Alonso Rojas gives Nebraska the ball at its own 30.

End of first quarter, game tied 7-7.

KU's defense holds in its own territory, as on a fourth-and-7 from the KU 34, Joe Ganz throws an incompletion behind his intended receiver.

3:17 left in first quarter, game tied 7-7.

Hopefully ESPN gets pay-per-view. The station has a top-10 highlight already from Todd Reesing, who bounced off a huge blow by a Nebraska defender, backed up a few yards to regain his balance, then found a wide-open Kerry Meier for a 28-yard touchdown pass. Reesing also threaded the needle earlier to Dezmon Briscoe for a 40-yard gain on a post route.

4:47 left in first quarter, Nebraska leads 7-0.

The Jayhawks defense is hurt by one play, as on a third-and-6, Roy Helu was able to break two tackles to pick up a Nebraska first down. Quentin Castille followed with a 15-yard run, a 17-yard reception and an 18-yard run. Later, on a direct snap, tailback Marlon Lucky throws a jump pass to Mike McNeill for a 4-yard touchdown, and quickly, KU is down a TD.

8:44 left in first quarter, game tied 0-0.

KU's offense stalls as well, but the Jayhawks are able to get one first down to at least give their defense some rest. Todd Reesing scrambled for a 13-yard run on a third-and-8, but on a third-and-7, he was dragged down four yards short of the marker. So far, the Cornhuskers' secondary has looked good in its coverage of KU receivers downfield.

11:12 left in first quarter, game tied 0-0.

The Kansas defense forces a quick punt. Strong start from the Jayhawks' linebackers, as Mike Rivera and Joe Mortensen both came up with a tackle-for-loss against NU tailback Marlon Lucky.

1:34 p.m. Kansas won the toss and deferred. Nebraska will receive. Quick weather report: Overcast, 35 degrees, wind out of the northwest at 21-28 mph.

1:27 p.m.

Nebraska fans have turned Memorial Stadium into a sea of red, and despite this being the coldest game of the season for either team, this has easily been the earliest-arriving crowd of any KU game this year. The fans don't wait to get into Memorial; in fact, very few empty seats remain. There are a few speckles of some blue-clad KU fans in one corner, but 99 percent of the folks here want to see the Cornhuskers get their sixth victory.

1:20 p.m.

KU students should feel fortunate, as their seats are much better than those the Nebraska students get. The NU students, who were already waiting in long lines when we walked in the stadium more than two hours before kickoff, are crammed into one corner section of one of the end zones. Those seats that don't even go all the way down to the field, either.

1:08 p.m.

While walking up to Nebraska's Memorial Stadium, I couldn't help but feel like I had been taken back to middle school.

That's because, everywhere I looked, I saw Nebraska fans in Starter jackets.

Now, there's nothing wrong with Starter jackets. They were the thing back in middle school when I begged my parents for a Kansas City Chiefs Starter coat so I could be the cool kid at school.

Funny thing is, you just don't see Starter jackets that much any more. At least I thought that until today. Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Tully Corcoran and I have officially hypothesized that, once something relating to Nebraska football is passed on in the family, it is never thrown away. That must be the case with Starter jackets.

12:50 p.m.

Good news for KU fans. Even though it's cold (really, really cold), Todd Reesing has come out of the locker room and he is not wearing gloves. Kansas fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Also of note: Jake Sharp and Kerry Meier both are not wearing sleeves. Must be tough guys.

11:30 a.m.

Greetings, and welcome back to The Newell Post Live, this time coming to you from Lincoln, Neb., where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

So much has happened in the last week (Ron Prince firing, KU basketball opening the exhibition season, election) that it seems like this game has perhaps been overlooked a bit. In actuality, this appears to be one of the biggest games of the season for both teams. A victory would give Nebraska bowl eligibility, and, on the other side, a win for Kansas would guarantee that Nov. 29's game against Missouri would once again be for at least a share of the Big 12 North title and also a berth in the Big 12 championship game.

Let's go ahead and get to our true/false, fill-in-the-blank questions for this matchup.

True or false: Joe Ganz or Todd Reesing will throw for 300 yards.

False. Though both of these quarterbacks have been good for the majority of the year, both have struggled recently. Reesing has just 316 combined yards and four interceptions in his last two games, while Ganz had just 206 yards passing and two costly picks last week against Oklahoma. Both teams also should make a commitment to the run to protect their defenses and also to try to play keep away from the other team's offense.

The weather conditions shouldn't help the passing game either, as the forecast is calling for temperatures in the low 30s with strong winds gusting out of the north. Put it all together, and we should see both offenses putting major emphasis on running the football.

True or false: The team that wins the turnover battle will win the game.

True. I have to agree with Tom Keegan in our Gameday Cram Session video. With two evenly matched teams like Kansas and Nebraska, turnovers should make the difference. The Cornhuskers haven't been great at securing the football (minus-one per game turnover margin), and last week against K-State's Josh Freeman, an aggressive KU defense took the ball away five times. If the Jayhawks can make big plays again this week, they have a great chance of breaking the 40-year Lincoln curse.

True or false: Kerry Meier will catch eight or more passes against Nebraska.

True. Meier has averaged just 4.3 catches per game over his last three games, but I'll predict that he re-emerges in this one. KU will need to rely on its short passing game with the weather conditions, and no one makes the tough catches over the middle better than Meier. I've been wrong a couple times before on Meier predictions, but I'll go with my gut one more time and say that he has a big game.

If KU wins, it will be because :

it avoids three-and-outs. Nebraska has punished opponents in time of possession, averaging more than 36 minutes of possession time in its Big 12 games. The Cornhuskers were especially effective against Texas Tech when they held the ball a whopping 40:12 in an overtime loss. KU's offense has been streaky this season, oftentimes scoring quick but other times stalling quickly as well. KU doesn't have to win time of possession, but it has to hold the ball long enough so that the Jayhawks defense isn't dead tired by the fourth quarter. This is yet another reason Jake Sharp will be important in this game.

If Nebraska wins, it will be because :

the Cornhuskers run the ball like they did in their glory days. NU has averaged 5.2 yards per carry in its last three games, and some of that can be attributed to the emergence of tailback Roy Helu. He had 157 yards on 16 carries last week, and he along with Marlon Lucky gives the Huskers two strong options in the backfield. NU, which fell behind 28-0 in the first 5:33 of last week's game against Oklahoma, will need to hang in the game early to give its crowd a chance to get into the game. There's no better way to do that than to run the football.

Prediction: Kansas 38, Nebraska 31

Jake Sharp's effectiveness last week gives me enough optimism to pick KU this week. KU's offensive line has made the most improvement of any unit from the start of the season, and expect the guys up front to have another strong game against Nebraska. The NU crowd will be a factor, but look for the Cornhuskers to have a costly fourth-quarter turnover that allows KU to end the 40-year drought in Lincoln.

Comments

KU 13 years ago

Better hope for warm weather against UT and MU. Reesing can't throw in the cold because of his small hands. Recall MU game last year. He's the only hope we had of winning because the defense is so bad. Seems like Briscoe dropped 4 or 5 passes. What's up with that? He could have gone over 200 yards and led us to a better finish. Can't stand it that we lost to an awful NU team for the 20th straight time in Lincoln.

jayhawkinATL 13 years ago

Uh,kc_wildfire...if it wasn't FOR Reesing, this game wouldn't be as close as it is!!! The game is ALL the Ds' fault...NU marched up and down the field at will today!!!

hutchjayhawk 13 years ago

The D was on the field all the time because they couldn't get a stop. Make sense?You can't allow 45 points and expect to win. That's the bottom line.I have no problem with Wariner. He had a bad day play calling but since he arrived last season, our spread offense has ruled. Rememeber Nick Quartao? Oh my God...talk about inept.However Bowen blows. Mangino really should have looked outside the program and at least tried to bring in a quality DC to replace Young. DC is a very important position and to promote someone within that has never done it before.....that is something Terry Allen or Ron Prince would do.

troutsee 13 years ago

Just returned from Lincoln:Defense--F--Ganz could have drank a cup of coffee. Had time to complete slow developing routes. Defense against the run also poor. Overall, a pathetic performance but not surprising as there have been very few good moments for this defense this year. Unbelievable considering 9 of 11 starters.Special teams--F--Rojas just does not have it. His only good punt was returned 50 yards. Kick off return and punt return teams suck, big time.Offense--B--saw some negative comments about Reesing. Without him this offense would be non-productive. He made some unbelievable plays today...especially on the first touchdown pass.Coaching--F--Terrible reverse call on second and one that possibly swung the momentum of the game. Poor half time adjustment.Suggestions--replace Bowen before it is too late. Another disappointing year like this one, and Mangino will have to look over his shoulder. The TT game hurt because it was at home, on national TV, and embarrassing as hell. But, this one.....to lose to those SOBs.....ugh. I dispise the big red.

Lance Hobson 13 years ago

Reesing threw for 300, he is fine in any weather. Congrats to Reesing for becoming the leading passer in KU history. He's the best we've ever had. Now we just need a defense that can cover someone.

Joe Joseph 13 years ago

Is there anywhere you can stream the game for macs?

sava12 13 years ago

Bowen will not be def-coordinator next year. He needs more experience and Mangino is aware of the issue. He'll stay with the team but not as the def coordinator. Things will change at the end of the season. Word around the press boxes is that John Mumford from Army and Denny Doornbos from N. Ill are in the running. Both have defenses in the top 20 this year.

dminear60 13 years ago

Our offensive line needs to get in the game

bdku 13 years ago

i'm over it. bring on the basketball... does that make me a bad jayhawk? :/

kranny 13 years ago

Easy everybody. We have an injured Caleb Blakesly, two freshman D linemen and two D ends that benefitted from double teams on James McClinton last year. The Dbacks benefitted from an all American cornerback who took away one third of the field. Which made the rest of the dbacks jobs easier. Also we had an easier schedule against teams who couldn't pass the ball. I dare say we wouldn't have been 12-1 last year with this year"s schedule. To put it bluntly we are exactly where all the experts put us. I predicted 7-5 but I'll be happy with a bowl game. What we need is two MONSTER FRICKING DEFENSIVE ENDS WHO GET OFF THE BALL. With all this said, I think Missery is beatable. To be honest our defensive talent level is marginal at best.

HuskRed 13 years ago

The Huskers have a new coach, a new fire and are on their way back up. If we would quit making silly mistakes, this would have been a bigger blow out. Go Big Red!!!!

plotku 13 years ago

That drive was no good, sounds like they ran all over us. I thought we would be able to control their run game. Hopefully our offense threatens downfield. Briscoe will hold is own, and then start running the ball.

speedy 13 years ago

i peeked in here just before the game and read all of those stupid comments about scoring 70 or 80 pts. my 5thought was you had better hold them under 30. stupid defense again!

Alex Lent 13 years ago

Speedy, I say no. We might not get a bowl game, but we should not give up on football just yet. If we have that attitude we will never have the fan base other schools have like, dare I say the corn nation, but it's true. I have been a KU football fan all my life and bball will always be there. But seriosly KU football fans are hard to come by that are as loyal as corn nation fans. By all means vent all you want as I did earlier but its not the end of KU football! Go Hawks!

Joe Joseph 13 years ago

I have actually made chicken salad out of chicken smurf. It was not easy. But it was possible.

Cowgirl1920 13 years ago

Everyone is talking about our Defense, and you are more than right. The defense is plays like a middle school team at times. But who really sucks is the the offensive coordinator and Mangino for allowing him to make stupid decisions. Okay, Sharp did extremely well last week. I will give that to him. But he is to small to be on the field all the time. The reason Reesing was on the ground so much is because Sharp is a terrible blocker and was absolutley some crap today. Why didnt he go with the bigger back Crawford and Quigley. They ran the same plays. Its obvious it wasnt working. Why would they build a offense around Sharp. Thats laughable. Quigley and Crawford work hard over the summer because Mangino will have to use you guys next year. Sharp needs to stay a roll back not the featured back. The coaching decision to focus on Sharp is pathetic. I dont think that he gave Quigley a fair chance at the begining at the season and now this is the end result that and the defense could stop a team of toddlers

Hawkish4bigM 13 years ago

I like Mangino but I hope he realizes he can put trust in players, that they will come along; this is not the right attitude to have toward his staff, though. They have to perform. He cannot afford to give Bowen 4 or 5 years to grow into the job. By that time he could start having to look for one himself if this defense does not improve. Meanwhile, Wariner who has done a great job with a few bad calls might just pack up and leave if he does not get a defensive coaching equal. We have to think about that. Just because KU is not at the top does not mean that he won't lose staff. It could mean he would lose the best staff person he has. KU can score. Last year the defense scored a lot. This year nada. He needs to make the tough decisions and give a little heat to his staff or take the heat himself. It is all about performance. He can't be responsible for it all but he can take credit or blame for who he surrounds himself with.

hutchjayhawk 13 years ago

hawkone--You do realize Terry Allen and Ron Prince are/were infamous for hiring no-talent friends as assistant coaches? Bad assistant coaches = bad team, no matter how good the head man is. Promoting someone with zero head DC experience is exactly the kind of thing Terry Allen or Ron Prince would. They did do it. My statement was fact, not opinion.Mangino is a great coach but he made a mistake in promoting Bowen to such an important position.

Joe Joseph 13 years ago

62 is the over/under.I decided not to bet it. I'm hedging my bet by going all in on Nebraska to cover.

cwag 13 years ago

  1. False - too much wind2. True3. False - see #1If KU wins, it will be because :the ground game chews up the clock.If Nebraska wins, it will be because :the ground game chews up the clock.KU 29NU 24

Lance Hobson 13 years ago

Why is our defense so bad?? They are ruining this season for us.

Joe Joseph 13 years ago

Jesse, Is it a safe bet to take the over on the KU v. NU game? You predicted 38-31, but you also said the weather was going to be unfavorable. What do you think?

hawkone 13 years ago

hutchjayhawk - i guess you forgot one important thing in your factual analysis. Neither of those two were actually qualified to be head coaches in the first place. I would say Mangino has earned his spot even though I am sure you were calling for him to be fired too up until last year. And I still not sure why you think I am campaigning for Bowen. I am just a realist and realize that the Hawks are not there yet as a complete package and if we just fire ever first year coach because fans like you we would have fired Mangino a long time ago and never saw a 12-1 season. If you don't like it put your money where your mouth is. The staff at the Williams Athletic Fund would be more than happy to take your money and further the universities ability to attract top notch students, student athletes and coaches.

ralphus 13 years ago

Get real, Bowen-bashers.The guy could be Buddy Ryan circa 1985 and he'd still be coaching a lousy defense. Bottom line, you can't make chicken salad outta chicken smurf. This defense gets destroyed up front. I applaud their effort, but athletically they are in way over their heads. If you're going to be small up front in this conference, you'd better be lightning quick. And we're not. Combine that with a plodding secondary, and you've got big problems.Just thank your lucky stars for Holt, Mortenson & Co. Were it not for this linebacking corps, this D would be giving up eleventy billion yards a game.If this coaching staff should be blamed for anything, it's for assembling a group of talent that's beyond average. Considering the obsession with basketball recruiting around here, I'm stunned the topic doesn't come up more often.

jayhawkintx73 13 years ago

our guys just aren't focused, they got complacent after the Orange Bowl and hopefully they learn from it or it will be no more football excitement in Lawrence. I'm really disappointed in the effort of our defense all year. INEXCUSABLE! Time to make some changes on the defensive coaching staff!

atexasjhawk 13 years ago

If Bowen still has a job at Kansas at the end of the year, I will be shocked.

rasta_meta 13 years ago

KGPhoto, I am glad to see you are finally on board with the defensive problems. I recall that I said Bowen wasn't doing a good job after week 2 or 3 and you blasted me for it. I saw it early it on, very poor schemes. The guys simply were not in position to make plays and more often than not they were in positions to give up big plays.It is time for some of the alumni to put pressure on Perkins to force some changes in the program. If we stick with Bowen, we be lucky to be a mediocre team from here on out and we have already lost any recruiting benefit we had from last year. Loyalty will only destroy the program where it will take a few years to recover. Even though Bohl sucked, I don't think he would allow Mangino to bring back Bowen next year.

plotku 13 years ago

I would like to know how many touchdown drives we have had this year that have taken under 2:00. And why when we had the ball twice under two min with 3 timeouts we did't do anything. Holt saved our buts with that turnover since we were just trying to run out the clock.

FlaHawk 13 years ago

Good 1st half for KU D. Held Ganz to under 200 yards in half (198). NU does have more than 200 yards as a team thanks to the first TD pass.KU defense could not stop a cold at this stage of the season. Bring on Colt McCoy and UT. Chaz Daniels and MU ae salivating at the opportunity to light up the scoreboaard at Arrowhead.

Hawkish4bigM 13 years ago

I am so d tired of dumb calls. Why did W call that reverse. KU had 2nd and one in their own territory and they call a reverse? Thats something you do when you need 7-10 yards or more for a first down. It is a play you call from about the 40 yard line to their 40 because you need to have had some momentum on that particular drive. That poor call and then the lousy kickoff by Branstetter drove the nail in the coffin for this game. I have been frustrated all season that we don't have a kicker who can boot it into the end zone.

rasta_meta 13 years ago

Also, we are not the same defense as two years ago. That defense have very little experience with the d-backs and the linebackers. This is the 3rd or 4th year starting for many of those same players and they are worse than they were 2 years ago and we can't stop the run either. We have turned into Nebraska's defense of last year and everyone pretty much assumed that was because of coaching.

Cora Smith 13 years ago

Bowen is not ready to be a defensive coordinator or....we do not have the athletes to compete. Which is it Mangino?

JakeHawk 13 years ago

I have read some posts blasting the 2and1 reverse call. I think it was an ok call, just got read very well by a good defender. The offense was ok. The defense was poor, again. The blame rests on players and coaches. We don't have the talent on defense. It's just not there. However, the coaching staff needs to do a better job teaching these kids how to play. I would be encouraged if I at least saw someone improve, but there is confusion and blown assignments. Coaches need to find a way to develop these defensive players. So far no one has improved on the defensive side of the ball.

oregonjhawk 13 years ago

Awwww Yeaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!! Turnover!!

Brandon Winkler 13 years ago

so if we beat mizzou do we win the north?Or does that give Nebraska the edge since they beat us?Anyone who knows? im just confused

Cmill1221 13 years ago

im sorry i love KU but we are the biggest joke in college football this year. (other than Clemson) all this hype and this is what we get. it makes me sick. FIRE BOWEN!

kuwillkillit 13 years ago

COMEON DDDDDDDDDDD. YEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS hahahah

kuwillkillit 13 years ago

why cant i get this on radio every site is f'ed up. I was on the husker station then just cut off now i cant get back on it.

Larry Smith 13 years ago

We gave up 39 to Nebraska last year......Are you really suprised?Punted 7 times, for a 39 yard average.... how effective was our offense?Maybe the critics were right.... our defense last year benefited from the easiest schedule in the country.Aside from last year with the weak schedule, were any of the Bill Young's defenses really any good?

oregonjhawk 13 years ago

I can't get it on the Lazer either. Here's the Huskers link (although you have to listen to a slightly "red" slant):www.huskers.com/newMediaPlayer/console.htm?type=live&oemid=100&id=46956&KEY=

plotku 13 years ago

Well 2:07 left hopefully we can put up some points, and then we get the ball to start the second half. I think our defense is already wore out.

Joe Ross 13 years ago

Why is this game not televised??? I HATE not being able to see the action!

ujawoad 13 years ago

Tons of Starter jackets in Lincoln...hilarious.

hawkone 13 years ago

3rd down conversions today = 25%Pass Completions = 50%Sacks = 5I would say that defense is not the only problem. I would also say that the competition this season is much better than the last. We must improve in all areas to avoid slipping back into mediocracy. We do have alot of young talented freshmen and so far a decent recruiting class. If Mangino can make 2 and 3 star recruits into Orange Bowl Champs, then I am excited to see what we can next year and on.We need to put together sustained drives on offense, improve drastically on special teams, become more aggressive in pass coverage, improve package on red zone, 3rd down defenses. It is not a conincidence that teams are starting to go far it alot more on 4th against us. Lets not close the book on this season b/c even though today was our first loss against an unranked team, the other three were against very good teams. You never know we could replace the KSU team of the last two years and be the Kansas team to step up and knock Texas on their @ss. Let's make sure Texas hates all Kansas teams not just the one to the west of us.

plotku 13 years ago

Come on Herford! let's go! use your football IQ

Jesse Newell 13 years ago

stupidmichael - What is the over/under line set at? I guessed 38-31 as the score earlier this week, but I'd be inclined to guess lower now. With the weather as cold and windy as it is, I would say that there would be lots of running the football. That would make for a lower-scoring game.

kuwillkillit 13 years ago

Briscoe 30 to 25 to 20 to 15 GONE TD!!!!!!! hahaha

lance1jhawk 13 years ago

The defense was awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!we gave nebraska the game

Dan Harris 13 years ago

I hope all you FANS? are just venting your frustration because if your not in the humble words of LA you can all SUCK IT !!!!

Dan Harris 13 years ago

hawkone- I agree with your last post 100%

beebe1 13 years ago

Mangino stands up for Bowen. Nothing either can do about it in season like this. Our team talent is OK; the defensive scheme is grossly inadequate!

Joe Joseph 13 years ago

Sounds like the KU secondary is getting shredded again.Surprise.

jayhawkinATL 13 years ago

I'm not sayin' fire Bowen...just get a competent D.C., that's all!!! Bowen can keep coaching the safeties or whatever the hell he was doing before.

JHawk_in_Germany 13 years ago

Jake Sharp has got to have a huge game today. Give him at least 20 carries and let's try to control the clock.When the hell is FSN going to start streaming there games online. You can't watch any games overseas unless they are on ESPN.

hawkone 13 years ago

Look on the bright side if KSU can somehow pull out a win today in honor of their recently fired coach it still keeps us in a 3 way tie for the North. Its never easy to play in Memorial stadium. If you have been there then you understand.

kuwillkillit 13 years ago

SH*T wheres holt at he needs to stop these shuckers.

FlaHawk 13 years ago

Typical KU effort in Lincoln. Close but no cigar. Solid offensive effort, but defense was shredded (as expected) and special teams wer subpar.

KGphoto 13 years ago

hawkone you're an idiot. 45 points to ANY team deserves a firing. We are not the same defense as two years ago. We are today's defense, and it's just not cutting it. Considering the personnel, we should've, at the very least, stayed tough. But Clint Bowen can't do it. They look lost, they've no swagger, they've no confidence at all. Because they have no real leadership. And if you want to spend your time campaigning for Bowen, then you deserve what you get.

speedy 13 years ago

forget it! no bowl game this year. the team went south. thank god for BB.

ralsterKUMed95 13 years ago

Normally, I would see solace in the basketball team redressing the balance in conference play later this year, but that isnt really a foregone conclusion this year either (as it was the last 2). Recall when Rush, Chalmers, were freshman, I think we lost up in Lincoln. Ouch! KU defense has to play better to give us a chance vs. Mizzou. And Texas? well...we'll see.

Cmill1221 13 years ago

hawkone: our defence was always competitive under young accept for the first 2 years but after that even with the 103 passing defence in the country we were getting better. our defence is not getting better! we struggled aginst SAM HOUSTON STATE! and with 9 returning starters and our top 2 corners splitting time across from aquib talib we should be much better. i dont think bowen was ready for the full load of being a DC. he just was not ready and i hate to say it but he needs to be fired or demoted. WE ARE BAD! and because of $hit defence we are going to go 6 and 6 and pray for a bowl.

jayhawkintx73 13 years ago

herford needs to be benched permanently!

hawkone 13 years ago

I think it is funny how the defense is blamed for losing this game. Yes they had a bad second half that is agreed. But it is very hard to stay in the game when you spend 80% of the game on the field and when the kicking team gives the opposing team the ball near mid field all day long. Let's get real here. Also its going to be a cold 3 weeks and a small handed QB doesn't fair well in cold weather no matter who he is. 50% passing today is not good and if you recall the cold Mizzou game last year his passing looked about the same today. We are the same defense we were 2 years ago and we need improvement no doubt, but the blame falls broadly throughout the team. Doesn't help that Nebraska had an enormous chip on their shoulder.

Cmill1221 13 years ago

jayhwk5288. nebraska get the edge if they have the same reccord as us. because they beat us and thats the tie breaker.

Joe Joseph 13 years ago

Sometimes I really hate Bob Davis. I finally found the game on 1400 AM and he is going crazy... So I'm like, 'Yeah Kansas!' and then he's like, 'FIRST DOWN NEBRASKA!'

jayhawkintx73 13 years ago

they aren't overhyped. They are under performing. PATHETIC!

Cmill1221 13 years ago

P.S. IF YOU BLAME REESING FOR THIS LOSS YOU ARE A TOTAL IDIOT!!! you do not score 35 points and blame the QB for a loss.

Hawkish4bigM 13 years ago

Bring back Young! Bring back Young!

Cmill1221 13 years ago

BOWEN SUCKS!!! 9 RETURNING STARTERS!! AND THIS IS WHAT WE GET!!! aquib talib is not that good!

jayhawkintx73 13 years ago

we have the athletes, we don't have the coaching staff, aka Bowen sucks!

Alex Lent 13 years ago

We just lost recruits and NU gained some! way to go coaches. The future of KU football is not looking bright. Yes, I'm a frustrated fan, but to watch us dominate K-State to this today!? Somethings gotta give!

mace221 13 years ago

Looks like we are a stay-at-home team this bowl season again.6 wins isn't going to cut it if we lose the last 3 games of the season in embarrasing fashion like today.Can we fire Bowen yet please??? I understand that our guys aren't playing real well, but it's hard for our defense to play well when the play calling is soooooo fricken terrible.

Alex Lent 13 years ago

We don't have the coaching staff is right! I'm sick of losing with so much talent on the field! Warriner and Bowen top blame! Todd should not have to everything.

beebe1 13 years ago

HELP!!Can't get in to KLZR laserAre there any other stations broadcasting the game? How do I get them on the computer?

plotku 13 years ago

I know this is supposed to be on PPV is there anything maybe online?

KU 13 years ago

Cold weather, Reesing has girl-sized hands, Briscoe dropped passes, Suh is more than a boy-named. Game Huskers.

easyfive 13 years ago

This is the second game the coaches lost for us. I am not one to pick Mark but, him not even trying to get some point before half is just sick!!! :o( You try to get MO for the next half. To sit and do nothing is not right!!!Was Ed at the game? Or was he fishing? if you see the other team is T ing on Sharp change up. Thow to him or make him take fakes.

kc_wildfire 13 years ago

Granted I have only read the last twenty or so posts but it seems to me everyone is blaming the defense, which is fair, but what about Reesing? Less than a 50% completion rate? That won't get the job done very often.

FlaHawk 13 years ago

In one years time, NU has blasted past KU. NU lost more starters than KU lsst year. NU offense is the same backfield as last year.Thw deference is KU got lucky last tear and plays way below last years level. NU has progressed and the new coach's recruits have not made much an impact yet.KU better get it together as NU is back and KU is back to where the shouldcbe 6-6 and no bowl game. Defense is the only reason KU will stay home this year at bowl time.

allincalldangit 13 years ago

Mark my words, Kerry Meier will have 15 receptions this game for 175 yards. Ku will eat up Nebraska with those 7-8 yd out patterns and curls he always runs

jayhawkintx73 13 years ago

there is nothing that KU can do to win another game this year. PACK IT UP!

Jonathan Briles 13 years ago

Bowen is absolutely pathetic. We have all of our coaches and a lot of our players back and yet we take this much of a drop. Oh my god watching this defense is unbearable. Also Reesing is not some amazing college QB. He is an average player with under average height. He can make plays but he also blows just as many as he makes. I have very little faith in him and the team and we will be SO lucky if we go to a bowl game this year. We dont deserve it. I want Bowen fired and Kerry M to get a couple snaps at QB to light a fire under Reesing and please OMG please get more aggressive. I am now done watching the games for the season because it is just not worth my time. I will check in on them and hope for the best but this team is no longer worth my time.

kujayhawk 13 years ago

"Also Reesing is not some amazing college QB. He is an average player with under average height. He can make plays but he also blows just as many as he makes. I have very little faith in him"You know nothing about football.

hawkone 13 years ago

Hmm KG I guess I never realized I mentioned Bowens name even once. In fact I thought I placed blame evenly over the whole team. I guess i wouldn't be very good at campaigning would I? Idiot. Your probably one of the same guys who wanted to fire Young in 2006 when pass defense was 103rd in the nation. It is hard to stay off the field if your offense is not getting first downs and it is problematic if your defense has to start midfield ever series.Our defense is young and will get better. We lost one hell of a corner in Talib and if anyone says one player doesn't matter they are ridiculous. Want to know where our swagger went? It left with a trash talkin junior who now plays for the Bucs. Maybe Bowen isn't as good as young but I am tired of every fair weather fan their is trying to fire a coach for not being able to win every damn game. It is hard to stay off the field if your offense is not getting first downs and it is problematic if your defense has to start midfield ever series. And hutchjayhawk. You should stop pretending to be a jayhawk fan cause no real jayhawk fan would ever compare Mangino's decision making abilities to Allen or Prince.

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