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Missouri defeats Kansas, 35-7

  • 11:30 a.m., Nov. 27, 2010
  • Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Beat like a drum: Tigers dismantle Kansas in finale

Missouri's Randy Ponder (28) scores the team's second touchdown. Kansas and Missouri met at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday for the 119th game in the rivalry series.

Missouri's Randy Ponder (28) scores the team's second touchdown. Kansas and Missouri met at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday for the 119th game in the rivalry series.

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The Jayhawks lost to the Tigers in the Border Showdown, 35-7.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Turner Gill

Kansas coach Turner Gill talks after the Jayhawks' 35-7 loss to Missouri on Nov. 27, 2010.

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— Maybe T.J. Moe had it right.

Five days after the Missouri wide receiver drew some heat for saying Kansas University’s football team had no advantages in this year’s Border War at Arrowhead Stadium, Moe’s offense and the entire KU team proved that claim to be true as the Tigers rolled to a 35-7 victory against Kansas.

The Tigers scored touchdowns on three of their first four drives and outgained the Jayhawks 397-141 in total offense. The 141 yards against were the best for a Mizzou defense in the Big 12 era.

“The game was kind of out of hand from the jump because we put our offense in a hole,” KU senior safety Chris Harris said. “(Missouri) had a lot of talent, they had a lot of depth, and they had a great offensive gameplan. We let ’em get up 21-0 at half, and the way our offense is playing, we can’t let people score like that.”

In the fourth straight edition of the Border War played at the neutral site, the Tigers improved to 3-1 against the Jayhawks at Arrowhead. KU’s only victory in the past four seasons came in 2008. While those games featured split crowds and eye-popping plays, Saturday’s did not. Missouri fans outnumbered those in crimson and blue by at least a three-to-one margin. In all, 55,788 people were at Arrowhead, which holds 79,400.

In many ways, it was the most appropriate ending to a season that ever has been scripted. KU coach Turner Gill’s first season mercifully came to a close with Gill’s club mixing a few moments of hope with many more moments of despair. Just as had been the case all season, the Jayhawks struggled on offense, threw up little resistance on defense and finished the season 3-9 overall and 1-7 in Big 12 play.

“It hurts,” KU sophomore Kale Pick said. “This is obviously one of the biggest games of the season for us. It hurts that we didn’t come out on top today, and the game just didn’t go our way.”

Making his first start in more than a month, red-shirt freshman quarterback Jordan Webb was wildly ineffective. Webb missed open receivers, held the ball too long and was sacked five times. He also suffered a concussion late, which, Gill said, was the reason Gill went to junior Quinn Mecham for the team’s final few drives.

Though Webb’s play — 7-of-20 for 45 yards and two interceptions — was not the reason the Jayhawks lost, it was a good indicator of the way things went for Kansas.

KU’s first four drives all ended badly and each in a different way. A three-and-out to start, which featured two Missouri sacks, came first. It was followed by a missed field goal by KU senior Jacob Branstetter that capped a 12-play drive. Moments later, KU stalled after going for it on fourth-and-three near midfield. And, finally, Webb threw the first of his interceptions on the first play of the next series.

“I need to give credit to Missouri’s defense,” Gill said. “They are a very good defensive football team. They made plays.”

Despite trailing 250-72 in total offense and 21-0 on the scoreboard, Gill said he felt good about his team’s chances at halftime.

“I thought if we can keep them to 21 points, we’d be able to come back and win the football game,” he said. “Our guys responded with an interception, we came back and scored, but, offensively, we just weren’t able to make enough plays.”

KU cut the MU lead to 21-7 with 5:42 remaining in the third quarter. Freshman running back James Sims — 21 carries for 82 yards — plowed in from three yards out to give KU some life.

However, the Tigers quickly stamped out KU’s chances when Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert led an 11-play, five-minute scoring drive that pushed the lead to 28-7. Gabbert’s one-yard TD plunge capped the drive and essentially put the game away.

Like so many other postgame news conferences this season, much of Saturday’s session was spent talking about the big picture. Doing that made the most recent Border War loss easier to take for Kansas because it gave Gill and company a chance to look forward while also pointing out the progress — however small it may have been — that was made in recent weeks.

After being outscored 159-24 during the first three games of Big 12 play (against Baylor, Kansas State and Texas A&M), the Jayhawks performed much better against much tougher opponents (No. 9 Nebraska, No. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 15 Missouri) to close the season.

KU lost the last three games of its season by a combined total of 103-24.

Despite that fact, Gill was not overly thrilled and looked like a man with a lot of work ahead of him.

“We’d like to end with W’s,” he said. “We’re here to win football games. But I think we improved. No matter what your record is, you want to see your guys improve. Our guys improved every single day and every single week, and we just have to continue to move forward.”

Comments

ahpersecoachingexperience 4 years ago

103-24 not that shows great improvement over the course of the season. Fire this clown now!

Jayhawk1075 4 years ago

This year we have:

  1. New coaching staff.
  2. New system.
  3. Weak talent.
  4. Young and inexperienced players in key positions.

Last year we had none of those things and lost 7 games in a row. So how is this all Turner Gill's fault?

Be honest, KU football has always sucked. We had one really good season because we had some talented guys in key spots and an easy schedule. Yes, Mangino made some improvements....he put perfume on a turd and that only after 4 seasons. This program still sucks and I am willing to wait and see if TG can do anything. It was never going to happen this season if it all. You should be glad we won any games this year. This isn't basketball. Suck it up. If he can't do it then he'll get canned in a year or two. What's the worst that could happen? That we'll end up looking like Kansas football? HA!

Man, KU fans can be such whiners and you are the worst of the bunch.....

Rick Arnoldy 4 years ago

Treat them like men so the play like men. Names on the jerseys. Cut the curfew crap. They're old enough to talk on a cell phone on Friday night. If someone steps out of line you deal with it then.

wxhawk 4 years ago

Though they are older kids, they are still kids. 18-23 ages still have a lot to learn. Gill is emphasizing character. They may seem a little absurd, but he's the boss, and he's teaching these players to respect the authority they fall under.

Never judge a coach based on his first season. Give him a chance to recruit players. Mangino went heavy on the junior college transfers. That's one reason he was able to get a fast start. He needed them to carry the first few seasons so he could get the high school recruits to come.

Link006 4 years ago

Those uniforms were a travesty as far as I am concerned, and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who was bothered by the Jayhawks on the back where the name should be.

The uniforms should be: blue helmet, blue jersey, gray pants; PERIOD. White on the road, Crimson alternate. The blue on blue look does not look nearly as good as blue on the gray and white on white looks horrible unless you are the Kansas City Chiefs. Even KC couldn't pull off white on white with a white helmet though.

I would like to see KU not plaster their Trajan font on EVERY stinking uniform we have in every single sport. I still do not understand why it is thought to be necessary; we are the only college I know of that does it.

Jim Pendleton 4 years ago

Couldn't agree more on this issue. Your second paragraph on what uniforms should be is right on the mark. Frankly I hate showing up for this game wondering what new wacky uniform combo's we will be wearing this year. Didn't like last year's, and this year they looked like a cross between man from glad and an ice cream truck driver.

Granted, we have more pressing problems than this, but let's use the uni's that in recent years really looked good, and we had success as well.

bg_duck1 4 years ago

Gray pants are TERRIBLE!!! We should never wear those again. Ever.
All whites yesterday looked like we were waving the white flag before the game even began...hate to say it but I'm glad this disaster of a season is over.

caribhawk 4 years ago

"Link" your comments on the uniforms, unfortunately I think those are the decisions where TG spends most of his time! Could KU look more bland, rumour is next year KU will only have a "U" on their totally white helmet and TG will remove the numbers from uniforms....We now know that KU has the 3 worst QBs in the Big 12, and the worst coach, there will need to be big upgrades next year. The highlights and lowlights of this year? Highlight - beating Georgia Tech in 2nd game after TG abandoned the pure running approach from the loss against N. Dakota State and went back to a spread offense that looked like the 3 previous years with intent of getting the ball in the hands of KU best weapons - - the wide receivers. Lowlights - too many to mention. KU abandons the spread offense after its only win and goes back to conservative play calling, run on first and second downs, and then leaving inexperienced QBs with a horrible offensive line to pass on what is usually 3rd and long. In retrospect, the worst game was K-State killing KU in Lawrence 59-7. The kind of rushing yards that K-State has given up all year (almost getting beat yesterday by a 3-9 team from the Sun Belt conference and giving up 270 yards to a N. Texas running back) and they still demolish KU. That is Bill Snyder schooling TG in all respects. Another lowlight - KU recruiting to date, which is supposedly close to done. Per Rivals.com, KU ranks 9th in the Big 12 in recruits (K-State ranks 8th) - OUCH! KU has one four star recruit, RB Miller from Blue Springs, and K-State has 2 four-star recruits. Among its 18 recruits, KU has 6 OL, which are greatly needed. But KU has 0 defensive line recruits, yes zero, nada! Its a tie which is worse, KU offensive or defensive line. TG was supposed to be a recruiting machine (arguably his one strength he was hired for) and he is still getting out-recruited by K-State and most of the Big 12. I really saw very little improvement in KU all year and some areas went backwards. KU still getting punts blocked as late as last game against Okie St. The TG experiment is not going well.

Cmill1221 4 years ago

Turner Gill = Terry Allen. Sorry. Nice guys finish last.

grandpa 4 years ago

Carbihawk. You are right about abandoning our spread formation. Sims is our only running attach. Our three quarterbacks are pitiful. We need to cut all three scholarships and tell them goodby. Our problem at this point is getting a real good high school quarterback to come to Kansas. They are out there but they want to go to a school that has a good offensive line . They all are looking ahead to making a name for themselves so they can go to the pros where the big money is. They cannot get noticed at Kansas as we give them no protection. If we had the protection , I don't think either of our quarterbacks would develope as they do not have the accuracy or the judgment to be winners.

Cmill1221 4 years ago

And for all the people who make lame excuses and say "well we hung in there for the first half of the OK ST game". I say to you nort Texas was only down 12 at halftime vs KU in Allen Field House. .....see how lame that sounds?!?!? Just get rid of him. 1 year down 2 to go and then see ya Turner.

treidy 4 years ago

Three Points:

1) I thought the uniforms were awesome! I don't like the huge strip on the pants or the little Jayhawk on the back. Move the little Jayhawk to the front collar and put the names on the back. The red uniforms are horrendous and need to be burned. I would also like to see a Jayhawk on the helmet like last years MU game.

2) Our quarterbacks haven't played very well and aren't the most talented but the coaches didn't give any of them a chance. Turner Gill was a QB himself, he should know that you can't yank around these guys. Pick a started during spring ball and stick with him.

3) Absolutely ZERO signs of positive improvement this year. I am sorry to say this, but we have returned to the BIG 12 cellar and will remain there forever. Turner Gill did more damage in less than a year than all the previous 119 seasons of KU football. Mark Mangino, like him or not, made football important to KU fans who had always just used it as an excuse to socialize until Midnight Madness. Records aside, win or lose, we competed under Mangino and sold out games. We truly only had one season with significant national recognition and I don't really even expect it again but what I do expect is for football to be recognized and appreciated within Jayhawk Nation and I am afraid that it will no longer be because of The Mistake. One year down, two more to go....

Ben Kliewer 4 years ago

I feel that I should correct a few points. 1. Agreed, the all whites were pretty awesome. 2. Agreed, we have terrible quarterbacks. 3. Incorrect. Like it or not Gill-Haters, but if you actually know the intricacies of football, there was tremendous improvement displayed between the beginning and the end of the year. I like the pessimism, but it's unlikely we'll "remain in the Big 12 cellar forever." More damage in one year than in the last 119 seasons? You must have done some damage to your brain, because you obviously don't remember any of the last 119 seasons. I remember several more recent ones (prior to Mangino). Mangino did make our program important, however, does nobody realize how much of a sham he left our program in? That's what was left to Gill, so don't blame Gill for everything. We tied our conference record from last year. Who was the Coach then? Oh yeah, you're precious savior Mark Mangino. Sorry to break it to you, but regardless of whether we "competed" in those games, we still lost, and results are the only thing that talks. So you're incorrect in your statement about putting records aside. You people are acting like someone totaled your car, and then you retitled it, and now you're expecting to take it on a road trip the next day. Say, after we went to the National Championship and lost to 'Cuse in bball and then Roy left, why didn't we go back to the National Championship the very next year under Self? Everyone wants their candy now, and if they can't have it, they blame it on everything they can think of. Ignoramuses...

CatsEatBirds 4 years ago

The caption to the photo is incorrect. The picture is of #28 TJ Moe scoring a touchdown.

FLJHK 4 years ago

Don't like the uniforms, and think the curfew thing is a bit ridiculous.

However, Coach Gill inherited a largely empty cupboard. Certain freshman and underclassmen give us a bit of a nucleus going forward, and I think recruiting is on an upswing.

Yesterday, we lost big to a vastly more talented team. Missouri has now established a good football program, something that for teams starting from scratch takes a number of years to accomplish.

Most important to me this season, is that the team did not appear to lay down, as they easily could have with some of the mid-season disasters. It seems clear that Coach Gill did not lose the locker room. Although I always liked Mangino, he clearly lost his team last year. This year's team was talent shy, but the effort did not diminish at season's end.

Coach Gill will remain our coach for quite some time. Replacing him is not economically feasible, nor is it warranted. He needs and deserves time. I don't know if he will utimately prove to be an excellent coach, but there is no credible evidence that he won't. I support Coach Gill and hope that most Jayhawks do as well. I look forward to better things in the future.

Cmill1221 4 years ago

Recruiting on an upswing??? One 4 star player? Personally I don't give a damn about recruiting. Nick Reid recruited as a qb, Charles Gordon recruited as a we and now an NFL corner. Todd reesing 2 star. Aquib talib 2 star. Kerry meier 3 star qb now all time leader in receptions at KU. It's about COACHING!!!!! I don't care if you have an NFL roster if they are not coached correctly they will not be successfull. Case and point Nebraska, remember Bill Callahan? Top ten recruiting classes almost yearly however they couldent win a game.

troutsee 4 years ago

Callahan did not have top 10 recruiting classes. I agree that he was a terrible coach. School is still out on Gill as a head coach. Certainly there is reason for concern. However, if one considers the inexperience, lack of athletitism, and youth at the QB position, the lack of depth and speed at linbacker, the undersized OL, and the inability of the D-line to put pressure on opposing QBs it was unrealistic for most of us, myself included, to have expected a better product this season.

There is still a lot of recruiting to be done this year. Hopefully, Gill and staff can come up with some blue chippers before the February signing date. I agree with one of the above posters, that D-line recruits are needed big time.

caribhawk 4 years ago

I would argue there are a lot of successful college football coaches that are much more similar to Mangino's tough love style vs. TG's hug it out approach. Everybody down on Mangino - - he was never found guilty of anything although Lew tried to convict him in the court of public opinion. Now look at Lew's ego and messes, and tell me about calling the kettle black. If you recall, only former players who never got playing time pissed & moaned about Mangino (along with some anonymous people who never had the guts to disclose their identity) but Reesing, Meier, Briscoe and all the key players never said anything bad about Mangino. Mangino did poke a player in the chest & that got captured on tv, but Pelini did that to his star QB Martinez on national tv and no big deal. Mangino could coach 2 and 3 star recruits up to the 4 and 5 star level, and although TG only has mostly 2 and 3 star recruits coming in, I doubt if he can coach them up based on what I saw this year. KU had some weapons this year with its receivers, but TG and Long refused to run quick slants and screens with 3 step drops to help out the young QBs. I don't care of Long was offensive coordinator at OU (I would argue it wasn't difficult to be offensive coordinator at OU with all that talent), he also got fired as San Diego State's head coach in his last stint. I never heard, but I am curious, about TG and his coaches "work" ethic this year, did they work through the night like Bill Snyder and many coaches or was it a 9 to 5 job for them? If TG says his team has his back and he trusts them, then why did he have to implement the silly rules for cellphones and no girls after 10:00 pm, that doesn't sound like a very good way to build trust. TG is emotionless, no wonder his team followed his example.

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