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Saturday, November 21, 2009

KU vs. UT Head to Head

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When Kansas has the ball

Kansas rush offense vs. Texas rush defense

The Jayhawks turned in their best rushing performance in five weeks against the Huskers last weekend, rushing for 99 yards against a respectable Nebraska run defense. Still, the ground game has been plagued by inconsistency this season, and today’s game doesn’t appear to be a good day to snap out of its recent funk. The Longhorns feature the nation’s top-ranked rush defense, which is allowing just 50.4 yards per game this season.

Edge: Texas

Kansas pass offense vs. Texas pass defense

The Jayhawks’ success in the pass game likely will depend on which Todd Reesing shows up in Austin — the one who was among the nation’s leaders in multiple passing categories during a 5-0 start, or the one who has turned the ball over 10 times in a recent five-game losing streak. The Texas native, who grew up five minutes from Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, managed to avoid a turnover in last week’s game, but hasn’t looked the same since reportedly suffering a groin injury against Colorado on Oct. 17. Texas, meanwhile, is giving up just 181.9 yards per game in the air, second in the Big 12, and has tallied a conference-best 19 interceptions.

Edge: Texas

When Texas has the ball

Texas rush offense vs. Kansas rush defense

The Longhorns enter the game with the Big 12’s fifth-best ground attack, which has been supplemented by quarterback Colt McCoy’s ability to scramble when necessary. Running back Cody Johnson, one of four UT running backs with at least 40 carries this season, is the team’s leading rusher this season, racking up 316 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground while averaging over four yards per carry.

The Jayhawks, who started the season stout against the run, since have suffered multiple late-game breakdowns, giving up more than 200 rushing yards in each of their past two games, including 266 in a loss to Kansas State.

Edge: Texas

Texas pass offense vs. Kansas pass defense

McCoy is ranked in the top 20 nationally in passing, passing yards per game, total passing yards and total offense, throwing for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions. Top receiver Jordan Shipley has developed into a favorite target, catching 81 passes for 1,096 yards and eight scores while ranking in the top five nationally in receptions per game and receiving yards per game.

As the season has progressed, the Jayhawks have improved steadily against the pass — they’re ranked sixth in the conference in pass defense — but likely will be facing their toughest test of the season in Texas.

Edge: Texas

Special teams

The Longhorns have scored six touchdowns on special teams — which is six more than the Jayhawks — as they’ve emerged as one of the nation’s top three teams. Shipley has proven to be a game-changer as a punt returner, averaging 13.8 yards per return, with two touchdowns. Kansas has failed to do much on kick or punt returns this season, though safety Darrell Stuckey showed promise two weeks ago while returning kicks against Kansas State.

Edge: Texas

Comments

Kent Wells 10 years, 3 months ago

Well, who can argue this data? KU 35 - UT 34!

rockchalkchampionship 10 years, 3 months ago

You could've summed this up with two words: Edge: Texas.

suttonku 10 years, 3 months ago

IM with kuwells! Win one for Mangino! We want to see him back next season!

Robert Brock 10 years, 3 months ago

Shipley gets four touchdowns. UT 77, KU 3.

KGphoto 10 years, 3 months ago

They might just tank this one to rub it in Mangino's face. In fact it seems that's what they've been doing anyway.

KU's only hope of a win is for Toben to get 20-25 carries and for Todd to stick with Briscoe and Meier. Balls out, take every chance, go for every 4th down.

Personally, I hate to say, I think KU is gonna get embarrassed tonight on national television. Mangino's last stand. It's a shame.

Hope I'm wrong.

brungyjhawk 10 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like the 'Hawks will go down to Austin and win as expected........

Dennis Mahorney 10 years, 3 months ago

A visibly weary Todd Reesing releases primal scream before thousands at halftime. Unburdened, he leads his terrified teamates to a stunning upset of Texas, the team that said he was to small to play for them.

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 3 months ago

I honestly think we'll get crushed at least by 30 points.

HOWEVER....there's always hope. You never know.....they could pull something off.

Kinda like KU coming down from 9 to Memphis with 2 minutes left and winning it all.......was a 1 in 500 chance, and they did it.

C'mon hawks! let's at least give 'em a good game!

KUSmurf 10 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, but that was a good team that came down from 9 with 2 minutes left. Both teams were fairly evenly matched. This is not the case.

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 3 months ago

haha.....true.

well, let's just hope for some sore of UT meltdown or something.

MIlwaukeeHawkee 10 years, 3 months ago

Ex-Coach's Fat Bastard Bowl

Notre Dame's Charlie Weis vs. KU's Mark Mangino.

Who Wins?

My Pick: Mangino wins with the patented finger poke to the chest; perforating the liver.

Down goes Charlie!!!!!!

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