Texas defeats Kansas, 21-17

  • 11 a.m., Oct. 27, 2012
  • Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Not our time’: KU can’t close out lead, falls 21-17 to Texas

Deflated Kansas defenders Greg Brown (5) and Bradley McDougald (24) make their way off the field following the Jayhawks' heartbreaking 21-17 loss to Texas on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.

Deflated Kansas defenders Greg Brown (5) and Bradley McDougald (24) make their way off the field following the Jayhawks' heartbreaking 21-17 loss to Texas on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.


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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Charlie Weis talks following KU's 21-17 loss to Texas

KU coach Charlie Weis talks following KU's 21-17 loss to Texas on Oct. 27, 2012.

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KU vs. Texas

The gameplan called for more passing, but the "exotic" defenses the Texas Longhorns threw at the Kansas University football team on Saturday at Memorial Stadium forced the Jayhawks to adjust — right to their biggest strength.

Behind yet another career day from junior tailback James Sims and an offense that ran 56 times for 234 yards and threw just nine passes, the Jayhawks came within a play or two of beating Texas for the first time since 1938. But a play-action pass on third and goal from UT back-up quarterback Case McCoy to tight end D.J. Grant with 12 ticks remaining in the fourth quarter turned a three-point KU lead into the Jayhawks' 17th straight Big 12 loss and proved to be the broom to KU's confetti. Texas 21, Kansas 17.

"It was a tough loss," said Sims, who ripped off a career-high 176 yards on 28 carries. "Give Texas credit, they finished the game. It's crazy how a couple plays can change the game like that. We work so hard, and it's not our time. But we feel like it's our time coming."

It actually looked as if KU's time had arrived for most of the afternoon. After punting on two of their first three possessions — the other one reached the UT five-yard line but went backwards from there and ended with an incomplete pass in the end zone on fourth and 29 — the Jayhawks' running game began to click. Of course, it didn't hurt that run the ball was all Kansas did.

From KU's final offensive play of the first quarter (an incomplete pass from red-shirt freshman quarterback Michael Cummings to senior Kale Pick) until there were around nine minutes to play in the game, the Jayhawks dialed up 33 consecutive running plays, eating up yardage and clock in the process.

"I kind of figured that they would try to do different things to try to rattle Michael," KU coach Charlie Weis said. "And we had enough things in the run game to try to take the pressure off if they did that. We had some passes called early where they got to us, so I just shut it down and said, 'OK, we're gonna just grind it out and grind it out and grind it out and we're gonna do more of that in the second half. It leads to low-scoring games, but it at least put us in position to win the game."

Added Cummings: "We came out and just tried to grind the football and make it a smashmouth football game the whole time. We enjoy playing physical football."

Sims, whom Weis now comfortably calls the best running back in the Big 12, did most of the damage, but sophomore Tony Pierson (12-51) and junior Taylor Cox (6-28) also delivered crucial carries that kept the Jayhawks (1-7 overall, 0-5 Big 12) in the game.

Touchdown runs from Christian Matthews — yep, even the quarterback-turned-wide-receiver took a couple of true handoffs today — and Pierson on back-to-back drives in the second quarter put the Jayhawks up 14-7 at the half, and KU played with a lead for much of the day.

Texas tied the game on an 11-yard run by wide receiver and U.S. Olympic Team sprinter Marquise Goodwin with 9:41 remaining, but the Jayhawks, backed by a rocking crowd of 40,097, answered Goodwin's touchdown by jumping back in front on a 29-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Nick Prolago with 2:28 left.

"I thought (we) showed some mental toughness," said Weis of the 14-play, 61-yard drive that took 7:07 and set up the field goal. "Not physical toughness, I thought (we) showed some mental toughness. How many times have we talked about, 'Here we go again?' That's not how they acted. It wasn't a, 'Here we go again.'"

Added Sims of the 14-play drive: "It was exciting in there. It was college football. It was a close game, and we knew it was gonna be a battle so we said, 'Let's just finish it,' and that's what we did.'"

Well, almost.

The KU offense certainly did its part, and the defense, at times, looked as if it was ready to make this the breakthrough moment for Weis' version of The Little Engine That Could. But, like his older brother Colt had done so many times before him, McCoy led the Longhorns to a game-winning touchdown, overcoming a near-interception on the first play and a fourth and six three plays later.

"Normally, you say we didn't close the game," Weis said. "Well, I think they made some plays."

The biggest of them all came with just over a minute remaining when McCoy hit wide receiver Mike Davis for a 39-yard gain down the KU sideline that gave the Longhorns a first and goal at the KU three. After initially calling timeout to allow his defense to regroup, Weis said he left the clock management decisions up to defensive coordinator Dave Campo.

"I had to let the defense play the game," Weis said. "Our best chance right there was to make a goal-line stand."

After stuffing the run on first and second down, the Longhorns (6-2, 3-2) broke through with the pass on third down. Game over.

While many of the Jayhawks have become accustomed to talking about how each loss hurts as much as the others and how they'll keep their heads up and keep moving forward, their body language in the postgame interviews showed a different side.

"I was visualizing it," said Sims of what it would be like to beat Texas.

After a long pause and a sigh, senior safety Bradley McDougald also demonstrated that his squad's latest close call stung a little more.

"It's gonna hurt for a while," he said. "I love the effort. We're headed in the right direction, but I don't know if we'll really know if we're headed in the right direction unless we go to Waco (Nov. 3 vs. Baylor) and play the same way because that means we're playing with consistency."

Added senior cornerback Greg Brown, who just missed on a late interception that could've iced the game: "We don't take moral victories, but I can say we took a step forward."


DB Ashton 1 year, 5 months ago

Considering Texas eternally has the pick of the litter and Mack Brown is the state's highest-paid public employee, this year's edition is just aweful. Mack should be backing up to the pay window for his $5 million. They were a grim bunch last year, as well, but embarrassed KU in Austin. I was there. Simply give-up dreadful. Yesterday's effort, in contrast, was real football. That's all I'm lookin' for. Well done, 'Hawks...


Jo Ann Ortgies Stork 1 year, 5 months ago

Yes, we are getting better every week. Even the student section who applauded the team's efforts on the field is something we didn't experience during the last two seasons. Most fans stayed until the end. It's too bad that a good many students didn't show up.


Mike Barnhart 1 year, 5 months ago

The radio and tv talking heads (I'm talking to you WHB) can trash us all the want but if you actually WATCH THE GAMES it's obvious to see this team GETTING BETTER EVERY WEEK!

Keep your heads up boys, the wins are coming soon!


rockchalknation 1 year, 5 months ago

This loss hurt....we outplayed a team with more talent for about 50 out of 60 minutes. The drivel I attached above makes not winning hurt a little more. It's really a shame not everyone gets to live in congested, hot, flat, and over-hyped Austin.


Fototherapist 1 year, 5 months ago

Campo has done some incredible work this season. KU has definitely made some progress, and the one thing I'm starting to see is confidence. Just look at the faces of the players at the end of the game. They fully expected to win that game (and they really outplayed Texas for most of the game). Those looks of anger and disappointment will fuel the fire for next season. They now appear hungry. That is the right attitude to have to build a winning program.


flyingfinn 1 year, 5 months ago

I agree with all that say we have to find a QB (hopefully Heaps) for next year and a consistant kicker. but I am encouraged that this team is making progress. I also remember sitting in the stands a few years back when Mangino played a Texas team very close with Young as their QB when we had trouble winning in his first years and then started to turn things around the following year. Charlie Weis knows what he is doing and will bring the Hawks back to better days. It started in the classroom and the weight room and has continue with a much better attitude on the field. There are better days ahead and I still believe a victory or two will happen this year.


Sayers44 1 year, 5 months ago

To be able to stay close to a high powered Texas with no passing game was because of the offensive line.

The Kansas offensive line was excellent. Blocking was incredible.

It is tough to win without passing but the O-Line almost pulled it off.

Good Work!


Nick Cole 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm sick of all these atta boys from all of you. No, you either win or you lose. If you win, atta boy, now go prep for next week. If you lose, shame on you. You made mistakes that gave the game away. You have had the lead in the 4th quarter how many times this year? And only won 1 of those games? Really? Not a good job. Yeay, we didn't get blown out. That isn't something to be proud of people. I know playing a close game is less embarrassing than getting hit for 70-7, but you have to win a game. Then another. Then some more after that. I support this team, I'll be there no matter what, but I'm also not gonna sit here and say good job fellas, you'll get em next time. No, we need to be pissed that we aren't winning these games. I'm pissed, and you should be too. If you aren't, you are the reason KU football is going to finish with only one win this season. Get MAD! VOICE YOUR OPINION!! I WON'T STAND FOR THIS CRAPPY FOOTBALL ANYMORE!!! WIN A FREAKING GAME FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. WIN A GOSH DARN CONFERENCE GAME. I'M TIRED OF WATCHING CRAPPY FOOTBALL IN KANSAS.

Rock Chalk


troutsee 1 year, 5 months ago

We are getting better. We are getting tougher, mentally and physically.

I hate Texas.

But, I have 50 yd line tickets on the east side of the stadium and there were plenty of Texas fans sitting all around me and that really pisses me off. That means that Williams Fund fans sold there tickets to this game and they were snatched up by TU fans so I had to listen to hook 'em horns throughout the game. I had one extran ticket but I'll be damned if I am ever going to sell it. The last thing I want is for an opposing team fan to be sitting next to me. Yet, there were plenty of you Williams Fund fans that did not have consideration for your fellow Jayhawk fans and whored you tickets. Shame on you.

Over all, we played great and have made lots of progress. My only criticism is to the coach. If you have a QB than use him, don't turn him into a hand-off machine. Texas was on to us in the second half. A pass on first down might have been interesting. If you don't have confidence that you QB can complete a pass, then don't play him.


John Mueller 1 year, 5 months ago

New Orleans is about right....

Were u at the game?

What game did u see?

There were 2 picks a goal line stand and the same team that scored 50 something last week scored 21 and had to convert a 4th and 6 to do it.

Dude- u have no clue.

And, we are talking about a team that was outweighed by prob 40 lbs o. The line of scrimmage on both sides .

The Texas players are HUGE.

Kansas kids played with a ton of heart. It wasn't good enough, but the athletic mismatch is clear. Kansas did outplay Texas from my vantage point considering the mismatch.

I don't believe in moral victories, but these kids have my total respect.

Mack Brown and his 6 star Houston Chronicle Top 100 pick of the litter talent were in a damn dogfight today against some undersized football players


tical523 1 year, 5 months ago

I am seeing serious progress week by week, we are in good shape with this coaching staff as a whole and the coaches are figuring out which guys need to be on the field (except Patmon in my small opinion). Even with the prospect of one win I am excited for the rest of the season to see development and glimpses of the future, the next few years we may have a top LB core with the emergence of J Love. If anyone sees players, coaches or even managers out in about in Lawrence tell them you are proud of their effort and for building the base for the future. Rock chalk optimistic hawk!!!


johninkc1 1 year, 5 months ago

Our defense played great considering the differential in talent levels on KU and TU. Campo should know who he needs to replace and recruit accordingly. We have been competitive with 3 good teams this year-TCU, OSU and TU. How many teams were we competive with last year? Not many or any. All the games were like OU and KSU.


neworleans 1 year, 5 months ago

There was no dont try to sugar coat this; KU Defense is not existent.


Jayhawk470 1 year, 5 months ago

Not that this Jayhawk team was good enough to go to a bowl game anyway, but this loss ensures that Kansas will miss a bowl game for the fourth year in a row.

I am so sick of football season at Kansas being over before the calendar reaches November.

I am also sorry for the seniors like Toben Opurum who came here with high hopes for being part of a program that appeared to be on the rise and instead became part of one of the toughest periods in the history of KU football.


texashawk10 1 year, 5 months ago

KU has looked very competitive at home this year and not very competitive away from home. Next week we get to see how much of KU's road woes this year have been because of the quality of opponent or just KU's inability to play well away from home. Baylor's defense is atrocious, but they do have an offense capable of blowing KU away so we'll see if KU's defense can put up the performance against Baylor's offense that they have against OSU and UT's offenses.


John Mueller 1 year, 5 months ago

Hang on folks...

Were u people at the game?

It was a loud, supportive crowd. I have no voice.

Were you there for the deafening East side: "rock chalk" West side "Jayhawk" in the 2nd half?

Granted, the physical structure "very open" makes it difficult to create the noise of a done, but folks, that was a pretty damn good crowd for Kansas football....

Proud of the kids effort, I really am.

I sure wish they could have been rewarded with a win.

Out kids are much less gifted, size and speed, and, frankly, they outplayed Texas...

But, no moral victories.

Just some sad kids who deserve our respect , support and continued encouragement.



Ethan Berger 1 year, 5 months ago

Question. If our Basketball team started going through tough times, would KU students still show to the game? If so, then why are these same students not going to the football games or baling at half time? Or is it that out of the whole campus, are there only 2000 students who attend both through thick and thin?


jayhawkintx1973 1 year, 5 months ago

For all those students with season tickets that didn't show up today, here's a thought. Take their basketball season tickets and then sell them to the students that did show up today. Those there today are the true fans. The others, well, check their GPAs.


BayPark 1 year, 5 months ago

Can we please finally give Charlie Weis and his coaching staff the props they deserve? To be able to compete nose-to-nose with Texas, whose talent and recruiting success far exceeds ours, is a remarkable achievement. Hopefully it will silence the critics, who show how little they understand about college football.


KU_Loyal 1 year, 5 months ago

Charlie, Why didn't you run the play clock down to 1second on the last several plays of our field goal drive? Our guys earned the win, you tookit away and gave it to Texas.


Chad Sandwell 1 year, 5 months ago

Here is my pet peeve........The last 3 home games, TCU, OSU and Texas.....our team has showed tremendous fight and in the last 2 were in it right to the end....Right now our team is not disappointing it is the "fans" and students. Our team obviously feeds off of the energy the crowd provides at home, but imagine just for a moment what kind of advantage we could build if people would actually show up for this team through thick and thin..... This team is making serious strides and a lot of people are missing it, heck I live in South Dakota, and have been there for all but 2 games this year to the end and plan on being there for the home finale against Iowa State. Many people all year long have been stating that they wish this team would show up. Well guess what people....they have and now it's your turn.... For God's sake people fill the stands and show this team your support on the last football Saturday of the year.


90sHawk 1 year, 5 months ago

Really? Playing Duke in Chapel Hill in 2014? Come on guys, how about proofreading

Date Matchup Location TV / Time Sat, Sept. 6 SE Missouri State at Kansas Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS
Sat, Sept. 13 Kansas at Duke Chapel Hill, N.C.


90sHawk 1 year, 5 months ago

QB is the most important position in football. And no doubt about it that it's an area we've struggled in all year. If Heaps is all that is being said about him, he'd clearly help the cause. To McCay, we could definitely use him. Big receiver who runs a 4.5 forty. We need to have that guy who can get separation from defenders. I rarely see it with the group we have. That said, really hard for me to dispute your argument (not that I'm trying) cause I agree, with those 2 guys (more so Heaps) we'd have won the Rice and NIU games, and would probably have gotten 1 or 2 wins against TCU, OSU, or Texas.


KUFan90 1 year, 5 months ago

Way to battle it out Hawks! Obviously wish they could have held on for the victory, but they showed heart and fight and were in a position to get the W.

Like Brown says, now they have to carry it over vs Baylor next week.


Janet Scott 1 year, 5 months ago

Terrific effort; a bit short. Perhaps we can win a couple of the remaining games.


Boouk 1 year, 5 months ago

I think our record would be 5-3 or maybe even 6-2 right now if we had Heaps and McCay. 6-6 or 7-5 might be a reasonable expectation next year with them and a solid recruiting class that hopefully adds a good kicker.


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