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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Game Balls and Gassers: Texas Tech

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Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 54-16 loss to Texas Tech ...

Game Balls

• Ben Heeney intercepted a pass on Texas Tech’s first possession and late in the half slammed an end zone-bound running back to the ground, turning a touchdown into a field goal. When the momentum turned, it was easy to see a change in body language from some players. Not Heeney. As usual, he was all-out, all the time. He led the team with 12 tackles and made most of them hurt.

Tony Pierson turned nothing into something over and over again and amassed 118 receiving yards before his day ended when he was knocked out on the sideline near the goal line on a 39-yard play that should have ended near the line of scrimmage but for Pierson’s multiple changes of direction with sharp cuts, a truly remarkable play.

Gassers

• Punter Trevor Pardula decided to tuck it and run, even though Gale Sayers couldn’t have gotten a first down on the play. With 13 yards to go for a first down and the line of scrimmage at the 16 it’s surprising he even had the green light to run under any circumstance.

Aslam Sterling repeatedly was whistled for false starts, which begs the question: Will he get any more real starts or will he be replaced at left tackle?

Comments

Brett McCabe 1 year, 2 months ago

The false starts were, collectively, the second most disturbing thing today after the fake punt. Over and over again they, in essence, killed drives. Of course, I could talk about bad snaps, QB fumbles, dropped passes.....oh well, never mind.

Robert Brock 1 year, 2 months ago

Sterling is not Big 12 material. Bench.

741hawk 1 year, 2 months ago

I watch him every play since I saw him get pancaked in the LaTech game. A blind side tackle getting pancaked! Never seen such a thing. His claim to fame this week is THREE false starts. Gawd awful.

Michael Luby 1 year, 2 months ago

I don't even like football. Don't care. What I do care about is Basketball. I sincerely hope that a certain 3 writers for this site, do not miss covering ANY basketball games this season.

texashawk10 1 year, 2 months ago

For someone who doesn't care about football, you sure are commenting on a lot of football articles saying the same BS.

Brad Farha 1 year, 2 months ago

@lulu -- I don't know you, but with a post like that you are a very strange fan. If you don't like football, that's okay, but please don't spout the opinions that give KU fans a bad name. This kind of stuff is fodder for rival fan boards.

741hawk 1 year, 2 months ago

Here's the deal: Blame both Charlie and the punter. 1) Charlie did not pull the fake option for the punter, even though we were deep in our own territory..
2) The punter saw the defense in a specified formation that indicated the fake would work. As he was given the opportunity, the punter called the fake, but the two players who were to seal the left side did not execute their blocks. Do we blame that on lack of talent or coaching?

Sorry, Charlie! It was all your fault.

Reminds me of the coach who instructed the qb to run out the clock by handing off to Smith, then on fourth down, to punt it.. On first down, Smith gained 30 yards. On second down Smith gained another 30 years. On third down, Smith ran it to the opponents' 5 yard line. On fourth down, the qb punted it out of the stadium. Coming to the bench, the coach yelled at the qb, "What the hell were you thinking?" The qb replied, "I was thinking we have the dumbest coach in America!"

pepper_bar 1 year, 2 months ago

If it was first down and he ran 30 yards, it would be first down again.

pepper_bar 1 year, 2 months ago

If the LJW Sunshine Machine won't give a gasser to Weis for the poor coaching that led to the bizarre fake punt, they never will.

akgjenkintown 1 year, 2 months ago

Please, ignore your fear of Weis and potential ramifications (limited access to the windbag) and give him the top gasser for the game and the season.

kay_you 1 year, 2 months ago

I think you have to give a gasser to the coaching staff. This team was clearly not prepared to play football.

63Jayhawk 1 year, 2 months ago

Gale Sayers would have made the first down! Tony Pierson would have made the first down! As a matter of fact, Tony Pierson looked a lot like a somewhat smaller version of Gale Sayers on his broken field run for 39 yards.

Rivethead 1 year, 2 months ago

Gasser for only 25,000 fans? We were 2-1 going into the game.........

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