Originally published October 31, 2009 at 01:13p.m., updated October 31, 2009 at 08:55p.m.

FINAL: Reesing benched in 4th quarter of 42-21 loss to Texas Tech

KU quarterback Todd Reesing scrambles away from pressure in the first half of Saturday's game against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.

KU quarterback Todd Reesing scrambles away from pressure in the first half of Saturday's game against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.


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2009 KU-Texas Tech football

Reader poll

Did you agree with the benching of Todd Reesing in the fourth quarter against Texas Tech?

  • Yes 60% 1530 votes
  • No 31% 804 votes
  • Undecided 7% 183 votes

2517 total votes.

Reader poll

Who was KU's first-half MVP against Texas Tech?

  • Jake Laptad (Sack, forced fumble, 2 tackles for loss) 45% 30 votes
  • Darrell Stuckey (Sack, two tackles) 4% 3 votes
  • Jeff Wheeler (Sack, forced fumble) 7% 5 votes
  • Maxwell Onyegbule (Sack, fumble recovery, TD) 40% 27 votes
  • Other 1% 1 vote

66 total votes.

Reader poll

Will KU's offense score on its first possession?

  • Yes 44% 22 votes
  • No 56% 28 votes

50 total votes.

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KU vs. TTU

Box score

FINAL: TTU defeats KU, 42-21

KU runs a few rushing plays to run out the clock, and the game ends.

The Jayhawks fall to 5-3 overall and 1-3 in the conference, losing three straight for the first time since the 2006 season.

TTU 42/KU 21 — 2:05 left in 4th quarter

Tech picks up one first down, but KU’s defense holds after that, stopping Batch short of the first down on a third-and-3.

The Red Raiders punt, but McDougald muffs it, and TTU’s Gerardo Acevedo falls on the ball.

Two plays later, Batch runs 11 yards around the left side for another TD.

What a disaster of a game for KU.

TTU 35/KU 21 — 5:06 left in 4th quarter

Pick gets a 16-yard run, and on a third down, he eludes pressure and delivers a nice ball to Meier.

Only Meier drops it.

It’s been that kind of day for KU. Rojas punts again.

TTU 35/KU 21 — 6:35 left in 4th quarter

Three weeks after saying his quarterback deserved Heisman Trophy talk, KU coach Mark Mangino has benched Todd Reesing.

Kale Pick now under center.

TTU 35/KU 21 — 7:05 left in 4th quarter

Well, that should about do it.

Reesing gets sacked after holding the ball a long time in the pocket. On third-and-17, Reesing completes a 16-yard pass to Meier on the sideline.

The Jayhawks decide to go for it on fourth-and-1 from their own 31, and Reesing fumbles the snap. After it gets bobbled a few times, TTU’s LaRon Moore scoops it up and takes it 31 yards for the touchdown.

There will probably be a lot of second-guessing after this one.

TTU 28/KU 21 — 8:49 left in 4th quarter

On third-and-4 from the KU 17, the Red Raiders catch the Jayhawks by complete surprise with a draw play. Batch runs through a huge hole on the left side, going 17 yards untouched into the end zone.

KU 21/TTU 21 — 9:00 left in 4th quarter

KU media relations assistant Beau White has told me that with a catch and interception in the same game, McDougald becomes the first Jayhawk to do that since Aqib Talib against Kansas State in 2007.

McDougald fumbles the kickoff return, and it’s the start of a bad possession for KU.

After getting a first down, Reesing throws to the outside to Meier, who fumbled the ball as he was being tackled. TTU recovered at the KU 24, and the Red Raiders have a great opportunity to take the lead.

KU 21/TTU 21 — 11:06 left in 4th quarter

After a roughing-the-snapper penalty on TTU, KU gets to kick off from the TTU 40. The most obvious play would be an onside-kick attempt, as the Jayhawks could take a chance at getting the ball right back. Instead, the KU coaches tell Branstetter to kick it through the end zone. I’m not sure why you wouldn’t try an onside kick there.

On cue, TTU’s offense puts together its best drive since the first half. Batch breaks free down the right sideline for a 44-yard run. Two plays later, Potts throws to Torres for 17 more yards to the KU 5.

TTU is whistled for an offensive pass-interference call in the end zone, moving the Red Raiders back 15 yards, but on the next play, Batch runs up the left side for 19 yards back to the KU 1.

The Jayhawks stuff Eric Stephens for a three-yard loss on second down, and Tharp saves a TD with a last-second hit on Stephens on third down.

On fourth-and-goal from the 1, though, Batch barrels in from 1 yard out, with the PAT tying the score.

A nine-play, 80-yard drive for Tech started with a weird call by KU’s special teams.

KU 21/TTU 14 — 5 seconds left in 3rd quarter

Arist Wright is the main reason for the next TTU punt, as he gets pressure on second and third downs, forcing Potts into quick throws. Both fall incomplete, with the second-down pass knocked away on a good play by Chris Harris.

It only took 12 possessions, but KU’s offense finally moves the ball with success.

Reesing throws to Briscoe for 19 then 11. On third-and-9, Reesing finds Meier over the middle for 16 yards and his first catch of the game.

Even the running game shows some signs of life, as Sharp puts together consecutive 12-yard runs around the left side.

On third-and-6 from the TTU 10, Reesing eludes a sack and fires to a wide-open Briscoe for a 10-yard touchdown. Finally, KU breaks through. It looked like Brad Thorson might have grabbed Whitlock on his way to Reesing, but a flag was thrown for roughing-the-passer instead.

TTU 14/KU 14 — 6:10 left in 3rd quarter

The answer is no, KU’s offense can’t take advantage.

A deep pass to Wilson is overthrown. An option right to Opurum goes for two yards. Reesing throws another incompletion Wilson’s way.

KU needed about 15-20 yards for a field-goal attempt, but the Jayhawks only manage two. Out comes Rojas. He’s going to need some ice after this one.

TTU 14/KU 14 — 7:04 left in 3rd quarter

The Red Raiders have decided they’re tired of getting sacked, so Potts is being asked to make lots of short throws. TTU has some success, as the Red Raiders move it inside the KU 35.

When the Red Raiders are forced to throw long, though, they make a mistake. A deep pass over the middle is tipped by a TTU receiver, and McDougald comes up with the interception. The two-way player treats the interception like a punt return, moving up the left sideline 38 yards before getting taken down at the TTU 47.

Can KU’s offense take advantage?

TTU 14/KU 14 — 10:42 left in 3rd quarter

KU’s offense picks up where it left off in the first half, as after an 11-yard pass to Johnathan Wilson, the Jayhawks are forced to punt after short passes to Opurum and McDougald.

The Jayhawks catch a break when Rojas is roughed, giving KU an automatic first down on the TTU 46.

It doesn’t help. Reesing continues to make horrible decisions, as he holds onto the ball too long on a scramble and is sacked for a six-yard loss. The next play, he takes off before his receivers can even get into a route, and the zero-yard run forces KU to punt once again.

Taylor Potts will enter the game at QB for Texas Tech.

Stats of note


• Reesing 9-for-18, 88 yards

• Jake Sharp 6 carries, 21 yards

• Dezmon Briscoe 4 catches, 61 yards

• Kerry Meier 0 catches

Texas Tech

• Seth Doege 14-for-28, 159 yards, TD

• Batch 7 carries, 7 yards, TD

• Detron Lewis 4 catches, 79 yards, TD

• KU had 17 rushes for 18 yards. TTU had 15 rushes for -32 yards.

• Rojas is averaging 50.2 yards on his five punts.

• TTU was 5-for-11 on third-down conversions; KU was 1-for-7.

Halftime observations

• It's kind of strange that KU isn't testing Texas Tech down the field at all in the passing game. Could Reesing be hiding an injury? Just a guess, because I can't think of any other reason the Jayhawks wouldn't let Briscoe try to make a play down the field.

• This is why it's nearly impossible to try to predict KU games this season. You never know which team is going to show up. Who would have seen a performance like this from KU's defense coming?

TTU 14/KU 14 — Halftime

TTU throws a pair of passes before letting the clock run out on the half.

Both teams should feel fortunate to be tied at 14.

TTU 14/KU 14 — 47 seconds left in 2nd quarter

KU’s defense just will not let this game get away from the Jayhawks.

Jake Laptad brings pressure from behind on Doege, slapping the ball away from the quarterback on the sack. Arist Wright scoops it up, but after getting hit, he fumbles, and KU’s Lubbock Smith recovers and takes it to the TTU 2. On the next play, Toben Opurum pushes the pile ahead for a two-yard TD run, and KU somehow has tied this game back up.

If you’re keeping track at home, the current KU score is KU’s defense 14, KU’s offense -7 and Texas Tech’s offense 7.

TTU 14/KU 7 — 1:10 left in 2nd quarter

No more answers for KU offensively.

Reesing makes a nice run, bouncing off defenders and going forward for 12 yards. But on the next play, there is more miscommunication, as Reesing fires it to an area without a KU receiver anywhere close. TTU’s D.J. Johnson nearly intercepts it.

TTU still gets possession, as Rojas sends off another punt.

TTU 14/KU 7 — 3:05 left in 2nd quarter

As is custom with KU the last three games, KU’s offense gift-wraps points for the opposing team.

Colby Whitlock sacks Reesing, who fumbles deep in his own territory. Richard Jones recovers for TTU at the KU 6.

Two plays later, Batch falls into the end zone for a two-yard TD, and TTU takes the lead.

KU 7/TTU 7 — 3:30 left in 2nd quarter

On third down, Alex Torres comes down with a big reception for TTU, going over the top of Beshears for a 28-yard reception on the right sideline. We’ve seen both OU and TTU pick on the 5-foot-9 Beshears by throwing the ball high and letting their receivers go over the top of him.

KU’s defense stands strong, though, forcing a pair of incompletions. On third down, Stuckey comes unblocked around the end and registers KU’s fourth sack.

TTU punts. Again. That’s 10 combined punts for the two teams.

KU 7/TTU 7 — 7:02 left in 2nd quarter

Maybe one good pass will get the KU offense going.

On third-and-10, Reesing slings it over the middle to Briscoe, who splits two defenders and falls forward for 29 yards.

Reesing’s next pass goes to Briscoe again, and that’s 14 more yards and another first down for KU. Reesing and the Jayhawks are making it look easy in the passing game after making it look extremely hard for the first 20 minutes.

Reesing has a pass slip out of his hands, though, and on third down, he has another pass batted down at the line.

Branstetter comes in for a 45-yard field-goal attempt, but his kick sails wide right. That breaks a string of six straight makes for the KU kicker.

KU 7/TTU 7 — 9:24 left in 2nd quarter

Reesing misses a wide-open Briscoe on what would have been an eight-yard gain. On second down, KU has some miscommunication, as Reesing throws a deep ball to Toben Opurum on a wheel route. Opurum never even looks up for the ball, and the pass is nearly intercepted.

TTU calls timeout before KU’s third-and-10 play. No catches for Kerry Meier. Reesing is 5-for-10 for 30 yards.

KU 7/TTU 7 — 9:33 left in 2nd quarter

KU’s defense comes up with another big play, as Lubbock Smith’s hit on Tramain Swindall forces a fumble and Darrell Stuckey recovers.

After signaling KU football, the officials converge and decide incomplete pass, though. Then the call is reviewed, and the ruling on the field is upheld. That’s a huge break for TTU, as it sure looked on the replay like Swindall caught the football, took two steps, and then fumbled.

The call ends up being costly, as TTU fakes a punt on fourth-and-2 from its own 32, and Ryan Hale runs forward for five yards and a fresh set of downs.

KU’s defense gets a second stop, though, as Maxwell Onyegbule crunches Doege for his first sack since the Duke game. Doege’s third-down pass is inaccurate, and TTU punts for the fifth time already.

KU 7/TTU 7 — 12:21 left in 2nd quarter

More ugliness for KU’s offense. Sharp runs for a one-yard gain and a four-yard gain, and on third down, a swing pass to Sharp goes for three yards, which is still two short of the first down. The Jayhawks aren’t even trying to throw the ball down the field.

Rojas delivers a booming punt into the wind (52 yards), and KU’s just-burned defense will have to go right back on the field as TTU takes possession at its own 24.

KU 7/TTU 7 — 14:22 left in 2nd quarter

McDougald, perhaps still steaming after dropping a previous pass, comes up to make a big hit on TTU’s Baron Batch to hold him to a three-yard gain. Once again, McDougald is getting some time at safety.

The play doesn’t end up mattering, though. On the next play — a third-and-8 — Doege finds a wide-open Detron Lewis down the deep middle. Lewis catches the ball three steps behind the nearest defender, KU’s Ryan Murphy, and the play goes for 61 yards and an easy touchdown.

The major breakdown in coverage gives TTU seven points and ties the game.

KU 7/TTU 0 — End of 1st quarter

No more luck for KU’s offense. Reesing looks confused on a second-down play, and after pumping to his left, he gets smothered for Tech’s third sack.

Reesing buys some time by side-stepping the rush on third down, but Bradley McDougald can’t hold on to a pass, perhaps turning his eyes and body upfield a second too early. Rojas delivers another punt, and KU’s coverage is poor, as TTU’s Austin Zouzalik breaks three tackles on his way to a 26-yard return to the TTU 37.

KU 7/TTU 0 — 2:00 left in 1st quarter

Where, oh where, has KU’s offense gone?

It’s looking like 2005 all over again, as the Jayhawks go backwards on their next drive after a no-gain run from Sharp, a 9-yard sack by Brandon Sharpe and Colby Whitlock and an eight-yard run by Reesing. KU’s offensive line doesn’t appear to be stopping much of Tech’s pressure.

Rojas’ kick is a few inches away from being blocked by Jocques Crawford’s brother, Aaron Crawford, who plays for TTU. The Jayhawks catch a break there.

Chris Harris drags down Doege for a sack on second down, and on third-and-long, Thornton makes a nice play to bat a Doege pass away. TTU has to punt.

Suddenly, TTU’s offense is looking pre-Leach-like.

KU 7/TTU 0 — 6:15 left in 1st quarter

A positive sign for KU’s defense is that it is getting constant pressure on Doege. It seems like he’s been knocked down three or four times in the first three possessions.

KU gets pressure on a third-and-10, as Onyegbule hits Doege as he throws. The pass goes off the hands of a TTU receiver, and the Red Raiders are forced to punt again.

Great start to this game by KU’s defense, and it all starts with the Jayhawks’ guys up front.

KU 7/TTU 0 — 8:13 left in 1st quarter

For the first time in three weeks, we’re going to see how KU plays with a lead.

On second down, Jeff Wheeler goes right around his man and sacked Doege, popping the football loose. Maxwell Onyegbule was there to grab it and walk three yards into the end zone for the touchdown. Somehow, the 258-pounder has two TDs this year.

Branstetter adds the kick, and KU’s defense comes up with the first big play of this game.

KU 0/TTU 0 — 8:49 left in 1st quarter

Branstetter kicks off for KU and knocks it eight yards deep into the end zone. I guess Kalish isn’t the kickoff specialist.

Some interesting starters in there for KU. After getting benched last week, D.J. Beshears gets the start at cornerback. Justin Thornton also gets the starting nod. Quinton Woods and Angus Quigley also make the field on early snaps for the Jayhawks.

Seth Doege indeed is the starting quarterback for TTU. His start is a bit shaky, as after picking up a passing first down, he throws two incompletions and is sacked on third down by Jake Laptad. TTU’s streak of four straight opening-possession touchdowns ends, as the Red Raiders have to punt.

Jake Sharp looks a bit quicker in this game than he did last week. He breaks up the middle eight yards on a shovel pass, then runs for three more up the middle for a first down.

After picking up two more first downs, KU stalls after a high snap from Jeremiah Hatch slows down Reesing, who is tackled for a six-yard loss. Following an incompletion, another shovel pass goes to Sharp for a yard, and Alonso Rojas comes out to punt.

TTU will start its second possession from its own 20.

2:25 p.m.

An underwhelming crowd so far has gathered for today's game. Jones AT&T; Stadium is pretty big, but the corners of the upper decks remain almost entirely bare.

2:18 p.m.

A couple notes courtesy Mike Strauss, KU's football sports-information director.

• KU is wearing blue pants for the first time since 2004. It is the first time the Jayhawks have worn blue pants with their current adidas contract.

• Nathan Kalish has made the trip with the team and is wearing No. 12 today. Evidently, he is a kicker from Washington, Mo. We don't know much more than that.

Jacob Branstetter was kicking field goals earlier, and Alonso Rojas can kick as well, so I wouldn't think Kalish would play today. But he did make the travel roster, which is interesting. Maybe a kickoff specialist?

2:13 p.m.

I wouldn't count Missouri out of the Big 12 North picture just yet.

The Tigers are thumping Colorado, 33-3, at halftime in Boulder, Colo.

Here is MU's remaining schedule: Baylor, at Kansas State, Iowa State, vs. Kansas in Kansas City, Mo.

Even after starting 0-3, I wouldn't say that 5-3 would be out of the realm of possibility for the Tigers.

1:50 p.m.

Here are some notes about today’s game between KU and Texas Tech:

• TTU redshirt freshman quarterback Seth Doege was 18-for-25 for 146 yards last week in second-half action against Kansas State. Doege, who is expected to start today, had not played in a game in more than four years. Both his junior and senior years of high school he sat out with knee injuries. His last game was playing for Crane (Texas) High School in the 2005 playoffs.

• When Texas Tech faced KU last year at this point in the season, its offensive line had allowed one sack all season. This year, the Red Raiders have allowed 21 sacks, the most in the Big 12.

• Tech ranks 11th nationally with three sacks per game of their own. Brandon Sharpe (No. 92) is second in the Big 12 with eight sacks.

• Tech has thrown for at least 400 yards in six of its eight games this season.

• The Tech defense is allowing opponents to convert 41.5 percent of their third downs, which is the second-worst mark in the conference.

• Last year, KU allowed 418 passing yards to Texas Tech. This year, the Red Raiders are averaging 418.9 passing yards per game.

• Tech is tops in the nation in passing yards per game. The Red Raiders are 118th (out of 120 teams) in rushing yards per game (69.6).

• KU is second in the Big 12 in pass completions with 191. Texas Tech is first with 93 more completions than the Jayhawks (284).

• Tech has attempted 115 more passes this year than KU (408-293). The Jayhawks are second in the conference in pass attempts. The Red Raiders have just nine fewer completions than the Jayhawks have passing attempts (293 KU attempts; 284 TTU completions).

1:23 p.m.

A quick note: The KU players have emerged from the locker room with a new look: blue pants with a red stripe down the side. I don't think the Jayhawks have ever used this look with the road white tops.

1:13 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Jones AT&T; Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The drive west into Lubbock from Wichita Falls was full of one thing: lots and lots of cotton. Cotton fields stretched as far as we could see, making the fields around us look like they were filled with snow. Loose cotton that had fallen out of trucks also blew around the shoulders of the road.

After making a quick stop at Starbucks near the stadium, we ran into Darrell Stuckey's mother, Michelle Foulks, decked out in her blue, personalized, No. 25 Stuckey jersey. She said she told the defensive players her expectation was at least five interceptions today.

Obviously, Michelle has lofty goals for her son's defense.

We'll get to some analysis of this game in a few minutes, but first, be sure to check out the poll question on the left.

KU's struggles in the first quarter and in the first possessions of the game have been well-documented. Last week, Todd Reesing's first pass was intercepted by Oklahoma.

So will the slow-start syndrome end today?

Here's something else to consider: Texas Tech has scored opening-possession touchdowns in its last four games.

The Jayhawks have had to play catch-up the last two weeks, and if history is any indication, they might need an opening-drive score to avoid doing that again today.


cwag 10 years, 5 months ago

KU 48 TT 42

It's all about the pants.

OCJHAWK 10 years, 5 months ago

Networks may pay more but there is less coverage nationally. This sucks, in MN we get Illinois v Michigan and ESPN isn't mirroring with ABC. I guess its KLZR on the computer again.

cwag 10 years, 5 months ago

Hard to hit the coffin corner when you kick it down the middle.

Cody Stumma 10 years, 5 months ago

Defense will win this for us if the offense doesn't want to....

Jesse Newell 10 years, 5 months ago

Wheeler was my "Hawk to Rock" on the GameDay Cram Session. I guess even I can get lucky every once in a while.

Kyle Crenshaw 10 years, 5 months ago

<p> says it's 13-0...apparently to them max o's td was worth 12 points!

cwag 10 years, 5 months ago

I saw that Kyle - they gave Branstetter 6 for the PAT.

cwag 10 years, 5 months ago

Offense need to take advantage of the wind.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

offense is so frustrating. For once this season could we run a 3rd and short play that is actually designed to get a first down. Lets wait the defense is worn out and gives up the lead before we try to do anything on offense like always

rcjh22 10 years, 5 months ago

I never thought it would come to not even wanting to watch this offense play.

jayhawkjoe98 10 years, 5 months ago

If that wasn't indisputable evidence, than I have no idea what is... Complete horse.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

terrible call. The official at the play called it a fumble, which it was, then somehow a ref came from way behind. There was no ruling made on the field. Terrible call. Should have been huge play for stuck..

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

this is shaping up as the third game in a row where our defense plays really well as long as they can and the offense doesn't get it done... So far I blame the chincy play calling

cwag 10 years, 5 months ago

Is Freeman Johns working this game?

4jhawks4ku 10 years, 5 months ago

Catch it, run two or three steps, ball gets knocked out. FUMBLE Everytime. How,s that possible that every friggin pass get tipped? What'd the offense missed the bus to Lubbock or what.

Omari Miller 10 years, 5 months ago

We can't have Todd sit in the pocket. Designed roll-outs, please. Let's get the offense going.

90sHawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Definitely not sold it's a good day on D for us vs. just a sad offense for Tech

FlaHawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Typical slow start by KU offense (Reesing). Reesing has had at least 4 pass deflectedby defensive lineman. Why don't they ro him out. He is much better out of the .

stuckinchanute 10 years, 5 months ago

Get rid of the da** ball! You can't hold onto it that long! Our offense is stale...and our secondary sucks. Go hawks...

jayloco 10 years, 5 months ago

Not accusing anyone, but why does Reesing get a free pass?? He holds on to the ball WAY too long! He has to be looking to get rid of that ball in the pocket. If you have time to pat the ball, you better be looking to get rid of it....c'mon Todd!

fansincewilt 10 years, 5 months ago

This is getting very discouraging to watch.

jayloco 10 years, 5 months ago

It has to be very discouraging for the defense to watch their QB give away points every week.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

so far the score... Ku D +7 -7, ku offense +0 -7. Losing to our own offense yet again...

xsize 10 years, 5 months ago

Ressing hasnt played well since the talk about the Hiesman

Omari Miller 10 years, 5 months ago

Please give to Toben on 3rd and 2. That's why you have him.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

can we get rid of the option yet? Why keep running a play that is guaranteed to result in 2nd and 13 every time?

cwag 10 years, 5 months ago

We continue to regress. With our poor technique in the D backfield, and the questionable play-calling (where's Meier?), the coaches have a lot to answer for.

Omari Miller 10 years, 5 months ago

Before we throw Todd Reesing under the bus, let's ask why he's no longer rolling out by design and camping in the pocket. Coaching?

Clarence Haynes 10 years, 5 months ago

Win by any means necessary! Great recovery.

Omari Miller 10 years, 5 months ago

That's why you give the ball to TO in short-yardage situations. Please keep doing it!

jayloco 10 years, 5 months ago

Wow, this is so disappointing. The one strength we had coming into this season was the offense. Reesing, Meier, Briscoe, Sharp...are you ready to take your place in history? Unfortunately, this offense has simply failed to produce at all this year. I think a lot of people were worried early on and now we see deservedly so. Man, this defense has improved every week in my opinion. Yes, they have had faults but they continue to hustle and improve. The O may want to take some notes!

90sHawk 10 years, 5 months ago

I know Todd's play recently is extremely frustrating, but give me a break with this 'pulling him' stuff. I put alot on the coaches as well as the players. We've forgotten about Opurom the past few games it seems like. Our coaches seem to think Sharp is a power back. Plus they call moronic plays when we need a 1st down the most.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Right there is why Opurum should be our starting tailback. Sorry Jake...if they aren't going to put both of you in the backfield together, have to go with Opurum. I like the way our defense if looking. A lot of people don't like the fact that Reesing is struggling. Personally I like it..maybe we will start to try to aggressively run the ball.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Some of you may not like my comment, but you win championships with a balanced attack on offense and a good defense.

90sHawk 10 years, 5 months ago

That was exactly why we need Opurum in the game !. When Sharp gets hit it looks like Ray Lewis destroying a Pop Warner RB everytime. Sharp is quick, use him on shovel and swing passes; not inside the tackles. Any human with two brain cells connecting would know this.

babyjay1 10 years, 5 months ago

Ok, could somebody PLEASE tell the announcers that Laptad's name is JAKE, not Joe... good lord.....they are so bad!!!!!

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

So far.. Defense +14 -7, Offense +0, -7. Yes, Opurum got the score there, but a fumble inside the 10 doesn't count as a score for the offense. My concern is like last week, the offense is so ineffective that our defense will get worn down in the second half and not be able to maintain this level. Now that our defense looks to have improved to adequate level, our offense is depressingly bad. I don't understand why we keep running plays with Sharp that, at best, will be a waste of a down with no gain. It is absurd. Do we have to be hopeless far behind before we start, you know, trying to score points on offense?

90sHawk 10 years, 5 months ago

calm down Matt3285. Think about if Reesing never came to KU at all. Would KU football be as relevant as it is right now without Reesing? Ask yourself that.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago the dang ball up the gut with Opurum to soften up the's pretty easy really...go under center for goodness sake.

rcjh22 10 years, 5 months ago

Briscoe yet again drops an easy catch. Reesing yet again throws a two yard pass on 3rd and long.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Getting tired of our offensive play calling.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Pull Todd Reesing...get a grip dude. Friggin run the football.

stuckinchanute 10 years, 5 months ago

Great play calling. jeezus! We need some kind of trick play to get this offense going. Have Meier throw a pass or something...PLEASE!

xsize 10 years, 5 months ago

Ressing looks like hes got a case of happy feet,maybe the interceptions the last few weeks have gotten to his head

stuckinchanute 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm not jumping on the "pull Todd Reesing" bandwagon. Look what that guy has done for our program over the last 4 years. I'm giving the guy a break. He knows he has to step it up now!

jbsd31 10 years, 5 months ago

This is crazy...I've never seen an offense play at such a high level, then regress this quickly in the course of a season. They went from being the Dick Vermeil Chiefs to the Herm Edwards Chiefs in the course of 3 weeks.
A&M put up 52 on these guys a week ago.

rcjh22 10 years, 5 months ago

I came into this season thinking our offense would be able to score at will and be able to carry the team. Now I squarm every time Todd drops back.

Matt Lacey 10 years, 5 months ago

Glad to see 2007-2008 Reesing show up - TD while getting his shirt pulled. Instead of Eric Chenowith Reesing that has shown up the last 6 quarters.

Omari Miller 10 years, 5 months ago

Net kickoff yardage on that play - 20. Onside?

MrPilot 10 years, 5 months ago

matt3285 (anonymous) says...

Game over. I can tell already. Sorry we just ain't a football school. No matter how hard we try to think it. All our eggs are in one basket with a label on it called basketball. Defense got very tired, and it was Todd Reesings fault they got tired.

Think God for basketball!!!!!!!

October 31, 2009 at 4:51 p.m. ( permalink | suggest removal )

What's that? Why don't you just stop talking from now on, eh?

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

Now is when we find out what our defense is really made of.. same situation at Colorado, we let a nobody QB drive the field and win the game after finally coming to life on offense. Need a stop here and run some clock.

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago

Whomever is going to interview Mangion after the game, please ask him why he didn't do an onside or squib kick when they were kicking from the other side of the 50???

cwag 10 years, 5 months ago

Matt - If we're only a Basketball school, why are you still here?

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago

stop validating matt3285 by responding to his posts. He is a moron who doesn't know anything about football and thus makes the comments he makes. He isn't worth it.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

Why are our DBs walking a guy 15 yards down the field trying to knock the ball out instead of just making a hit? Patterson cost us 15 yards on that drive playing slappy hands instead of just hitting the guy.

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago

Patterson doesn't like to hit and tackle, that is one of the reasons DJ is starting in place of him now.

cwag 10 years, 5 months ago

cwag - 6th generation KU alum, attended over 500 KU basketball games dating to 1963, over 200 football games since 1963, over $500,000 donated to KU, 2 campus facilities named for family members.

matt3285 - Troll since 3 p.m.

No contest.

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago

Turnovers and our offense didn't show up again for a Big 12 game. For having everyone back on offense, we amazingly inadequate this season.

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago

Leach, who likes to pass...made some nice adjustments and has mostly ran in the 4th to great success. That is what a good coach does, he makes adjustments. Why can't we ever seem to do that? It is extremely frustrating to watch sometimes.

jmason 10 years, 5 months ago

What a joke!! As I stated last week, this team will not win another game this season!

Theutus 10 years, 5 months ago

Wow, we are falling apart this season... It's actually making me cringe to even watch this....

Eric Hammond 10 years, 5 months ago

I love Reesing, but great move to give Reesing out of there. Reesing hasn't done anything for three weeks. GOOD MOVE, Mark! Let's get next years QB some practice.

Theutus 10 years, 5 months ago

Well we pulled Reesing, and i'm sorry to say I agree with it.

Eurekahwk 10 years, 5 months ago

Reesing has now given the last three teams a defensive touchdown.

BCRavenJHawkfan 10 years, 5 months ago

Another freakin loss to Texas Tech. Isn't it enough that I have to work for them, but now lose to them.

stuckinchanute 10 years, 5 months ago

I don't agree with the change. We had plenty of time to come back and tie this thing up and we bring in a freshman quarterback?! It makes me sick to see what some of you are saying about Todd. A 5'10" qb that turned this program around and you all give up on him in a matter of no time. Disgusting...

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago

Rojas may be our best player right now...sad to say.

babyjay1 10 years, 5 months ago

As much as I love Todd Reesing, have to say I agree with pulling him.... the whole thing just makes me SO sad.... :( Forever a Jayhawk fan!! Rock Chalk!!

kansas22 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm speechless on about 7 different levels right now... Someone pinch me and wake me up

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago

Sorry stuckinchanute, but if you are getting the job then you don't deserve to play. I don't care what you have done in the past or for the program. It appears to me that Reesing has been drinking the koolaide from people like you a little too much and it is now affecting his play. I benching him is good. It may get his head out of his ass for the remaining games. He needs to get that hunger back.

Clarence Haynes 10 years, 5 months ago

stuckinchanute three consecutive weeks ....25% of the season.....blowing games that we could've won....horrible return game (that coach needs to go)

Theutus 10 years, 5 months ago

Could we be any worse in the last 5 or 6 minutes? Holy hell.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Sorry, still don't pull Reesing in that situation. Regardless of what he's done lately, he is a fine quarter back without an offensive line. Pick isn't going to come in and do any better in these situations. I really question the call to take Reesing out of the game. He is a playmaker and you want him in the game with 9 minutes to go and down two touchdowns.

The whole scheme just sucked... run the stupid football. Watch 2007 films and see what we did right. Um, two back set..I'm so tired of saying it. You can't win football games consistantly without a rushing attack. Our season is over after this sad for such a great group of seniors. Not sure whose fault this is...HCMM or Wariner. One of these men needs to step up and take the blame for these last three games in which were very winnable games for Kansas. Wow...I'm just blown away by our offensive scheme. Sorry to rant...but man..

FlaHawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Todd Reesing was playing basketball and baseball today. Dribbling the football and short hoppws all over the place. Every game he ge worse. Mangino should NOT have thrown in the towel, and bench him. Pick is no solution.

Let's just give up on the season. KU got blown out because they are a p football team. Yhey just quit in the 4th qtr. KU is a very soft team and might not w this season..

sava12 10 years, 5 months ago

Matt shows his youth - can't blame him. He never even saw the last great teams which were in Mason's era. Just like you can't blame Reesing - he's a positive on the field but you can't judge him because of his height. I agree that next year looks bright for KU - the O line and defense will have some experience, RB and QB will be solid. However, we will finish this year with Reesing. The North is still up for grabs and KU has a great shot at winning.

Theutus 10 years, 5 months ago

I don't see any way in hell we are going to win the north... We honestly haven't played two halfs of football in the last three weeks. We are actually getting worse from the looks of things.

I hope Mangino can't get them turned around, but I won't be holding my breath. Let's just hope we can get some solid experience and work out some kinks throughout the season.

RockChalk1225 10 years, 5 months ago

We should all face the fact that we very well could miss out on a bowl this year. Yikes.

55jayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

It was just a matter of time before imploded and we did! Absolutely nothing inventive by the offense & I am still wondering where the linebackers were, It's one thing to have #25 blow through the line but there was nothing by safeties left. We will still win one or two more this year but it will have to be better than what we have seen before.

stuckinchanute 10 years, 5 months ago

I agree that Todd hasn't played good the last few games, but I don't agree we pull him and start Pick. Pick may be the future, but if we want to go to a bowl game this year we stay with Reesing! On a side note, does anyone else get disgusted over looking at our coach every game. The guy has all the tools he needs to lose weight. Sigh...

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 5 months ago

lol...I really wish I hadn't run my mouth about how good this team was going to be...

Jayhacker 10 years, 5 months ago

It's all about motivation...without fat little girlfriends telling Todd, Kerry, Dez et al. how good they are, how can we possibly expect to compete with the Sand Aggies?

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

I was predicting a 7-5 season.. I never thought our defense would come around but it has. They really played well today besides a couple of big plays. We have some young talent in the ranks and I think they will be decent defesively next year.

The only surprise this season has been the play of Reesing of late. I never expected him to lack confidence..he's such a competitor. Funny how his play went down after Mangino decided to promote him for a Heisman candidate.

Even so, you don't pull the best ever quarterback in the school's history with that much time left and only two touchdowns down. And then to bring Pick in and call draws? After last week? Unbelievable.... Pick can throw the friggin ball or he wouldn't be a quarterback at KU. Just stupid playcalling late in the game....actually the entire game. RUN THE BALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!

DoubleDD 10 years, 5 months ago

Are we still going to blame the defense??? I mean how many times are we going to give the ball to the other team in fieldgoal range. I beginning to think that some KU players are betting on these games. What a Joke. I know I know some KU fan is going to jump my a$$ about my comment, but it doesn't matter if you turn the ball over and over and over you ain't going to win. So much for a high powered offense if they can't hang on to the ball. The defense played their hearts out and for the third straight week the offense lost the game. One more ??? why are we using Opurum as a scat back??? The coaching staff has lost this team and the offense is in total melt down. I hope these guys are making alot of money for blowing these games. I'm out see guys next year there's no point in having any hope for this team. Our offense isn't as good as we thought especially since the coaching staff refuses to run the ball.

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago

I think the defensive schemes and play calling were sooo much better to start this game today. Even on a couple of big plays by TT, the players were in position to make the play and they made a mistake. So, I will give Bowen and Miller props on that. However, once TT adjusted and started running the ball, we simply weren't prepared for it and those holes were like the parting of blue sea.

The offense on the other hand was pathetic. The play calling was atrocious, some of the schemes were terrible as there was not anyone open. I would have like to see more power football instead of running on the edges. Reesing did play like crap again. He looks like he is hesitating to make the pass. The turnovers the last couple of weeks may have him thinking too much and thus he holds the ball too long and gets sacked and sometimes fumbles.

Meier didn't play well and Briscoe continues to drop balls.

Mangino doesn't seem to know how to manage a game both with play calling and knowing when to take chance, etc. For example, the kickoff into the end zone when you are kicking form their 40 yard line. No excuse for that.

TT made adjustments in the second half and in particular in the 4th and they simply out coached our coaches. Plain and simple. It was winnable game, and we were out coached yet again.

Mangino has done some great things for KU football, but honestly he has only had 1 really good season and he has been mediocre every other season (5-7, 6-6, 7-5, etc.) along with a few bad seasons.

I am sick of being mediocre. We need a coach and a staff that can take us to the next level, if these guys can't get it done, that let's get someone that can. We have been out coached in every Big 12 game so far and that is pretty sad when one of the opposing coaches was Dan Hawkins!!

babyjay1 10 years, 5 months ago

The worst part here is that I hate to see Reesing's time at KU end this way. I hope he can play well against KSU, NU, and MU and we can remember his time at KU in a more positive light. He has done so much for this team... At this point, don't much care about winning the North - if we do, it will be by default anyway. We could end the season on the upswing by taking care of business against other north teams. KSU is getting killed by OU...

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

I am embarrassed by that game and feel like a fool wearing my Kansas Football shirt around after efforts like this. Are we even trying to win football games any more? The defense is finally playing well enough to be a good football team in this league, and now our supposedly unstoppable offense is giving up 28 points in a winnable game. The defense was responsible for 14 points against, the offense and punt returner gave up 28. Unacceptable. I just pulled my mom's car in the garage, and the radio had a "History Awaits" commercial with Darrell Stuckey making a fool of himself on behalf of the university asking people to buy season tickets. Please, KU, quit throwing the one actual football player on the team under the bus for profits that we are scamming out of overly hopeful fans. Good luck filling the Gridiron Club next year after this letdown of a season. Our gameday coaching is terrible, and I am continuing to wonder if Mangino is still the guy. There is no way he is going to recruit well when our team plays with no intensity and beats itself 3 weeks in a row. And he supposedly has an "elite program"; if that is true, then he is certainly not an elite coach. Otherwise, it is time to quit price gouging for a pathetic football team. Last week's tickets were $90 to watch Mangino's team give up after halftime. And the players on this team were complaining about the fans???

escaped_labrat 10 years, 5 months ago

Like rats from a sinking ship, ha. I've been following KU football for over 35 years now. I bleed Crimson and Blue. For anyone that's followed the football team for more than the past few years, we have made a TON of progress. Don't be so quick to write off the team. The difference between a decent football school and a fantastic football school begins with the fan base. Do you write off the KU basketball team when they struggle? I seem to recall winning it all in 88 with a less than stellar record. I see how much progress the football team has made over time and sure it hurts when they lose, but c' up! We'll make a bowl game, maybe not the one we would've liked, but there are still 4 games left to be played and last I checked, we're tied in all those games ;-)

kranny 10 years, 5 months ago

I just don't understand why we don't pass to a tight end or a back through the middle. In 07 we did that alot. Do we have a screen pass play at all?!! Tex Tech played the exact same defense that Iowa st., CU and OU played-rush 6-7 guys, match up the d backs but play off 8 yards and don't get beat deep, force Reesing to go underneath which limits his line of sight. We need more designed plays to have Reesing run the ball. This is his senior year with little hope of playing professionally. Let him run, throw to a tight end and a running back up the middle out of the backfield. At least Bowen is getting the defense figured out. Warriner needs turn to a different chapter in the playbook.

kranny 10 years, 5 months ago

jwliddell, As crazy as that sounds, I have to agree with you. We do still have a chance in the North.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

matt - jesse is doing you a service running the site, not the other way around. If you don't like it,don't use his service. The rest of us are happy with what we have. Get some actual friends if you want to cuss and trash mangino.

troutsee 10 years, 5 months ago

Reasons for loss.

1) Pathetic performance by the O-line. Three games in a row.

2) Horrible play calling again. Only stretched their defense once, and then should have had a long completion.

3) Unimaginative offense. Why run the "read play" when the defense knows the QB in our offense is not reading the D-end and is ALWAYS going to hand the ball off. Too many runs toward the edge. Jake is a hell of a competitor but the hit at the end of the game shows why he should not be the starter. He just is not big enough.

4) Was anyone besides me screaming watch the draw when they had first and goal from our 20? It was an obvious draw situation, as their passing game was not good the whole game, and yet their back goes in untouched.

5) We put a freshman back to receive a critical punt when this freshman has already dropped a couple of kick-offs this year. STUPID!!!!

On the other hand, kudos for the defense before their melt down in the 4th quarter. Sorry, I cannot put this loss on the shoulders of Reesing. With the exception of 15 minutes of the Colorado game, the offense has flat out sucked for the last three games.

kranny 10 years, 5 months ago

I know everybody is getting impatient with the coaching staff but everybody has to realize that it's going to take a few more years to get the 4 and 5 star recruits consistently to compete with the big boys. To put it in perspective, Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech was 41-47 in his first 8 years before going to the Sugar Bowl with a 10-2 record and being considered an elite program. McDougald, Opurum, Tharp, Beshears, Lubbock Smith, Kande, etc. are signs that the talent and speed is starting to come to KU. The facilities will bring them here, and hopefully our coaches will know what to do with them. The season isn't over yet. Don't give up on the Hawks. We still have a chance. Have faith everybody.

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago


Actually, our o-line played pretty well on passing plays, which was most of them. I saw a few missed blocks on running plays though. But the o-line played decent and good enough to win this game.

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago

I am not suggesting we give up Mangino and his staff yet either, but I do think we need to stop giving them a free pass.

I am really sick of the people that say look how far we have come...blah, blah, blah.

I played at KU during the Mason years. We are no further along than we were during the Mason years, except that we have much better facilities now.

Mangino has recovered us from the debacle that was Terry Allen, but we are still mediocre and now that we have top notch facilities I want to see us take the next step and if these coaches cannot get it done, we should make a change and get someone that can.

There is reason why other programs fire coaches after a could of mediocre seasons....because their fans and alumni won't stand for it. They demand top performance. A good fan base will do this and make sure the AD is held accountable as well as the coaches. Otherwise, they will feel no pressure to be better than mediocre because they are getting enough tickets sold to make money now.

If Mangino would have several 10-win seasons and played in the Big 12 championship game a couple of times I would have no problem in giving him a pass because he would have proven himself on a consistent basis.

Honestly, he had a lot of people clamoring for his head before the orange bowl season and then he coached his best season. Since then he has been called "Mangenius" and his coaching has been extremely suspect. One season does not a genius make.

I do think he deserves the next year, possibly two to show improvement, but after that I will no longer give him my support. Also, during that time I have no problem being critical of his coaching if it is called for based on his coaching decisions because it is the only way to keep him from feeling too comfortable and make sure he realizes KU is no longer just a basketball and we take football seriously.

Everyone that gives him and his staff a break because being mediocre is better than being bad, which we were for a lot of years, then you are only feeding into the fact that we are a basketball school and football isn't as important to us.

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago


Mangino has been here 9 years and he had 1 12-1 season. He is not able to sustain it though.

Also, don't get caught up with the 4 and 5 star recruits. Even V Tech doesn't not get the recruits that teams like Miami get. He gets couple and the rest are 3 stars. They have to develop them, just like Mangino is trying to do.

But Beamer is much more consistent and his game day coaching is much better and his special teams are lights out. Something Synder did at K-State too. Our special teams have only really been good in one season under Mangino.

We have some coaching problem, anyway you look at. I really wish people that didn't play at the DI level could realize this.

DoubleDD 10 years, 5 months ago

What hope do you have and where is it coming from??? Do you really think KU can win another game this year??? Against what team??? Lets see we have a road game against Kst, road game against Texas, home game against NU, and a nuetral game against MU. So where do you see a victory???? I mean if we keeping turning over the ball like we do, we won't win another game. Are you willing to pick a game and say KU is going to win?? There's nothing wrong with having hope, but if your coaching refuses to run the ball and your offense turns the ball over like its going out of style. Any sensible fan whether its their team or not they will pull the plug. Let's be real here for a second. What are you seeing that I'm not??? Are you a blinded KU fan and think KU can win every game here on out??? Not me I live in reality this team sucks from top to bottom. The only hope I have is this defense seems to be getting better each weak, and there young. Pull your head out of the clouds before you start calling me names. No matter what happens I'll be rooting for KU. I just choose to live in reality.

RunningBeaker84 10 years, 5 months ago

My only wish is that we would quit giving the other team the ball inside our 20 so many times. Forget that, inside the 10. C'mom! I am proud of the defense over the last few games. The defense has made a couple of mistakes, but they have kept us in the game. It has been the offense that has hurt us. The Beakers can still pull this out. There is hope.

Yakihawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Who's the Jacka$$ that can't spell and keeps calling this a 'sight', not a 'site'?

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago

I should correct my statement about the O-line. They played well enough that we could win, but they were not great by any means, especially in the run game. I do feel that at least 3 of the sacks were due to Reesing holding the ball too long and that is why I said the the O-line played well enough to win the game.

rastameta 10 years, 5 months ago


You are correct that every game against the North teams is winnable. I don't think we even have a chance against Texas.

However, I don't have a lot of faith in our coaching staff...not that we don't have the talent to win those games.

While I have been very critical of Bowen the last couple of years and for good reason. I did see massive improvement in this game with the schemes and play calling. Other the the 4th Q and the run defense. I think he called a nice game. I am glad to see it. There is hope for him yet.

We do have some young talent on defense. I think Tharp, Williams, Johnson, Beashears, and Smith are all going to be really good players for us. McDougald could be too if he is moved to defense full time next year.

Also, Bowen seems to be the only coach with any spirit and I know he is well liked by the players...I hear Miller is well liked too. So, I am glad to see they are finally scheming and calling the games better. Maybe it is because they feel more comfortable be more aggressive with the players that are playing now then they did with the players that were playing before.

However, the offense has come out flat in every single game this year in the Big 12 games have been really slow to make adjustments.

So, I have a hard time thinking that we will win, but I do think we can win each and everyone of those games.

55jayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Rastameta, I agree with many of your comments I too having played here, but in the early 60's. I saw special teams really break down today, but we were really weak once Tech runners passed our Defensive lineman. When Corner backs have to make the play because the linebackers are nowhere to be seen that kills the run. I would like to see the offensive and defensive coaches just start changing everything as far as the offensive plays and mixing up the defense tactics........saw very little of that today. I still say we will win 3 of our last games if the team can get motivated and the coaches call motivated plays both on defense and offense. Todd has to find a way to "Do his thing" and he still is our quarterback this year. He got beat up because Tech coaches mixed the defense calls and on offense, we were out-coached again. I still think football is like golf in that in a foresome where someone is terrible and the others good, the good players will start playing below their norm and make mistakes. This is what has happened to KU the last 2 games for sure.

Yakihawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Ron "The Fresh" Prince of the Crappy Apple took a beleaguered K-State team to Austin and won a few years ago, I'm going to go ahead and say 4-0, Hello Cotton Bowl.

DPJHAWK 10 years, 5 months ago

I LOVE the Hawks, but I am a realist...Stick a fork in and bring on Basketball!!

hawk82 10 years, 5 months ago

I want to pick up on a comment made by Rasta. My son has attended KU football camp within the past year or two. I can tell you why the Offense is putrid, and lacks motivation. And it contrasts with the Bowen situation directly as to the defense.

Whereas Bowen is spirited and a positive guy - Ed Warriner is absolutely the opposite. He is a whiner, and a chronic complainer. More than likely, Reesing/Meier/etc. have simply tired of the man. Mangino is going to have to make a very tough decision going forward about his offense, and it starts with his Offensive Coordinator.

Joe Baker 10 years, 5 months ago

I really hate to admit it, but most are right! I wanted a better season and stayed optimistic even to this game.

I just hope they all have a great remainder of the year and win for the sake of winning at this point. Unless Texas has a really horrible game in Austin, I don't know what to think. I am quite disappointed and don't understand at all how a promising season could go so wrong!

Yes! B-ball is here.


Justin LoBurgio 10 years, 5 months ago

KU 28 KSU 20

NU 17 KU 20

KU 10 UT 31

MU 31 KU 34


I am an optimist.

areyouserious 10 years, 5 months ago


Try staying out of the bar for one full week and actually get your head in the game........Heisman????? gimme a break........joke

areyouserious 10 years, 5 months ago

TIP for Ed Warriner

Stop being so predictable...................ITS NOT WORKING!

They know and the rest of the world knows that Pick hasnt thrown the ball all year......either let him throw it or stick with Reesing..............

You are BUSH LEAGUE ed.........

kugrad93 10 years, 5 months ago

That fourth quarter was some of the most pathetic, inept football this program has seen since the days of Terry Allen. This team was supposed to be "historic," according to the marketing pitch. Historic disappointment, maybe.

rkstoops 10 years, 5 months ago

Wow, I'm embarrassed to be a Jayhawk fan right now. But not because of the team, because of the crap you guys are spouting on this site. First of all, what a pathetic fan base that quits on our team with just 3 losses and calls for everything from our head coach's job, to the OC or DC jobs, or to bench our superstar QB. Give me a break. I'm just as man as all of you that our boys sucked so badly today and last week. And as a huge fan of Todd Reesing, I'm definitely surprised by his poor play; but everyone is acting like the season's done. No wonder we don't get any national credit even when we're good. Our fan base is a joke. Do none of you remember that last year around this time TT put up 60 on us at home? But we rebounded and finished the season strong with a win against MU and our bowl win. This is ridiculous.

I will say that I understand benching Todd today. He was in a hole he just wasn't digging out of. (I'll never get why they don't let Kale throw the ball ever.) But Todd's still our guy. He's still the reason we ever have a chance against decent teams. Something's wrong with the guy right now but Mangino will get it fixed. And I can't believe all the shots at Mangino's coaching. He's the best game coach on the field almost every time we play. That's why KU, with much less talent, speed, and size; were able to beat teams like Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

Relax for one second and let's get ready for the next game.

kurules 10 years, 5 months ago

I don't have a problem with with Reesing being Otis in the bars as long as he stops talking like he's the Sh*%. He is pretty cocky and I've never really cared for his demeanor in terms of how he thinks he is the man. He kind of reminds me of Chase Daniel to some extent. Great college QB but really thought the world revolved around him. I like the guy, he's a competitor and he wants to win but welcome to reality son. You're not as good as you think you are and 15 years from now, your name will be recognized, but not revered. You're a really good college QB and I'm really glad we had you here at Kansas, but there are plenty of other guys that got just as much putan% as you did on campus without being an athlete. Get over it and play now because at this point, you're just another QB in the country. And by the way, don't pick a fight with one of the B-ball players because we would like to have a top 10 team in basketball...(the only reason I bring this up is because I heard from a very reliable source that Reesing was po'd the year we won the national title in b-ball because it took away from their Orange Bowl title..if this is true that is too bad)

Jeff Hargate 10 years, 5 months ago

I agree with most regarding the play calling. I was pulling my hair out everytime we ran the option with TO getting the ball 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage. He is not fast enough to gain positive yardage. The only time the option worked was when Todd actually made the DE commit, took the hit, and Jake got huge yards. There must be something wrong with Todd, either being hurt, hungover or hanging in the pocket to showcase his skill to scouts. His pocket radar is failing him.
The slants, TE, and 2 back sets need to make an appearence this year. Where is the Derek Fine of 2009? In 2007 a Mangino-coached team did not turn the ball over , did not get penalized and was responsibility-sound. The 2009 definition is the exact opposite. Even if the players are not of the the same talent they should not beat themselves...and if they do, not for 3 games in a row. I feel like it is 1997-2001 and everytime we took a snap in the 4th qtr I was waiting for something bad to happen. Is this apathy? I can't even imagine what Mangino is feeling like right now. Having to bench the face of the program was not an easy thing to do, but he really didn't have a choice with Todd stinking it up. We needed a spark. If they can get the offense back on track and the D continues to develop we could be good by the Mizzou game. I have a feeling this year is all "shoulds" and "coulds".

kranny 10 years, 5 months ago

Rasta, I appreciate the fact that you played D1 football under Mason but I also believe especially after talking to relatives who have also played D1 ball that the environment of football has changed a lot since you played. I simply don't believe that you throw someone under the bus TWO freakin' years removed from an Orange Bowl victory. It takes time and you of all people should know that recruiting and building a champion is going to be a lot harder in the Big 12 than it was in the Big 8. That's why Mason left because he knew he wasn't going to get the support or the facilities when it turned to the Big 12. Mangino and company have been to 4 bowl games and has won 3 in his previous 8 years including a BCS. To begin talking about punting him now is simply ridiculous. If I were a recruit and I began hearing that crap, I wouldn't even begin thinking about KU. Lighten up and let him do his job. The season isn't over for crying out loud.

Armen Kurdian 10 years, 5 months ago

Hays, I remember most of those. Of course, sometimes, we get very lucky and win games we probably shouldn't have, or escape w/wins against poor teams. And I remember 20 years ago when I was a student, when the loss column was so much heavier than the W column

I had to listen over the internet. I don't blame the D so much...they can't be expected to win the game for us when the O puts the ball in Tech's hands so deep in our territory all the time. In Reesing's defense, it did sound like there were about 4 dropped balls that should have been caught.

It is strange how the D seems to be getting better as the O is getting worse. It reminds me of the loss to Utah in Mason's last year. After starting off well, we only won one game the entire rest of the season after blowing it. I hoped I was wrong after the CU loss.

I'll never be a fair weather fan, of that every Jayhawk fan can be assured. But it infuriates me to see this team underachieve.

Jim Pendleton 10 years, 5 months ago

Agree, that the offense is still struggling. I said this last week, and I'll say it again. After the Colorado disaster, it is my opinion that the entire offense is "psyched out" right now. They are all making bad plays, not just Todd. Other than the fumble by Todd in the second quarter, I thought maybe we were finally going to get past it as we played three pretty good quarters. Then disasters galore in the fourth. Dropped passes, fumbles by Kerry of all people, on and on.

Everyone who thinks we have no chance the next few games, I have news for you. We can win some of these games, and this offense can still move the ball, but they absolutely must take care of it for us to win. If we don't turn the ball over against both CU & Tech, we probably win both games by double digits, we'd be 7-1 right now and no one is complaining (much).

This slew of turnovers the past three games just shocks me compared to everything else. We didn't turn the ball over in '07 and while we had a few more in '08 they still didn't have the problem we are this year. Correcting this problem will cure some of our other problems.

The defense is definitely making headway. The offense hurt them a great deal in the fourth quarter today, or their stats would have been a lot better. Still have areas of improvement needed. Surprised the run defense was so wide open the 4th qtr. Thought they were pretty aggressive most of the day until then. Amazing what happens when you play aggressive most of the time.

One play that has been very overlooked was missing the chance to recover a fumble by Tech on the last play of the 3rd qtr. If we get that, chance right there with getting the wind in the 4th qtr to go up two scores, and maybe things are different after that.

Despite KSU scoring some points on OU tonight, their offense overall does not scare me. NU has scored 10 (Tech), 7 (ISU), and 20 (Baylor) the past three games and just changed QB's. Texas - no comment. Tigggers, inconsistent at best. For awhile today, I thought they actually might blow a 33-0 lead. CU cut it in half and had the ball a couple more times.

If the defense continues to improve and the offense takes care of the ball, things can turn around positively in a hurry. Yes, let's be concerned, but let's not jump ship either. Yes 4-4 North record isn't what we hoped for, but that would make us 8-4 overall and we could still get a decent bowl bid. We need blue in the stands the next two weeks (yes in Manhattan too). Let's get them thru this tough time, Rock Chalk!

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