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Nebraska defeats Kansas, 20-3

  • 6 p.m., Nov. 13, 2010
  • Nebraska Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Going nowhere: Kansas offense sputters

Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David stops Kansas running back James Sims during the third quarter, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David stops Kansas running back James Sims during the third quarter, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Turner Gill

Kansas coach Turner Gill talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 20-3 loss to Nebraska on Nov. 13, 2010.

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— In the press box at Nebraska University’s Memorial Stadium, there’s a poster from 1983 that features Kansas University coach Turner Gill in his Nebraska gear and the headline “The Scoring Explosion.”

Watching from the opposite sideline for the first time in his life Saturday, Gill’s Jayhawks were anything but explosive during a 20-3 loss to their coach’s alma mater.

Offensively, this game was historically bad. In 47 plays from scrimmage, Kansas managed just 87 yards, marking its lowest total since tallying 67 in a loss to Texas in 2001. What’s more, the five first downs were the fewest in a game since KU moved the chains just four times against Cincinnati in 1997. In his third start at quarterback, junior Quinn Mecham was just 3-of-13 for 15 yards and one interception.

“It’s not just a Quinn thing,” Gill said. “I think it’s our whole offense. Our offensive line, they gotta do better. Our running backs, our receivers, everybody’s gotta play better. Some of it’s the quarterback, and some of it was just Nebraska. They’re a good football team, and they’re very good on the defensive side of the ball.”

So, too, was Kansas (3-7 overall, 1-5 in Big 12), which held the Cornhuskers’ high-powered attack to its third-lowest point total this season.

If this would’ve been a scrimmage between the two defenses, KU might have come away with a victory. Instead, both offenses took the field, too, and that greatly benefited Nebraska.

“I feel like we let the defense down a little bit,” KU sophomore receiver Bradley McDougald said.

Added red-shirt freshman Tyler Patmon, who recorded an interception for the second straight game: “I’m proud of my defense. But at the end of the day, we didn’t get the win, so it means nothing. We played good, but not good enough.”

The Kansas defense was up to the task early. After the offense stalled in Nebraska territory on the game’s opening drive, KU forced the Huskers into a three-and-out.

Two possessions later, the defense did it again.

In fact, Nebraska (9-1, 5-1) didn’t gain a first down until the 3:24 mark of the first quarter. Seven plays later, NU took the lead when running back Rex Burkhead raced in from four yards out with 33 seconds to play in the first.

While KU’s offense continued to struggle — Mecham sacks halted KU’s first four drives, and Kansas converted just two of 13 third downs — the Cornhuskers were content to pound away. With 3:05 to play in the first half, NU pushed its lead to 14-0 with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a highlight-reel, 20-yard TD run from Roy Helu Jr. The drive featured a crucial third-down conversion pass from Taylor Martinez to Niles Paul, something the Jayhawks struggled with all night.

Asked why NU had so much success on third down (9 of 17), Patmon said it was just a matter of the guys in red making more plays.

“We have to get off the field and give our offense better field position,” Patmon said.

The second half was an even better indication of how well KU’s defense played. Despite being outgained 204-40 in total yards, KU gave up just six points. Remember, this is the same defense that surrendered 55 points to Baylor, 59 to Kansas State and 45 to Texas A&M in consecutive games earlier this season.

A well timed blitz on a third-down play inside KU territory early in the fourth kept KU’s hopes alive. The Jayhawks also forced three fumbles (Jake Laptad and Patrick Dorsey both were credited) and recovered one (Steven Johnson). In addition to Patmon’s interception, KU nearly had two others.

“They did a great job tonight,” McDougald said. When you’re supposed to get blown out and you hold ’em to 20 points, I’d say the defense did a great job.”

The Kansas offense, however, scored just three points and never truly threatened. Despite that fact, Gill was somewhat upbeat about his team’s effort.

“I’m proud of our football team,” he said. “Our guys played well, played tough and played hard throughout the football game.”

Comments

KSseahawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Conference season scoreboard: 252-95 (35 points scored in 11 minutes of 1 game...that's nearly 37% of the entire scoring output in 6 games). That's an average of 42-16 per game.

Take that anamoly out of the equation and you get 252 - 60 for an average score of 42-10. But that wouldn't be fair since they did demonstrate what they're capable of.

True the margin has been smaller in the recent games (and we get to throw in an unlikely win), but look for that margin to grow against OSU.

1.9 yards per play 3 total points 1.2 yards per pass play - isn't that tough to do?

Defense played well, but the offense couldn't do anything to sustain a drive to get the defense rest...as usual. Progress???...if you believe in moral victories and see only what you want to see. Look at the whole package and they're back on TV...interesting they've played their poorest when the cameras are rolling.

All that said...Turner and the team need to learn from the KSU game, where they were wildly underprepared and less than exuberant, and get up for the MU game like it's our BCS game. How awesome would it be to say that we beat a quality MU team on a neutral field, during a miserable year. They could forget the disaster this year has been and actually have something positive to build on next year.

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OneManJury 3 years, 5 months ago

I replayed the final minute of the game. I have no problem with a pass from the 50 yard line that brought the ball to the 32 with almost one minute to go. Shawn Watson calls the offensive plays for NU, not Bo, and offense was on Kansas' side of the field with almost 1 minute left and Kansas still had two timeouts. After that pass, with a first down in hand and about 32 seconds on the clock, I expected Martinez to handoff or take a knee. He didn't. He attempted a pass to the 10 yard line--that was a bad call by Watson. Martinez then went back into a formation and was obviously in "I want to score now" mode. Bo called the timeout to stop him from scoring and tell him to take a knee. There was no malice in that last timeout; Bo saw that Martinez was trying to score and he stopped him. The NU fans got pissed because they thought someone was calling a timeout to run up the score; thankfully, that did not happen.

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dahawk40 3 years, 5 months ago

What's up with all this talk about Nebraska being a classless program? I was at the game last night decked out in Jayhawk blue and I can't even count the number of people that came up to me and wished KU a good game and thanked me for visiting. Also, not a single fan booed when KU took the field last night. That's a lot more than our student section can boast. Nebraska is a class act and KU should be happy that Turner was mentored by such a great coach (Dr. Tom)

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kal110386 3 years, 5 months ago

Holy crap, stop complaining about running about the score and being classless. It has nothing to do with class. It's a football game and the purpose is to put points on the board. Don't blame Nebraska for trying to score, if KU can't stop them then they can't stop them. The fault lies solely on the lack of defense if the score ever gets out of control. It's part of the game. Show up, play defense, or get scored on... end of story.

Also, stop telling people not to post here. This isn't a "KU only" website. It's a public website reporting news for the city of Lawrence.

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Layne Pierce 3 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Bo called the timeout to tell Martinez not to throw into the end zone. Fact is, Bo is not happy that the Nebraska fans are still crazy about TG.

Biggest thing in the game was our offensive line. They stink. Tom Brady couldn't have passed behind our line. We have the worst line I have seen. If we are going to improve every lineman has to go back under the gun. Improve or move.

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grandpa 3 years, 5 months ago

I was more impressed with our defense than in any other game this year. We made some mistakes but there was some good tackline. Our defensive backs are still poor but I was impressed with #30 and #33. They played with some energy and looked sharp. I really do not know what to say about all three of our quarterbacks. They struggle and all three of them would be sitting on the bench if playing for other teams. We had some poor play calling by the coaches. Our quarterback had a very poor night with his passing as he just does not have the arm. Nebraska did a good job covering our receivers abut our QB kept the ball too long . When he finds the receivers covered, he tucks the ball for a run and never looks up again ato try and find an open receiver. He does this time and time again and then maybe makes 3 yards on his run. 87yds offense is very poor. We should have been throwing the ball a lot more.

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KSA_21_3503 3 years, 5 months ago

"Classy" this and "classy" that. No one cares. This is college football.

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100 3 years, 5 months ago

NU fans: thanks for the 117 years.

Curious why the NU fans booed as the teams & coaches walked off the field?

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Andy Tweedy 3 years, 5 months ago

Off the topic of NU, but on the topic of football. Anybody hear if Bourbon is still a RB? One thing we most certainly will have next year is an abundance of running backs, with Sims, Sands, Bourbon, Smith and Miller. I know it's necessary to have a lot of backs, but these guys are all young as well. Just curious if anybody has heard anything.

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100 3 years, 5 months ago

Great point one man jury.

Hard to be critical of anything KU did.

We certainly are playing some solid ball.

The only thing I would have liked to see more of, since they were keying on our runs & receivers, was play actions over the middle to Biere, away from the cornerbacks; their defensive scheme was only weak in the in between spots & only for a brief moment, so we indeed had our work cut out.

5 yard play action passes to big thick tight ends while sucking in their line & linebackers might have worked.

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OneManJury 3 years, 5 months ago

to HawkFromHays"Throw the frickin ball downfield! We have nothing to lose!!!!" Dennard and Amukamara, NU's corners, are probably the best cornerbacks in college football. It is generally a very bad idea to throw against either of those two. That's why they call them "lockdown corners" and why Amukamara is Mel Kiper's #3 NFL draft pick for this year's class. Find a different reason to criticize the QB. Short passes and a run game are a team's best chance to beat NU. Passing downfield is a high-percentage risk for a turnover. The interception Dennard got against KU was well-thrown and should have been a completion, but Dennard is an exceptional cornerback.

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actorman 3 years, 5 months ago

For all of you NU trolls who keep defending Osborne, explain to me why NU was ahead of KU 33-0 late in the second quarter in Lawrence one year and he went for two. His explanation afterwards was something ridiculous like KU had an explosive offense and was always capable of coming back. Of course NU was its usual 45 or 50-point favorite in that game.

And that doesn't even get into all the defending of players like Lawrence Phillips, Christian Peters, etc., etc. Yep, that Tom Osborne was one helluva classy guy ...

Go Huskers ... and don't let the Big XII door hit your sorry a**es on the way out.

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babyjay1 3 years, 5 months ago

Ok, I am going to miss the ridiculous posts from husker fans who are obviously such intelligent life forms that they cannot find their own message boards. And Likilroy is such as intelligent man that he can accurately judge the quality of his children's teachers, or not.... I'm sure that you have hurt the feelings of all KU fans :( Those of us that are actually in the education field might actually know more about this topic than you do but of course, you and the rest of your little husker group are just mad because we actually competed, even with NO offense on our part - you still couldn't cover the spread and really, didn't play all that well. Enjoy the Big 10 - adios!!!!

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LiKilroy 3 years, 5 months ago

My kids have teacher that are from KU, KSU and MU. KU teachers have less on the ball then those who have degrees from KSU and MU. KU educations bites. Rock Chaulk JH--WTF>>>

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huxley 3 years, 5 months ago

I've changed my mind. I like Turner, think he's a great coach, and heck, my spouse is from Hays. But, given the crankiness here I'd like to be in better company. In the Texas League, I think I'll be rooting for Boomer Sooner (at least until Bevo decides to fold it in 2015). Really a better class of fans.

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Bob Zielinski 3 years, 5 months ago

Two plays stick out in the game in terms of the KU players 'playing hard'. Nebraska was allowed to convert a 3rd and 25. Niles Paul makes the catch over the middle by jumping up and snagging the ball out of the air. KU's player barely tapped him with his forearms. A real hit would have given Paul the incentive to drop that pass. Paul drops balls left and right game in and game out.

As Helu was tightroping the sideline about to score a TD, a KU player pushed him into the endzone. He could have easily pushed him out of bounds or even tried to tackle Helu but instead he shoved Helu in for a TD.

Just sloppy plays. Plays where it sure didn't look like KU was 'playing hard'.

Also, who cares if Nebraska was passing with 30 seconds left in the game? It is part of football and Nebraska does have a tough game against Texas A&M next Saturday to prepare for with a QB who missed last week and was not exactly crisp in the passing game against KU.

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Janet Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

If Bill Self wasn't such a class guy, he would send the final departing message to NU by laying 125 points twice on the hapless Doc Sadler and the NU junior high basketball team. Poor Doc, he looks like he shops exclusively for clothes at Lincoln's Salvation Army Store for the Homeless.

I don't fault NU going to the Big 10. Not at all; only if KU were so fortunate. I do fault NU, though, for their pompous and arrogant attitude in going about it. But then, they're a bunch of country hicks, so their behavior matches their pedigree.

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100 3 years, 5 months ago

What a great memory we will always have regarding our last two snaps against Nebraska....

Leading 20-3 with 30 seconds to go & a kneel down away from running out the clock, with NU's players' bodies needing to be protected for a BCS run, Bo Pelini decides to throw not one but two deep balls against the already defeated Jayhawks.

First his QB got drilled in the backfield. Then, throwing again, the surprised KU defense viciously but cleanly tackles NU's receiver. Then with 5 seconds left he calls timeout. After talking about it for 30 seconds on the sideline, Bo decided to kneel down because he wouldn't want to be seen as classless.

What could have possibly been the reason for all this?

Perhaps because the final score of the 2nd half was:

NU 6 KU 3

.... Did Bo have a bet in Vegas? Did their QB's dad have a bet in Vegas & was going against coach's orders?

Unfortunately we lost, but we can always remember the spirit of their fans as NU's team walked off the field, getting booed by their own fans.

For what it's hard to know.

Maybe all 85,000 of them had money on the 2nd half in Vegas. Judging from the ESPN boards during the game, the over-under & how much they "put down" is about all they talked about.

Was Bo running desperation plays with a 17 point lead to win the 2nd half over-under in Vegas for his 85,000 followers?

Is that why he got booed leaving the Stadium last night?

And is that why Nebraska's fans left early? (pretty much unheard of no matter the score in Lincoln)

What the he'll was Bo doing?

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BIGREDTIME 3 years, 5 months ago

Ku played pretty well especially the defensive line. But if Martinez was hundred percent and his throws were crisper that could have been very ugly

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russkie10 3 years, 5 months ago

NU fans classy? Don't be so stupid. They were booing the last second time-out because they were in freeezing cold weather and wanted the game to end so they could go home.

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huxley 3 years, 5 months ago

So, Bo is classless,like Osborne, Devaney and every other NU coach going back to D.X. Bible. OK. Bo went from nothin' to a top ten team in his third year. Enough said. Stick with Turner and you might see the same thing.

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Janet Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

Bo can't think or communicate and chew gum at the same time. Therefore, why does he sound so dumb all the time? The answer is obvious.

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Brian Leiker 3 years, 5 months ago

This defense will be embarrassed next week, just like everyone else that plays OSU. NU is a run oriented offense and it plays into Torbush and our defense's strengths. Torbush is awful against the spread and is why he was canned at aTm. 800 yards is the over under on next weekend's game.

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lama 3 years, 5 months ago

The teams played for the 105th straight year. The nation's longest continuous series ends with Nebraska heading to the Big Ten next year, and Pelini was anything but sentimental about it.

"I don't care," the third-year coach said. "It's part of the deal. We're moving on. I haven't been around the series very long, so it doesn't bother me much."

You stay classy, Bo.

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huxley 3 years, 5 months ago

I was at the game yesterday as a life-long Nebraska fan. KU played tough, and smart. I thought my "favorite" team in the Texas League was going to be either Mizzou or Oklahoma, but after seeing that, and knowing Mangino left a pretty bare cupboard for Turner, I think I'll go with KU. I've read a couple of "experts" here and elsewhere that gave the coaching in this game a "B" or "B-". They're idiots. Stick with Turner. He'll have "us" walking in the tall grass with the big dogs in no time.

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Mark Lindrud 3 years, 5 months ago

When you start a program with someone else's players it can take time to put the right ingredients to put the program on track. Yes, we have been beaten like a rag doll a few teams and that has left a bad taste in our mouths.

We have had some ups such as upsetting then ranked Georgia Tech and yes they may not look that good now, but it was still a great feeling. We also had the amazing comeback against Colorado. We can say CU stinks and they collapsed against us, but it was an amazing feeling once again.

We have watched this team grow and show signs of improvement in some areas so we can say that there are things to look forward to. Could we be a bowl team next year? Too early to tell because we need to improve in other areas still. Gill is learning about his players and realizing what he has. If you look at his recruiting he has been addressing areas of concern so he is no fool. We can bag on him all we want at the moment, but slowly but surely he is showing he knows what he is doing so we need to be patient this year.

I maybe critical at times of the team like the rest of us because I want to win. I for one am going to support him until he truly gives me a reason otherwise and this year I will watch with the intention of seeing a team grow and get better even if it does not show in the win column.

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troutsee 3 years, 5 months ago

Overall, I was encouraged by our play. The defense looked the best it has all year and seemed to be working together and staying within their rush lanes. The offense was pretty vanilla but still made no major blunders and received only one penalty that I can recall. I thought we would be able to run the ball against them like ISU and Texas did. That was a disappointment, but overall we played like a team and looked like a team and that was very encouraging. Consider also that it was a hostile environment. I think the team is improving. We'll see this week when we will face an entirely different style of offense, one like Baylor, which gave us a lot of trouble.

I thought Opurum looked very good last night in his new position and that our linebackers were flowing to the ball well. And this Patman kid, looks like a player, maybe the next Talib.

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jhox 3 years, 5 months ago

Even the writer for the Lincoln newspaper found it curious that the Bugeaters were trying to pass as the clock ran down...he stopped short of calling it classless, I'm sure because he needs to maintain access to the locker room, but here's the excerpt from that article:

...(the offense) "" was frustrating enough that the Huskers were still throwing the football in the final minute, even calling a timeout with 10 seconds left before taking a knee.

What was that about?

"We always try to score," Bo said.

And, no, he said he didn't care about any BCS style points or anything like that."

Like I said before, classless. The one and only defense he could use for this sort of thing would be to contend he did it for BCS style points, and he denied doing it for that reason.

I wish Mangino hadn't called off the dogs in 2007 when we could have hung 100 on them. We clearly quit trying to score in the final quarter, or it very easily could have been 100. I remember NU fans up in arms over that game, and a Nebraska writer coming to KU's defense, saying if Mangino would have really wanted to run up the score, it would have been a lot worse than it was.

You know last night's actions (passing and calling the timeout) had to be classless when their own fans booed the decision.

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danno1313 3 years, 5 months ago

I could get 10 guys off my block to join me and we could produce more offense than KU! 86 yards???? Really??? What a joke!

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jhwkfan162515 3 years, 5 months ago

Okay. Okay. Nebr@$$ka, you've beaten Kansas. Are you satisfied? Now get out of here! Go off to the Big 10! Don't ever show your worthless faces in our stadium again! And may your new conference be a curse to you for the rest of your miserable existence!

Hey Kansas fans! Let's rejoice! No more Nebr@$$ka! No more idiotic Husker fans taking over our town every two years! Let's celebrate the departure of the Nebr@$$ka!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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jhox 3 years, 5 months ago

I couldn't agree more, Notigers4me. I believe we need to give the guy at least 3 seasons before we can begin to judge him as a coach. My early complaint was that his team wasn't playing hard for him. That seems to have been corrected in recent weeks. This is a work in progress.

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LiKilroy 3 years, 5 months ago

Nebraska has more class then any KU fan, team or graduate will EVER have!!! The only good thing in KU is Gill, only because he was raised by Dr. Tom!!

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Jack Brooks 3 years, 5 months ago

Agree with notigers. For the last 2 years our "experienced" O-line has been projected to be a strength but has been a liability. They play soft. They lack pride in themselves and their teammates. Hopefully Gill's O-line recruits come in and take over soon. These nancies we have up front now don't deserve to wear the uniform.

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notigers4me 3 years, 5 months ago

The O-line issue started two years ago the # 1 quarterback in KU history with two NFL type receivers had trouble scoring. Now take the fact that we don't even have those guys around anymore you can pin this years losses onto Mangino's butt. Gill is playing with the cards given to him and it's a pretty lousy hand. We need to give Gill some time to really see if he is a decent coach or not. I think he is but who can really tell with this team. The old addage "Wait till next year" is going to have to apply to Kansas, even them it may take at least two years for Kansas to field a winning team. Let's only hope that Gill is really up to the challenge.

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kupopp 3 years, 5 months ago

There are only two times that "Dr. Tom" would even consider running up the score: when they were at home and when they were on the road.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

In 1997 we had 4 first downs against cincy. People used phrase like "give him time" "his players" "two or three years" and the coached rewarded us with 60some yards of offense 5 years later. . . See where I'm headed with this?!?!?!?!?

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 5 months ago

Man, if we could have last year's offense with this year's defense, that would be interesting. Nice job defense. Keep working hard.

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jhox 3 years, 5 months ago

At least we didn't get embarrassed, thanks to the defense. I really like Torbush. The best teams are built on solid defense, and we have some good young players on that side of the ball. They've come a long way since the Baylor and KSU games. They're bringing in a lot of new offensive linemen next year and speedy running backs. I believe the future could be pretty bright if we give Gill a chance to recruit better athletes. The move of Opurum (I probably speed it wrong) is looking pretty good right now. We finally have a pass rushing lineman.

How about NU's trying to add a touchdown in the final seconds last night? I'm glad to see they're leaving the Big 12 with the same strong sense of sportsmanship they had under Osborne (like the time classless Tom went for 2 ahead 33-0 going into half time of a game in Lawrence.) I only heard last nights game on the radio, but I believe the NU fans actually booed the NU coaching staff over that lack of class at the end of the game last night. At least their fans showed some class in letting the coaching staff know that the passing plays and the late time out call were not appreciated. No wonder Osborne picked Polini over Gill a few years back. He knew Gill had too much class to ever try to pull something like that, and "Run it up Tom" wouldn't like someone coaching his team who was unwilling to run up the score late on an already beaten team.

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panalytic 3 years, 5 months ago

Seems like we played well and competed hard against a highly ranked team at their stadium. We played a lot better than most people expected. The team has improved.

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Marc Frey 3 years, 5 months ago

There is a reason Keegan predicted a 4-10 season. And that was probably based on a victory over ND State. Simply put, if we could throw the ball we would. I do believe that HCTG knows what to do. There was a reason Meachem was the third string QB and a reason why the other two QBs had to fight it out for #1. KU was not going to be a good team this year. But, as we saw over the last two weeks, thay can beat the #11 team in the Big 12, and keep NU from scoring 50 points when their starting QB is coming off an injury.

Bottom line: Lack of talent.

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Janet Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

The "no talent" KU offensive line couldn't block a defensive front made up of 90 year old invalid widows in wheel chairs. Have they no pride?! Or are they just that bad?

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Ashwin Rao 3 years, 5 months ago

Bring back "street ball". As soon as we go back to the playbook we do badly!

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HawkfromHays 3 years, 5 months ago

Throw the frickin ball downfield! We have nothing to lose!!!!

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