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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Northern Illinois

KU receiver D.J. Beshears said he wasn't worried that his final TD would be overturned after a replay in KU's 45-42 victory over Northern Illinois on Sept. 10, 2011.

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Reader poll

Who was KU's most valuable player against Northern Illinois?

  • D.J. Beshears: 7 receptions, 70 yds, 2 TDs; 197 kick-return yards 35% 663 votes
  • Jordan Webb: 21/30, 281 yds, 3 TDs 50% 953 votes
  • James Sims: 26 runs for 110 yds, 2 TDs 10% 191 votes
  • Darrian Miller: 10 runs for 57 yds, TD 0% 9 votes
  • Kale Pick: 3 receptions, 55 yds, TD 1% 34 votes
  • Other 1% 35 votes

1885 total votes.

Candidates for game balls

• Jordan Webb made great throws on the run and into tight spots all night and checked off receivers, showing he has improved a great deal since a year ago. He completed 21 of 30 for 281 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

• D.J. Beashers had two TD receptions, including the game-winner, returned the kick that set up the final score 51 yards, and had an 18-yard gain on a reverse on the final drive.

• James Simstoughed out 110 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Candidates for gassers

• The entire defensive line for getting locked up at the line, getting very little penetration, and not being able to catch Chandler Harnish when the pocket did collapse.

• The entire secondary for leaving such huge pockets in pass protection.

• Every player flagged for a holding penalty, except, of course, Beshears.

Comments

GridironHawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Beshears should still be counted as a "gasser". He had a lot of good plays to make up for it but the hold, at the time, was a huge play and un-needed...

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mmlaughsatnerds 2 years, 11 months ago

I'm pretty sure he more than made up for that.

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blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Was JaCorey hurt? I never saw him on the field the entire second half.

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jhawkrulz 2 years, 11 months ago

Good point, LJW, need a rundown on injuries.

That would always be a good Monday/Tuesday article.

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Andy Tweedy 2 years, 11 months ago

I had the same question about John Williams. I was listening to the radio broadcast and they indicated he was on the training table and out. One thing we can't afford to lose is another d-lineman.

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nnelson 2 years, 11 months ago

Looks like John Williams is out for the season. Matt Tait has great coverage on Twitter, even on Sundays:

https://twitter.com/#!/mctait/status/113033735460491264

Nick Nelson KUSports.com

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jhawkrulz 2 years, 11 months ago

I would also throw one in the direction of Pierson, it seems like he had speed to give us a sideline to sideline attack rather than straight up the middle. Sims shows that occasionally, but he is more likely to cut up the middle, or just inside the TE. Whereas Pierson can clearly get to the corners.

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Sparko 2 years, 11 months ago

The holding penalties did not go both ways. Some of those "lock-ups" involved handfuls of jerseys. Kansas was faster, bigger and stronger than UNI. The reason UNI did not get flagged at the same rate had something to do with where the refs originated--the MAC. And it clique, but you can call holding on every play and not be contradicted.

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Mike Kendall 2 years, 11 months ago

I thought the officials had some very controversial calls. They also, had some controversial "no calls." However, you knew they were kind of biased when Northern Illinois was apparently stopped at the goal line and there was no review of the play. On the end, KU scores on a close call in the end zone and, there is a review to see if the Jayhawks scored! What's up with that? Bob Davis and David Lawrence, from the radio broadcast, stated during the 3rd Quarter (I might be wrong when it happened) that Northern Illinois held--it was an obvious hold--- driving for one of their scoring drives. It was a key drive for Northern Illinois. Come on officials. Something is wrong with this picture. Then, again, Jayhawks prevailed and, it was that kind of adversity that helped the Jayhawks grow up! Thank God we will hopefully get Big 12 officials down in Atlanta!

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Randy Bombardier 2 years, 11 months ago

Agree. NIU did not appear to score on the one from what I could see. Officiating was biased.

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Jayhawk444 2 years, 11 months ago

I'll give a game/clock management gasser to Gill. On the last play, he called timeout with 15-ish seconds left on the game clock and more than that left on the play clock. There was NO WAY the next play of the game was not our last play, win or lose. If he had waited until 3 sec left to call the timeout, we would not have had to kick off, give NIU 7 seconds, and risk a loss on a (improbable) Hail Mary. ...just sayin

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daverinoku 2 years, 11 months ago

On the other hand, there was like 5:48 left when we took over on offense, and I was worried we would score too quickly -- so actually the coaching staff managed the game clock near perfectly.

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Randy Bombardier 2 years, 11 months ago

Wrong. Someone covered this elsewhere. Has to do with penalties and I don't know the rules so I can't completely articulate the comment. If there is a defensive penalty and no time remaining, the down will be replayed, but if there are offsetting penalties, it won't? Something like that. At any rate you should always leave a little room for a second chance.

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