Originally published October 10, 2009 at 09:33a.m., updated October 10, 2009 at 06:02p.m.

FINAL: KU survives scare, defeats Iowa State, 41-36

Kansas linebacker Drew Dudley wrestles down Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud during the second quarter, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas linebacker Drew Dudley wrestles down Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud during the second quarter, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Kivisto Field.


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Postgame: Iowa State

The guys (Jesse Newell, Dugan Arnett) tie up loose ends following the Kansas football team's 41-36 victory over Iowa State. Is KU's defense this bad? What were KU coach Mark Mangino and the players' reaction to the defensive effort? The two discuss these questions and also reflect on stellar games ...

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Who was KU's MVP against Iowa State?

  • Todd Reesing (37-for-49, 442 yards, five combined TDs) 65% 1299 votes
  • Kerry Meier (16 catches, 142 yards, 2 TDs) 23% 466 votes
  • Dezmon Briscoe (12 catches, 186 yards, 2 TDs) 8% 168 votes
  • Other 2% 41 votes

1974 total votes.

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FINAL: KU defeats ISU, 41-36

Opurum seals the game for KU, as the freshman gains nine on a first-down run and one yard on second down to pick up a first down.

Two kneeldowns later, KU survives with a 41-36 victory.

KU 41/ISU 36 — 54 seconds left in 4th quarter

Not a good start for KU’s defense, as Robinson breaks two tackles and runs for 17 yards to the KU 49.

Hamilton moves the chains with an 11-yard catch on third-and-4.

KU is out of timeouts, and with the clock running under two minutes, this figures to be the last possession for ISU.

Arnaud sails a ball too deep in the end zone for Hamilton, and a wide receiver screen to Williams gains just one.

On third-and-9, Chris Harris bats away a pass on a slant route.

KU’s defense brings the blitz on fourth down, and after shuffling to his left, Arnaud delivered a deep pass to the end zone. Darks broke wide open on the play, but the ball was a step overthrown. KU takes over on downs.

KU 41/ISU 36 — 2:36 left in 4th quarter

The game might have to be decided by KU’s defense.

After an Opurum eight-yard run, Reesing runs for no gain and Reesing short-hops Wilson on a potential catch.

Rojas delivers a short punt, and ISU will take over at its own 34.

KU 41/ISU 36 — 4:49 left in 4th quarter

KU’s defense still doesn’t seem to have figured out how to stop ISU.

Derrick Catlett sneaks behind the KU defense for a 26-yard catch down the sideline. Robinson adds 11 more after running through a huge hole on the right side.

KU’s defense stuffs Robinson on a third-and-1 for no gain, but the Cyclones will go for it on fourth down. KU takes its second defensive timeout of the half to prepare for the play. Even though KU stacks the line, Robinson still has no problem falling forward for four yards and a first down.

Four plays later, Arnaud rolls to his left to find Darius Darks for an easy five-yard score.

Arnaud is just a little wide on his two-point conversion throw, though, and Darks can’t bring it in with one hand. ISU still is only down five points and one possession.

KU 41/ISU 30 — 8:42 left in 4th quarter

Meier hauls in his 14th catch — tying the school record for receptions in a game — and more importantly for KU, picks up 13 yards down the sideline.

On a well-designed play, Reesing hits a wide-open Biere on a throwback pass for 18 more yards. That’s 400 yards passing for Reesing.

On a third-and-6, Reesing shuffles forwards and falls ahead for eight yards and a crucial first down.

Meier brings in his 15th catch and moves the chains again for KU with a 14-yard gain over the middle.

And after 15 catches, ISU still decides to leave Meier wide open in the back of the end zone. Reesing slings one to him for the easiest six-yard TD reception you’ll ever see.

Branstetter adds the extra point, and Reesing is up to 430 passing yards — the second-most in a game in KU history.

KU 34/ISU 30 — 13:03 left in 4th quarter

On third-and-8 for ISU, KU fans bring the noise, and this is the loudest I remember it at Memorial Stadium this year. Jake Laptad comes through with pressure up the middle and a sack-turned-rush when Arnaud falls forward for a one-yard gain. KU’s defense holds, and following a punt, the Jayhawks will take over at their own 20.

KU 34/ISU 30 — 14:26 left in 4th quarter

Reesing trusted Briscoe to make a play, and make a play he did.

The KU quarterback launched a deep pass downfield for Briscoe, and the junior rewarded him by extending to make a 46-yard touchdown catch with a defensive back at his hip. From the press box, Reesing’s pass appeared to be overthrown, but Briscoe seemed to have an extra gear late to catch up with the throw.

Branstetter’s PAT is true, and KU desperately needs a stop from its defense.

ISU 30/KU 27 — 1:17 left in 3rd quarter

This game has turned into a shootout between two nearly unstoppable offenses.

KU’s lead barely last three minutes, as ISU marched downfield with relative ease. Arnaud finished the drive with a 17-yard pass to Hamilton in the corner of the end zone, and the Cyclones are suddenly a powerful offensive team.

KU 27/ISU 23 — 4:02 left in 3rd quarter

Kerry Meier is limping a bit, and he asks to be taken out of the game. That’s not something KU needs at this point.

A patented Reesing play wakes up the crowd a bit, as he bounces to the right, left then right again to freeze a defensive lineman before hitting Biere for a 19-yard gain.

A great block by Opurum on a blitzer opens up a big play for KU. Reesing, with the extra time, floats a ball deep into the back of the end zone where Briscoe runs under it for the score. Somehow, Reesing threaded it between two defenders and into Briscoe’s arms. Branstetter’s PAT gives KU a four-point edge.

ISU 23/KU 20 — 6:45 left in 3rd quarter

KU’s defense doesn’t seem to have any answers against ISU’s offense. Robinson runs for 23 yards through a huge hole up the middle. Three plays later, Arnaud finds Hamilton deep down the sideline for 39 yards, and Hamilton catches it even though Daymond Patterson interfered with him.

Arnaud follows with a two-yard touchdown run, and the Cyclones regain the lead. KU blitzes on the two-point conversion, and Arnaud finds an open Jake Williams over the middle for the easy two.

KU 20/ISU 15 — 8:46 left in 3rd quarter

The Cyclones seem to have grabbed some momentum back after stopping KU’s offense.

Meier drops a pass that would have been a short gain, and on third-and-8, Briscoe has a potential reception batted away by an ISU defender.

Following a Rojas punt, ISU will take over at its own 24 down by just five.

KU 20/ISU 15 — 9:58 left in 3rd quarter

Most of the KU students have had enough of the cold. Only about two-thirds of them remain for the second half of a one-possession game when their team is ranked 15th in the nation.

Iowa State, slowly but surely, moves its way down the field. The Cyclones convert a third-and-2 and a third-and-1 before Robinson breaks off a 21-yard run to the right.

The Jayhawks blitz on the next third down, and Stuckey comes up with a big hit to stop Robinson on a catch in the flat for a three-yard loss.

Mahoney knocks through a 34-yard field goal to end his mini-drought.

Statistics of note

• Reesing 22-for-28, 233 yards, two combined TDs, INT

• Meier 11 catches, 98 yards, TD (The school record for receptions in a game is 14.)

• Briscoe 6 catches, 76 yards

• Opurum 14 carries, 53 yards, TD

• Austen Arnaud 6-for-13, 125 yards

• Alexander Robinson 14 carries, 44 yards, 2 TDs

• KU had just one first-half penalty for five yards. ISU had no penalties that KU accepted.

• ISU’s Jesse Smith has 10 first-half tackles and an interception.

Some thoughts

• Even with the interception, this has been Reesing’s best game. He’s been in sync with his receivers and accurate on his throws. I’ve also noticed that he isn’t scrambling as much to get yardage, but instead moving in the pocket to find his receivers downfield. So far, it’s worked.

• KU continues to rack up the yardage. The Jayhawks managed to gain 290 yards on just five possessions. They’re also three-for-three in getting TDs on red-zone chances.

• I’m liking two of my pregame predictions (350 KU passing yards, 100 ISU rushing yards) but not the other one so much (three interceptions for Arnaud).

KU 20/ISU 12 — Halftime

After a short run by Arnaud, ISU wisely decides to kneel on it to bring us to halftime.

KU 20/ISU 12 — 30 seconds left in 2nd quarter

Reesing picks up right where he left off. Eleven yards to Briscoe. Five and 11 to Meier. Seven more to Opurum. Four and eight again to Meier.

Unfortunately for KU, a third-and-2 run from Opurum at the KU 20 is stuffed for a one-yard loss. With the kicking game’s struggles today, Mangino decides to go for it, and Reesing moves up in the pocket to find Meier for nine yards and a first down.

Reesing has a patented rollout to the right after feeling pressure, but he underthrows Opurum for what could have been a TD. Reesing scrambles for eight yards on second down, then on third down, follows behind a blocker and bulls his way into the end zone for a 4-yard TD run. Reesing was hit hard at the end, but he bounces off the turf and jumps to celebrate with teammates.

Branstetter makes the point-after, and Mangino’s fourth-down gamble pays off.

How’s this for Reesing: 22-for-28, 233 yards and two combined touchdowns to go with an interception.

KU 13/ISU 12 — 2:45 left in 2nd quarter

The momentum has shifted to KU’s side at the end of the half.

The Jayhawks defense forces a three-and-out, as Arnaud’s third-and-8 pass is dropped by Marquis Hamilton across the middle.

Daymond Patterson fair-catches the punt, and he’s had perhaps his most uninteresting game as punt returner: two punts, two fair catches.

KU will take over at its own 35.

KU 13/ISU 12 — 3:37 left in 2nd quarter

When KU’s offense is clicking, it really is fun to watch.

Reesing makes it look easy, peppering passes all over the field. His main target is Meier, who catches passes of 11, 21 and 12.

Reesing ends the drive with a three-yard touch pass to Meier in the corner of the end zone. The Jayhawks execute a near-perfect six-play, 60-yard drive. Better yet, Branstetter splits the uprights, and the KU fans give out an extended cheer.

The Jayhawks have their first lead.

ISU 12/KU 6 — 6:13 left in 2nd quarter

KU has gone to its hurry-up spread, and ISU’s defense hasn’t been able to adjust well yet. Briscoe catches a pass for five yards, and Bradley McDougald takes a wide-receiver screen 10 yards for a first down.

With the help of great protection, Reesing finds Briscoe over the middle for 23 yards.

The drive ends in a hurry, though, as Reesing throws an interception over the middle to ISU linebacker Jesse Smith. I don’t think Reesing even saw him. Big play by the Cyclones’ best defensive playmaker.

KU’s defense forces its first punt, as the KU linebackers are starting to catch on to Arnaud’s constant scrambling. Arnaud scrambles for one yard on a third-and-12, and the Jayhawks will take over at their own 40 after the kick.

ISU 12/KU 6 — 10:02 left in 2nd quarter

Reesing throws a deep ball to Briscoe, but the junior can’t come up with it. There appeared to be some contact there, as the ISU defender started to tackle Briscoe instead of playing the football. The KU fans don’t like it, but the Jayhawks are forced to punt with no flags for pass interference on the field.

Rojas does a nice job with the rugby-style kick, as his punt and roll travels 51 yards with no return.

ISU goes back to work, though. Arnaud hits Josh Lenz for 15 yards on a perfect pass to the quarterback’s left. Obviously, Arnaud has sorted out some mechanical issues this week.

On third-and-8, Arnaud scrambles for nine yards and another first down.

The Cyclones are forced into a fourth-and-8 at the KU 28, but Arnaud throws a strike to Jake Williams over the middle for 17 yards.

Two plays later, Robinson squirts around the right side for seven yards, diving in for a touchdown. Mahoney shanks the extra point again, though, missing wide left. Before today, Mahoney was 47-for-48 on extra points in his career, with his only miss coming last week against KSU.

ISU 6/KU 6 — End of 1st quarter

Reesing fumbles the snap on first down and is forced to fall on the football at the KU 1. Opurum gains five on second down, but KU will face third-and-long deep on its own end at the start of the second quarter.

ISU 6/KU 6 — 58 seconds left in 1st quarter

I have to admit I’ve been surprised so far at how easy Iowa State’s offense is moving the football.

Arnaud looks like a new man, gunning a 13-yard pass over the middle to Collin Franklin. He’s already made more good passes this week than he had all of last week.

Robinson doesn’t look to be slowed down by his groin injury, either, knocking off runs of seven and eight yards.

KU’s defense gets pressure on third down, though, and Arnaud overthrows a pass to the end zone. ISU’s kicking struggles continue, though, as holder Derec Schmidgall can’t get a handle on the football during a 26-yard field-goal attempt. The snap looked good, but Schmidgall just didn’t get the ball down. After scrambling with the ball, Schmidgall threw the ball out of bounds, and KU catches a big break.

ISU 6/KU 6 — 4:08 left in 1st quarter

It didn’t take long for KU’s offense to answer with a touchdown of its own.

Reesing’s favorite target was Dezmon Briscoe, and the two had connections of 12, 13 and 13 yards.

Once inside the red zone, Opurum took over. He picked up the final 20 yards of the drive on runs of five, eight, four, two and one to end the drive with a touchdown.

Jacob Branstetter clangs the extra point of the upright, though, so KU remains in a six-all tie.

ISU 6/KU 0 — 10:32 left in 1st quarter

Toben Opurum gets the start for KU, but the Jayhawks look content to throw it early.

Todd Reesing finds an open Johnathan Wilson for 20 yards, and on the next play, the Jayhawks go five-wide with an empty backfield. Reesing somehow avoids pressure and throws across his body to find tight end Tim Biere for another first down.

KU’s drive fizzles, though, as Reesing’s third-down pass falls incomplete. Alonso Rojas punts it away from inside the ISU 40.

Huldon Tharp and Ryan Murphy are both surprise starters for KU.

KU has a blown coverage on a third-and-8, and the play looks a lot like Jake Sharp’s catch-and-run last year against ISU. A wide-open Alexander Robinson catches a pass on a wheel route and takes the ball 54 yards down the left sideline before Darrell Stuckey corrals him.

Three plays later, Robinson plunges in from a yard out, and ISU has taken the early lead. Grant Mahoney misses the extra point wide right, though, and that makes two straight misses for the Cyclones.

11:35 a.m.

Iowa State wins the toss and defers. KU will receive.

The fans are filling in nicely. Just a small area in the northeast corner where the students sit remains empty.

11:21 a.m.

Be ready for a mid-November game played in early October.

It's cold here. Really cold. says 38 degrees with 14 mile-per-hour winds out of the north. That makes for a wind chill of about 30 degrees.

Not only will that affect the passing game, it also will most likely affect the crowd. This game was never listed as a sellout, and I'd expect to see some empties with the cold weather we have here today.

11:12 a.m.

Jake Sharp is out warming up with the running backs, but he was out there warming up two weeks ago as well against Southern Miss. when he didn't play.

Toben Opurum was the back in there for the team's first-team goal-line drills. He also was listed as the starter on the scoreboard. I'm guessing we won't see Sharp in this one.

10:43 a.m.

Today's football stories have been posted (special thanks to Asher Fusco) and you still have about an hour to check them out before gametime.

There's KU vs. ISU head-to-head, a story on the Cyclones trying to bounce back this week and a nice piece by Dugan Arnett about kicker Jacob Branstetter.

9:33 a.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Lawrence where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Iowa State Cyclones.

Before we get started, I wanted to apologize for us not having gameday football stories posted on our Web site. There was a mix-up on our part, and we will be posting those stories shortly. Thanks for your patience.

Let’s get to some analysis of today’s game, using our true/false, fill-in-the-blank format.

True or false: Iowa State rushes for 100 yards against KU.

True. This is the classic case of the old cliche, “Something’s gotta give.” KU comes in third in the nation in rush defense, allowing just 59.3 rushing yards per game. The Jayhawks, in fact, have not allowed a team to rush for more than 100 yards this season. Iowa State, meanwhile, has averaged 207.6 yards per game, which is third in the conference. So why do I think the Cyclones will rush for 100 yards? It’s simple: Because the Cyclones will run the ball a ton. ISU has averaged 40.2 rushes per game this season. The reason is two-fold: Their offense has struggled in the passing game, making offensive coordinator Tom Herman more hesitant to call risky passing plays; and many of their passes turn into runs, as quarterback Austen Arnaud oftentimes runs with the ball when he feels any sort of pressure. If you do the math, you can see that even if KU does a great job of stuffing the run and allows just three yards per carry, after 40 carries that is still 120 yards. The Cyclones will pass the 100-yard barrier today, but that still might not help them win.

True or false: Kansas will throw for 350 yards against Iowa State.

True. The Jayhawks’ high for passing yards this season (338) came against Duke, but I see the ’Hawks eclipsing that number today. Iowa State’s rushing defense is not ranked high (10th in the conference, 157.6 yards per game), but remember, one of those games was against a military academy (Army), so the rushing numbers will be a bit higher. After watching last week’s tape, I think offensive coordinator Ed Warinner will try to pick on the Cyclones’ secondary early and often, much like the Jayhawks did in the second half of last season’s game. Reesing should find some holes downfield to throw to, and expect big games from KU’s big two: Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe. KU might also be more inclined to throw if Jake Sharp is held out of today’s game with his lower leg injury.

True or false: Austen Arnaud will throw three or more interceptions today.

True. Now I’m really going out on a limb. Last year, Arnaud came into the KU game brimming with confidence, and it showed in his 268-yard, three-touchdown performance. I didn’t see the same confidence last week in his game against Iowa State. Arnaud is struggling to throw to his left, and coaches have diagnosed his problem, saying he is falling away from his throws. I remember seeing at least two instances where he one-hopped receivers in the flat to the left, and the coaches weren’t even calling that many plays to the left. Arnaud has only completed 53 percent of his passes this season, and truth be told, he was lucky last week that a few more weren’t picked off. If KU gets out to an early lead, and ISU has to play catch-up, Arnaud could be forced into trying to play hero for the Cyclones. If that happens, the KU secondary needs to be ready. Give me at least one interception for Daymond Patterson. Tom Keegan takes Darrell Stuckey, and he’s even predicting a pick-six (his favorite prediction to give).

If KU wins, it will be because ...

the Jayhawks avoid negative plays/turnovers on offense. Iowa State, the less-talented of the two teams, will need big plays and turnovers to hang in this one. If KU quarterback Todd Reesing makes good decisions with the football, and makes smart decisions when pressure is coming to avoid big losses, the Jayhawks should be fine. Toben Opurum also is expected to get a heavy workload, and he has the Jayhawks’ only two lost fumbles this season, so he needs to be mindful of taking care of the football as well.

If ISU wins, it will be because ...

Austen Arnaud finds the 2008 version of himself. Iowa State (and really, any team for that matter) will have to beat KU’s defense through the air. The Jayhawks’ weakness is in pass defense (11th in conference, 251.5 yards per game), but unfortunately for the Cyclones, that’s where their weakness lies as well. Somewhere inside Arnaud’s 6-foot-3, 224-pound frame is a good quarterback with a cannon arm, though we haven’t seen much of it in the last few weeks. He’ll most likely have time to throw, as ISU’s offensive line has allowed just one sack this season, which is best in the nation. The question is whether Arnaud will be able to use that time to be able to find his receivers downfield. Though Arnaud’s receiving weapons are limited, he will need to be much, much more accurate today to give the Cyclones any chance of pulling the upset.

Prediction: KU 41, Iowa State 17

I’ll be honest: I just don’t see how Iowa State is going to move the football. The Cyclones found some holes running the football against Kansas State last week, but I just don’t see them having the same success against the Jayhawks. If the Cyclones turn to the pass, they’re walking a tightrope. Arnaud has been inaccurate lately, and the ISU receivers have been struggling to pick up the new offense, oftentimes running the wrong routes and ending up in the wrong spots. I see KU getting up early in this one, and with a lead, ISU is forced to try to do something (pass) it’s just not that good at. Give me KU in an easy victory, with the Jayhawks covering the spread (19 points) to boot. I just can’t see KU overlooking ISU two seasons in a row.


okiedave 11 years, 4 months ago

K.U. is the only undefeated team in the Big XII North. Let's keep it that way.

Kent Wells 11 years, 4 months ago

KU - 45

Cyclowns - 17

And KU +4 in turnovers. ISU does not get 100+ rushing.

CRob2006 11 years, 4 months ago

Does anybody know if a live video stream is available?

kvskubball 11 years, 4 months ago

Go KU!

KU 31 ISU 10

Have a fun homecoming!

Sean Rodger 11 years, 4 months ago

29 degrees here in the middle of KS - nice and warm from the couch watchin' on the versus network.

cwag 11 years, 4 months ago

Opurum - 10/36 yards Reesing - 7/8 - 87 yards

cwag 11 years, 4 months ago

OSU 7 aTm 0 5:37 1st

Ark 20 Aub 0 10:56 2nd

NebraskaJayhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

Our defense looks slower than crap. And crap is slow.

MrPilot 11 years, 4 months ago

Where's the flag? Can you say pass-interference?

cwag 11 years, 4 months ago

Our defense is getting exposed...... by IOWA STATE!?!?!?!

NebraskaJayhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

Get used to this. This isn't even a good offense in the Big 12.

cwag 11 years, 4 months ago

Reesing - 15 of 19 for 181 - 1 TD - 1 INT Briscoe - 5 rec. for 66 yards Opurum - 13 carries for 51 yards - 1 TD

Dirk Medema 11 years, 4 months ago

Interesting to see the replay of Todd's INT at the beginning of the HT show. McDougald kept running his route behind the LB vs. a play by Meier in the last drive running the same route, but cutting in front of the LB. Ahhh, lessons to learn and the difference between a Frosh & Sr.

Dirk Medema 11 years, 4 months ago

The little photos at the beginning of the game didn't show Murphy as a starter, but it looked like he played the first D-series. Did he start at the 'Hawk D-back?

NebraskaJayhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, good point dagger108. Going to be hard to replace the IQ of Meier next year. What an animal...11 first half catches?? You've got to be kidding me....

Man...I thought our defense looked slow against non-conference, but it really looks slow today. I really hope it isn't the calm Mangino in the locker room at half today. I hope they are getting an earful because if they don't come out and start knocking guys on their cans, it's possible for this game to be a tight one. And it shouldn't be....

Dirk Medema 11 years, 4 months ago

Got a late start on the article; just read the first qrtr post. Sorry about the Murphy question?

Ted Toulouse 11 years, 4 months ago

Observations from a hotel room via the computer: Our D needs to wake up The KU student section is dead to me if they don't show up in the second half. There is no excuse for not being at this game. Nut-up!!!

NebraskaJayhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

KU football fans suck in general. Sorry if that offends anyone, but we can't fill a 55,000 seat stadium for a big XII game when we're the 16th ranked team in the nation? Give me a break...

I think this game is getting to me. I'm done posting. lol

Christopher Hauser 11 years, 4 months ago

pathetic is my observation, thank god basketball season starts soon. It may be a bit premature to write this team off but they are not even close to a smart football team.

jhawk14 11 years, 4 months ago

Does anyone know the site where you can watch the game online for free? I'm desperate!!!

Ted Toulouse 11 years, 4 months ago

I'm just keeping track on ESPN's gamecast. looked at VS web site and they didn't offer any kind of live feed.

kc_wildfire 11 years, 4 months ago

It has been obvious all year that KU will go as far as the offense takes them this year. The defense has a ton of improvement to do to help take some pressure off the offense. If not, Reesing and Company will need to score practically every possession.

Ted Toulouse 11 years, 4 months ago

So does this put Bowen on the hot seat? D has been way less than impressive against supposed weaker opponents. Way frustrating.

cwag 11 years, 4 months ago

Our DBs are really bad, our LBs are invisible.

Christopher Hauser 11 years, 4 months ago

Our defense is worse than it was last year, there has been no improvement

Ryan Mullen 11 years, 4 months ago

BRISCOE TD!!! Best reciever in the country.

kansaspike 11 years, 4 months ago

Good god!!!! I should have gone to the bar to watch this. DAMN VERSUS!!!!!!!

Christopher Hauser 11 years, 4 months ago

our defense finally got a stop, a can't remember because there have been so few stops but I think that was our second defensive stop of the game. 2 stops a game=trouble the rest of the season. Hope we figure something out. This reminds me of the Denver Bronco defense last year.

kc_wildfire 11 years, 4 months ago

Assuming KU goes on and wins today and the defense doesn't improve then I see KU going 7-5, possibly 8-4, this year. Big XII play is shaping up to be a tough one if the defense continues their poor play.

Should be 6-0 after winning today and against Colorado next week... Followed by a loss to OU... Texas Tech is probably a loss but maybe they pull it out... K-State should be a win, although it looks tougher now... Nebraska and Texas are losses... Missouri is probably a loss in a high scoring game.

NebraskaJayhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

If we had any kind of a defense this year, we could be playing the the NC. Our O-line is starting to gel and we have so many offensive weapons. Sorry, but Bowen needs to go after this season.

NebraskaJayhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

I'm with you kc_wildfire. Right on the money.

Jerry Rockhold 11 years, 4 months ago

Pretty bad "D" when 40pts may not be enough.

kc_wildfire 11 years, 4 months ago

It would ne nice to have Sharp, or any kind of running game, to try and work some clock.

stuckinchanute 11 years, 4 months ago

Our defense sucks! We're going to get torched by the South opponents! The only reason we may win this game is Reesing throwing for a million yards.

Kyle Crenshaw 11 years, 4 months ago

please just kill colorado next week...cant take these close calls 3 weeks in a row!

okjhok 11 years, 4 months ago

Hopefully the defense learns a lot from this game. We are very fortunate. Usually it takes a loss to open up some eyes. Today we got the win and our eyes were opened. It's a win/win.

MrPilot 11 years, 4 months ago

Tough win, but a win just the same. Rock Chalk!

mandomax 11 years, 4 months ago

we gave up 512 yards to Iowa State. no way the defense that showed up today can stop OU or UT. Bowen needs to whip these boys into shape

Jerry Rockhold 11 years, 4 months ago

Hopefully, now we won't take Colorado too lightly & look past them. I'll be at Boulder for the game & hopefully have a less "exciting" time than I had today.

Joseph Kuebel 11 years, 4 months ago

OKJ HOK- Truth buddy. To have your eyes opened/ getting exposed that much usually happens when teams lose this was a Win/Win but leaves me unsettled for the rest of BIG XII season, hopefully we were just looking ahead- but I miss the fast starts we had got out to in years past that doesn't seem to be happening this year.

jayhawkboogeyman 11 years, 4 months ago

I had high hopes that we could win the North and possibly secure a BCS game this season. After seeing the defense collapse against average or worse offenses the last 2 games, I frankly will be surprised if we exceed our 8 wins of last season. Nebraska's offense is at least as good as ISU. MU is much better. Bradford will be back at OU. And we go to UT and TTU. If we don't step it up somehow miraculously by the OU game on defense, we could very easily lose all five of those games (NU, MU, OU, UT, TTU). I was a little surprised at Mangino's decision to punt into the wind on the opening drive. Going on 4th and 3 from the 40 and making the first down and a possible first score really, I think, changes the game. At least gives us more breathing room. The punt only got us 18 yards or so, which ISU immediately got back and more. Our coverage is not good enough to send guys outside the tackles so we trap the quarterback. DL got through several times, but too late to stop Aurnaud from getting outside the tackles and make a play. And our run defense was dreadful. Several times, ISU would have gained 10 yards before our defense even figured out who had the ball.

1977kufan 11 years, 4 months ago

Despite the win, this game was very, very disturbing. Do several players on defense have the flu? They really looked slow today. At the end of the game, I saw Coach Mangino walk off the field. I could see the concern on his face and the "steam" coming off of his head. I am glad that I will not be in the locker room after this one. My ears can "ring" for only so long. I can only hope that Iowa State is considerably better than everyone thought they were!!! I am already concerned about the Colorado game and to borrow a phrase from the Holiday later this month, the Oklahoma game already looks frightening. Let's go Jayhawks!!!

okiedave 11 years, 4 months ago

We just played the worst team in the Big XII at home. Trying to figure out were in our schedule we can possibly get our 6th bowl eligibility win. Having a tough time trying to figure it out.

vmwskywalk 11 years, 4 months ago

A couple of observations: Defense-our linebackers can't fill gaps, worst pass coverage I've seen all year, and we didn't tackle.

Offense-there were two critical blunders on play calls, one on the first drive and one late that could have cost us. 2nd and 1, give the ball to Oporum.

KURocksChalk 11 years, 4 months ago

Please note: Below is my personal opinion. You may not agree.

Third and two and Reesing is still in the shotgun when you need to be running the clock. If I am the defense I am thinking thanks for the edge. You know it is going to be a run and Todd did a good job to not lose yardage, but this was a bone-head call. Third and short, late in the game when you just want to get out with a W, you get under center and grind out a first down. Good grief, I a frustrated with the lack of game awareness. So you are in the shotgun. You really think you are going to fool somebody?

I am frustrated again with our d backs not seeing the ball coming. I am frustrated most by everyone watching the game knowing that if KU wants to win this game, they better hold on to the ball. One thing is certain. ISU can't win without the ball. So, what do we do, make dumb decisions so that they get it back and come within a very narrow hair of winning this game.

When we could not stop their running game early on I thought we needed to put three down with three linebackers. If we had been able to make them one-dimensional we would have won by a great margin. How many times did we stop ISU on a three and out? How many times did they punt?

I said it two weeks ago, but some said chill, dude. We are headed once again for a string of loses. It is going to get ugly folks. Reesing can't always carry this team with his great corps of receivers. The defensive line had no pep. The players all through the game did not look like they were excited and love to play the game. They looked like they were tired, hung over, and were at a job they didn't like. I could find walk-ons with much better enthusiasm and probably better performance.

So much for an extra week off.

Who can we beat with this defense? Who can beat us is what worries me. If our offense is not on all cylinders AND we make dumb decisions, anyone in the conference can move the ball on us and beat us. The rest of the season is going to be shoot-outs (or not). I look for us once again to be embarrased on national tv like we did last year at home no less vs Tech. I saw one, maybe two instances of good defense change-ups in the entire game. Pathetic defense management.

MrPilot 11 years, 4 months ago

Hell, on 1st and 10 give the ball to Opurum. That man is a bulldozer.

kvskubball 11 years, 4 months ago


I'm glad our Offense played a great game today, because our defense was exposed big-time.

Was our non-con schedule really a lot worse than it looked, because our D looked pretty good for much of those games? Today, we couldn't stop the rush or the pass. We over-pursued leaving huge open lanes. Our secondary didn't show up until after the receivers were running with the ball, blown assignments. On Iowa States last play, it is a really good thing the ball was over-thrown because the defender who had that receiver stepped up to 'help', instead of continuing coverage on his man....

I watched NU and Misswho, and NU's D was much more fundamentally sound than our D was today. They knew their assignments and stayed in their assignments, our D was over-running plays or didn't know what their assignments were, because Iowa St. seemed able to do whatever they wanted.

I'm not buying that 'it was cold', or 'we were looking ahead', or that 'it was homecoming' - NO EXCUSES - how about reality, our D didn't show that it was ready for the big time, not even close...The Offense didn't seem to have or need any of those excuses...

I'm very disappointed, because I thought we had a decent D, now I know different. Our talent doesn't look too bad, but our execution today, looked like we were playing the first game of the season. I hope we can still improve, but man it's late in the game! Only one more weak sister to beat up on before the real schedule begins......

Come on Hawks! I want to be able to applaud. I DO applaud the offensive effort today. It was a very excellent effort on that side of the ball for us today! It's just terrible that we were really close to losing this game on the last play because the defense didn't have it today!

KURocksChalk 11 years, 4 months ago

What is it with KU? The student apathy appears to have affected the players. The defense seems like it has no excitement. I attribute that lack of enthusiasm as much as the coaching to today's poor performance. Maybe "Sparky" should play both sides of the ball. He and Meier wouldn't get burned near as bad as some defenders.

nobody1793 11 years, 4 months ago

Survive and advance, that's the bottom line.

ShazzyD 11 years, 4 months ago

A couple of notes from me:

  1. Lack of enthusiasm on D is hurting us. Our players are rarely excited.
  2. Stuckey is still playing terrific. He may not have the turnover stats he had last year, but he is obviously head and shoulders above the rest of our defensive players. He was always in on the play. Can't say the same about anyone else.
  3. The defensive line disappeared today. Either ISU has a geat offensive line, or we are now seeing that the play by the D-Line in other games was a result of weaker opponents. Max and Jake were non-existant. Jake should have had a sack once but instead got dragged 5 yards by the QB for a 2 yard gain.
  4. Offensive Line was terrific. Did ISU even have a single sack?
  5. Our rush defense wasn't as bad as it looked. We let them squirt out 3 or 4 good runs but for the most part we bottled them up at the line of scrimmage. Also, a lot of rushing yardage was by the QB. The linebackers need to do a better job. They were weak today. Where are they? They should be swarming the ball carrier and instead are nowhere to be found.
  6. Am I the only one who thinks Chris Harris should move back to Nickel? Sure, he does alright at CB, but he was STELLAR at nickelback in the first game. What this team needs is more playmakers, and he could be a difference maker. Justin Thornton is not cutting it. Thornton is consistently getting beat. The position is a liability for us right now when it could be our strength.
  7. Reesing had at 3 bad throws where he missed a wide open receiver, none more crucial than his very last throw which would have sealed the win. Also, both Meier and Briscoe had drops. Aside from that, it was an incredible game by him as well as his two stud WRs. If it hadn't been for the handful of bad throws and drops, I'd call it a perfect game.

Overall terrific game by the offense considering we were missing Jake Sharp. Overall terrible game by the defense. We need to make changes on defense, and we need to make them this week. Colorado is our last game to "prepare" for our tough stretch of games coming up.


okiedave 11 years, 4 months ago

Maybe its just one of those off Saturdays. Remember, we about got blown out in Ames last year and had a decent year. Oklahoma is home and having trouble with Baylor 14-7 at half and O.U.'s offense is clearly out of sync. I am willing to chalk it up to the season's "weird weekend". I think the Hawks will rise to the occasion. We have a week to work on the problem areas.

John Randall 11 years, 4 months ago

Really great job with the game-time blog, Jesse!

I just read it through after listening to the game, and should have been keeping up on-line.

Again, great job. Thanks

Kyle Helmer 11 years, 4 months ago

Most disgusting performance I have ever seen by a KU defense. We did not actually CREAT a stop at the end of the game, we got lucky that the pass was over thrown. However, the KU students bother me even more than the defense. They are a disgrace and should be ashamed of themselves. Guess what, the Freaking Wheel is open all day and night! Wait until after the game losers!!! I am as big a KU fan as there is and I can honestly say that K-State and Misery fans would not leave at halftime of a close conference game at 1:00 in the afternoon! Don't even show up at all if you are going to leave at halftime. Mangino needs to address our moron student section and let them know that the game is 4 quarters. Completely embarrassing!!!

Ryan Mullen 11 years, 4 months ago

I'm not sure if anyone has pointed this out yet, but there is no need for alarm for some reason Iowa State plays us tough every year it was even like that the year we went to the orange bowl so lets just relax.

beenahawk 11 years, 4 months ago

The photo at top tells the story, no way should a MLB be arm tackling a running QB! The Clones historically are a problem team for us, but if we could have forced more than just the ONE punt, they had no answers for our offense and we probaly would have scored at least two more TD's.. Reesing, Meier and Dez (Though Dez whiffed a couple of blocks that could have sprung Kerry) all played great games....defense overall gets a D+ for their performance. Not sure what they did during the off week. Bowen must have used them as a blocking sled! The student support was again only for one half which is a disgrace as is the "RHFHO" chant. Hey students, if you haven't noticed, our kick coverage has become worse with the chant. Kudos to the approximatley 30K who stayed to the bitterly cold end with me! Sometimes you have to in ugly, and we did today.

Rodney Stice 11 years, 4 months ago

ISU had a winning record, KU beat them. SO Miss was undefeated 2 weeks ago when we played them and beat them. KU is beating teams with winning records. I shall be in Boulder to cheer on the Jayhawks next week. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

Kyle Helmer 11 years, 4 months ago

Jayhawkinmullen......2007 (Orange Bowl year) KU beat ISU 45-7. 2006 41-10.

There is plenty of reason for alarm.

patrick_raftery 11 years, 4 months ago

If Defense wins championships ... we are in BIG ars trouble. That was bad ...

Fred Davis 11 years, 4 months ago

I said after the win against Southern Mississippi that the defense was slow and would have trouble stopping people, and I got clowned for saying that because of how "good" Southern Miss was supposed to be... I'm not sure if Mangino has a Vermeil complex in that he's blind to what's happening on defense, but Bowen is clearly not the guy to lead this defense, and Mangino needs to assign one person who recruits DLine and LBs, because this team hasn't had a capable group of both since 2005, and that year the offense was terrible. The LBs have been slow all year, and the pass rush has been bad all year, and while I was optimistic that this team could win 10 games coming into the season, I'm with J-Boogey in saying that this team will be lucky to escape with eight, maybe nine wins. I just don't see how this defense is suddenly going to get better. It is what it is five games in to the season. Charlton Keith, Jermial Ashley, Nick Reid and Aqib Talib aren't walking through that door. 512 yards. That's a shame. K-State only gave up 371 to ISU. Yikes.

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 11 years, 4 months ago

Hmm. Not sure what to think about the hawks today. Was our defense having an off day, or are they just going to be overmatched from here on out? I'm conflicted.

As for our fans....yeah.....lame leaving a game when it's that close!

I'd kill to get out of Milwaukee more often and head to Memorial Stadium! Maybe some fans don't know how good we have it there....good team now, beautiful hill, trees and stadium, October football. How could anyone leave?

Blows my mind.

Joe Baker 11 years, 4 months ago

kc_wildfire (anonymous) says... Should be 6-0 after winning today and against Colorado next week... Followed by a loss to OU...


Crap! Let's close the gates, burn the tickets, shut down the football program!!! What's wrong with you people? We have one mediocre game and you're ready to concede the rest of the season? What are you fair weather fans? Get your heads up and realize other teams are having some difficult games too.

OU is not the ranked team the sports world thought either. They played Baylor!!! Baylor!!! Come on...if that's their coming out game in the B12, they are just as concerned. I didn't expect anything less from OU today.

We win the OU game at home, Texas will be tough, Tech will be tough too!! But let's not throw in the towel just yet. I guarantee you Man-G will kick some tail this week in practice. I see the D doing some extra work. They did ok by stopping a fair Iowa St team. I think they are way underestimated. They had a great game and KU had an off game!!

I just heard Texas is losing to Colorado! Texas and OU think they are the only teams in the B12! Mac Brown is an arrogant idiot!! Any team can lose at any given time. This lesson is immutable.


mandomax 11 years, 4 months ago

Duke beat NC State. Thats nice for KU football.

that_guy 11 years, 4 months ago

njjayhawk...if you are so concerned with fan support, get off your @ss and fly out to Lawrence to help support. The student section was NOT half empty. I'm not by any means saying it was full, but it wasn't half empty as you claimed to see from the comfort of your spot in D.C. Maybe if some of the wine and cheesers on the other side of the stadium would get off of their arse, we could really create some noise. I yelled as loud and as much as I could from the "family" section and had the kids doing the same thing. Some people I know specifically did not come to this game b/c they expected it to be a cake walk. I feel like this happens with a lot of the folks on the west side of Memorial.

Other than all of this, a win is a win, no matter how ugly. We certainly have things to work on, but we're not the most inept team in the B12N.

Tony Bandle 11 years, 4 months ago

Reasons to be concerned: 1] 36 points [should have been 41] by a perennial Big Twelve doormat on Homecoming] 2] Lack of overall quickness in front seven or six depending. 3] More arm tackling then a half price sale at TOYSRUS the day after Xmas. 4] Rumor has it that the football player pushed down the steps was from the defense.

Reasons not to slit your wrists and write off 2009: 1] No Jake Sharp.Put the Sharp/Opurum two-headed monster with the Meier/Briscoe two-headed monster and KU scores 60 and ISU scores 21. 2] Weather was attrocious...and KU hung in. 3] ISU is a much, much better team than anticipated. Their QB, RB and TE are studs. 4] Repeat slowly after me...KU won, KU won, KU won, KU won, etc., etc.........

Tony Bandle 11 years, 4 months ago

PS Jesse...great job as always. Out here in Tiger land, any non-corrupted info on the Hawks is treasured!!!!!!

swkhawk24 11 years, 4 months ago

that_guy i agree with you. i was in the student section cheering my tail off (my voice is gone tonight) and i think we did the best we could considering how many students left because of the cold and windy conditions. njjayhawk seriously? baker u? wow. our defense looked terrible today but they did not look prepared. the first big 12 game is always an eye opener and will better prepare them for the schedule to come. we'll kick colorado's butt next week and you will see a great student section for the ou game. can't wait.

gchawk 11 years, 4 months ago

One thing that has not been mentioned, or maybe I didn't see it, is that a team rarely has a memorable game after being off for two weeks. When I was playing ball in college I hated having that lapse between games. Granted, we didn't look very sharp today, but it's better to get this one behind us, see where we need improvement, and get ready for the next game. We'll be fine. Rock Chalk

lama 11 years, 4 months ago

Bowen is totally overmatched. They need big changes on defense. I thought the secondary played ok today -- it was the d-line that gave Arnaud time to throw and the slow and unathletic linebackers that struggled. They may survive in Boulder -- that team is in disarray -- but OU rolls in Lawrence unless there is improvement on defense.

troutsee 11 years, 4 months ago

Hey guys, the D has not been good all year except for the UTEP game. Today, the LBs did not fill and the D backs were playing too soft, as usual. And, I put a lot of the blame on the D coaches and the D calls during the game. The best D call of the afternoon was the jailhouse blitz on 3rd down on ISUs final possession and having the D backs man up. I think bringing Murphy off the corner on several occasions was also innovative. Overall, the D gets an F in my book and for the year a C- - - - - - - -.

CrimsonPhoenix 11 years, 4 months ago

I hope you guys realize, it was DAMN cold at that game. The wind was brutal. I stayed the whole time, but I was frozen to my core.

okiedave 11 years, 4 months ago

Top 10 things to be thankful for:

(1) we won (2) Mangino (3) Reesing (4) Meirer (5) The offensive line (6) A defense that made some mistakes and we still won (7) 5-0 record (8) Only Big XII North undefeated team (9) A defense that will correct it's mistakes (10) A future that looks bright.

Have we forgotten the 70's, 80's and 90's -- it all looks pretty good from my perspective. I think I'll go a grab my fourth beer.

tdub 11 years, 4 months ago

4-2-5 defense = FAIL! Scrap this nonsense ASAP! Every running play blew through our two LBs into the secondary. This is on the coaches, especially Bowen. The athletes are capable, but the coaches are too stubborn to change their commitment to this nickel D that's not working.

I don't care how cold it was, I stayed the entire game, unlike 1/3 of the students. Pathetic! Gotta hand it to the "donors" on the west side of the stadium for sticking it out. We've got to have the worst football fans in the Big 12, given the lack of enthusiasm even with our recent success.

Jim Pendleton 11 years, 4 months ago

Everyone has made good points about the game itself. Yes, not a great performance, but let's take the win and move on. We need all of Jayhawk Nation's support in the weeks to come.

Let's address the fan issue. I am willing to point out a number of alums left early also, but the student issue needs to be hit on hard here. I sit directly across from the student section. Not only was it not full at the start of the game, but they did indeed leave en masse from halftime on. This has been a problem for a long time, even in down years.

To those of you students (and alums) who stayed the whole way, thank you. We need more like you. You all need to be the leaders on campus to keep growing the image of what we need from our fans for the football program. You all need to make it known it is not ok to go to the Wheel at halftime, regardless of whether we are leading or losing, good weather or bad. You all also need to find a way to be leaders to get rid of that god awful chant on kickoffs so the music doesn't have to be played over it. We are better than that, and it just isn't necessary.

You may ask, why jump on the students about this? Hopefully after students graduate, they will continue to be interested in coming to football games. They are our future season ticket holders as the program continues to grow. We need people in our ticket base who will come rain or shine, hot or cold, as they do in other programs. I agree with those earlier posts who indicated recruits take notice of this.

Alums and others, you are not out of the woods on this either. You need to stay and support your team regardless of the conditions. You are paying good money for tickets (and donations to get those tickets), so make yourselves seen and heard. We can't have people bailing out at halftime or the third quarter because they don't like the score or the weather. I know people don't like the Arrowhead situation, but I guarantee you that was a factor in that game two years ago. It was cold and the game did not start well, and KU people started bailing. The weather in Lincoln last year was similar to today. You didn't see any of them bailing out because of that. We can't have that any more. If we want our program to be like the big boys, we have to act like the big boys. Plan ahead for the conditions and come prepared to be loud and proud.

Time for everyone to get on board and stay for the duration, which means future years as well. If you don't have a ticket for the OU, NU, or Tigggers game, get one now. Don't sell out to the other team either. Hopefully we'll see some of you on the road as well, starting in Boulder next week. I will be there, and let's get another one and make it 6-0 when OU comes to town. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK EVERYONE !!!

KURocksChalk 11 years, 4 months ago

I think alot of us are frustrated that we have one of the top offenses in the country with little or no counterpart. Our special teams are not special. Kick returns are plodding. It is like we feel grateful if the guy can catch the ball. Kick coverage is better than last year but still not too good. The defense is about average. If KU had an average offense we would be 2-3 or so. If we had great special teams and a great defense we would legitimately be in the hunt for a national title.

On offense, we have Sparky, and his stars. On defense we do not have that star. We do not have that enthusiasm. There appears to be no leader. They appear tired and uninspired. It seems to me that I hear a frustration from Hawk fans that we are not exceling in these other areas and there is so much potential.

Hawk50 11 years, 4 months ago

This is not directed to the TRUE fans of the student section who stayed and cheered the Hawks to a victory, but to those who left....take your lame support to Missouri where even they would probably not want you. You guys are pathetic. We are ranked, it's the conference opener, and we're undefeated. If that's the best you can do, then just jump off the bandwagon.

gardenjay 11 years, 4 months ago

We won!! 5-0, really cool. Thanks boys!

troutsee 11 years, 4 months ago

Agree with scrapping the 4-2 except on passing downs. It hasn't worked all year anyway. Far too many wide open receivers. Surely we have linebackers that know how to fill holes and how to HIT and with more speed......don't we? Please, don't we? It's a bad sign when two defensive backs have 16 tackles apiece.

Also, the players in our secondary, besides leaving receivers wide open, are not making receivers pay after they catch the ball.

And, where are the turnovers?

This defense looks totally lost.

To heck with students bolting on this cold day. From what I could see and I sit right next to the student section, most of the students were underdressed. If we are going to be critical here, let's be critical of our defense, our defensive coaches, and our head coach. If indeed our talent pool is on the upswing, where is the evidence on the defensive side of the ball. If we have the players, then where is the coaching?????

kc_wildfire 11 years, 4 months ago


Oklahoma has lost two games by a total of two points to two Top 20 ranked teams, one on the road and the other on a neutral field, one without their starting QB for the entire game and one with him playing only the first half. Where would KU be if they lost Reesing? Records don't always tell the whole story.

You said...

"We have one mediocre game and you're ready to concede the rest of the season?"

I am assuming you missed the S. Miss game because that was also mediocre in regards to defensive performance.

I am a huge Jayhawk fan and would like nothing more for them to make it back to a BCS Bowl. However, that doesn't mean I sit here blinded by my love for the crimson and blue with my head buried in the sand and think everything is hunkey-dorey.

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