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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Game Balls and Gassers: LA Tech

Kansas kicker Matthew Wyman watches his 52-yard field goal sail toward the uprights for a 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech during the on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas kicker Matthew Wyman watches his 52-yard field goal sail toward the uprights for a 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech during the on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

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Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 13-10 victory over LA Tech on Saturday ...

Game Balls

• Walk-on kicker Matthew Wyman, who missed his only field goal attempt as a high school kicker, booted a 52-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired.

• Trevor Pardula counted a 78-yarder among his five punts, one of three that he nailed inside the 20, including two inside the 10. He averaged 57.6 yards on his punts and 64 yards on his three kickoffs.

Gassers

• On Louisiana Tech’s first touchdown, Isaiah Johnson was late arriving on a big first-down catch and on the touchdown catch.

• The offensive line had difficulty opening up holes for inside runs.

Comments

CHEEZIT 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Coaches, tuck in your shirts and look professional. It wasn't that hot out and all the coaches on the other side had theirs tucked!

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akgjenkintown 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Pardula saved the day by not providing good field position all day to the opponents. Otherwise KU got manhandled at all positions, especially the offensive and defensive lines. Did anyone notice how many KU players limped off the field as compared to LA Tech? KU players got beat up. Not much to say about this game other than KU was lucky to come out with a win.

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MinnesotaJay 6 months, 4 weeks ago

A well-deserved congratulations to Matthew Wyman! But, HELLO! Trevor Pardula AVERAGED 57.6 yards on five punts!!! Holy (expletive deleted)! There's a big pot of gold at the end of this rainbow.

So, the good news is we've got an awesome punter. But, the bad news is we're really going to need him.

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Randy Bombardier 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Solution? Schedule Savannah State.

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kay_you 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I'd give a gasser to the fans that didn't show. Don't know what the attendance was but it looked less than SDU which I beleive was about 40k.

Give a game ball to the fans that did show up.

And, a game ball to Mundine for his touchdown. Nice catch and run.

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Billy Smith 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Isiah Johnson was a definite gasser. He was always playing 7 yards off his man. The qb wouldn't even glance anywhere else. Throw it to the left,6 yards. Over and over. Then the penalty on him towards the end. Luckily he got bailed out. The short passing game was essentially their running attack and therefore made their qb's numbers and completion percentage quite skewed. La tech gashing us that bad, Oklahoma, Baylor, TT etc are going to be extremely tough. We need about 6 more Ben Heeneys.

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Pbbut 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Several play calls had me scratching my head, but two I'll mention and fail to understand are the call after Heeney's INT at the 47. First play a low percentage deep ball that had almost no chance for completion. The second was after the "hands to the face" on LaTech, we again go low percentage from the 15. It seems like we were constantly 2nd and Long.

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Dan Pawlowski 6 months, 4 weeks ago

So it looks like most of the posters here think we have the players to be better than we are. I am not one of them.

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eastcoasthawk 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Forgot to mention I. Johnson's penalty on third and 8 that kept their drive alive. Hope they still have some muscle building going on during the season for the O-line. So good to see special teams making the difference. Really missed that the last couple of years.

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leonard 6 months, 4 weeks ago

protonhawk, I don't care about their weight...but I agree 100% about the performance of Weis and Grunhard.

I'm not in any way calling for Charlie's ouster...but when Charlie looks in the mirror to shave in the morning he better recognize an offensive coach that is not getting it done. Overall, our team has shown enough improvement from last year to warrant optimism...but Charlie has not.

The problem with the offense is more than just play calling...as bizarre as it has been at times...it's just as much about the entire scheme. Each Saturday I watch football games all over the country and see teams moving the ball up and down the field and most are not lead by an offensive genius (Charlie's reputation). In all three games this year, we had enough talent and size to be more than competitive...with pretty puny results. C'mon Charlie, it's time to make an adjustment...and the upcoming bye week is the perfect place to start.

Grunhard and his offensive line? They were clowned and beaten up today...especially Sterling. Toughness and performance better improve drastically over the next two weeks.

Other than that...yeehaw Jayhawks...a win is a win!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Michael Maris 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I'll tell you who should be doing gassers along with the players. Charlie Weis and Coach Tim Grunhard. Encourage the OL men to get their act together. If Coach Mangino can lose weight, I know coach Weis and Grunhard can get out there and work on getting into shape as well. Another good showing by Defense. The defense spent WAY to much time on the field today.

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