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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Baylor players, coach join in locker-room celebration following win over KU

Bears earn bowl eligibility for second straight year

Kansas tight end Tim Biere can't come down with a two-point conversion attempt as he is boxed out by Baylor defenders Joe Williams (22) and Mike Hicks (17) during overtime on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas tight end Tim Biere can't come down with a two-point conversion attempt as he is boxed out by Baylor defenders Joe Williams (22) and Mike Hicks (17) during overtime on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

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Kansas coach Turner Gill talks after his team's 31-30 overtime loss to Baylor on Nov. 12, 2011.

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Chants of “Bowl game! Bowl Game!” filled Baylor’s football locker room after the Bears’ 31-30 overtime victory over Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

“Unbelievable ... that may be best locker room I’ve ever been in. I know I’m sore in places that I have not moved in a while. That’s going to catch up with me tomorrow,” BU coach Art Briles said with a smile.

“It’s all worth it. I loosened some joints that hadn’t been loosened in a while.”

Briles and the Bears were popping pads while jumping for joy after erasing a 24-3 fourth-quarter deficit, improving to 6-3 overall (3-3 in Big 12) and becoming bowl-eligible.

It’s the first time BU has been bowl-eligible in consecutive years since 1991-92.

“I don’t know if you heard the locker room, but it was huge. We’re going bowling,” junior quarterback Robert Griffin III exclaimed after completing 22 of 29 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed for 103 yards off 10 carries and scored one TD in directing BU to the school’s largest fourth-quarter comeback in program history.

“We plan to keep on doing this year after year,” he added of heading to bowls.

Griffin dashed 49 yards to cut a 21-point deficit to 24-10 with 11:45 left. He threw a 36-yard TD pass to Terrance Williams to slice the gap to 24-17 with 7:58 remaining. After that, he heaved what later was called a “duck” to Tevin Reese for 67 yards to tie it with 3:32 to play.

“That was the best worst pass I’ve ever thrown in my life,” Griffin said. “I threw it as hard as I possibly could because of the wind (in his face). I couldn’t cut it today a few times. He did a good job of adjusting to it.”

“The wind was blowing a little bit hard here. When you see the green, you’ve got to run fast,” explained Reese, who had a nice run after the catch.

Griffin connected with Reese again — for a 14-yard score — to open the overtime session.

KU answered via a 25-yard TD strike from Jordan Webb to Tim Biere. Going for two points and the victory, KU called a lob pass to Biere — which was busted up by sophomore corner Joe Williams.

“We see that play many times in practice. Every other team we’ve played ran that play. When they lined up in it, I knew it was coming,” said Williams, who received help from safety Mike Hicks. “I was going for the one-hand pick.”

Coach Briles took off his headphones for the final play of the day.

“I was thinking, ‘It’s either good or bad. All the talking, planning is over, this is it,’’’ Briles said, obviously happy with the result.

“It didn’t surprise me,” Briles added of KU going for the victory. “The situation they are in now ... they are fighting hard to get a Big 12 win. They felt we had a little momentum. That’s a good way to squelch it: ‘Let’s do it and get it over with. Let’s get that win.’ That’s what they’re thinking.”

All’s well that ended well for Baylor.

“I was nervous when the ball was in the air. It seemed like the ball was in the air forever. I looked up and it was sailing. Once it hit the ground ... man,” exclaimed linebacker Elliot Coffey.

“That’s the most fun I’ve ever had in my life, hands down,” he added of the celebration in the locker room. “The way this game played out and ended, it made it one of the best times of my life.”

Comments

onlylookin2score 8 years, 2 months ago

... That's awsome... can someone please get Mike Stoops on the phone.

Hail_To_Thee 8 years, 2 months ago

Why wouldnt we? We took a chance on Gill. Time for the next "Chance".

Maybe someday we'll get serious about our football program and look for a serious coach. Hell, just bring Mangino back.

Cmill1221 8 years, 2 months ago

Agree!!! His first game out they exploded for a blow out victory. MIKE Stoops is NOT BOB Stoops people.

Benjamin Piehler 8 years, 2 months ago

“The way this game played out and ended, it made it one of the best times of my life.”

Note: This is not what you want opponents saying after visiting your stadium.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 2 months ago

Just part of what has made the Big 12 the top football conference.

Kansas1241 8 years, 2 months ago

And there's one person to thank for all this...Turner Gill! You absolutely....SUCK!!!

texashawk10 8 years, 2 months ago

Chuck Long's play calling, Vic Shealy's schemes, Jordan Webb's inability to make good decisions, the receivers who can't catch a cold, the defense's inability to tackle are also major factors in KU's lack of performance. Please place blame on everyone who deserves it and not just Gill. If it was just Gill and everyone else was doing their job right, KU would've beaten Texas Tech, ISU, and Baylor because Gill is not calling the plays or on the field failing to execute the plays. I'm not saying don't blame Gill because he is responsible for a lot of the issues with KU football, but not all of them. There is plenty of blame to pass around to everyone who deserves it.

Hail_To_Thee 8 years, 2 months ago

Its Gills responsibility to ensure his coaches and players are executing as planned, and to make changes if they are not. Gill doesnt adjust to sh!t. Therefore, Gill is ultimately at fault.

texashawk10 8 years, 2 months ago

I take it you didn't read the next to last sentence where I said Gill deserves his fair share of the blame but there are many other at fault as well and not just him.

gardenjay 8 years, 2 months ago

You can't have the best time of your life if the team you beat isn't something you respect or care about.

The article doesn't mention how KU left Baylor scoreless for two quarters, and 3 points in another quarter, and how great we would have felt had we won the game. It's almost like this is a Baylor site. KUSports.com must have its fans pegged as wanting to hear about Baylor celebrations more than anything else. Weird.

TwistedFish31 8 years, 2 months ago

Brent Venables --- Great DC, can recruit Big XII territory, last OU assistant took us to the Orange Bowl.

Ron Franklin 8 years, 2 months ago

Brent Venables would be a viable option as a head coach somewhere--but he's a hot head and a KSU grad. That's enough for me to pass on him being the next HC @ KU. Zenger absolutely has to get somebody w/ head coaching experience on the next run.

8 years, 2 months ago

Main reason - most likely - that Baylor won was due to a blown pas interferance call in the 4th quarter with 30 seconds left. That call would have at least givne the KU field goal kicker a chance to make it and seal the game.

That unfortuantely is football.

Ron Franklin 8 years, 2 months ago

Just some names...most not feasible. Some impossible.

Mike Leach. Houston Nutt. Dennis Franchione. Herm Edwards. John Gruden. Bill Cowher.

KU football needs to get stronger fast. Within the next five years we'll be looking down the barrell of conference realignment again and no matter the tradition of KU basketball--we could be left in the abyss to rot into nothingness....competing against WSU, Creighton, NW Mo State, and the likes.

Zenger needs to act after this year. Sorry Gill. This is big business now. I hate that.

flyingfinn 8 years, 2 months ago

Ha ha ha would love to see John Gruden or Bill Cowher, can you imagine the animation on the side lines. Players would certainly learn how to win with either of those two. Too bad it won't happen but love the thought!!!!!

TROB03 8 years, 2 months ago

Remember, Gill won at Buffalo... For those of you who dont know, Buffalo is literally a wasteland and Gill's ability to create a winning program there speaks volumes about his coaching ability. When at Buffalo, he took over a squad that was 8-49 under their previous head coach. His first season they won 2 games, second season they went 5-7 and third season they went 7-5. Yes right now the future looks bad, however, this team was not exactly stacked when Gill took over and I think that you must give a coach atleast 3 years before you judge him. Firing turner Gill is not the right move and will do nothing but set this program back another 2 years.

Cmill1221 8 years, 2 months ago

Ok at KU Gill won 3 games his first season (and lost to a non FBS school) in his 2nd season he has still only won 2 games and he took over a program that in the last 3 years before his arival was 25-13. Gill will most likely lose the last 2 games of the season making us actually worse than last year. at buffalo he had one winning season 8-5 but the year after that his team fell off the map again. And remember that was in the MAC. Losing 5 games in the MAC does not make you good. What other confrence in America can you lose 4 or 5 games and still win the confrence championship? Get real he isn't fit to coach at this level get him out of here.

Ted Hume 8 years, 2 months ago

Sorry for the bad news, but I can tell you that Brent Venables is not going to be seriously interested in the KU job. He's been approached for equivalent, if not more attractive, head coaching jobs and passed already. He's got a great gig where he is now making a big enough paycheck, and when he goes it'll be to take over a program with a more optimistic future. He may return to take over K-state- not that I'd qualify that as a job with a higher profile per se-- (but it's where he played and coached) that is if Bill Snyder can talk him into it. Considering how close they are, I could see it, but chances of him wanting to take over our mess are slim, I think. He's an awesome coach and recruiter though...

johnnyhrdwd 8 years, 2 months ago

What if we offered him 2 million? He's worth a shot.

Ted Hume 8 years, 2 months ago

you're right, definitely worth a shot. i think he would be in the mix of potential candidates (as he was for the Miami vacancy last year, from what i understand, although it's true that when push comes to shove most schools get nervous and opt for the finalist with successfull HC experience (see T. Gill) over maybe a better and more energetic top assistant coach candidate (what i think happened at Miami with their hire). Anyway, a HC offer at well over a $million a year is going to be attractive, with the downside being, and this is the big sticking point- what happens in two years if you can't turn things around? you're out of a job... (see, also, T. Gill)

Jim Glover 8 years, 2 months ago

All of you that are calling for Gills job are just rediculous. First off as some have pointed out, you have got to give a coach at least 3 years to field a team, and that usually is true when you are given a team! Their was no team when he came, and he is having to build from the bottom up. And for those of you that want to say that the previous teams were 25-13, you are correct, but that coach is not here and neither is the AD who put us in this situation. Also don't forget those of you who wanted Manginos head on a platter now want Gills as well!?!? And seriously what coach is going to take this job even if we could afford a good one?? We are paying Mangino a huge amount, and we are paying Gill a large amount as well. Even if we could get a "Great" Coach, we could never pay him anyway!

johnnyhrdwd 8 years, 2 months ago

Word is Ole Miss is after Leach, shouldn't we at least ask Venables if he's interested?

Brak 8 years, 2 months ago

Yea, lets bring in another coach that is tough to make up for the weak Gill then we can fire him in 2 years for not going to a bowl game and being too mean to the players. Then we can hire a players coach with good morals then we can fire him 2 years later. You are so smart, why would anybody turn down such a stress free job with such a supportive and loyal fan base.

Brak 8 years, 2 months ago

Wow an improved Baylor team over last years that spanked KU barely comes away with a win because of some questionable calls and they are acting like they have never won a game before. I wonder how many KU fans thought before the game, we should win this one.

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