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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Game Balls and Gassers: Rice

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Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 23-14 loss to Rice on Saturday ...

Game Balls

Tony Pierson, who a year ago rushed for 120 yards on 19 carries (6.3) in the Rice game, this time caught four passes for 95 yards, 77 yards coming on a touchdown on which he outran the defense along the right sideline.

• Safety Isaiah Johnson’s interception and return set up a KU touchdown.

Gassers

• Tight end Jimmay Mundine dropped a third-down pass that would have gone for a first down late in the second quarter and dropped another that would have gone for a big gain late in the fourth quarter.

 Quarterback Jake Heaps threw two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and showed questionable judgment making both throws.

Comments

kuae99 7 months ago

Interesting point by AKG. Do all of Heaps problems come down to having a p-poor receiving corps? It can't be all of them, though, b/c he should be throwing the ball into the sidelines instead of taking sacks. The game cam only shows what's going on near the line. It doesn't show what the WRs are (not) doing downfield. At the same time, though, if the WRs are that bad, we need a diversity of run packages. Weis can ask all of his Texas kids what they ran in high school because it's probably better than the excrement coming out of his head right now.

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dumbarton 7 months ago

Brock, you are incorrect. I've watched replay of this several times. Their middle linebacker, Kutzler, simply anticipated the pass, jumped the route, tipped the ball to himself and ran it back for a pick 6. Heaps telegraphed the play to him.

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AzHawk97 7 months ago

Weis will never get a Gasser from Tait, even in an unsigned article. Just giving one to Heaps is about as critical as he gets towards the current coaching staff and their "protected" players.

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akgjenkintown 7 months ago

Clearly the defense play great and was at a disadvantage the entire night because the offense and the play calling were terrible. Heeney was everywhere and that means the defensive line was keeping him clean from blockers. A lot of the offensive ineptitude can be shouldered by Heaps and Weis' play calling (one continues to scratch ones heading with his offense game plan). Heaps looked particularly bad last night not only because of dropped passes, and yes Mundine was terrible (a true drive killer), but primarily because the entire receiving core cannot get separation. Many of the sacks and QB pressure were not because of the offense line, but because no one was getting open. This entire receiving core is terrible and not just because of their hands. The bad thing about college is there is no free agency (at least officially) and KU is stuck with an inept group of receivers. Weis might consider using Cox as a tight end. Who knows if he can catch but KU doesn't need him as a third running back. Next week should be a gimme but this team has no chance to win 3 or more games unless the offense can sustain a drive and that will require Heaps to complete passes-TO SOMEONE THAT CAN GET OPEN AND ACTUALLY CATCH THE BALL.

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Robert Brock 7 months ago

Heaps' first interception was a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage. It had nothing to do with poor judgment.

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dumbarton 7 months ago

In addition to Heaps, I'd give a gasser to wide receiver Justin McCay. He and Heaps have had a FULL YEAR to do nothing but work on their routes and timing and yesterday they go out lay a big fat goose egg. Pretty disappointing.

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Chris1955 7 months, 1 week ago

I was at thengame yesterday. We had an amazing amount of KU fans on hand for the game. The kicking game, with the exception of the punting was good. The offense is predictable and pathethic. The defense only gave up one touchdown to Rice.

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Craig Carr 7 months, 1 week ago

Join the Big East and drop football, we are a national joke!

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Brett McCabe 7 months, 1 week ago

I listened to the game through the Rice online network. Their announcers would have given Heeney players of the game, hands down. They could not stop praising his play.

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Pitthawk34 7 months, 1 week ago

Big 12 days are done, get out please get out. The problem is our Zinger has his own plans.

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Michael Maris 7 months, 1 week ago

Well, it looks like Mack Brown days at U of T are getting closer and closer to ending. Another loss in Austin'ville is not going to have the fan base happy. That would be like Bill Self's team start going down the ladder (a few years after winning the National Championship). Things are NOT good in Austin, Texas.

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spenc1324 7 months, 1 week ago

Yeah definitely time to get an OC the play calling is way too predictable I think it's still a little early to start talkin about replacing Charlie wiess lets see if he can at least win a big 12 game and if not then well see it will be tough to outlast the hot seat with out at least 1 conference win just 1 that's all we need!!!!

This was a tough game and we played really hard. Don't let this game define our season we showed some good if not great flashes on offense, and if we get a little more creativity on the play calling to set our guys up a little better and for the love of all that is holy can we PLEASE PLEASE catch a pass if we begin to do that I still think we cab win 6 games and go bowling. Keep your head up hawks at least I always appreciate the fact we never quit and bring it every play!!! Rock chalk

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Jim Jackson 7 months, 1 week ago

I concur, how about a gasser for Charlie for not calling a single play action pass the entire game on first or second down when they were consistently tackling us for loss. Pathetic.

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Michael Leiker 7 months, 1 week ago

Fully on the get rid of Charlie bandwagon. Dont even think if it happened at this point it would have to reflect too poorly on Zenger.

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Eric Dawson 7 months, 1 week ago

No need to single out Mundine when at least 7 of Heaps' 28 throws (at least 25% of his attempts) were catchable but dropped by receivers across the board -- wide outs, TE and RBs. If you're going to name Mundine, name them all! (And how much more confidence would Heaps have had in this game if his targets were actually catching his passes???)

And I agree with d_bradley27 -- Weis' play calling was terrible. I love what Charlie is doing across the board as HC EXCEPT for his play calling. Time to get an OC -- and someone who can teach "receivers" how to hold on to a pass.

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KemDooKU 7 months, 1 week ago

I am F'ing pissed - pissed pissed pissed - Rice are you F'ing serious - How does a big time University lose to Ricw - sad sad sad sad sad

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BayPark 7 months, 1 week ago

The entire defense deserves a game ball.

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KemDooKU 7 months, 1 week ago

Charlie Wies can talk a good game but he is not a good football coach - losing to Rice is a Joke - a big F'ing JOKE. Two wins that it - second season and two wins tops - joke joke joke joke joke

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d_bradley27 7 months, 1 week ago

Game Ball - Ben Heeney (how you missed this is a wonder) Gasser - Offensive Play Calling - Head Coach Charlie Weis

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