Sunday, October 25, 2009

OU defense dominant

Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy brings down Kansas backup quarterback Kale Pick in the third quarter at Kivisto Field.

Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy brings down Kansas backup quarterback Kale Pick in the third quarter at Kivisto Field.


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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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2009 KU-Oklahoma football

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

Any question as to whether the Oklahoma defense was for real was quickly answered Saturday, as the No. 25 Sooners had their way with what was supposed to be one of the nation’s most potent offensive attacks.

In addition to forcing three turnovers in a 35-13 victory over Kansas University, Oklahoma finished with three sacks, six quarterback hurries and eight pass breakups — the Jayhawks, on the other hand, went sackless, managed just one quarterback hurry and finished with four pass breakups — to slow down a KU offense that entered the game ranked second nationally in total offense and fifth in scoring offense.

“It was a big challenge,” Jayhawks center Jeremiah Hatch said. “We were going against one of the best. But we played as a team, and we’ve got to play as a team no matter who we’re going up against. But they were good.”

The Sooners entered the game ranked third nationally in scoring defense and eighth in total defense, and by the end of the day had done enough to make believers out of Kansas’ offensive players.

“I was very impressed with them,” said KU running back Jake Sharp, who finished with just 14 yards on seven carries. “They definitely have a great defense and a great line.”

Still slow to start: The Achilles heel of the Kansas offense this season has been an inability to get going early, and that problem proved detrimental once again against Oklahoma — a team that seems to have no problem out of the gates.

Following Saturday’s victory, in which they led 7-0 after the opening quarter, the Sooners have now outscored opponents 58-0 in the first quarter, while Kansas has managed just nine first-quarter points in three Big 12 games.

“We just put ourselves behind early, and you can’t do that against Oklahoma or any good football team,” KU coach Mark Mangino said. “You just can’t do it. So we have to learn from these experiences and understand that if you’re playing behind, then it changes the way you approach some things.”

Defense puts together solid half: The KU defense has been the subject of much criticism so far this season, but through two quarters of the loss to Oklahoma, it single-handedly kept the Jayhawks in the game.

The Sooners finished the first half with only 110 yards of total offense, and their two touchdowns came on an interception return for a score and a drive that began after a Reesing interception gave OU the ball on the Kansas 46-yard line.

“Our defense was not bad at all,” Mangino said. “We’re much improved (from the past two weeks), but we have areas that need work. We have things that need to be corrected.”

“We were happy about it, but we weren’t satisfied,” added senior safety Darrell Stuckey. ”

Free State’s Murphy leads KU in interceptions: Following Saturday’s interception of OU quarterback Landry Jones, Kansas defensive back and former Free State High quarterback Ryan Murphy is the Jayhawks’ leader with two interceptions this season.

“We’ve had a lot of pressure on us, we’ve had to answer a lot of questions, and we knew that we had to come out and have a good game,” said Murphy, who added three tackles and a pass breakup. “Going against Oklahoma, we know they have a high-powered offense. We got to come out and play and play tough.”


leonard 11 years, 4 months ago

Without getting into the talent levels of our offensive squad and OU's defensive sure seemed like we were out-coached.

OU put a lot of pressure on Reesing and caused him to hurry many throws...and when he did have some time nobody was open.

Our play calling was slow to develop and predictable. Our offense is geared to and capable of playing hurry-up. I was disappointed that we didn't try more of our hurry-up to change the tempo. In the game of cat-and-mouse between the coaching staffs...we sure looked like the mouse.

I'm a fan of our coaching staff and their abilities. However, on Saturday...and yes I'm aware of the talent of OU's defensive players...they failed to get our offense in a position to succeed and make the game competitive.

We have a capable offensive line and great talent at the skill positions...which allows them to play with the big boys when the coaching staff does their job. Yesterday they did not...we were out-coached.

Steve Brown 11 years, 4 months ago

I too am big fan of this coaching staff and our direction yet agree the play calling seems predictible and not free wheeling like 2 years ago. perhaps a hurry up style keep defenses on their heels and give play calling to the QB.

After pearl harbor our navy was way outclassed by the Nippon Navy, yet we beat them by reading their signals. Make sure our hand signals aren't being read by the other team who sees our formations and down & distance and knows like all of us in the stands know what we are calling.

TR telegraphs his throws too often, reduce picks by looking off recievers.

OU is great and we seemed to improve on D, except for the freshman who wasn't ready to cover.

keep sawing wood.

PapaB 11 years, 4 months ago

KU, unluckily, was on the reciving end of OU finding themselves on offense and gaining some chemistry between their backup QB and receivers. Their offense will keep improving and their defense is one of the best. They always have the athletes, but right now their decision-making is great.

Reesing does need to stop staring down receivers.

KU's offensive coordinator needs to stop calling "pick" plays. They are illegal and refs are watching for it now.

False starts killed a few drives, getting KU from 3rd and makeable to 3rd and long multiple times.

Oh, and OU has a patched together O-line right now, KU should have done better against them.

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