Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook


KU coach Mangino puts CU loss behind

It took Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino all of about 15 hours to get over his team’s upset loss at the hands of Colorado.

Despite the disappointment of falling to an unranked and seemingly spiraling team — Colorado entered the game with a 1-4 record and was playing with a quarterback making his first start of the season — the coach on Tuesday insisted that any frustrations he might have felt following the game had been flushed by Sunday afternoon.

“You can’t change what’s done,” Mangino said. “You lose, you lose. The sun’s going to come up the next day. There’s no sense in crying or pouting about it.”

Still, it’s hard not to consider Saturday’s game a missed opportunity. Instead of sitting alone atop the Big 12 North standings, which a victory over the Buffaloes would have ensured, the Jayhawks are currently locked in a three-way tie for second place — along with Nebraska and Colorado — with their toughest games ahead of them.

In Kansas’ next six games, the team will take on three teams currently ranked — No. 25 Oklahoma, No. 21 Texas Tech and No. 3 Texas — and two others that have been ranked at some point this season.

But facing what likely will be their toughest challenge of the season Saturday, when the Sooners arrive in Lawrence for a 2:30 p.m. matchup, players weren’t dwelling on their recent disappointment.

“Every goal that we set for ourselves in the offseason is still right there, and that’s the good part,” said senior receiver Kerry Meier. “There were a couple of other teams in the Big 12 North that didn’t quite take care of business like we did, which is good for us. That leaves our goal right (there).”

OU’s Jones a capable backup to Bradford

Monday’s announcement that Oklahoma starting quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford would miss Saturday’s game against Kansas due to injury might have come as encouraging news to the Jayhawks fan base, but it has done little to put Kansas’ coaches and players at ease.

“Obviously, I understand (that if) you lose a player the caliber of Sam Bradford, certainly there’s going to be a little bit of a drop down to some degree,” Mangino said. “But it’s not a horrific drop. They’re not falling off a cliff after Sam Bradford.”

Backup Landry Jones, who has appeared in all six of the Sooners’ games this season, is 2-1 as the team’s starter, throwing for 1,111 yards and 11 touchdowns for an Oklahoma team that has lost three games by a combined five points.

“Any quarterback is a threat,” said Kansas safety Lubbock Smith, who finished with eight tackles in his first career start against Colorado. “I don’t (overlook) anyone ... especially from OU.”

Tickets still available for KU-Oklahoma

Due to returns from the visiting team’s allotment of tickets, a limited number of tickets remains available for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 1-800-34-HAWKS.


Dirk Medema 11 years, 4 months ago

The difference between KU losing Saturday, and NU & MU is that we needed to sweep the N & & & have them to lose to a S div team (like TTech & OSU) or two for us to have a significant chance of winning the division due to the tougher S schedule we face. The CU loss is not the same unless they continue to upset at least NU and we sweep the rest of the N and get a S win or 2.

But to preempt 100 (?), ...

Just beat OU.

Dyrk Dugan 11 years, 4 months ago

if we go 5-3, with wins over KSU, NU and MU...and we DON'T win the North...then there's nothing we could have done differently truly. that's a good mark, with our schedule.

Kerry Meier's's all right in front of us.......but i agree with dagger and 100.....let's beat the Sooners!

hdhntr 11 years, 4 months ago

beat ou? after losing to the offensively challenged buffs? Not hardly, looks like 3 beatdowns in a row coming and NU is licking it's chops to get at Reesing. had to have that CU game. mangino forget to bring a D and even the greatt o ku has could not overcome. what will ku do next yr without it's top offensive weapons, look at what happened to MU but at least their D is improved. Doesn't look promising.

Eurekahwk 11 years, 4 months ago

"Due to returns from the visiting team’s allotment of tickets, a limited number of tickets remains available for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma."

WHAT?! This is a team that has traditionally brought more fans to Lawrence than KU. And now, they are actually returning tickets. OU fans are down on their team. Quit b!tching people, just come out support the team in full force. Stay the whole game, and know that OU's great defense is the same cast of characters that gave up over 500 yards against us last year. OU's O-line is suspect, and Landry doesn't have quite the mobility that Thadeus Lewis, Austin Arnaud, or Tyler Hansen had. And we need to quit playing soft zones against WRs.

jayhawkintx73 11 years, 4 months ago

Eurehawk, you're right, our guys are quick enough to man up, with maybe 2 deep over the top coverage, because we have at least one Safety in Stuckey that can make plays over the top or make a break on a deep pass to break it up or pick it off. We need to let our defense tee off at least a few times in the game. They seem like they get complacent with playing the soft zones, and then they get tore up underneath. That is because we're not making the adjustments that the opponent is.

Offensively, we need to get Jake Sharp North and South quicker. Middle Screens, shovel passes, and then maybe in order to protect Reesing run a pro set if we get in 3rd and long situations to have to running backs for extra blockers. Give Reesing just an extra second where he doesn't have to scramble as often and let the Wide Receivers come open, which always does happens if the pressure doesn't get to the QB.

KU_Alumn_2000 11 years, 4 months ago

Because of our loss to Colorado...I think there is a chance that we come out more focused. Turn the negative into a positive and maybe we keep this game close and give ourselves a chance to win. Let's go hawks !!!

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