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Kansas defeats Colorado, 52-45

  • 1 p.m., Nov. 6, 2010
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wow. Just … wow: ‘Relentless’ rally lifts KU past Buffs

The Memorial Stadium crowd rises up as Kansas running back James Sims leaves Colorado linebacker Liloa Nobriga on the ground for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at Kivisto Field. The extra point by Jacob Branstetter tied the game.

The Memorial Stadium crowd rises up as Kansas running back James Sims leaves Colorado linebacker Liloa Nobriga on the ground for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at Kivisto Field. The extra point by Jacob Branstetter tied the game.

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Video clips from the Jayhawks' 52-45 win over Colorado.

With 26 different buzz words at his disposal, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill flipped through his notebook at the beginning of the week and decided the key term for Week 9 would be “relentless.”

Great call.

Trailing by 28 with 14:47 to play, Gill’s Jayhawks defined the word as they unleashed a rally of epic proportions and claimed a 52-45 victory over Colorado at Memorial Stadium.

Onside kicks bounced KU’s way.

The turnover-challenged Jayhawks picked up two crucial second-half takeaways.

And a couple of long-standing school records fell.

“At halftime, we just talked about being relentless,” said Gill, whose team looked sluggish in the first two quarters and trailed, 35-10, at the break. “We’ve got to keep playing, keep executing and keep bringing intensity. I think that’s what happened.”

The biggest comeback in school history, which also featured the most points scored in a quarter in school history, unfolded so fast, nobody in the Kansas locker room was able to describe the incredible comeback in the same manner.

“I feel like I lost track of the score,” senior offensive lineman Brad Thorson said. “All of a sudden, we look up and we’re down seven. Those turnovers at the end were unbelievable. I’m still in shock.”

Added Johnathan Wilson: “We were down. We didn’t make some of the plays we should have. But somewhere in the second half, I don’t know where, I need to go back and watch the film, but we just clicked.”

Saturday’s victory started off like so many of the losses the Jayhawks (3-6 overall, 1-4 Big 12) had experienced this fall. KU quarterback Quinn Mecham threw two first-half interceptions. The KU defense was torched for 316 yards in the first two quarters. And the Buffs (3-6, 0-5), led by seniors Cody Hawkins and Rodney Stewart, did whatever they wanted on offense in building the commanding halftime lead.

CU struck first in the second half, too, with a third-quarter field goal that made it 38-10.

Then KU’s comeback spark began to flicker.

A one-yard run by James Sims cut the lead to 38-17, but CU answered with an eight-yard TD run from Stewart, and it looked as if this would be another embarrassing beating for KU.

One problem. The Jayhawks weren’t interested in repeating history. So they made it.

“We just let all the pressure go and went out and played football,” Wilson said. “I just told the guys, go play street ball, go play like you’re playing two-hand touch or whatever. And that’s basically what people were doing. They were just making plays, letting loose.”

Added Thorson: “Just to have the pieces start falling into place for us, to have things start going our way, was incredible.”

The first thing that sparked the comeback was an onside kick recovered by Kansas with CU leading, 45-24.

“It was discussed,” Gill said. “We kind of went back and forth on it. Being behind 21 points, I thought (that) was really the chance for us to do it. Maybe it would be a little bit of a surprise.”

Indeed it was, as Bradley McDougald recovered the kick and, four plays later, Wilson cut the lead to 45-31 with a 38-yard touchdown grab.

On the ensuing drive, red-shirt freshman Tyler Patmon made the first of two huge plays that helped decide the game. After defensive end Toben Opurum walloped CU’s Toney Clemons on a reverse, the ball came out, Patmon picked it up and rumbled 28 yards for a touchdown.

KU trailed 45-38.

On the next drive, Patmon intercepted Hawkins on the second play from scrimmage to set up an eight-yard TD from Sims that tied the game at 45.

“We have been waiting on that for so long,” Patmon said of the turnovers, KU’s sixth and seventh on the year.

From there, the KU defense, fueled by an improbable flurry of good fortune, forced Colorado into a three-and-out.

Jake Laptad’s sack — for a third consecutive game — sealed it and gave the ball back to KU’s offense. Five plays later, Sims put the capper on the day with a 28-yard TD run that proved to be the game-winner. It marked the first four-touchdown day by a KU running back since Jake Sharp did it in 2008 against K-State.

“We’ve worked on that play at the end of every practice,” said Sims, through a university release. “Coach (Reggie Mitchell) just said to hit the A-gap, and the hole will be there. I just listened to what he told me, and it was there.”

Sims finished with a career-high 123 yards on 20 carries.

The announced attendance for Saturday’s game was 40,851, though it appeared the actual attendance was smaller. By the start of the second half, Memorial Stadium was no more than half full. But those who stayed were loud and were treated to one heck of a finish.

“This is an unbelievable victory,” Thorson said. “This is an unbelievable feeling. This is why I play football.”

Comments

100 9 years, 3 months ago

"Tell the KU fans we're bringing the program back."

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 3 months ago

Back to the mangino years? Cause the simple solution would of been to. . .

Jayhawk1116 9 years, 3 months ago

coachingexperience guy: While we all had high hopes at the beginning of the year for this team it became clear to everyone a long time ago that this season just isn't any good.

Everyone has accepted that fact but you. I'm sorry if you can't deal with it. But when something good happens, like a crazy fourth quarter comeback, it's Fun. Even if only for a little while.

So get off your high horse and enjoy the good times or S-H-U-T U-P.

Ben Kliewer 9 years, 3 months ago

First of all, wow, grammar, awful, are you 8 years old? Second of all, most embarrassing record so far?! How long have you been watching KU football? 4 years? Don't you remember the slogan in 2007 "Kansas Football: A Tradition Since September."

Jayhawk1116 9 years, 3 months ago

jayhawkinnebr: You didn't really read my post, did you? I've already accepted that this season is past saving. But, you know what? I still have season tickets, and I'm still going. Did you go to the game, or listen to it on the radio? Were you as angry and depressed while KU made the comeback in the fourth quarter? Bet not.

Where in my post do I insinuate that this win satisfies me? It was a pleasant surprise. It was fun. It was way better than watching KU lose. Should I have been upset that they won? You must be like coachingexperience: Not happy when we lose, not happy when we win.

Were you one of the people who said Magino was a bad hire after his first 0-8 season? What was your opinion of him after the Orange Bowl win?

Anyone who expects Gill to turn KU around in a few games is delusional.

milehighhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Soobawls - I have never seen you post a single positive comment about KU basketball or football. Life must be tough.

Ben Kliewer 9 years, 3 months ago

Wow. That's a great idea. Go off on people on message boards. You are both mature and erudite.

100 9 years, 3 months ago

KU fans: if it wasn't apparent to us before, look through the posts. I think we can easily tell which "fans" are simply troublemakers from other programs who are concerned that KU suddenly has the best football facilities in the Big 12 and we have a group of recruiters who are winning head to head recruiting battles against Nebraska.

With yesterday's win, the player's visualized excellence. Gill continues to recruit, recruit, recruit. We will have the biggest line in America next year to go along with the fastest back in the Midwest that Nebraska couldn't sign because he wanted to Rock the Chalk with us.

Yes our boys are still learning.

Yes there will be bumps.

But, today is the day to take a look around. Most true KU fans support KU, win or lose.

They (the fake KU fans/worms) are here for a reason. We have something in Gill they are fearful of:

A dynasty.

Taken a step further (because it's implicit)...

"A respected dynasty."

Not this year. But soon enough for them.

KU fans support our Hawks whether we win or lose!

Great times are coming!

And don't be fooled by the Debbie Downers, because in this day and age, it's just a fake KU fan (worm) planted from another University trying to poison our delicious apple bucket.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 3 months ago

Will you get off this Nebraska recruiting thing! Because for your two players I can name 14 others where we squeeked out schools like Tulsa, CSU, Minn, Haskell (sp?) for their services.

100 9 years, 3 months ago

Head to head recruiting against Nebraska since Gill became KU head coach:

KU 2 NU 0

Chris Bailey 9 years, 3 months ago

Hey 100,

Sorry I'm sure once you say their names I will know but who are the 2 recruits we got in head to head with NU? Also, man I sure hope we can lure away Bubba Starling! That would be a huge 4 plus star recruit and possibly the future starting Qb for KU! RCJHKU!!!!

100 9 years, 3 months ago

From AP story....

"We thought the game was over (at halftime)," said Colorado running back Rodney Stewart. "We thought they were going to give up, but they never did."

----- Coach Gill & KU players your enthusiasm was infectious!!!!!!!-----

hawk316 9 years, 3 months ago

Some on this site have disparaged Gill's mantra of "believe." Those players wearing Kansas on their uniforms must have been listening.

KSseahawk 9 years, 3 months ago

I'm happy as heck the Hawks won, but still reserve the right to see more from TGill and the Hawks. They scored almost as many points in 11 minutes than they have the entire conference season. What are we even supposed to take from that?

We can't overlook the first 4 games and 3 quarters of the conference season and have it erased by the anamoly that took place in the last 11 minutes.

I've been calling for progress and this win can only help the confidence of the team, the coaches and the fans. This was the first sign of progress that I've seen since the conf. season started. That said, the Hawks have to be competitive in the last three games in order for what happened vs CU to mean ANYTHING!

Anyone can put together 11 minutes of good football and we've seen what they're capable of doing and we should all expect them to go out for the entire 60 and compete. No excuses...get out there, beat the guy in front of you and execute your plays.

Frankly, I'm still speechless for what happened on Saturday afternoon...not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but one thing is for sure...we'll see what the staff and the team are made of in the next three weeks.

Lonnie Ross Dillon 9 years, 3 months ago

According to the Boulder paper, KU's 35 points in the final quarter to win the game was only one point off the NCAA record...BYU scored 36 in 1990 to beat Washington.

Way to go Hawks!

Ben Kliewer 9 years, 3 months ago

But BYU was only down 15 points to Washington in that game. BYU ended up winning by 14 points. Also, there is an old "law" that Lombardi coined, stating that if a team takes a lead of 28+ points into the 4th quarter, or otherwise achieves a lead of 28+ points in the 4th quarter, it is insurmountable and a guaranteed win. As far as I know, and I could be wrong, but that "law" has never been broken. Until yesterday. Which, in such a context, makes this the biggest 4th quarter comeback win in NCAA history. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

RocknChalknRobot 9 years, 3 months ago

One simple fact that cannot and should not be overlooked -- this was not a game lost by Colorado, but was in fact won by KU. Look at the events of the comeback from 45-17:

* running touchdown at the end of a 9 play, 66 yard drive
* special teams play resulting in the recovery of the onside kick
* passing touchdown to complete a 4 play, 59 yard drive
* tackle in the backfield causes a fumble which is returned for a touchdown
* interception
* running touchdown finishes a 5 play, 37 yard drive
* forced punt
* rushing touchdown to end a 5 play, 63 yard drive

Haters can talk about the fact that there shouldn't have been the need for such a comeback in the first place, and homers can discuss how this is an example of the steps towards improvement that may or may not be taking place. Regardless, the facts are rather simple: the players made plays when they needed to in order to produce a great comeback.

rockemchalkemrobots 9 years, 3 months ago

An unrelated fact: Did you know that the location of the "McDowell's" used for filiming scenes in the movie "Coming to America" was actually a converted Wendy's? A local McDonald's franchisee actully threatened to sue before finding out it was just for a movie. Weird stuff.

Bruce Dial 9 years, 3 months ago

Unrelated fact: Did you know that Eddie Murphy plays multiple characters in said movie?

DevilHawk 9 years, 3 months ago

An honest evaluation of the game shows that we should not have been down that much at the half. Look back at the play-by-play and you can see where KU gave up plays to CU because of mistakes. It doesn't change the fact that the comeback was great to see.

It's like watching the basketball team spot an opponent 15 or 20 points in the first half and then go on to win the game. Showing that it can be done is a great thing, but you know that at some point they aren't going to be able to overcome the deficit that they created/allowed.

Steve Yeakel 9 years, 3 months ago

Way to go KU players and coaches, you guys have Grade A character, you believe, you do not give up, you are fighting through the bad times and laying the foundation for a great program. We are with you! Next week against Nebraska is David and Goliath, you are David, do not fear but believe, go slay the wicked giant, they have trampled all over us for many years, now is our last chance to send them out of the Big 12 being carried on their shield. Go KU!

ksgolfkid23 9 years, 3 months ago

Key words people should remember when hearing about impact positions for KU, Freshman, red-shirt freshman, and a bunch of recruits coming from texas. No doubt the defense needs to improve, but for all of you calling for Gill's head, just shut up and remember that we aren't going to be a power house football program forever (R.I.P. Todd Reesing). Mangino was 2-10 his first year.

jhox 9 years, 3 months ago

First of all, congratulations to the team on a great comeback. Now, a couple of observations and questions. First, where has that level of enthusiasm been all season? We saw it a little in the Georgia Tech game, but it has been a rarely seen thing with this team. Even before the start of the KSU game, there was absolutely no signs of enthusiasm on our sideline. I hope yesterday was a turning point in this regard. It's amazing to see what a little fire can do for a team.

Also, why on Earth is James Sims not getting 90% of this team's carriers? The fans in my section have been asking that question since about week 3. It's totally obivous to anyone who has been watching that he's far and away our most talented back, so why does he play so little? I believe sometimes coaches get so caught up in the micro stuff, that they often miss the the obvious things. Sims should be in there 90% of the time, period.

David Robinett 9 years, 3 months ago

Maybe because he had to learn how to hang onto the rock,and earn his way back into the lineup. Also, note Toben made the key strip - maybe just maybe the coaches know what they are doing.

Eric Williams 9 years, 3 months ago

This quote is for all the TG haters saying our Coach and Coaching Staff are not worth the time...

“We’ve worked on that play at the end of every practice,” said Sims, through a university release. “Coach (Reggie Mitchell) just said to hit the A-gap, and the hole will be there. I just listened to what he told me, and it was there.”

But I guess some haters will just say that the coaches got lucky on this one...

JayCeph 9 years, 3 months ago

“We just let all the pressure go and went out and played football,” Wilson said. “I just told the guys, go play street ball, go play like you’re playing two-hand touch or whatever. And that’s basically what people were doing. They were just making plays, letting loose.”

This quote tells me that native athleticism and instinct won this game. It almost suggests that when they turned their backs on the coaching and the things that were getting in the way (mental noise emanating from the sideline and locker room), they thrived.

This is not a good sign for this coaching staff...

jayhawkintexas 9 years, 3 months ago

What a difference passion, just playing and using your natural talent made. I was glad to see Gill use some emotion. Maybe now they have discovered what it takes to win.

Brian Powell 9 years, 3 months ago

This is the one quote that stood out to me too...

After playing a lot of sports, and coaching one, I can say this is a big deal.

There has to be a balance between 'executing' what you're coached, and having some freedom to just play to your natural talent/instinct in the moment. Maybe the team found that balance in this game...

TenaciousD 9 years, 3 months ago

A few weeks ago, the coaching staff simplified the game plans for the players. All you are seeing is players not over thinking and just reacting. This is a common coaching move when the players are not experienced enough to handle a complicated system.

The players would eventually get the system down, but it often takes a year or two for that to happen. The coaching staff will get there with this bunch. Probably next year sometime.

Good call by the coaching staff making that change mid-season. They have been markedly better since then.

Ted Toulouse 9 years, 3 months ago

There has also been some rumblings of the older players blocking out Gill's coaching in attempt to remain loyal to Mangino. We saw similar things when Self took over. There was just a lack of enthusiasm and effort because the players didn't want to play for the new regime. Looking forward to that all going away in the next few years.

John Randall 9 years, 3 months ago

"""This quote tells me that native athleticism and instinct won this game. It almost suggests that when they turned their backs on the coaching and the things that were getting in the way (mental noise emanating from the sideline and locker room), they thrived."""

Your comment tells me several things:

• You have no understanding of emotional team chemistry.

• You will hunt anywhere for material to bad-mouth this staff.

• You likely can't squat in the woods without getting your heels dirty.

These are not recommendations for continued commentaries.

Gene Jackson 9 years, 3 months ago

Video clips must be only of the first half. Where are all the KU touchdowns? Where is the onside kick? Me believes that the videographer left the game at the half.

TenaciousD 9 years, 3 months ago

There are plenty of clips on ESPN highlights this morning. They are calling it Kansas Comeback.

Nice win Coach Gill !!

Now that the red shirt is off Mecham and once these freshmen running backs get to be sophomores, the wins will start rolling in.

Congrats to the players for staying the course. Believe!!

TenaciousD 9 years, 3 months ago

I was on the stairmaster this morning at the gym watching Sportscenter on ESPN (regular version) and it's one of their highlights for yesterday. The label on their segment bar was Kansas Comeback.

P0WER 9 years, 3 months ago

Bye Bye Colorado! CU.....Wouldn't want to BE YOU!

flyingfinn 9 years, 3 months ago

AGREE with JayCeph...the kids won this game NOT the pathetic coaching staff

Gary Wirsig 9 years, 3 months ago

Wrong again, flying finn. One excited player was quoted about playing streetball. Did you not read the quote from James Sims about doing what Coach said, which led to a 28 yard touchdown run. No, you chose to read what you already believe and ignore the rest. Who is pathetic now?

Ben Kliewer 9 years, 3 months ago

jayhawkinnebr, you must make a lot of money wherever you coach FBS football...

mtdewjunkie 9 years, 3 months ago

jayhawkinnebr...you need to english my friend. (for the record, i dont care about grammar or spelling errors on message boards...unless you insist on calling people idiots.)

Ben Kliewer 9 years, 3 months ago

I generally don'y call it out, unless people are being a-holes. Right?

vmwskywalk 9 years, 3 months ago

Coach Self often speaks of the same thing. When you are in a game, forget about practice and just play. That's what the football team is starting to learn.

But then again, I know that flyingfinn and JayCeph know way more than our coaches.

kranny 9 years, 3 months ago

Correct if I'm wrong but the kids ARE the ones who are on the field, therefore they should be ones who win the game.

rockemchalkemrobots 9 years, 3 months ago

The proverbial nail in Dan Hawkins' coffin. New league, new coach next year for the Buffs.

KURiggins 9 years, 3 months ago

I was there, for the whole game and I swear I have seen a lot of things in my life ..but that was ..."awesome"! To all the haters who say these players won't play hard for Coach Gill. That he is just not tough enough. That Mangino knew better. First of all, its Gill first year. And already he has topped Mangino's first year. Mangino, for those who weren't paying attention was 2-10 his first year in Lawrence. And we got beat down by K-State 64-0. But enough about our ex-coach. These players won't play hard for Coach Gill? Really! Might want to tell them that. ..... He is just not the right kind of coach. Hmmm, ok if you say so...... He is just not tough enough. Well his way worked for the .... Biggest...let me say that again ...BIGGEST comeback in KU football history. Enjoy the taste Colorado. We are going to kill you in basketball too and send you off to the Pac-10. People forget this team has a lot of freshman. A team, I believe ..with a bright future. Biggest comeback in KU football history! ..Enough said. Keep it going Jayhawks. Thank you Coach Gill, Thank you Jayhawks! ..And I will always remember ..I was there..for the "Thrilla on the hilla"

TenaciousD 9 years, 3 months ago

Awesome post, KURiggins! I wish I was in town to see the Thrilla on the Hilla. I was curious if the goal posts came down. I assume not since it's not mentioned in the article.

I'm not expecting big things against Nebraska, but this team is definitely showing improvement with some bumps along the road. Next year will be bumpy too, but by year three, Coach Gill should have them fully on board.

Rock Chalk!

Dan Harris 9 years, 3 months ago

If they would have torn down the posts that would have been embarrassing beyond belief!

SWHawk 9 years, 3 months ago

The goal post come down? Are you flippin' insane TenaciousD??? It was Colorado for crying out loud. Please tell me you were being sarcastic or you're new to football.

Dan Harris 9 years, 3 months ago

You need a new name cause you sure as hell aren't a KU fan!

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 3 months ago

I was really wishing that some of you would have came back down to earth but I guess not. We beat a 3 win CU team. Heck, we only beat them for one quarter. And we would not have done that if it wasn't for a miracle come back!

You can give me your blah blah kids didn't blah give up blah blah. But isn't that what they are supposed to do? Like Chris Rock (I think) says bragging about "I take care of my kids". . .

treidy 9 years, 3 months ago

I think you and I are still the only ones who aren't impressed. I love the Hawks and am extactic they won but it still doesn't prove ANYTHING about Turner Gill. Unfortunately for me, I know live outside Mobile, Alabama and all I hear about is Auburn...I wish they would have hired him like Charles Barkley wanted.

Jayhawk1116 9 years, 3 months ago

Can you enjoy anything??? Or do you have such high standards that no one can possibly make you happy? You're that kid in Kindergarten Cop obsessed with tumors. Like Schwarzenegger says, It's not a tumor!

Jared Grillot 9 years, 3 months ago

Go cheer (and I use that term loosely) for some other team, please. Why can't you enjoy a win? Why can't you enjoy a record breaking win? Why can't you enjoy 5 touchdowns in one quarter, with offense, defense, and special teams all playing possessed/inspired football? Are they going to come back now and win out the season? Unlikely. Does anyone that you keep griping at think they will? NO. What they are supposed to do? Really? When was the last time you saw a team come back from 28 down in one quarter in DI football? Oh yeah, that's right, it has only happened one other time in history. What they should have done, based on history and general mathematics of football, is try really hard and lose anyway, but they didn't. And you, for whatever reason, can't enjoy it, not for it's implications or what it says about the coaches, but just in and of itself because it was one of the two most spectacular comebacks in FBS history, and THE most spectacular in KU history. Seriously, go away.

Dan Harris 9 years, 3 months ago

Agree 100% Their the type of people that would win the lottery but instead of being happy all they would do is whine about the taxes they have to pay !! Enjoy the win people it very well could be our last one of the year!

GoodGrief 9 years, 3 months ago

WHO CARES what "ahpersecoachingexperience" thinks??!! That was an amazing game yesterday, and if this proverbial Debbie Downer can't even enjoy the biggest comeback in school history, then it's too bad for them. I, for one, am proud of Coach Gill and the 'Hawks for refusing to throw in the towel!

As for ahpersecoachingexperience, I heard there's plenty of space available on the Mizzou message boards. Good riddance to bad (and perennially negative) rubbish! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!

hawk316 9 years, 3 months ago

"I believe in miracles"

-The Ramones

David Robinett 9 years, 3 months ago

To those looking for signs of hope. Two exceptional things have happened already this season. KU defeated a ranked SEC opponent. Yesterday they executed the greatest comeback in school history (1 pt short of NCAA record). For us, that's two miracles (3 if you count us losing to Dakota :). Point is, imagine the miracles to come once we recruit speed.

I think HCTG learned a couple of key things from Osborne: the team starts with the Oline (that's why he's signed 5 OL already), and SPEED is what it takes to win. Anyone remember when Nebraska used to always go to the Orange Bowl and lose to faster Florida/State teams? That's when Osborned figured out he needed speed, not just beefy Olinemen to win at the highest level.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 3 months ago

Watch football much? Please tell me who this ranked SEC team is? And after you figure that out, tell me how that team has preformed since.

John Randall 9 years, 3 months ago

C'mon, give dave a break –– it's less than 20 years since the Ramblin'Wreck switched to the softer side of the SouthEast landscape . . . and they have performed well enough since Week2 to stay within a game of going to the league championship, and most certainly qualifying for a bowl.

Silverlove 9 years, 3 months ago

GT is in the ACC but I am sure you understood what he meant.

Dan Harris 9 years, 3 months ago

ahskskdbhf!@#ddkdfufbndkf@#$%fjmdkfhvdnexperiece_ We all knew what Dave meant but good job being the douchebag about it.

Kelly Hanrahan 9 years, 3 months ago

Which 1 quarter would that have been? The 3rd quarter where we outscored CU 7 to 3, or the 4th quarter where we outscored them 35 to 7.

741hawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Good for the 'Hawks . . . but remember . . . The momentum changed 1) on a "surprise onside kick" that had never been practiced 2) when the players had to suggest it and talk the coach into it

Nine games into the season and they had NEVER practiced this play? Wow. Talk about lack of preparation! Just last year I saw Purdue change the momentum of their game and beat Michigan at the Big House on that very play. We never practiced it. Incredible.

Hard to be impressed knowing that the coaches drew up a basic play in the "sand." Hard to be impressed that they had to come from 35 back to beat the worst team in the Big 12.

hawk316 9 years, 3 months ago

741, as has been pointed out elsewhere, this was not a normal onside kick play which every team practices. This was a new, different and unusual play that they had just recently been exposed to, but had not had a chance to incorporate.

Good for Gill to take the risk even though his team had not practiced it even once. Good for Gill that he's not so stubborn that he won't listen to his players. Good for the players to believe they could pull it off without the benefit of any practice.

Many positives here, 741. You just need to be paying attention.

Dan Harris 9 years, 3 months ago

Wow if that's true that's inexcusable!

ampthatman 9 years, 3 months ago

Don't believe everything you read. 741 is obviously just sore because he was just so sure Gill couldn't coach the team to a Big XII victory.

100 9 years, 3 months ago

Nothing like a little billboard material from the Cornhusker Nation. This is from the ESPN boards:

Posted by: Blackshirts811 4 Hours ago

"Don't expect the same thing next week Jayhawk..LOL.. We are all Proud to see Turner Gill coaching, but we aren't gonna let ya'll pull an Upset in Lincoln."

grandpa 9 years, 3 months ago

After the game, one of my friends called and said"Grandpa" your grandson, Johnathan Wilson won the came for Kansas." I said" I was listening to the game and he did catch a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter but other touchdowns were made after than" He said"but what if he didn't catch that ball" It just struck me. I hollered to grandma"John just won the damned game" We are kinda slow catching on to things down here in Texas

ZDKC 9 years, 3 months ago

This was definitely a great win and a step in the right direction. It was certainly very enjoyable as a fan to watch too. I'm glad I stuck around for the whole thing.

On a side note, some of you guys need to calm down a bit. It's perfectly natural to be excited, however, let's not treat this as the second coming of the Messiah. Seriously though, I laughed my ass off when I read a post that said, "You've just got to believe."

1) What a tool. 2) Someone has been watching too many Disney flicks -- Angels in the Outfielder, The Mighty Ducks, etc

Dan Harris 9 years, 3 months ago

Now THAT would make the season bearable

KSseahawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Agreed because that would mean TGill understands a rivalry game. The Hawks seemed to be half asleep and still tending to the dried drool before the game was even over...in the second quarter, against KSUck.

Let's see how the team reacts in the next game before we give him coach of the year. It was one win...and frankly, only 11 minutes of watchable football.

Come back to earth, my friends.

TommySmithElbow 9 years, 3 months ago

Sure, there is overreaction, and of course, you also have the incessant whining of doomsayers.

It’s a journey. Everyone needs to celebrate yesterday’s nugget because we’re probably only going to have occasional moments like these until at least Year 3 (freshmen OL recruits almost always need a redshirt year to be effective). Who knows what happens starting then, but for now, let’s just enjoy the moment.

Ahpersecoachingexperience: Instead of trying to quote Chris Rock, this quote is so much more you:

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." (Mark Twain)

Matt Lacey 9 years, 3 months ago

Any replays of it available for those of us outside of the area? Sounds like it wasn't even on Fox Sports Regional.

An MP3 of the KU Radio Network for the 4th quarter would be epic.

KURiggins 9 years, 3 months ago

Those who can't coach, comment! Chalk it up to whatever you want trolls. KU won, and they came back to win in exciting fashion. If its so easy to do, against any team why is it not a regular thing in college football. Comebacks sure..that happens. But 35 points in one quarter...give me a break! I don't care who it was against. Enough said! Those who can't coach, try to put down Coach Gill. Coach Gill is recruiting and who knows what the future holds. In any case, you either support KU or you don't. And if you don't why are you here and not back in Columbia? Why not let a tiger or two cry on your shoulder after their loss to Texas Tech. They did not come back, not even from seven points. Interesting..I mean since combacks are so easy. It was, and will be the "Thrilla on the Hilla"

Phoggin_Loud 9 years, 3 months ago

That win was outstanding!!!

If Coach Gill gets blamed for the losses, then he gets credit for the wins.

Congratulations Coach Gill.

We are proud of your teams effort and "relentless" 4th quarter!!!

Michael Leiker 9 years, 3 months ago

I was at the entire game...how great to see a solid group of seniors have their day in the sun and to have a little life pumped back into this team.

Given that, this seems to be a classic case of the sun shining on a dog's a$$ some days. Anybody giving this coaching staff much credit at all for the win yesterday needs to have their head examined. KU came out unmotivated and this "relentless" team was obviously mentally beaten after going down 7-0 in the first quarter. Saying that you are relentless does not = being relentless. The stars aligning on a Saturday afternoon does not make you relentless. I for one would prefer to not have to rely on a string of happenstance to see this team look like they're interested in the game. It's been a flat team, a flat staff and a flat season with a couple of really nice highlights.

Hopefully what started yesterday can roll over into next week. I'm not holding my breath.

mikehawk 9 years, 3 months ago

If the fair weather KU fans could have half as much faith and confidence in the program as the players and coaches have, we might have something going. Living down in Oklahoma, I have seen the program at OU up, and I have lived here during the Blake years. Whether forty up or forty down, the OU fans are in their seats because they have tradition. We have it in basketball, but the KU "faithful" only support their football program when it wins. The KU fans are so intelligent when it comes to basketball, but when it comes to football the lack of tradition is baffling. The lack of understanding, patience, and commitment regarding what it takes to build a program and to have something that high school kids want to be a part of at KU is astounding. If it doesn't change, we will always be known only as a "basketball school."

KURiggins 9 years, 3 months ago

I do believe Coach Gill and his staff did a great job yesterday. This team is very young. I wonder, would people be giving Coach Mangino this much grief. As I recall last year with Todd Reesing (Sr.), Kerry Meier (Sr.) Dezmon Briscoe (Jr.) and Jake Sharp (Sr.) ...corrrect me if I am wrong..didn't that team lose 7 in a row! Seven in a row! Didn't Colorado start that streak of losses? Hope they like the taste from yesterday. This team, is NOT loaded with seniors, but with young players. Tyler P. who made some huge plays yesterday is just a RS Fr. Toben O. who has changed positions like 3 times since the season started made a huge hit, causing a big time fumble. He is just a So. I guess Mangino was perfect his first year. Oops..that is right, he was not even close. And with Reesing, Meier, Briscoe and Sharp all either Sr. or Jr. he could not even manage a winning season. Maybe, now just maybe..just a thought here its tough being a first year coach who inherets a team lacking experience. Because the previous coach, even in blowouts never gave significant playing time to other younger players. Coach Gill, got his team to be relentless yesterday. This is a young team, that I would say is not flat, but instead has not yet learned how to deal with adversity. That will come in time. I see a bright future, a tough season ..but a season where lots of people are getting significant experience that is going to pay off in the future. Frankly I was a lot more upset last year, when we had a team that was loaded with experienced talent..experienced talent and drop seven in a row. But that is right..I forgot...Coach Mangino was perfect. And even in his first year Coach Gill was suppose to be more perfect. What some see as luck, I see yesterday as real promise for the future. We could have lost badly again..but nope..yesterday they believed. I am not sure what we will see in Lincoln..but its always easier to be critical than it is to actually coach. I think the future looks bright..Go Hawks!

KURiggins 9 years, 3 months ago

In 121 years, the University of Colorado never had blown a 28-point lead in a football game. ...oh but comebacks are easy huh ...In case you are a Jayhawk Fan..not only did the Jayhawks have to overcome a huge point deficit in just one quarter. They had to overcome horrible officials. Do not beleive me. Read below QB Cody Hawkins( Colorado QB) comments. If you were at this game. And if you stayed to the end..you do not need Hawkins to tell you ..the officials stunk! Period! And most of it went agains the Jayhawks. Yet this team just got lucky! Right. Penalties, points..comebacks are easy, I forgot

“Obviously you have to play with the referees because they helped us out on a couple calls today, too,” the QB said.“There was a roughing the passer that I should have won an Oscar on and a couple pass-interference plays down the field that played in our favor.

“You can’t blame it on the referees. They (Jayhawks) were playing like they thought they were the best team in the country, and we were allowing them to do that.”

100 9 years, 3 months ago

"They were playing like they thought they were the best team in the country."

That, my friends, is the key for future KU teams as the years go by. Yesterday, we got a little taste of what the mentality on the field will be for years to come.

Johnathon Wilson visualized excellence & made it simple ("play just like the schoolyard"). He shared this vision with his teammates... And his teammates visualized with him & put it to use. "Visualize excellence."

Before the game, punter Rojas also inspired his teammates, yelling about the CU game last year that we should have won.

To those who know anything about coaching, this is when teams play their best: when they are able to inspire each other, back each other, plan together & "visualize excellence."

This.... Is... The foundation of our future teams at KU.

Believe in each other.

Kip Reiserer 9 years, 3 months ago

It really is funny how all the Gill haters are so quiet. I've been reading the comments from the past weeks and they've all been with disgust towards Gill and staff. I agree it has been ugly, but it amazes me how everyone thinks changing a football program is like switching on a light.

If we lose next week, please don't come back out and start whining about firing Gill. No one wants to hear you complain. This is a blog post I wrote a couple of weeks ago. Look at the Big 12 coaches first years. Only Stoops, Brown and Pelini has success. So please shut up.

http://kipsports.net/2010/10/29/looking-into-the-future-kansas-football/

Support the Hawks through the bad times. Rock Chalk!

grandpa 9 years, 3 months ago

I like the positive comments, especially from RURiggins & 100. John Wilson has wanted to win every game he has played in and finally got a happy moment yesterday. He only has 3 more games with the Jayhawks and I wish him and the rest of the boys good luck!!!

Gary Wirsig 9 years, 3 months ago

Hey, grandpa, a question regarding your earlier post. Are you John Wilson's grandpa?

grandpa 9 years, 3 months ago

gdkadjayhawk. Thanks for your question. Yes,I am John Wilson's 77 almost 78year old grandpa. I live down here in the Texas hill country and we have been keeping up with John and the Jayhawks for the past 4 years. Darn it, we only have 3 more games to go but I think the boys will give it their best shot.!

Chris Bailey 9 years, 3 months ago

Awesome! Great to see you online! What a great young man! And wins or losses in those last 3 he's still a heck of a young man! He'll always be a Jayhawk! And you too grandpa!

RCJHKU!

Larry Smith 9 years, 3 months ago

I keep hearing the same theme from the Gill bashers. "It was only Colorado you know?" The cellar dwellers of the big 12.

Did KU beat Colorado last year? Brisco, Reesing, Meier, Stucky, Sharp etc...And we could not beat Colorado. And yet this is no accomplishment.

I have come to grips with the fact that some people will never like a coach who they thought was a bad hire. I discovered this years ago as I found myself defending Bill Self after his third year. No matter what I said they were convinced he ws not the right coach for the Jayhawks. There are people who unbelievably still feel this way. You will never convince them they were wrong.

Good win Hawks! Keep working, and it will happen.

Ben Kliewer 9 years, 3 months ago

It's become clear by the example set by those on these message boards that we should all be depressed, pessimistic, pissed off, and lead horrible, horrible lives. If I could imagine a perfect world, at least from a Jayhawk perspective, it would be a world where everyone hated everyone else, and if something good happens, we should piss all over everybody's parade. Because, if everyone did that, then everyone would be like me, and hate life and everything in it. So, if I claim this or that, and tell people it's fact, and say that I am right and everyone else is wrong, even though I clearly have no knowledge beyond citing statistics, and likely have never played college football myself, only then would I be able to make myself feel better, by insulting others' intelligence and cursing their optimism and joy, to bring them down to my level of crap and self loathing.

Signed,

soobawls and ahpersecoachingexperience

Gary Wirsig 9 years, 3 months ago

Nice post! Right up there with hawk316 and 100.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 3 months ago

can't respond. sitting in the bath tub drinking bottle of jack, contemplating this razor blade, listening to everybody hurts by rem.

kranny 9 years, 3 months ago

Don't do it, for God's sake, you're just a kid! LMAO! Saw REM in Kemper in 89? Great show.

Ben Kliewer 9 years, 3 months ago

ahp, Glad to see you have a sense of humor about this. LOVE YOU ALL! Peace out

Martini_Boy 9 years, 3 months ago

Domo Arigato mr. codrado... good ruk in the pac rim

Bruce Dial 9 years, 3 months ago

I can say one thing. These message boards prove that there is a lot of passion for KU football, despite the disappointing season and (mostly) hard times, this year.

I am surprised at all of the negative comments after an amazing comeback win. That being said, I'm not going to say that everyone who posts negative comments, even after a game in which most fans would be feeling great, are not fans. However, whether the arguments and debates are stemming from message board trolls from other schools or frustrated KU fans, it does prove that; despite some mostly unexpected rough times, there is a lot of emotion and interest in the football program. That's a very positive thing.

So, those who are frustrated KU fans, I understand your pain. Keep following the program, as better times are on their way. Those of you who are posing as KU fans in order to rile up or anger the rest of us, keep it up. It's actually having the opposite effect than you're hoping.

kranny 9 years, 3 months ago

The game will be replayed on Fox Sports Midwest 1 hour No Huddle on Wed 12 a.m. and Friday @ 1:30 p.m. Also on Fox sports Kansas City at same times.

Ben Kliewer 9 years, 3 months ago

No, that's silly. We needed a miracle comeback t squeak out a win against the SECOND worst team in the Big 12. We're clearly the worst. :)

Chris Bailey 9 years, 3 months ago

Does anyone know who the two recruits are that we got over NU?

KURiggins 9 years, 3 months ago

Those who cannot coach comment ! I forgot...comebacks are easy ..especially 35 points

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