Monday, November 15, 2010

Turner Gill: Nebraska simply ‘won battle’ against Kansas

Huskers controlled line of scrimmage in win

Kansas head coach Turner Gill leaves the field following the Jayhawks' 20-3 loss to Nebraska, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Kansas head coach Turner Gill leaves the field following the Jayhawks' 20-3 loss to Nebraska, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.


Trying to explain why his offense gained just 87 yards and five first downs during Kansas University’s 20-3 loss to Nebraska on Saturday night, KU coach Turner Gill simply said his team could not get anything going.

Sunday night, a few hours after reviewing the game film for the first time, Gill had a more specific answer.

“(Nebraska) executed at the line of scrimmage,” he said. “That was really the bottom line. Their front four or seven beat our front six or seven guys. When (that happens), you cannot run the football, and their pass defense was very, very good. They won the battle.”

After picking up 20 yards and a first down on the first possession of the game, the Jayhawks had four straight offensive possessions end with Nebraska sacks.

Sunday, Gill continued to give credit to the Nebraska defense for his team’s sluggish offensive night. Several Jayhawks who faced NU’s vaunted “Blackshirts” defense were right there with him.

“We were all frustrated as an offense collectively,” wide receiver Bradley McDougald said. “When you got that much pressure in your face, there’s only so many plays that you can make.”

After the game, NU defensive coordinator Carl Pelini told reporters that what he saw from the KU offense was drastically different than most of what he scouted on the six weeks of game film he watched leading up to the game. Gill didn’t divulge how much his offense changed but did say that the Jayhawks gave a few new looks.

“There’s always little adjustments here and there,” he said. “Every week we try to do something a little bit different, but you still do some base things always. We gotta find a way to make some plays. They executed better than we did.”

Gill not bothered

Gill didn’t have much to say Sunday night about the fact the Nebraska offense continued to pass late in the game despite owning a 17-point lead.

Nebraska threw two passes — one from the shotgun — in the final minute and also called timeout with 10 seconds to play.

Asked for his reaction, Gill said: “I don’t have any thoughts.”

The late aerial attack angered fans from both sides, and several made their displeasure known on KU and NU Internet message boards.

Asked after the game what his intention was, head coach Bo Pelini said he was trying to get his offense more work.

Mecham still the man?

Though junior quarterback Quinn Mecham endured the worst game of his three starts (3-of-13 for 15 yards and one interception) this season, Gill said he never considered benching him in favor of backups Kale Pick or Jordan Webb.

Asked Sunday if Mecham would remain the starter for this week’s game against Oklahoma State — 11 a.m. Saturday in Lawrence — Gill was noncommittal.

“We’re gonna discuss it a little more (today) and may come to a decision Tuesday,” he said.


Ben Kliewer 3 years, 5 months ago

You know what I think? I think that Gill has lost all the players, none of them ever show up to practice, Osborne called President Obama to have him issue a decree that didn't allow KU to lose by more than 17, our football team should have gone undefeated and won a national championship this year, all our players are slow and fat, yet all our losses are Gill's fault for some reason, the low quality of our players is somehow Gill's fault, even though most of them are Mangino's recruits, and Mangino is perfect and can do no wrong. Wait, oh, I'm sorry, I don't think any of those things. You know why? Because that would be ridiculous. Bring back the Navy Blue Uniforms!


Lance Cheney 3 years, 5 months ago

If Nebraska was supposed to keep the score low, they wouldn't be passing the ball in the final minute of the game with a 17-point lead. I think that might just be an excuse for Husker fans to help them save face after only winning by 17 at home against one of the worst teams in Division-I college football.


honk_for_hawks 3 years, 5 months ago

new coaches NEVER do well. especially when most of the best players graduate/leave early the year before. the only time new coaches ever even do okay is when they are hired from within or when they are a blueblood with ridiculous amounts of talent sitting around (like OU,USC, etc). you cannot judge a guy in his first year at a program. usually after 3 years you can tell if they are gonna work out. by then, their first recruiting class will have come in, redshirted and played at least one season. so gill deserves at least that. plus, he isn't going anywhere anyway for at least that long. no buyout clause means KU sure as hell isn't going to pay him 8 million just to leave.


jeffthejayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

I think we need to pick our poison. We can either try to win, turn the ball over a few times and lose 55-7 or keep from turning the ball over 4 times and run the same old plays and lose 20-3. Either way, Gill is not going to win anyone over this year and especially not in these last 3 games against ranked teams.


caribhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Carl Pelini said KU had new offensive wrinkles (maybe McDougald at wildcat), but it clearly didn't make a difference, it was still basically a predictable running offense which looked like a handful of plays. The only semi-impressive offensive performance was 2nd game of year against Georgia Tech when Turner scrapped everything from the N. Dakota State game and went to a spread offensve that resembled the Mangino years, so he could get the ball in the hands of KU's wide receivers - - the only weapons that KU has. That plan has since been scrapped for a conservative run offense, although KU's strength remains at wide receiver. KU refuses to help out an inexperienced q-back by giving him 3-step drops to throw short slants and screen passes. The offensive play calling is horrible and really doesn't require any scouting. I don't think Turner was in the mood to give his former team a tussle even if KU could, Turner was not about to call any trick plays that might "embarrass" his former school. Just glad that Hawkins was coaching Colorado when we played them, and not interim coach Cabral. Regarding recruiting, per, KU is 8th in the Big 12 in recruiting, not good, not horrible, but only one 4-star recruit - - definitely not the "fantastic" recruiting that everyone seemed to think that TG would bring. May as well play the young guys the last 2 games of the season, it doesn't appear this staff knows the best players that should be on the field anyway.


grandpa 3 years, 5 months ago

Everything starts with the quarterback. Bottom line is Kansas does not have a quarterback. LMecham holds the ball too long befor geting rid of it. Pitiful showing on his passing. Donit blame it all on the Nebraska defense.


Layne Pierce 3 years, 5 months ago

As a rational person, I am greatly amused by the debate going on here between the everything is bad, and everything is good crowds. We are not a very good football team, ok, but we are a better team than we were 3 weeks ago. How good are the recruits Gill has commitments from? Well, we will find out, but we do know that Gill is looking for leaner, faster meaner players. Heaven knows we need them.

When he took the job, he said he was looking to build a dynasty, well we are on the way, but don't be surprised if he does not commit suicide or a game, or a couple of games. He is trying to look big picture.

No Nebraska. I think that's great. It gives us a chance to get the elephant off our psyche. KState owns Texas, Texas owns Nebraska, Nebraska makes a crying B- out of us.

Do any of you negative types really think that Mangino would have won any more games with this bunch? And where are all the great players Mangino recruited? He certainly did not recruit a lot of great quarterbacks? There was never really anybody to replace Reesing.

For you wow, we are getting better types, yes, we are, but so is everybody else. To have a winning season we have to get better better than other people. Think about that.


jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 5 months ago

Ahpersecoachingexperience-I hear you and it is time to make some decisions on wheather we want to continue down this road or not. It appears that this team has been mismanaged from the start. All you have to do is look at the past record of loses and to the teams we loss to. Gill has loss this team and its not going to get better. Did anyone see the game between Ball State and Buffalo the other night? Ball State 20 - Buffalo 3. It appears Gill didn't do any recruiting there either. We haven't see any thing good about the recruits that are coming in here. I am afraid that its more of the same if he stays here. Nu didn't want to make Gill look bad up here. The word going around up here is that the score was to be held low!!!!!!


Jayhawk1075 3 years, 5 months ago

Game went a little better than I expected. Nice defensive play. Let's keep working on it Hawks.



kufootball2008 3 years, 5 months ago

Our defense played great (for themselves). O-Line pretty decent as well, but still a little inconsistent.

Hard for any defense not to play well against a team that runs the same off-tackle handoff each play. Still unsure why we don't air it out from time to time. We've got good receivers. Perhaps the most frustraing thing for me this season has been our offensive play calling. Just don't get it.


ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

Tired of losing. Sick of reading false optimism. Tired of losing. Sick of homers who are satisfied with 3 wins and empty memorial stadium. Tired of losing. Sick of thinking what osu's balanced attack is going to do to us. Tired of losing. Sick and tired of being sick and tired. Going out of the country for a few days, have at it homers.


jhox 3 years, 5 months ago

I'd like to see Pick get a chance to run the offense this week. He won the job outright before the season started, then lost it after one game when, clearly, he had no help from the rest of the offense. I'd like to see what he might be able to do if given a second chance. Webb clearly has the best arm, but he's pretty careless with the ball. Meachum seems to me to have been the most poised of the 3 QB's. Pick is clearly the best runner. I still have no idea if he can throw a pass. The couple of times he's had a chance to play, the offensive line hasn't given him a chance.


NebraskaJayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Great game defensively for Kansas really. Not bad. Bring that intensity to every game.

Offensively, I knew we would struggle. Not sure why we didn't keep McDougal in the "Wildcat". That was actually pretty successful.


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