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Originally published October 17, 2009 at 04:25p.m., updated October 18, 2009 at 12:11a.m.

FINAL: Colorado defeats Kansas, 34-30

A last ditch pass to Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe falls incomplete as he is surrounded by Colorado defenders Cha'pelle Brown (29) Benjamin Burney (42) and Anthony Perkins (46) during the final seconds Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at Folsom Field.

A last ditch pass to Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe falls incomplete as he is surrounded by Colorado defenders Cha'pelle Brown (29) Benjamin Burney (42) and Anthony Perkins (46) during the final seconds Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at Folsom Field.

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Will KU come back in the second half to beat Colorado?

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FINAL: CU defeats KU, 34-30

On third-and-2, Hansen completes a pass to McKnight for seven yards and a crucial first down.

KU’s defense gives its offense one last chance, though. On third-and-7, tackling Hansen short of the first down.

Daymond Patterson makes a crucial error on the punt return, going backwards seven yards and more importantly, costing the Jayhawks valuable time. Reesing will have 59 seconds to take the Jayhawks the length of the field.

Reesing fumbles after getting sacked, but Sharp scoops it up and runs for seven yards. Following an incompletion, Reesing slings the ball over the middle to Briscoe, who is tackled at the 50.

Meier catches a ball on the sideline for seven yards, and Briscoe catches a jump ball over the middle for 24 yards.

After a spike, KU has seven seconds left with the ball on the CU 19. Reesing’s pass to Meier at the goal line is batted away at the last second. On the final play with three seconds left, Reesing lofts a ball in the end zone for Briscoe, but the ball bounces off his hands and falls incomplete. It would have been a tough catch, but Briscoe did get his hands on it. The junior stayed on the turf with his hands on his helmet for a long time after not coming up with the catch.

The CU students immediately rush the field following the upset. KU loses its first game of the season.

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

Reesing knew he was going to get leveled, but he still delivered a strike to Briscoe over the middle for 15 yards. Tack on 15 more with a roughing-the-passer penalty, and KU is already at midfield.

Reesing does his patented spin out of the pocket to buy more time, then finds a cutting Wilson for 15 more yards.

The Jayhawks are fortunate to keep the ball, as Reesing floated a pass that was nearly intercepted. The next play, when trying to dance out of trouble, Reesing is swallowed for a 14-yard loss on a sack. After a delay-of-game, KU faces an near-impossible third-and-29.

But then Reesing and Briscoe make the biggest play of the season. Reesing rolls to his right to buy time, then throws up a jump ball for Briscoe. The junior skies above the defenders for a 41-yard catch.

Reesing appears to give KU the lead with a four-yard TD pass to Meier, but KU is flagged for an offensive pass interference penalty. That’s a huge call to go against KU.

Reesing scrambles for 15 yards up the middle to make third and fourth downs manageable from the CU 6. A third-down pass to Meier is incomplete, though, and Briscoe is jarred from a pass in the end zone on fourth down. CU takes over deep in its own territory.

CU 34/KU 30 — 8:36 left in 4th quarter

CU converts on a third-and-three, as Geer makes a great hands catch over the middle. Even worse for KU, the Jayhawks are whistled for a roughing-the-passer penalty that moves the Buffs to the KU 25.

KU forces CU into a third-and-2, but Hansen lowers his head and bulls over a KU defender to pick up the extra yard he needed for the first down. KU’s defense looks tired.

The next play, Stewart bounces off KU defenders and falls into the end zone, going 13 yards for the score. KU will need one more comeback to win the game.

KU 30/CU 27 — 10:33 left in 4th quarter

Another false-start for CU. Those are coming back to haunt them at the worst possible times.

Hansen is looking like Houdini in the pocket, somehow sidestepping and sliding his way away from pressure. On third-and-15, he eludes two KU rushers and finds Geer over the middle for 28 yards. That was a Reesing-like play there by Hansen, who truly made a big play out of nothing.

CU takes its third and final timeout. Coach Hawkins might regret later that he challenged a play early in the second half.

KU 30/CU 27 — 13:02 left in 4th quarter

KU finds a way to get Sharp involved in the passing game, as he catches a pass out of the backfield and steps through a tackle, gaining 20 down the right sideline.

Following a six-yard run by Sharp, the Jayhawks freeze the coverage with a play-action pass, and Reesing finds Briscoe in the end zone for a 25-yard score. Briscoe had his man beat by a step, and Reesing delivered the ball in the perfect spot (high) so that Briscoe could come down with it.

And after trailing by as many as 21 early, KU has somehow regained the lead with lots of time still left.

CU 27/KU 23 — 14:43 left in 4th quarter

KU catches a huge break from CU on third-and-5. Hansen danced around to buy tons of time, and he delivered a pass on the hands of a wide-open Demetrius Sumler, who had lots of empty space in front of him. Sumler couldn’t bring in the throw, though, juggling away the Buffs’ chance at a big play.

CU’s three-and-out means another punt, and KU will start at its own 42 with a chance to take its first lead since 3-0.

CU 27/KU 23 — 1:15 left in 3rd quarter

Branstetter with another huge tackle on a kickoff return. Scott even cringed before he was hit knowing that the kicker was going to deliver a blow. Again, Branstetter saves a TD.

KU’s defense comes through again with another turnover. Arist Wright sacks and strips Hansen, and Ryan Murphy recovers the fumble at the CU 24.

The Jayhawks’ offense is still out of sync, though. Sharp’s rush goes for no gain. Reesing overthrows Wilson when Meier was wide-open in the flat. A screen to Briscoe is snuffed out by CU, and the receiver is tackled for a two-yard loss.

KU creeps closer, though, as Branstetter wraps up his team’s special teams player of the week award with a 42-yard field goal. The longest three field goals of his career have come in this game.

CU 27/KU 20 — 3:32 left in 3rd quarter

KU’s defense comes up with a big turnover, as Jeff Wheeler strips Scott of the ball on a run play and Richard Johnson Jr. recovers. KU takes over at the CU 41.

The offense squanders can’t take advantage of the opportunity, though. A deep second-down pass to Briscoe is overthrown, and Briscoe can’t hold on to a third-down pass over the middle.

KU’s special teams come up with the next big play, though, as a fake punt is executed to perfection. Rojas rolled to the right like he was rugby-styling his punt, and instead he dumped it off to tight end Tim Biere for 16 yards and a fresh set of downs.

Once again, KU’s offense can’t get anything going. Reesing is sacked on third-and-3, but Branstetter comes through with a new career-long field goal of 42 yards to bring KU back to within a score.

CU 27/KU 17 — 7:24 left in 3rd quarter

This is why KU is never out of a game. Reesing gets pressure from his blind side but still finds Wilson on the sideline for 11 yards. The next play, he hits Meier for 13 over the middle.

Then, he circles around to buy time and throws a perfect strike to a sprinting Briscoe for 26 more yards.

The QB hurts his team with a poor decision, though, throwing the ball at his offensive linemen’s feet when getting pressured. The result is an intentional-grounding penalty, and KU is moved back 10 yards.

Reesing throws a nice touch pass on third-and-20 to Wilson, who gains 19 on the left sideline. KU gets a huge break when CU linebacker B.J. Beatty jumps on top of the KU offensive line before the play for an offsides call and a free KU first down.

What a play call from Ed Warinner, as Reesing throws a backward lateral to Meier, who throws it back to Reesing. The quarterback juked one defender and ran for 14 yards, fully extending before coming up two yards short of the touchdown.

In order to try to set a new NCAA record for reviews, the game is halted for an unnecessary replay review.

Opurum finishes the drive with a two-yard TD run up the middle, and KU’s offense is showing the firepower needed to make a comeback.

CU 27/KU 10 — 10:36 left in 3rd quarter

KU’s defense holds on a third-and-15, but it’s too late to prevent points. Goodman knocks through a 39-yard field goal, and KU is once again down three possessions.

CU 24/KU 10 — 10:40 left in 3rd quarter

Huge, huge hit to start the second half by Branstetter, who flew in put a lick on Darrell Scott. Good thing, too, because Scott might have gone for a touchdown otherwise.

The Buffs are gashing the Jayhawks for big chunks of yardage on the ground to start the second half. Hansen runs for 10, and Stewart follows with rushes of 18 and 10 yards.

Following a Jeff Wheeler sack, Hansen dumps it off on a screen pass to Scott for 19 more yards and a first down inside the 20.

On a side note, we just received a notes package from CU media relations that included this halftime quote from CU coach Dan Hawkins on his defense: “They’re just balling out there.”

Stats of note

Kansas

• Reesing 13-for-23 passing, 141 yards, TD, INT

• Jake Sharp 10 carries, 15 yards

• KU's team rushing total: 13 carries, negative-one yard

• Kerry Meier 8 catches, 79 yards

• Dezmon Briscoe 0 catches, 0 yards

• Drew Dudley had 12 first-half tackles, and nine of them were unassisted

Colorado

• Tyler Hansen 8-for-14, 97 yards, two combined TDs

• Rodney Stewart 12 rushes, 36 yards

• CU is 4-for-7 on third downs

Some KU notes, courtesy of KU football sports-information director Mike Strauss

• Cornerback D.J. Beshears and defensive end Quinton Woods made their first appearances of the season on KU's defense in the first half.

• Jake Laptad has now recorded a sack in five of his six games played this year.

• Branstetter's 37-yard field goal in the first quarter was his career-long. His previous best was a 34-yarder against Missouri last season.

• Before today, KU had fallen behind five times this season and responded with a game-tying or go-ahead touchdown on the next drive four times. KU fell behind 10-3 in the second quarter today but had to punt on its next possession.

• Meier has caught at least eight passes in each of his last four games.

CU 24/KU 10 — Halftime

KU strings a drive together on offense when it absolutely has to. A shovel pass goes to Jake Sharp for 13 yards. A pass to Briscoe goes for nine yards and another goes to Meier for 13.

Meier makes a spectacular catch over the middle, stealing the ball away from two defenders while spinning off both of them for a 26-yard gain.

With precious few seconds left in the half, KU manages the clock perfectly. A pass over the middle to Meier goes for 15 yards to the CU 4, and Mangino wisely uses the team’s final timeout with 15 seconds left to give the team multiple chances at a TD.

Reesing makes it look easy on the next throw, finding a wide-open Meier for a four-yard score with 11 seconds left. Suddenly, KU’s deficit looks a bit more manageable.

CU is content to kneel down for the final play of the half, taking a 14-point lead into the break.

CU 24/KU 3 — 2:24 left in 2nd quarter

KU’s offense might have won the game last week, but it’s in danger of losing this game before halftime.

Reesing leads his receiver too far, and CU’s Jalil Brown picks the pass off and returns it down the sideline all the way to the CU 2.

Two plays later, Hansen sneaks in the end zone from a yard out, and KU has dug itself a huge hole.

CU 17/KU 3 — 4:16 left in 2nd quarter

KU’s offense doesn’t seem to be figuring things out. Briscoe can’t come down with a jump-ball attempt on second down. CU brings an all-out blitz on third down, and Reesing throws off his back foot, leading Briscoe too far. Sure, KU’s defense hasn’t played well, but KU’s offense has been worse. The Jayhawks have just two first downs and 50 total yards at this point.

The student section has already started a “Ty-ler Han-sen” chant, and it’s just the second quarter.

Hansen does his best Reesing impression on third-and-10, as after dancing around in the pocket, he finds an open field and 17 yards before running out of bounds.

Hansen makes a huge miscue on the next play, though, as he throws into double-coverage where Darrell Stuckey is waiting. The senior safety leaps up to make the catch and give KU a much-needed stop.

CU 17/KU 3 — 6:57 left in 2nd quarter

On second-and-long, Hansen picks his way through the left side for a 20-yard scramble. And a hero is born. The fans here are going wild for their new QB.

Angus Quigley makes a great open-field tackle to bring down Stewart for a five-yard loss. But KU’s defense can’t seem to get off the field, as after getting fooled on play-action, KU’s defense allows an eight-yard reception to McKnight on third-and-8. CU is an impressive 3-for-6 on third down conversions. KU is just 1-for-5.

Chris Harris gets beat deep soon after, and a 37-yard connection from Hansen to Markques Simas moves CU inside the KU 15.

The next play, Geer sneaks behind KU’s defense on a throwback pass, and the tight end dives into the end zone for the 12-yard score.

CU 10/KU 3 — 11:07 left in 2nd quarter

Toben Opurum is in for KU, and after a one-yard run on first down, he hobbles back to the huddle.

After dropping a catchable ball on the last drive, Johnathan Wilson comes back with an excellent hands catch on third-and-six for a nine-yard gain.

Following two ineffective runs, Reesing short-hops Meier on third-and-5 to force another KU punt. Reesing looks upset with the play call (or maybe the execution) while walking back to the sideline.

CU 10/KU 3 — 14:31 left in 2nd quarter

Huge turnover by KU. On second down, Reesing backs up to make a play, and he runs into Jeff Spikes, which forces the QB to fumble the ball. CU falls on it at the KU 4-yard-line, and on the next play, Stewart muscles his way into the end zone for a touchdown run. Huge swing of events, as CU’s struggling offense gets a major gift with a short field.

KU 3/CU 3 — 14:55 left in 2nd quarter

Sure enough, I put up the ugly stat and Goodman drills the 45-yard field goal through the uprights anyway.

KU 3/CU 0 — End of 1st quarter

A completion from Hansen to Scotty McKnight for six yards seems to get the sophomore quarterback going. Hansen follows with a risky pass over the middle (that was nearly intercepted) to Riar Geer for 19 yards.

Poor tackling haunts KU later, as Arist Wright misses a tackle that allows Stewart to run for 11 yards and another first down.

KU forces a third-and-10, but this time it’s Hansen that makes a play with pressure around him. After moving up in the pocket, he finds Will Jefferson for 11 more yards.

Angus Quigley is on the field at linebacker for KU. He’s made a monumental move up the depth chart.

Already, CU has committed two false starts. Looks like those problems last week haven’t been ironed out yet.

Hansen passes to McKnight for one yard on a third-and-17. CU will attempt a 45-yard field goal after the quarter break. CU kicker is just 1-for-5 on kicks of 40 yards or more this season.

KU 3/CU 0 — 6:01 left in 1st quarter

We get our first “Reesing being Reesing” play on second down, as after feeling pressure from his backside, he moved to his left and threw an ugly duck of a ball to Bradley McDougald for a 28-yard gain down the left sideline. Another great example of Reesing just making a play.

KU only manages one first down, though, as Reesing is sacked on third down. Jacob Branstetter splits the uprights with a 37-yard field-goal attempt, and KU takes the early lead.

KU 0/CU 0 — 9:08 left in 1st quarter

Jake Laptad gets a sack on second down for KU, but give the credit to Maxwell Onyegbule. He didn’t bite on CU’s play-action fake, and his pressure forced Hansen to turn back into Laptad.

KU continues its excellence on third-and-long. CU can’t convert on third-and-11, as pressure in the middle forces Hansen to scramble out of the pocket. His throw to the sideline sails high, and after a good punt return by Daymond Patterson, KU’s offense will start at the CU 48.

KU 0/CU 0 — 10:45 left in 1st quarter

KU’s offense continues to sputter. On second down, Todd Reesing gets pressure up the middle, and he overthrows Kerry Meier down the field. On third-and-four, Reesing just flat misses an open Briscoe, and KU has its second three-and-out.

The punt return is an adventure for CU, as Alonso Rojas’ rugby-style kick rolls up and hits CU punt returner Jason Espinoza. After a scramble for the ball, Espinoza comes up with it to avoid the turnover.

KU 0/CU 0 — 11:49 left in 1st quarter

Jake Sharp is in for KU’s first offensive play following a touchback on the kickoff.

KU continues its struggles offensively in the first quarter, as Jake Sharp is stopped for a two-yard loss on third-and-2 on a sweep around the right side.

John Williams starts for KU on the defensive line. Lubbock Smith also is a surprise starter, and he makes a nice open-field tackle to stop Darrell Scott for no gain.

KU’s defense takes care of business on the first two downs, holding the Buffs to just one rushing yard on two plays. The statistics hold true with KU’s third-and-long defense, as Steven Foster bats down a pass to force a CU punt.

6:08 p.m. CST

Colorado wins the toss and defers. KU will get the ball first.

6:06 p.m. CST

KU fans have shown up in force for this one, as the better part of three lower-level sections are filled with blue-clad fans. I'd say there's a good chance that all these fans will stay after halftime.

Ralphie the real buffalo completes his lap around the field without any casualties. We're about ready to go in this one.

5:59 p.m. CST

Something interesting to remember in this game: According to the advanced stats, KU's defense is best in the Big 12 in the second quarter, while CU's offense in worst in the Big 12 in the second quarter. Also, KU's defense plays worst in the third quarter, while CU's offense plays best in the third quarter.

In other words, it might be time to worry if you're a KU fan and the Jayhawks are trailing at halftime.

5:51 p.m. CST

The loudest cheer from the crowd during the starting lineups comes when starting quarterback Tyler Hansen is announced on the scoreboard. I think that tells you all you need to know about the CU fans' patience with Cody Hawkins.

5:45 p.m. CST

I didn't think leaving Kansas to come to Colorado in mid-October would bring an improvement in weather, but we've had nearly perfect weather since stepping off the plane in Denver on Friday.

Right now we have clear skies with temperatures in the upper-50s. It should be a great night for football.

A couple notes:

• True freshman wide receiver Chris Omigie made the trip and is out there taking passes. Could we see him lift his red shirt in today's game?

• Angus Quigley is in uniform and is getting pre-game work with some of the first-team defense. Who knows if that means something.

• Jake Sharp broke the huddle with the first-team offense for goal-line drills, something he hadn't done the previous two weeks. It looks like he'll play.

5:15 p.m. CST

Some names of note are set to be joining us in the press box for this game, including ESPN.com’s Rick Reilly.

Also expected to be here is Holiday Bowl representative Steve Cushman and NFL scouts from Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco and Tampa Bay.

5:05 p.m. CST

All right, here are our true/false, fill-in-the-blank question for today’s game.

True or false: Dezmon Briscoe will have more than 150 receiving yards against Colorado.

True. Though Colorado’s defense played well against Texas last week, the Buffaloes’ weakness this season has been alllowing the big play. CU’s biggest questions are in the secondary, and teams have had success testing the defensive backs down the field. Expect Todd Reesing to take some shots down the field with Briscoe. My fearless prediction: at least one touchdown of 50-plus yards from Briscoe after working his way behind the CU secondary.

True or false: CU’s Rodney Stewart will rush for 100 yard against KU.

True. Watching last week’s tape, the Buffaloes ran the football almost every first down, perhaps somewhat fearing the possible consequences that come with throwing the football. In a bit of a surprise this season, Stewart has been the Buffaloes’ workhorse back, while highly touted backs Darrell Scott and Demetrius Sumler haven’t been used much. Stewart’s yard-per-carry average isn’t great (3.9 yards per rush), but I’ll say that he barely gets to the century mark today while carrying the load again for the Buffs’ offense.

Keep an eye on:

Colorado’s penalty situation. The Buffaloes racked up 20 penalties for 140 yards last week. CU had an especially tough time with false starts, as the team couldn’t seem to get set properly after Tyler Hansen replaced Cody Hawkins at quarterback. The Buffaloes had five false-start penalties in the fourth quarter alone, and infractions like that are especially detrimental to a limited offensive team like CU.

If KU wins, it will be because ...

the Jayhawks’ defense stops Colorado on first downs. If you read the posted statistical analysis blog, you know that KU has been one of the best teams in the Big 12 when defending in second- and third-and-long situations. Unfortunately for the Jayhawks’ defense, they performed so poorly on first and second downs last week that the Cyclones didn’t face many third-and-long situations. KU should expect CU to run the ball on most first downs, and if KU can stop the Buffaloes there, it will be putting itself in a great position to succeed on passing downs against the Buffs’ shaky pass offense.

If CU wins, it will be because ...

Cody Hawkins doesn’t play. What I mean by that is that if Tyler Hansen performs well today as the starting quarterback, CU coach Dan Hawkins has promised that he won’t yank the sophomore. The Buffaloes’ offense needs a spark for sure, and a poor performance from Hansen followed by a quarterback merry-go-round in today’s game would be a sure sign of disaster for the Buffs.

Prediction: Kansas 38, Colorado 24

I don’t think KU’s offense will score 38 points against CU, but I think the Jayhawks’ defense and special teams will chip in with positive plays after a subpar performance last week. CU’s inability to stop big plays on defense should hurt the Buffs, and inconsistency and instability on offense won’t help, either. Let’s get specific: I’ll say the Jayhawks lead by 14-17 points at halftime, CU comes back to make it a seven-point game for the start of the fourth quarter and KU tacks on a TD late to seal it.

4:25 p.m. CST

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo., where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Colorado Buffaloes.

Already it's been a crazy day in the Big 12, as Texas survived a slopfest against Oklahoma and Nebraska is down three touchdowns to Texas Tech at halftime. If the Huskers' result holds, KU could take over sole possession of first place in the Big 12 North with a victory tonight.

We still have lots of time before kickoff, so if you want to read some in-depth analysis on both KU football and the game today, be sure to check out my statistical analysis blog posted this morning.

Check back closer to gametime for more analysis, including our normal fill-in-the-blank and true/false questions.

Comments

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

Let's go Hawks! Once Nebraska loses we can own the Big 12 North! Rock Chalk!

tstanlick1909 10 years, 7 months ago

We are nearly in "control our own destiny" mode. this will be a hard fought game on the road, we will need a big game from opurum and reesing/briscoe/meier. with bradford questionable a week from now, if all things go right for us, we could be a 7-0, top-10 BCS team in the very near future.

Ted Toulouse 10 years, 7 months ago

Anyone going to be streaming this game today? Would appreciate it!

Ben Kane 10 years, 7 months ago

watched that OU UT game, looks like we will be hitting OU at the perfect time. They are beat up and let down. Now all we do is take care of business today. RCJH

cwag 10 years, 7 months ago

Chuck - UT also looked beatable today. Could be a magical season if we get our act together.

Ben Kane 10 years, 7 months ago

cwag, they most certainly did. too far down the road for me to think about yet though.

Hawkman_021 10 years, 7 months ago

hey Jesse is there any word on Sharp playing today?

cwag 10 years, 7 months ago

Per Bob Davis, Sharp is in uniform and warming up with the offensive starters.

Jesse Newell 10 years, 7 months ago

Hawkman — He was running in goal-line offense drills for the first time since his injury. Looks like he'll play.

KuKain 10 years, 7 months ago

Streams?!?! For the love of God....pleaseeeeee

Hawkman_021 10 years, 7 months ago

Ok thanks i know against So Miss he was listed as a starter so i was just checking

Hawkman_021 10 years, 7 months ago

KUKain i know you can listen to it at 610sports.com i dunno if justintv will have the game on

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

KuKain - try channelsurfing.net They usually are reliable for streams.

Nebraska looked pitiful today, although that makes me worry a little about TTU. OU looked very weak offensively, but the defense was impressive. UT hasn't impressed yet this year. I was hoping for Florida to lose to Arkansas. A couple missed chip shots cost Ark. I hate Tebow and was hoping for another Heisman leader (for some reason) to fall off.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

Sorry. channelsurfing isn't streaming KU this week.

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

Now that's the defense I like to see!

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

Yes! Awesome effort from the d-line so far!

cwag 10 years, 7 months ago

CU's DBs are suspect - I'd like to see some shots deep.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

More soft, sloppy coverage. Soft tackling. Going for stripping the ball instead of just getting the guy down.

jaynovahawk07 10 years, 7 months ago

Our defense is depressingly bad. I don't understand why it is like this, but we almost seem to regress each week.

RockChalk35 10 years, 7 months ago

i agree..our defense needs a lot of work.

jaynovahawk07 10 years, 7 months ago

yeah, the defense does need something.

They did make a stop just now, though.

45-yard field goal attempt coming up for Colorado.

Hawkman_021 10 years, 7 months ago

The problem with the D from my eyes is they keep trying to strip the ball instead of wrapping the guy up and taking him down

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

I think our D looks better than last week. Although I like trying to strip the ball, a stop there was more important. Also, our front needs to keep their hands up.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

For some reason our defense uses the same strategy the Chiefs always have. Play tough until 3rd and long, then play the secondary deep and stand there and watch a guy catch a first down pass.

plotku 10 years, 7 months ago

I am sick and tired of watching our defense think they are just good enough to shoulder people to the ground. Wrap Up!

jaynovahawk07 10 years, 7 months ago

I swear, our defense is a major issue. Oklahoma and Texas are going to have a lot of fun playing us, I promise you that.

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

Lots of glass-half-empty'ers around here. Yeesh.

kc_wildfire 10 years, 7 months ago

No luck running the ball whatsoever yet.

jaynovahawk07 10 years, 7 months ago

"Lots of glass-half-empty'ers around here. Yeesh" - MrPilot.

When fans have to watch a defense like this, they're going to be a bit pessimistic.

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

Toben time? Maybe so, but he is not as fast. actually thinking maybe it is Pick time.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

This is beginning to look like last year's ISU game all over again. Except I doubt we have the defense to come back. Gotta get a stop and score here.

Clarence Haynes 10 years, 7 months ago

Inserting Jake at the beginning threw off the whole rythmn of the offense and we are now paying for it.

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 7 months ago

this is goin exactly about how i predicted... unfortunately.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

this is absolutely pathetic but strangely not surprising. offense has to respond right now

Matt Lacey 10 years, 7 months ago

This is starting to look like KU-CU 10 years ago in Lawrence. Crappy year for KU, but CU came in #15 and we decided to make it a signature win. The students rushed the field because we hadn't done it all 4 years on the Hill.

Brian Powell 10 years, 7 months ago

Defense?? WHAT defense?!

I guess our only hope is to outscore them like the rest of our games.

Leave Toben in!

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

jake is not going to run the ball against them. quit wasting possessions

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

Good special teams so far. We can stop these guys. Just need to tackle and stay agressive.

Bryan Schmiedeler 10 years, 7 months ago

This is going to be an excellent test for the coaching staff and the team. Our defense still looks terrible, but now Colorado has found a way to stop our spread. What adjustments does Mangino make at halftime, how does he motivate the players?

I was really worried when Mangino was playing up Reesing for Heisman consideration earlier this week. You have a bad game and then you look kind of stupid...and I wonder if it put a little pressure on Reesing...

kc_wildfire 10 years, 7 months ago

Going to a be a long, long Big XII season.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

the option is absolutely useless. forget about it. get the passing game in rhythm. reesing is just off on everything. ouch. int. game over???

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

Todd is really off his game. Give him a rest.

Brian Powell 10 years, 7 months ago

Offense?? WHAT offense!?

Cmon Todd, if they drop EIGHT into coverage.. just run!

Get Jake out of there. There's no where for him to go. This is not a track meet, this is a football game with no holes. Leave Toben in tonight, please coach.

Clarence Haynes 10 years, 7 months ago

Mangino is being bull headed! This is not Iowa State 2008!

kc_wildfire 10 years, 7 months ago

Thank goodness basketball season is here!

Brian Powell 10 years, 7 months ago

well, for the first half we can blame everyone :P O, D, and coaching.

let's see us put up 40 pts in the 2nd half, and we're good. I know we can do it.

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

The D is not the problem here. This is two tds that our offense has given them without scoring any themselves. This offense better get its butt in gear. I say relieve Reesing. Everyone has bad days. At least give him a rest. Give Pick one series and evaluate it.

Jonathan Briles 10 years, 7 months ago

Well Hello 5-7, and ahhh good to see you again Basketball season.

Joe Joseph 10 years, 7 months ago

The good news is that we get to play Oklahoma next week!!

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

we gotta get a score here or i don't think we can come back.

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 7 months ago

well at least there wont be any more confusion on campus which team is "on top"... honestly the football team hasnt looked good ALL YEAR, and weve been lucky to not be embarrassed yet.

Brian Powell 10 years, 7 months ago

I think the D is an issue still , as much as anything.

BUT if our O can get back on track, and our D just play a decent game from here on... we'll be close by the 4th quarter.

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

Is Reesing still blaming the fans? Ask TO when you run your mouth you have to perform.

That being said, we have alot of time but we got caught sleeping. Although I have to wonder why Colorado kept this kid Hansen under wraps so long. He changed the game for CU.

Need a strong close to half and to adjust and kick tail like we did last year.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

our offense is finally going a little. i think we have run way too much little nickel and dime slow it down stuff all year. when we have got the offense going is when we speed it up.

Brian Powell 10 years, 7 months ago

Briscoe had the entire middle open there.. why lob it up!?

nice catches, Meier! those jerks that say you can't play NFL are idiots.

Kyle Helmer 10 years, 7 months ago

At least I will win my parlay. I can't believe anyone who watched the game last week thought we had a chance to win this game. 5-7, no bowl this year. I HATE watching this team!!!!!

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

I agree boogeyman. when we go downfield more and get aggressive we play well. We are not big enough to try to grind out the game on short yardage plays. If we go deep it opens up the short routes and run game more, but until that last series we only went more than 10 yds twice.

Go Hawks!

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

khelm9 seriously? I believe you are saying we won't beat KSU. That is blasphemy! I never HATE watching the hawks. I may be disappointed but a true KU fan does not HATE watching this team.

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

I agree, the deep ball gets puts fear in a defense. It also will open up other things. It has concerned me that KU makes so many short passes to open the game. I have been waiting for pick upon pick when we do that. I like a long shot down the field first play from scrimmage. Then get into your game. Todd has made a lot of mistakes here. His accuracy is really bad and that is the thing that worries me most.

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

We're only down 14, plenty of room to come back with the new momentum the offense found at the end of the half. Go Hawks!

Matt Lacey 10 years, 7 months ago

Two CU TDs have come on drives of 5 combined yards. The FG occurred after we backed them up 8 yards after deepest penetration. Turnovers have put us here down 14.

That said, this is an excellent test for the Defense to see how it can do over the second half of the season. I have confidence, based on the first five games, that the Offense will come around.

Can Bowen manage a shutout, with Stuckey, Laptad, Quigley, et al pitching? We'll soon see.

Clarence Haynes 10 years, 7 months ago

So many losses today and we have a chance to move up in the polls.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

in the name of the lord i thought a+m was up a bit this year

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

Come on Defense, give the offense a chance to catch up! Go Hawks!

Dirk Medema 10 years, 7 months ago

Two short field TD's on t.o.'s is the difference.

The D has played decently 2/3'rds of the time. Unfortunately, we need 3 stops in a row.

Briscoe has only come close to a few catches, and needs to step up.

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

Oops someone tell the Defense its time to come out of the locker room now.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

how many times this year can we get burned on a delayed screen. someone has to know to stay on the back

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

Why don't we ever try to go after the field goal kicker? Do we not have the speed?

cwag 10 years, 7 months ago

Stupid challenge - even if they get the catch, it's 4th & 4.

1977kufan 10 years, 7 months ago

Well, if there every was a time for a historic comeback, this is it!!!

Brian Powell 10 years, 7 months ago

yeah 4th and 2 goin for it! lol great penalty . whew.

WOW and what a play next! that's the play calling we need.

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

Need to bring in Opernum to hammer it in.

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

YEAH! God if he'd only have made that TD on his run...total play of the week.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

love it. defense needs to step up again and this is a ball game

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

Hmm not sure where that spelling came from. Nice run Opurum!

Brian Powell 10 years, 7 months ago

good call hawkone - love me some Toben!

now if we can shore up the D a bit, our O should catch up. Could be a close finish...

ShepHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

I cannot believe these comments about benching Todd Reesing. Have you people lost your minds??? Benching the best KU football player we have had in years is clearly not the answer. I can't believe how short your memories are.

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

Yes! Yes! Yes! Now this is KU football!

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

This is not just a KU thing, I've seen TONS of teams do this. Why on 3rd and 8 (or 6 or 9, doesnt matter) would you throw the ball to a receiver short of the 1st down marker. You absolutely do NOT throw any shorter then the 1st down marker itself. Geez, O-coordinators are morons for running routes short of the marker on 3rd down.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

todd can't be giving up 10 yards like that, but love the fake fg and barely made 3. down one score. great job by the d giving us a chance. CO really has only put together one long td drive.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

90sHawk- exactly. Back before I quit watching the chiefs, every single game they would throw for 4 yards on 3rd and 7 about 10 times. meanwhile, their opponents would ALWAYS throw for enough yards to pick up the first while the secondary stood 3 yards away and watched.

meanwhile. how bout the defense!!! tie this up right here. Murphy!!

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

QB pressure. You get pressure on them, its a world of difference.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

why would you throw a pass 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage on 3rd and 9? ignorant.

cwag 10 years, 7 months ago

Quit running Sharp on 1st ! Hell, just quit running Sharp !

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Need to convert these TO's into touchdowns, not FGs. Offense cant expect the defense to create turnovers every series, gotta convert into touchdowns offense !

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

2 possessions that should have resulted in at least 1 td, but we are right there. i'll take it.

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

They're rattled now....come on Hawks!

Hawks82 10 years, 7 months ago

yea, I have no idea how this game is even close...KU's offense has been non-existent all game.....its like 3 passes, punt........3 passes, punt........

and -17 yards rushing? you cant win a game playing like that.....why you think colorado has 7 ppl dropping back in coverage

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

come on turn that penalty into a 3 and out. big stop time

Hawks82 10 years, 7 months ago

Yea....they could turn it over 3 times in insane field position...and score on the 4th and still net more points than us.....thats how bad we are playing

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

Only on KUsports can we come back to within 4 and people are still complaining.

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

OMG if he wouldn't have dropped that it would have been 6. Thank you Summerlin!

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Cshjhawk - obviously -17 yds rushing is embarassing. Seems like a running game has been a second thought under Mangino. Not sure if its b/c we really dont have the line to have a good rush attack or just the spread offense and we overhype the pass

rastameta 10 years, 7 months ago

MrPilot,

Programs like Alabama and Ohio St. would have people complaining even if they were up by 20.

I can remember when nobody cared about KU football, so I take the complaining and the expectations of a certain kind of play as an improvement in our fan base.

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

I guess...but man...I'm just happy for any win we can get. :-)

jayhawkr34 10 years, 7 months ago

WOW!!! It's far from over, but what a game!!!!!

escaped_labrat 10 years, 7 months ago

Geeezus....if you have posted anything negative up to this point, please leave the board and take some kind of counseling for being a fairweather fan. Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

Completely different playbook in the second half. The aggressiveness after half is always more productive. I have to wonder why we dont play this way for all 4 qtrs.

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 7 months ago

one more reason why dez is my favorite player on the team!

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

good job by darrell sticking with that one and breaking it up. gotta get to the qb, not dance around with him.

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

This is just another of 1000s of examples of why the 'game isnt over until the fat lady sings' !

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

Doggone it, send in the corners on the blitz.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

good point. send someone who has the speed to stay with him on the blitz and drop a DE to cover the safety valve

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

We are putting decent pressure on him, but I think if we send more guys he is going to make a mistake. Send the heat!

sawman3333 10 years, 7 months ago

I gotta believe that Mangino will outcoach Hawkins now.

sawman3333 10 years, 7 months ago

Sheesh......this game is seeming eerily like the MU game from last year!

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

crap. not surprising tho. gotta get the offense going again. can't get to the qb.

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

DeShears, nice of you to get dragged 5 yds into the endzone. Come on guys, far from over.

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Good job making that pick obvious Wilson ! Geez

sawman3333 10 years, 7 months ago

Just to positive here--just think about 3 years ago if we were down 24-3 in a game. We wouldn't even be watching anymore!

cwag 10 years, 7 months ago

Can't cover, can't tackle. This is a problem.

adamjhwkfan 10 years, 7 months ago

what a load of crap.. mangino better let the refs have it after the game.. win or lose

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

Here we go Todd! he is your chance to prove you belong in Heisman talks.

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 7 months ago

im gonna be mad if the fans charge the field

cwag 10 years, 7 months ago

They didn't stop the clock on the first down - screwed again!

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

BS !!! we were at the line and spiked it immediately and they run 3 seconds off the clock !

MrPilot 10 years, 7 months ago

And they rush the field like a bunch of redneck trash.

Great game, Hawks. You gave it a great effort.

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

Well, two field goals and we win. I hang this one on the coach. Dumb, dumb

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

wow this is gonna take a long time to get over. i'm not sure what to say. dez almost made a miraculous play. defense couldn't make a stop when we had to and a terrible offensive penalty cost us that one

escaped_labrat 10 years, 7 months ago

ouch it hurts...KURocksChalk, seriously? hindsight is 20/20.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

KURocksChalk - if we take the field goal instead of going for the win there, we have to kick it off and CU has much better field position. I don't know that that would help. Patterson probably should have taken a fair catch and not tried to make a play. Wilson has to be feeling terrible right now. We continue to get off to horribly slow starts.

escaped_labrat 10 years, 7 months ago

I take this as a good sign when the other team's fans rush the field after beating us. That says a LOT.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 7 months ago

Reality bites...KU has a BCS Offense and a BS Defense...

2009 = 8 wins, a minor bowl, yadda,yadda,yadda........

Let's get the HOOPS started!!!

John Percival 10 years, 7 months ago

  1. we got screwed on the pick call
  2. man-up an run it in from the 1

raefrules15 10 years, 7 months ago

colorado gave it there all, at least everyone in the big 12 north has lost now

Brian Powell 10 years, 7 months ago

too many missed tackles too many over-pursuits that should've been 20 yard sacks too many dropped passes that hit both hands

what about kicking the 3 points from 4th and goal (from the 6) and then getting the ball back to kick the game winning FG?

or what about running it two times from the 6 yard line, with Toben or Reesing?

how can you be a football team with -15 rushing yards?!

i liked the play calling and coaching though -- the guys just need to make the catches and make the tackles.

a couple of plays, Todd should've ran North for a gain instead of circling back out of the pocket. Why doesn't he do that much any more? (except for that last play, which was called that way)

colohawk2814 10 years, 7 months ago

fire bowen, fire bowen, fire bowen, fire bowen.................

Matt Lacey 10 years, 7 months ago

We rushed the field in 1998 when we beat CU in Lawrence when they were #15. Same standard.

John White 10 years, 7 months ago

That call on the Offensive Interference was not a bad call. Wilson made no attempt to actually run a route and was basically blocking the defender with his hands. As stated earlier, just run it with Opurum up the middle and punch it in, instead of pushing yourself back 15 yards.

This team sadly will be lucky to win 2 more games this season. When you barely beat the worst team in the conference and then lose to the 2nd worst, doesn't that make you the new second worst?

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Season if FAR from over. NU lost today, Misery is losing at Stillwater right now. But obviously, we better come to play, and play big, if we expect to hang with OU next weekend.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

the reality is that we just lost to a very bad football team on a day we had a chance to take control of the North. if we only show up for 32 minutes again next week, we will be sitting at 5-2. The last two years we have kind of seemed like a lot of nice kids just wanting to play a nice game of football - not very pumped up to be there. We need a hostile football team before we can have a hostile crowd. A good effort coming back, but the offense put us in a 14 point hole with turnovers. Defense can't get all the blame, but for god sake hit the qb.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 7 months ago

Well, the only good thing is it's still all evened up in the North and KU has a chance...especially if Bradford is out next week!!

Clarence Haynes 10 years, 7 months ago

Just think that it was not a good idea to start Sharp. Moreover, there were 5 sacks ie no pass protection after Mangino paid great complements to Opurum all week. He should have played a lot more than what he did. Instead of being 2-0 we are in a real rat race.

Brian Powell 10 years, 7 months ago

all the crap in the 4th quarter aside :P we did lose the game in the 1st quarter. Maybe if there were 5 quarters we'd get the W.

Matt Lacey 10 years, 7 months ago

Time to root for the Cowboys and redeem the weekend.

And fire Bowen, though doing it midseason could upset things even more.

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

Two dropped balls in the endzone. Either would have gotten the win. The coaches need to go back and fix what is broken or it is going to be a long long season. We will have to fight for every victory just to become bowl eligible. I know we have the ability, but we seem to lack the focus. I think the comeback showed the mental toughness is there but we are still missing the edge from kick-off to close.

I am not sure why we are not agressive with the play calling in the first half of any of our games, but I hope that Mangino and his staff put together a plan to lay it all on the line the rest of the season.

I guess now we will probably fall to the ranking we deserve. I mean seriously we were ranked ahead of OU and did not deserve to be there. We still have a chance to win the North, but it will take improvement on both sides of the ball, including special teams and the coaching staff.

I still believe in the Hawks and I still think we can win the North. Even though the thought of playing Texas twice in one season doesn't sound too fun.

atexasjhawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Fire Bowen! Our defense is absolutely awful. They had more mistackels than we had points. Remember the defense of 2007-2008? It was fantastic. The defense this year and last year have been pitiful. Bowen needs to go. FYI. The official who called the "Offensive pass intereference" is named Rich Huber. He needs his ass kicked. Worst call in all of football.

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

This is THE example where a slow start on offense bites us. I think talking Heisman for Reesing is a distraction. His head has to be in the game, not in HIS game. He made way too many bad passes and bad decisions today.

I think the D did a decent job. If we execute like we can on offense and don't give them two tds instead, we could have won by 30 pts. It is not like their D was running up and down the field on us. We gave away this game in three ways: poor offensive execution for 30 minutes, failure to kick field goals in the end, and basically giving Colorado two tds.

The damage of the latter is that it is a 14 pt swing. You go from scoring 7 to giving away 7. Usually, we score more often than not. Despite the second half, our offense still lost this game.

Matt Lacey 10 years, 7 months ago

Actually we lost it in the second quarter.

Oh, look, all that statistical analysis is BS.

tobe789 10 years, 7 months ago

We made their QB look like an all-pro today. FIRE BOWEN!!! Its the same BS defense as last year!

esque 10 years, 7 months ago

colohawk2814,

Fire Bowen and you still have the same problem, no talent on defense. Not enough athletes up front or playmakers overall on defense. All the recruiting efforts are devoted to offense resulting in the nailbiters we've seen all season. Until the recruiting philosophy changes we will continue with the 7-5, 8-5 seasons.

FlaHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

If we give up 34 points to the worst Big XII how many more points will KU give up to better offensive teams than CU?? Could be a long season, unless they fix the defense. Reesing/Meier/Briscoe can not do it alone!

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

Bowen isn't really to blame for 2 scores from less than 3 yards. that goes on turnovers. the offensive game plan is way too conservative in the early part of the game and doesn't allow our run game to get going. the D can't tackle or cover

hawkone 10 years, 7 months ago

I think esque has a very good point. How many defensive players were converted from offensive players. Teams with great defenses have guys who chose defense because they love to hit and love to make plays. They are known for being fierce. Other than Stuckey, I don't see that at all.

okiedave 10 years, 7 months ago

Actually, C.U. is not the worst team in the Big XII. All they needed was a quarterback. They have one in Hanson and he played extremely well. Colorado is going to beat some other teams in the Big XII this year. I hope it is Nebraska and Missouri. K.U. is doing okay at 5-0 at this point in the season, we will win some games. Oklahoma is beatable in Lawrence...lets start with them.

captku 10 years, 7 months ago

Got a feeling Hansen will make other D's look bad this year, esp if he can get his receivers and backs some stickum.

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Honestly, if you follow the team very closely, with the losses on D over the last yr or two, how could anyone possibly expect their to be a ton of talent waiting in the wings. This is still KU, we dont 're-load', we 're-build' unfortunately. It takes a long time to consistently recruit and sustain the talent to replace the experienced, solid upperclassmen

raefrules15 10 years, 7 months ago

i say, lets just be happy that we are no longer an overlooked program. when we made it to the fort worth bowl in 05 i couldn't believe it, but now we expect bowl games, and we are just one win away from being bowl eligible, and we could make it to a good bowl game if we beat the sooners next week. we have made some amazing progress since mangino came here, and i am proud to be a ku football fan even when we have these heartbreaking losses like quite a few of great teams had today! ROCK CHALK

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

I think our play calling suffers as well. Use the TE earlier, more pulling action, more misdirection combined with early downfield stretches.

wolfy 10 years, 7 months ago

Our front seven is so #$%%ing easy to block. Defense: Use your hands, get separation, and fly to the ball. Someone needs to coach these kids up.

okiedave 10 years, 7 months ago

I never thought I would see the day when C.U. fans storm the field after beating K.U. in football. That just shows how far K.U. has come in football.

Christopher Hauser 10 years, 7 months ago

I know you play despite the officials but they throw an offensive pass interference flag on a rub route that KU has been executing for touchdowns since I can remember and has never been called on it? We made a lot of mistakes in the first half and it should have never came down to that but looked like to me it was a bad call. Hindsight is 20 20 but what if we would have kicked a fieldgoal on 4th and goal? Who am I kidding, I would have went for it too and our defense prob. would not have gotten a stop anyway.

FlaHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

KU offense made too many erors fumbles, dumb penalties and dropped balls. Reesing was good, but for KU to win in Big XII he has to diminish his poor plays (fumbles, grounding penalties). Defense was better, but CU is still the worst statistical offense in the Big XII and the defense will need to get much better to win again in the Big XII. OU will be a tuff game even with out Bradford. Who would think at the beginning of the year both KU and OU would drop out of the top 25 by game time?

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

As far as D goes, on third and long I hate the Nickle. I like a deep zone w outlet coverage and heat. I would like to see smaller, faster guys in on those special occassions. If KU had sent the corners and changed out the personnel on a couple of drives I think we would have gotten to Hansen and maybe even force a pick. Just my opinion. I don't think the defense was caught off guard or played especially bad. I think we lack creativity and guts or something. We are still tending to hang back too much.

90sHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Okiedave ...... your exactly right. I can easily remember the days of a powerhouse Colorado football team. For them to now storm the field after beating us says a lot .

colohawk2814 10 years, 7 months ago

esque,

i don't know i think the talent is there. i am not sure what the 'team' philosophy is with respect to this coaching staff but we have defensive lineman and linebackers that couldn't chase down an 16 year high school qb of average speed. if a player doesn't understand how to contain on defense it shouldn't matter how much he has 'bought' into the coaches system he should not play, period. i saw at least 4 different players lose contain toninght because they appear not to understand the fundementals of their position.

sometimes you just need to play your most talented people, and sometimes they are not the players that embrace the 'team concept' as completely as one would like. i watched a 5' 6" 170 lb back run through our 220 lbs tonight as if they were high school kids.. for christ sakes we can't even TACKLE!!!

here is the drill for tomorrow morning, if you can make 5 tackles in a row using proper fundamentals you have the opportunity to play, if you can't you don't dress for the game.

Max Ledom 10 years, 7 months ago

If we fire Bowen that will disrupt things even more. We just don't have the playmakers to compete with Big 12 offences. We got lucky with Aqib Talib a 2 star recruit gone all-star, but unless we stop try to fing "diamonds in the rough" we will never be good a D until another Talib rolls around. We have to go after big defensive players who want a lot, A LOT, of playing time. And where did the 4 star defensive back we got named Prinz Kande? Why isn't he out there if he is 4 star talent?

And today Todd got off to a very slow start. If on that first drive he puts it on the money every pass (which he didn't most were to high) when the recievers were wide open and we get a TD instead of a FG we win this game today! But here is the bright side to all of this. I think we all expected we were going to lose to Texas and Oklahoma this year. All it takes is for us to beat one of those teams (both looked beatable today) and we are right back to where we thought we were going to be. Heck this team will be playing inspired, it's hard not to with that come from behind 4th quarter. The season isn't over. And also if Colorado started Tyler Hanson at the beginning, you looking at us losing to a 4-1 Colorado team. Maybe 5-0 the way Texas played last week. That team is definitely not a 1-3 team with Hanson starting. Now lets get this back.

Rock Chalk

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

Imagine this, Bowen calling the offensive plays and Wariner calling defense. Think there would be a difference? I see Bowen as classic Woody Hayes, three yards and a could of dust. I see wariner and being innovative. I see Bowen as reactionary. I think that is common, but if he is going to take this D where it needs to go, you have to believe that a D can dictate what the O gets. I do not see that at all.

colohawk2814 10 years, 7 months ago

i read these comments and all i hear are excuses. we fire bowen and this creates a disruption? a disruption to what, failure? he is going to cost ku a program-changing season, peroid.

CrimsonPhoenix 10 years, 7 months ago

I really don't think Sharp should have been played that much, if at all. Toben was looking great these past few days, and I think he could've had that TD at the end. This game was ridiculous.

KU_Alumn_2000 10 years, 7 months ago

I agree Coloradohawk....it's time to get a guy in there that's going to develop some toughness into our defense.

KURocksChalk 10 years, 7 months ago

My last comment and then I am going to try to get over it, but I think it is time to stop sawing wood and take a few people out behind the woodshed instead. I agree with Colohawk, my biggest fear is that we have an average D with an outstanding O and that holds the program back. You cannot put this on personell alone. Not at all and I am tired of hearing it. We are not getting the most from our personnel by a long shot. I think we need someone on the Defensive side of the ball who is an equal to Wariner. I do not think we have that. How long before he gets tired of being an offensive guru on a team with an average defense. I worry about him being lured to other pastures and now you want to talk about rebuilding? If we lose four games this year and cannot win the North, a decision needs to be made with the appropriate $ behind it to find a top shelf lead defensive coach or KU can not and will not make it to the next level....End of Rant, signing off.

jhawkgirl226 10 years, 7 months ago

Bottom line: This offense needs Opurum to be effective. Let's face it, Jake Sharp isn't (and didn't before the injury) getting the job done. On the exact plays Sharp got 1 yard, Opurum was getting 5+ the last two weeks. This offense WILL NOT be as good as it has been the last couple of games unless Opurum is involved. They could run split backs or a two back system but Opurum MUST be involved in a big way.

Jeff Hargate 10 years, 7 months ago

Defense played well enough to win. Only allowed 10 pts in the 2nd half. Offense was the problem tonight. My only beef with the D tonight was the containment on Hansen. The angles these guys take are aweful. The play where Murphy missed the sack on the CU 2 yd line changed the game. Was that 3rd and 15?

KU_Alumn_2000 10 years, 7 months ago

Gosh darnett I'm so pissed...dangit !!!!!

DoubleDD 10 years, 7 months ago

Check Mate season over. We needed this game in a big way. I'm not sure we even make it to a bowel game this year. Our next 3 foes will hand us our @sses and our weakest foe is KState which is a road game which I'm sure we will find a way to lose that game too. Bring on the basketball season.

4jhawks4ku 10 years, 7 months ago

Phantom call of pass interference takes away our win. What a BS call that was.

troutsee 10 years, 7 months ago

Actually I was encouraged by our defensive play. Colorado got 14 points gift rapped. The Reesing fumble was really bad luck, as our own player ran into him from his blind side. Our play calling at the first of the game was horrible. It was obvious from the get go that we were not going to be able to run the ball; yet we continued to run it and pt the pressure on Reesing to make a big play on third downs. We finally abandoned the run and our offense picked up. Maybe Opurum would have made a difference and maybe not.

Hansen is a very good athlete. Other teams will have trouble containing him. The way to play a guy like that is to keep him in the pocket and make him throw the ball. I was not all that impressed with his passing ability but he sure could scramble.

Lost in all the above comments was our very poor kick off coverage. All year, returners have had a full sprint until Branstetter blasts them, and blasts them he does.

Our defense is better, guys. They really only got 20 points off of us. We are not out of this thing yet. Colorado is coming on. They have a good run game. We still have the ability to beat any team on our schedule.

Even though Nebraska lost big, I really was not impressed with the new Tech QB.....he has nervous feet.

Omari Miller 10 years, 7 months ago

Bottom line: CU is much improved with Hansen's legs and ability to extend the play, and KU had a bad night. The season is far from over. OU is beatable. Next week is another opportunity for the program to move forward. People here have been complaining loudly and often about how nobody is giving KU respect. I say getting respect starts at home.

David Leathers 10 years, 7 months ago

Colorado's record is HORRIBLE! Don't get me wrong, but this is not the same team that went 1-4 on its previous five games. They were up on Texas last week, and with all honesty should have won that game. If this Henson kid was in there last week against the Longhorns, I believe that we would have just put Colorado at .500 for the season. The CU running back, whose name I can't recall, is very reminiscing of Darren Sproles. At least this game that I've seen(first full game I've seen Colorado play this year.). Henson is just a bigger version of Reesing, without the experience. I don't want to have to play them next year. Especially with a fan base that can't even watch a whole game.

I am NOT, by any means, a CU fan and I like to refer to them as the Mile High Quacks for their lack of intelligence. Todd Reesing and the entire Offense had a very dismal first half. Then, reminded us of their brilliance in the second. KU will end the season in the top 25 and go to a minor bowl game. Hopefully one on the West Coast, where I will have a chance to drive 5 or 6 hours and STAY THE WHOLE DAMN GAME!!

PS- If any of you drunk, unfaithful, stuck-up, snobby a$$ rich kids even so much as to walk through those gates next week at Memorial Stadium without the intention to stay the whole game I will personally make you wear purple and send you off to Manhattan. Where you belong!!

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 7 months ago

The good news is MU and NU both lost today too, so we are by no means out of it. Our offense lost this game with the early turnovers. We needed this win to get some separation before we play the big boys, but if our top competition continues losing we can still capture the North. I really thought we could finish with just 2 losses, but I don't see anyway that happens now. more like 4, hopefully only 3.

KU_Alumn_2000 10 years, 7 months ago

Omari...I appreciate ur optimism...but it really sucks that we suck. Rock chalk forever !!!

KU_Alumn_2000 10 years, 7 months ago

Dammit I can't believe we lost...freaking sucks!!!

Jim Pendleton 10 years, 7 months ago

Just back to my hotel from the game. We had a really good crowd out there. Too bad we couldn't finish it off after we finally got the lead.

Troutsee hit what I was going to say on the head. You can't look at this as the defense giving up 34 points. The two turnovers were extremely costly as they resulted in two touchdowns. The really bad news is that when we finally started getting some turnovers, we only cashed them into field goals. Big difference there, even though we wound up +1 in t/o margin. Penalties on each end of the field were obvious killers also. We must not have those, as games will likely be close a lot the rest of the way.

Defense, while still a major problem with tackling and finishing plays, did much better in yards allowed. Until the last touchdown, they only had 230 yards. However, I am sure they wound up over 300 with their last two possessions including the go-ahead score. Granted we still had chances to get off the field on those final CU possessions and didn't make the plays.

Question, can someone explain the play with a few minutes to go where CU made their last first down on that pass to McKnight. From where we sat, it looked like he dropped the ball after getting hit. However, there was no replay in the stadium, and I was surprised it was not reviewed (hell they reviewed everything else), or challenged by HCMM. Might have got some time back at the end on that if he indeed dropped it. We certainly wouldn't have been in as big a hurry to score like we were the last series.

Let's not all jump ship after this. Yes, the finish was bad, and things could have ended differently. The games will continue to get tougher, but this team can still win some of these games, and we need Jayhawk Nation now more than ever. Show up with lots of blue next weekend, and again - do not sell or give your tickets to OU or NU fans. It is time to act like the big boys. Rock Chalk!!!

jayhawkintx73 10 years, 7 months ago

Things would have ended differently except for two stupid plays in the first half. One Reesing's INT. Two, the fumble inside the five yard line. That was the game. However, there were many times in which Todd Reesing should have thrown the ball away instead of trying to be a hero, and it resulted in I don't know how many sacks. Without those, We probably would have ran up 55 or 60 points.

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 7 months ago

I admit to being wrong. I said no way would we lose to Colorado (who I thought was the worst team in the Big 12). It would have been nice to see the seniors on this team win at least the Big 12 North but losing to Colorado will probably end any chance unless Kansas can beat Oklahoma or Texas. This team could very well match last season's record of 8/5.

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 7 months ago

I hate to be picky but I would think most of those who post here are either Kansas students or Kansas graduates. These words are easy to spell. Defense Offense and a lot is 2 words

wolfy 10 years, 7 months ago

Bowen is not working out as defensive coordinator, but he's a valuable member of the staff, particularly as a recruiter. You don't fire him; you reassign him. Bowen needs more time as an understudy for someone like Bill Young, and KU desparately needs someone like Bill Young at the defensive helm to make it a legitimate Big XII contender.

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