Texas A&M defeats Kansas, 61-7

  • 11 a.m., Nov. 19, 2011
  • Kyle Field, College Station, TX

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Agg beating: Jayhawks suffer worst blowout of season in 61-7 loss to Texas A&M

Kansas running back Darrian Miller is squeezed by the A&M defense in the first half Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at Kyle Stadium in College Station, Texas.

Kansas running back Darrian Miller is squeezed by the A&M defense in the first half Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at Kyle Stadium in College Station, Texas.


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KU coach Turner Gill

Kansas coach Turner Gill talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 61-7 loss to Texas A&M on Nov. 19, 2011.

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KU coach Turner Gill opening statement after 61-7 loss to Texas A&M

KU coach Turner Gill gives an opening statement following the Jayhawks' 61-7 loss to Texas A&M on Nov. 19, 2011.

— With four games to play, and the 2011 season all but lost, the Kansas University football team turned to the slogan, "Remember November," in an attempt to find a way to fight through the final month.

After suffering a 61-7 beating on Saturday in front of a crowd of 86,411 at Texas A&M's Kyle Field, all anyone wants to do is forget.

"A slogan is a slogan," senior linebacker Steven Johnson said. "But at the end of the day, you still have to go out there and win games. And when you can't execute and do things like that, then a slogan can't back you up. You gotta go out there and work. You gotta have some substance about it."

This latest loss — arguably KU's most embarrassing in a season full of colossal failures — dropped the Jayhawks to 2-9 overall, 0-8 in Big 12 play and 0-3 in the month that was supposed to be different. There was no substance, only a variety of did-that-really-just-happen moments that allowed the Aggies (6-5, 4-4) to race out to a 23-0 lead after one quarter and a 44-0 lead at the half.

"It was a tough ballgame," KU coach Turner Gill said. "Guys just seemed like they didn't have the energy early, and Texas A&M got after us pretty good. We got outcoached and outplayed."

Asked specifically how the Jayhawks were outcoached, Gill pointed to the start.

"For me, it's getting the guys ready to play," he said. "You gotta get your guys ready to play, and I didn't do a very good job of getting our guys ready to play at 11:10 today. So that's on me as a coach."

That's not to take anything away from Texas A&M, which deserved plenty of credit for dismantling the Jayhawks. Despite being relieved midway through the game, A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill and tailback Cyrus Gray damaged the KU defense. Tannehill completed 21 of 26 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns. Gray added 94 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries.

Defensively, the Aggies were equally unruly, finishing with six sacks and limiting KU to 197 yards of total offense, including 64 rushing yards on 55 carries.

When the Aggies weren't having their way with the Jayhawks, the Jayhawks did all they could to help this one get out of hand.

First came a high snap from Tanner Gibas that sailed over punter Ron Doherty's head with 6:01 to play in the first quarter. By the time Doherty caught up to the ball, he was in the back of the end zone. The safety made it 9-0.

On the free kick that followed, Doherty kicked the ball out of bounds, giving A&M possession at midfield. Six plays and two minutes later, wide receiver Ryan Swope (nine catches, 137 yards) got 10 yards behind the KU secondary and made the score 16-0 with his first of two touchdown catches.

After another Gray touchdown, A&M regained possession when a shotgun snap to KU quarterback Jordan Webb hit running back Tony Pierson's leg as he ran in motion behind the line. Three plays later, Swope caught a Tannehill pass near the KU 20-yard line, took simultaneous hits from KU defenders Keeston Terry and Greg Brown, bounced off both and strolled into the end zone.

"There were a lot of missed opportunities going on," Brown said. "We progressed over the past two weeks, and we kind of regressed this game. As a defense, we gotta know how to get out of tough situations. We have to learn to overcome those issues, and I'm sure we'll come out with a better outcome."

During a first half in which it scored on six of its seven possessions, the Texas A&M offense enjoyed an average starting field position of its own 48-yard line. Three of those drives started in KU territory.

As if that wasn't enough, Webb also threw an interception and lost a fumble in the dreadful first half, and the Aggies called timeout with 2:10 to play in order to save time to mount one more scoring drive.

"We were a little flat," Johnson said. "And I couldn't tell you why we were flat. Everything that could've went wrong just went wrong."

Not only was A&M's first-half onslaught efficient, it also happened quickly. The Aggies had the ball for just 8:24 in the first half — compared with 21:36 for KU — yet ran 33 plays and racked up 321 yards of offense. A&M's longest scoring drive in the first half took 2:03. Its shortest, 22 seconds.

The Aggies also never punted.

On a day with few bright spots, the Jayhawks found one on their final drive, when sophomore running back James Sims scored his ninth touchdown of the season from 15 yards out to prevent a shutout with 46 seconds to play.

"It meant a lot," said Sims, who finished with 88 yards on 19 carries. "It just meant that we didn't give up. The outcome was pretty bad, but we still stuck together and finished. That's what the coaching staff wanted us to do. They just wanted us to push forward and score before the end of the game."

Although lopsided scores are starting to become routine for the Kansas football program — the loss was KU's sixth by 30 or more points this season — most Jayhawks have not moved past the point of embarrassment. With 38 Texans on the KU roster, nowhere are the poor performances more painful than in Texas, where Gill's KU teams have been outscored 159-14 in three trips to The Lone Star State.

"It's frustrating coming back home and going out there competing, but it's not even looking like you're competing," said Brown, a native of Cedar Hill, Texas.

Added Johnson, when asked if Saturday's setback was a new low: "Yep."


142466 2 years, 4 months ago

Mack Brown won't accept the job no matter how high the offer, because he'd be expected to actually do something at KU in exchange for his pay checks.

Sounds like you're tuned into the saga of the Stoops clan. Me, too. I've tuned in ever since I learned that Mrs. Stoops is a featured attraction at Mary Kay conventions. I guess "conventions" is what they call those gatherings. And Marry Kay assemblages are no longer held in tents, so I've been told in no uncertain terms. Truely a power couple, the Stoops.

Speaking of power couples, whatever happened to the Eustays formerly of Ames, Iowa. Larry led a properly balanced coach's life. There was more to him than just work, work, work. And his wife, a perfectly compatible soul mate. Her name was Stacey Eustacey and she led the Cyclone cheerleading crew. I have nothing but utmost respect for cheerleaders. No reason why one of them can't someday become Prez of these United States.


bville_hawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Mack Brown and Bob Stoops are clearly not living up to expectations as their current positions, maybe we could pick up one of them on the cheap?


MinnesotaJay 2 years, 4 months ago


Everybody's Coach of the Year (everybody's, including his peers) following the Orange Bowl victory. Heck, even the players were recruiting for KU. He built the program up from practically nothing. When he first arrived, he was even scrubbing down the walls in the locker room. Not to mention that he was also far more articulate and informative in press briefings than the present gift recipient successor.

There was steady, year after year improvement. Nobody will ever convince me that the mid-season collapse of the team in his final year (but, to nowhere near the depths the current team has spiralled down to) wasn't related to his being undermined by Jerkins.

Was he perfect? Who is? He admits as much. But, KU was his first head coaching experience at the D1 level; so, he was learning. And, after only a few years of learning, he achieved great things.

Not to go to him now is like Custer in 'Little Big Man.' "But, that would require the reversal of a Custer decision." Yeeeessss, it would.

Do it. It's the big man who can admit his mistakes, and KU needs to be the big man now.


CheneyHawk 2 years, 4 months ago

The best coaching/advice for KU I heard on Sat was from D Lawrence on the radio broadcast. This season has wore me out...


NebraskanJayhawk152 2 years, 4 months ago

Honestly I think if and when we get rid of Gill, I think we should go after Bill Young. His defense is the reason we made the Orange Bowl and won. He had a great stints at KU and if the price is right i think he would come back as a Head Coach. Chuck Long isn't doing to bad with the offense, but Bill Young could do some good things, maybe Venables or Leach too.


Jeff Soisson 2 years, 4 months ago

I was stunned by the apathy of the KU team, this is the worst KU team I have ever seen since 86. Fire Gill, and tell the defensive players to earn their scholorships or leave.

Hire Leach and end this fiasco. Leach has a chip on his shoulder and won't accept failure.

Turner is a great man, but we need a great football coach sooner than later.


jrbill67 2 years, 4 months ago

This is the worst coached college football team I've ever seen.


142466 2 years, 4 months ago

My apologies to John Hadl, for misspelling his name. Hadl and Cromwell were great, versatile athletes. Two of my favorite players.


hihawk 2 years, 4 months ago

If anyone wants to make a bunch of money, put your money on Mangino being Kansas ST.'s next head coach. I have been right about gill not being a coach before he started here. So load up on the bet. When that happens Ku will be crushed. It's going to happen, I have said it before. Look for Zook to interview at KU, don't really have a feel if he would even be interested, he may just laugh and say KU is too far gone.


142466 2 years, 4 months ago

KU's all-time football record is in danger of soon falling below .500.

Gill has earned one distinction. In only two years, he will have contributed more to that downward trend than other KU coaches with much longer tenures.

In Gill's defense, I want to reiterate something that a poster on this thread stated. That is that the complete round robin 10 team league schedule that Gill had to face this year is immensely more difficult than the 2 division, 12 team league schedule that he thought he was signing on to. The 9 game league schedule is a brutal obstacle for whoever is our new coach.

The greatest contribition that our A. D. could possibly make to K.U. sports is to get the league back to at least 12 teams. All the member schools are going to have to present a united front against UT to accomplish that.

Snyder's magic act at KSU this year may well be his best performance yet. He played all 9 league members. A far cry from the cup cake schedules he wisely crafted in his early KSU days.


irvan moore 2 years, 4 months ago

hopefully if/when they make an offer to a qualified football coach with a record of success they won't insult him and offer him less than tg.


mustlehustle 2 years, 4 months ago

Let's go have some beers and drown our sorrows...isn't it Pinkel's turn to drive?


vd 2 years, 4 months ago

Clint Bowen for $300k per year for 5 years, with incentives. 300k for bowl game, and 800k for conference championship, 500k for national championship.


Andy Tweedy 2 years, 4 months ago

It took me a couple months, but I think it's time for a change. Regardless, I hate that I feel that way. The great college programs have incredible stability in coaching, and this won't help. Glen Mason always wanted another job. Terry Allen and Turner Gill were in over their heads. Mark Mangino, for whatever reason, couldn't get along with the AD. To me, Leach and Tressel aren't coming here, and Venables already turned down his alma mater, so I can't see why he'd come to their rival. I think it's time to find someone with Kansas ties who would be a credible hire and wouldn't use us as a stepping stone. The name that immediately comes to mind is Nolan Cromwell. Can anybody else think of someone, maybe not from Kansas but at least from the region, that might be interested in this job?


stanleys 2 years, 4 months ago

This entire season has been a complete joke. As bad as it was I really wished Ga Tech, K-state, OSU and A&M would of let there 1st teamers score 80 or 90 points on us!!!! That way it would be a no-brainer for SZ. WOW this is just too much. I haven't seen a team so poorly organized in my life. And what effort???? If we had any effort at all by the coaches AND players these "blowouts" wouldn't happen week after week. The coaching staff lost this team many weeks ago!!! Take a look what Snyder and his staff does week after week after week!!!!


MinnesotaJay 2 years, 4 months ago

Gill is gone. Done deal. It is written.

Expensive to get rid of him? Yep, but even more expensive to keep him.

Admit that the mistake of bringing him in was a big one, hopefully the last in a series of mistakes, and move on.


manginorh00lz 2 years, 4 months ago

Finally, some really good KU news:

Kelsey R. Murrell deserves an article.


Kyle Sybesma 2 years, 4 months ago

KU needs to establish the "We'll Give Up On Football and Stick to Basketball" Football Conference

Eastern Divsion: Duke North Carolina Maryland UConn Syracuse Indiana

Western Division: Kansas Kentucky Memphis UCLA Arizona New Mexico

Not sure if we could even be competitive in this league


08Jayhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Tired of everyone saying KU is just a basketball school. Unfortunately, this label will never go away because it is true. It's not because the fans don't care about football, it's because we are so incredibly uncompetitive that it's not even worth watching. Gill needs to go and should have been fired immediately after this embarrassment of a game. This would have sent a message that losing in this manner is unacceptable and maybe would have lit a fire under our team for the Border War. Instead, Gill probably gave a pep talk about how everyone is a winner for playing for hard, regardless what the scoreboard says. We need to bring in a proven coach next year, that everyone (fans, alumni, students) can rally behind and trust to re-build our football program over the next 3-4 years. Leach would be perfect, plus I imagine he would love playing Texas Tech every year. Those who say he wouldn't be interested are wrong. Why wouldn't he? No pressure (win 1 conference game and you have Gill beat), would automatically be loved by all of Jayhawk nation for even taking the job, and since he's a proven coach he would be guaranteed the 4 years or so to re-build our program (which Gill won't get because no one believes he can).


LogicMan 2 years, 4 months ago

It's obvious to me that Coach Gill is an honorable guy, and that he will do the right thing. Unless he has an outstanding recruiting class coming in, including some great JuCo players for adding seniority, this will be his last year - he'll admit defeat, resign without a big payout, and get another job that's a better fit. Maybe as a quarterbacks coach in the NFL? Do the Chiefs need one for next year? That would be convenient for Turner since he wouldn't need to move.


Jayhawker111 2 years, 4 months ago

I cannot believe that Gill did not switch quarterbacks.

You have to try anything to generate a spark.

Webb is like a deer in the headlights.


LngTimeFan 2 years, 4 months ago

Gill asked the team to "believe". Well I believe Gill is a huge mistake as a coach, and he has to go ASAP. What an embarassment for a great school. He is incompetent, inept, and looks totally lost on the sideline. Same for his assistants. No wonder the players don't know what to do, the coach's don't. Pay him off and get someone in who knows what they are doing.


cowboy 2 years, 4 months ago

Do the right thing Turner , negotiate a smaller buyout and leave. Or you can hang around and be a total loser hanger on just in it for the dough.


SCJayhawker 2 years, 4 months ago

Gill and the rest of the brain trust are done! No competitiveness, No fire. No improvement.

The thought that some big name coach like Leach is going to come into this train wreck of a program with no indoor practice facility is a joke. Our only hope is to get some no name guy like Synider was so long ago, who has the fire, desire, and brains to right the ship. Not sure who that is but they have to be out there somewhere. Until that happens we can continue to watch KU make fools of themselves and Jayhawk Nation.

We have one huge pie in the face coming next Saturday against Mo. The finial boarder war game against our hated rivials Mo. Mo. will give us one finial slap in the face as they bow out of the Big 12 and prace off to the SE Confrence. KU will look like deer in the headlights (AGAIN) as the Tigers skip off the field taunting us after kicking our butts for the finial time.


Jo Ann Ortgies Stork 2 years, 4 months ago

With all the venom coming from the arm chair critics, why would anyone want to come to KU as a coach or a player? Negativitiy breads negativity. The Big XII changed complexion when it went to 10 teams---play them all every year. If Kansas is going to have a chance in football we need to get back to 12 teams or even 14 like the SEC. (note that teams in the SEC will play every team approximately every 4-5 years) So long as we stay @ 10 teams we will continue to allow the power teams to control KU and our destiny.

From day one, most have shown no faith or support in our team. No we are not a Texas or Oklahoma---but remember their power was not built overnight. To expect instant success is as successful as building a house on the sand @ the beach. Yes, I want us successful; however, I also want not to be in the same league as all the teams who have recently had scandals within their program.


Bob Thompson 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't understand how we can go from almost beating the #25 team in the country, to loosing by almost 60 points to the next team we play.... This isn't the first time this has happened under HCTG.... We must have some talent to be able to play well for some games. At this point I am hoping for Missouri to blow us out 60-0 so we can get this joker out of here and move on to a real coach....


ShockHawk10 2 years, 4 months ago

We need to heavily pursue both Leach and Levitt. Leach as head coach and OC, and Levitt as assistant head coach and DC. Our AD has a relationship with Levitt that should make him feel comfortable coming to Lawrence. With Leach, he wants to coach. S.Z. needs to go out and get him. KU has a lot to offer; top notch facilities, alumni willing to empty their wallets for a program on the rise, and a fan base that desperately wants a reason to buy season tickets. This needs to happen now. If Gill is brought back for a third year with similar results, KU is in danger of damaging the football program beyond repair. As alumni and fans, we cannot accept anything less than a competitive and successful program. We have the resources; we need to use them.


yates33333 2 years, 4 months ago

Gasp! When does football season end. I'm trying to remember a more humiliating season.


ku_tailg8 2 years, 4 months ago

We need a balance of both offense and defense. Easily said right? But I'm leaning more to defense. I would rather watch a game where I KNEW our defense would hold someone rather than the games that we have seen where players are out of position.


gardenjay 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe Missouri game....rock chalk.


CRAZY4KUSPORTS 2 years, 4 months ago

Why hire Leech? Because his teams threw some points on the board? We need someone tough minded like Jim Leavitt. There is young talent on this team that will get better. Leavitt will get the players to be mentally and physically ready to play each week. No slogans just tough minded hard hitting football.


BillyGoat 2 years, 4 months ago

Leach would be fun ---- but he is going to have options. Many fans of many programs have been running his name up the flagpole. He's a popular choice.

I had an airport conversation with a K-State fan today (in Las Vegas). He was predicting that within a few years that Mangino will be named the next head coach of K-State. He said that Mangino is already in Manhattan. Not too far-fetched, given his history with Snyder.


Ethan Berger 2 years, 4 months ago

We shouldn't try (like he would come here anyways) Tressel why?

NCAA. They will have us under microscope, that if we go 1 minutes over talking recruits, its a heavy ban. Tressel might also get some schollies taken away because he was found guilty by the NCAA.

Leach is a different story. The negative is Mike Leach teams don't play defense and don't run the ball. We don't have wideouts to succeed under leach.

But Leach made Tech a top 20 year in and out. However is recruiting was very average. Lubbock is a sad sad town, and might have been the reason for struggle. Also with his reputation rather if it is right or wrong, would recruits come to play? We gone from one extreme to another extreme. We don't need to go back to the other extreme, we need a middle ground guy. But if we did get Leach, I would not complain one bit.


142466 2 years, 4 months ago

I vote for Leach, provided he is willing to deliver an acceptance speech in which he admits there was at least a public perception of innapropriate disiplinary methods at his prior job. In his speech he must vow not to let that happen at KU. We'll have it in the public record from day 1. Then don't dwell on it. Let the A.D. do his job, supervise.

Leach deserves a second chance. He'll be grateful to get it. Give it to him.


squawkhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

If I were HCTG I'd go to bed feeling absolutely filthy every night. Knowing that I'm getting paid at least 5X more than what I should be, for putting such an awful product on the field and for making KU football a laughing stock. KSU used to be called Futility U but they have long since passed that torch on to KU.


Hammertoe 2 years, 4 months ago

Gill could earn $10 million for one Big 12 Victory in 2 years if he is fired. That could be the worst hire in the history of college football. Not only will Gill will never have to work again but neither will his children.


pepper_bar 2 years, 4 months ago

There are six million reasons why Turner Gill comes back next year. Sorry, KU.


texashawk10 2 years, 4 months ago

This year is a mirror of last year. KU played a couple of close games towards the end of each season and looks to be turning a corner before getting smacked in the mouth the last couple of games. I am a masochist so I will be watching next week and hoping some kind of miracle happens, but there is no way Gill can come back next year and expect to be better than 2-3 wins next year.


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 4 months ago

I feel so dirty winning money on KSU games


jhwkfan162515 2 years, 4 months ago

Is it just me, or has the posting on KU football news stories diminished?


Mike Kendall 2 years, 4 months ago

I said this when Turner Gill was introduced as coach of the KU Jayhawks: "KU football coaches are measured by whether if they can beat K-State and Missouri". K-State hammered us pretty good the last two years. If the Missouri game is a blowout like today's result--- lookout--- it doesn't look good for HCTG.


LSHawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Leach and Tressel have baggage that KU doesn't need. Need to find a quality canidate that can build a good program his own way and that means a Big 12 OC or DC.


LSHawk 2 years, 4 months ago

We need to go with a DC with Big 12 ties in recruiting. With the departure of aTm and missery, KU should be able to benefit.


jhawkrulz 2 years, 4 months ago

I think that Turner Gill finally realized today that he is toast, I think he thought to himself that he was improving and today against a .500 team, he was beat by the largest margin of any team this year, although OSU may have had us if you really measure halftime scores.

All in all, there are some pretty good guys available. I kind of think Tom Brandley as a DC with Leach/Tressel as a Head Coach would be amazing. Haven't figured out the OC yet, but I'm not the one signing the contract.


sheahoRn 2 years, 4 months ago

Maaaaaan! I passed out,errrrrr, fell asleep on the beach for a couple of hours and someone wrote "Fire Gill" on my chest with sun block. Apparently the Hawaiian people do not favor our coach as well! What to do, what to do? Maybe something will come to me during the luau. Should be fun, I'm going to walk across hot coals and learn how to juggle flaming torches.

Hope all is well in Kansas and remember season ticket renewals will be coming soon and Williams Fund points gift certificates make the perfect holiday stocking stuffer.

Hang ten, SheahoRn


Jayhawk1116 2 years, 4 months ago

I hate to see a good man fail. Gill is a good man, and I feel bad for him. It's not his fault Lew offered him so much money. With that being said I'm afraid it's time to turn the page. What is everybody's choice for new coach, and why?


LeBo 2 years, 4 months ago

I told Jayhawk Nation firing Mangino will cost KU long term! When the BIG XII dissolves we are screwed*


LSHawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Mangino is not the answer but getting a defense that will play tough is. While watching other games today I can see that other defense's play much tougher AND they seem to know where they should be on the field. KU's defensive players are always out of position and simply do not play tough. Gill has got to go and we need to hire someone that can build a solid defense. We have a few pieces on the offensive side that would make us at least competitive if we had a tough defense. I am sick and tired of the excuses and the " we are only a basketball school" crap.


Maracas 2 years, 4 months ago

Gill can't exit Lawrence soon enough. Not soon enough.


Chinese Laoshi 2 years, 4 months ago

KU players were under motivated. rhey need a tough coach who can whip them into men. we had a tough coach, but incompetent AD ran him outof town and replaced Mangino with a clueless nice guy. let us just get Mangino back. He can get KU back ro playing bowl games.


cool_beans 2 years, 4 months ago

when asked if Saturday's setback was a new low: "Yep." that says it all.


DXJhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Glad to see Matt ask some tough questions after the game today. I'm sure the post-game interviews are getting quite a bit tougher for Gill.


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