Sunday, October 25, 2009

Game balls and Gassers


Podcast episode


Postgame: Oklahoma

Jesse Newell and Tom Keegan discuss the KU football team's 35-13 loss to Oklahoma. What does the future hold for KU football this season? How many more games will the Jayhawks win? Do they still have a shot at the Big 12 championship game? Who is the favorite for the ...

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Reader poll

KU football has five games remaining in the regular season. How many of those games will the Jayhawks win?

  • 0 8% 235 votes
  • 1 13% 404 votes
  • 2 31% 898 votes
  • 3 33% 956 votes
  • 4 10% 305 votes
  • 5 3% 89 votes

2887 total votes.

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2009 KU-Oklahoma football

Reader poll

If you had the choice of these two options for KU's football team, which would you pick?

  • A loss to Colorado and a win over Oklahoma 70% 149 votes
  • A win over Colorado and a loss to Oklahoma 25% 54 votes
  • Undecided 4% 9 votes

212 total votes.


KU vs. Oklahoma video highlights

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Oklahoma defeated KU, 35-13 Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at Memorial Stadium.

Candidates for Game balls

• Jacob Branstetter booted a 57-yard field goal.

Candidates for Gassers

• The offense.

• CB D.J. Beshears for getting flagged for two pass-interference penalties that called to mind Anthony Davis.


Dirk Medema 10 years, 7 months ago

Chris Harris floundered last week, but seems to have come back strong this year. Hopefully, the same will be true of DJ and Davis, as well as there being someone to step up this year.

leonard 10 years, 7 months ago

When you nominate our offense for gassers...I hope you're including the offensive coaching staff.

Venable's defensive staff put together a scheme that paralyzed our offense...a scheme that we were unprepared for to start the game...and one that we failed to adjust to as the game unfolded.

We were out out-coached...and that is the biggest reason the game was not competitive.

Ben Kane 10 years, 7 months ago


you are spot on. our O play callers got it handed to them for the most part.

SchaeHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Nevermind BeShears.....he is a young player with 0 experience until last week due to our coaches trying to put a makeshift D out on the field. I am sick and tired of that. If there are better players on the team, then play them!!!!! What good is a red shirt if they are better than whats on the field? He probably wouldn't have gotten two penalties in such a big game if he had been out there on the field for the cupcakes.

I agree with the others that the Offensive games, including HCMM, be placed on the gasser list.

I would also have no problem with the Defense being on the gameball list. The offense padded the score with the pick 6 and two other interceptions that were turned into points. Until late in the game, our pathetic excuse for offense was ahead in every stat. Unfortunately, when you are on the field ALL day long, fatigue sets in....especially against such a deep and strong team as OU. If that same D shows up every week, we can still take care of NU, MU, and KSU and possibly TTech as they showed tons of weakness against the same A&M team that got abused by Kstate.

And if we have any shot in the North, thank you Iowa State.

KUgodfather46 10 years, 7 months ago

This has been a long time coming, I cannot hold my tongue anymore. Why is it that you take the starting spot away from a player that has been solid at his position for the last three years, led the team with tackles, and 1 pick on the season after 5 games? Not to mention he is a senior in his last year at KU and mess with any future of playing at the next level. If you had not guessed it by now I am speaking of my god son, Justin Thornton. And since that decision, we have dropped 2 games and praise the play of your young players you have put at that position. Then put him in late in the game when our backs are against the wall. Should we not trust the defense that got a bowl game last year and 4 non-conference wins this year? I wish the coaches would wake up and see that they are giving us a slow death by not playing certain players that have steped up in the past. If anyone else agrees please post your comments and God bless. Love ya J.T.

DallasHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

The D played well and it's unfortunate that we were a few plays away from making it interesting. As far as Gassers, how can you NOT mention the play of Jeff Wheeler! He had 2 penalties that changed the outlook of the game.
1. An offsides when Stuckey makes an incredible play inside their 30 trailing only by 7.
2. Roughing the passer in the opening drive of the 2nd half when it was going to be 3rd and 15. They finish the drive and go up 21-6.

Just 2 plays, but they had a huge impact in my mind... Where is Quinton Woods?

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