Saturday, September 14, 2013

Game Balls and Gassers: Rice


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.


• 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.


Darin Bradley 7 years, 5 months ago

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

KemDooKU 7 years, 5 months 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

BayPark 7 years, 5 months ago

The entire defense deserves a game ball.

KemDooKU 7 years, 5 months 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

Eric Dawson 7 years, 5 months 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.

Craig Carr 7 years, 5 months ago

And what is Weis doing across the board other than losing every week? This team sucks just like last year and the year before and... Perkins allowed a bunch of soft no good players to run off a real coach. This is the result, all talk and a bunch of embarrassing losses

Michael Leiker 7 years, 5 months 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.

Jim Jackson 7 years, 5 months 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.

spenc1324 7 years, 5 months 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

Michael Maris 7 years, 5 months 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.

Craig Carr 7 years, 5 months ago

I would take Texas football, they may underachieve but are relevant and will stomp us.

Pitthawk34 7 years, 5 months ago

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

Craig Carr 7 years, 5 months ago

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

Rivethead 7 years, 5 months ago

Football pays for basketball. Drop football and bball won't be far behind.

Chris1955 7 years, 5 months 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.

dumbarton 7 years, 5 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.

GridironHawk 7 years, 5 months ago

McCay either is: 1) Much slower than I expected 2) Hurt 3) Just doesn't care He doesn't deserve to be on the field with the way he is playing. His blocking is horrible, DBs stick to him like glue, and he doesn't even fight for the ball. If I was Heaps, I'd never trust him to catch one if the D is anywhere near him.

Robert Brock 7 years, 5 months ago

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

GridironHawk 7 years, 5 months ago

so many people missed this (myself included watching it live). It was actually a stunt by the defense that allowed a guy on the d-line to get his hands up without any contact. That is almost always a disasterous ending and nothing the QB can do about it.

Andy Godwin 7 years, 5 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.

dumbarton 7 years, 5 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.

Jeremy Hays 7 years, 5 months ago

If you watched the play several times then you would have saw the DL put his hands up and the trajectory of the ball changed.
I know you all want to be bandwagon fans. When KU wins the next two you will go on here and talk how great everything is. You will talk up how wonderful our coaching staff is and how great our players are. But since we lost, it is how terrible Charlie is and how bad our QB is etc etc.... Well here is the deal? They lost, it wasn't pretty but playing a pretty damn good Rice Team that if not for one johnny Manziel they go down to the wire against A&M who is a top 10 team. I understand the anger about not beating Rice but they are dang good and we haven't come out of the hole that was left for us?
In case many of you forgot, the cupboard was bare when Mangino got fired. There was nothing back after Reesing left.(I loved Mangino and thought he brought a great leadership to the KU team) There was no QB, there was no RB, there were no Dez Briscoes, there was no Def, then add on GIll and his 2 years of recruiting, which was decent, but lack of discipline and then the failed dayne Crist experiment. You have 4 years of Non-Relevant and non-successful football.
For all of you who say get rid of him, how long did it take for Mangino to turn it around? To be relevant in the Big XII it took him 4 years and that was when CU, ISU, Misery, Baylor, Tech, OSU (do some extent) and late in his run Nebraska were bad teams. Now CU is getting rolled in PAC12, ISU (besides the early part of this year) looks much improved, Misery is the doormat of the SEC, Baylor is a juggernaut, tech maybe beatable, OSU could be the best team in the conference, and Nubs are gone. GIVE ME A BREAK!!! go cheer on the basketball team. Stop saying you are a KANSAS Fan and say you are a front running kansas BASKETBALL fan.

Matt Lacey 7 years, 5 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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