Saturday, November 15, 2014

KU football notebook: Seniors make most of final home game

Kansas interim head football coach Clint Bowen stops to salute the student section and the Jayhawk fans remaining after their heartbreaking 34-30 loss to TCU on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas interim head football coach Clint Bowen stops to salute the student section and the Jayhawk fans remaining after their heartbreaking 34-30 loss to TCU on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at Memorial Stadium.



Box score

Talk about going out with a bang.

Saturday marked the final home game in the careers of 21 Kansas University football seniors and, to honor them, a handful of those veteran leaders and underclassmen banded together to push No. 5 TCU to the brink of disaster in a 34-30 KU loss at Memorial Stadium.

Senior linebacker Ben Heeney said he thought the emotions of Senior Day played a big role in the Jayhawks' spirited effort and, in addition to being honored on the field prior to kickoff with their families, the KU seniors were the stars of a pregame video shown only to the team inside the Anderson Family Football Complex.

“I told those guys from the beginning that it's a day they'll always remember,” KU coach Clint Bowen said. “We did a few things during the week to emphasize Senior Day because we did want those guys to know how much they were appreciated, and we had a senior video in here and it was a little bit of a tear-jerker.”

Asked what that group meant to this team, both during the past few years and into the future, junior quarterback Michael Cummings summed it up with one word: Priceless.

“It was an emotion-filled day, knowing it was their last game at Memorial Stadium,” Cummings said. “Their influence on the program and on me personally is priceless.”

Tough call

An interception return for a touchdown by JaCorey Shehperd was wiped off the board in the second quarter after the Jayhawks were flagged for an illegal substitution.

Visibly frustrated by the call, Bowen kept his cool when asked about the situation after the game.

“It was a hurry-up snap,” Bowen said after a long pause. “I'm not going into the officiating thing. They hurried up and caught us for 12 (players). We thought we had a chance to make a substitution.”

While no one argued that KU had 12 men on the field when the ball was snapped, there was some question about the timing of the flag, which came well after the play after officials met near the end zone, and why KU did not get the opportunity to finish its substitution after TCU made its.

Asked if he saw a flag thrown during the play, Bowen again kept it brief.

“I don't know that I did,” he said.

Fake or no fake?

Sophomore quarterback and holder T.J. Millweard confirmed after the game that his 10-yard completion to senior tight end Trent Smiley after a botched hold attempt on a field goal try was not intentional.

“We did not plan that,” said Millweard of the scramble drill which Bowen said the team works on every Thursday. “It was not called, but I'm happy I could pull it out and make a play.”

This and that...

The Jayhawks won Saturday’s opening coin toss and chose to defer its choice to the second half. TCU elected to receive the opening kickoff.... KU's 13-10 halftime lead marked the first time since the 2008 Orange Bowl that the Jayhawks owned a halftime lead over a Top 5 team.... Heeney led KU with 11 tackles and KU recorded four sacks, forced two fumbles and snagged an interception.... Temperature at kickoff was 32 degrees, under cloudy skies with 11 mph winds out of the southeast.

More KU football notes against TCU


Armen Kurdian 6 years, 10 months ago

I don't know if it would have made a difference, but the 12-men call is grounds for a formal complaint with the NCAA. At the very least, you don't throw a flag after the opposing coach says, "Hey why don't you throw a flag on that."

"Huh huh...Oooookayyyyyy.!!!!"

Ridiculous. That said, supreme effort by this team. I will eat some crow, I thought they would get smacked hard and said so, guess I was wrong. Let's go to OU & KSU and ruin their seasons.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 10 months ago

All scoring plays are reviewed by the booth. That's when the penalty was enforced so there are no grounds for a complaint.

Jerry Walker 6 years, 10 months ago

"why KU did not get the opportunity to finish its substitution after TCU made its." --Matt Tait

Can you explain the call in more detail...concerning the substitution rule? The TV announcers said that TCU did not make a substitution.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 10 months ago

I agree with you Armen I will eat that crow right along with you. I'm as big as a KU fan as anybody but was just looking at what TCU had been doing to other teams all season. but all this is , is just another reason to offer this position to Coach Bowen, this team has come sooo far in the time he has taken over see improvement every week. like I stated in another article he is home grown and bleeds crimson and blue much better choice then some other hot shot just using KU as a stepping stone you can kinda look at it as in cross reference in basketball to Fred Hoiberg FROM Iowa State same thing he grew up in their state went to school there. now where is my plate and bring on that crow I've never had it before but its deserved you have made me proud guys and I'm still proud to be a KU fan now just keep plugging along and your doing fine. GO HAWKS

JD Roth 6 years, 10 months ago

We had a great time at Senior Day. Football weather, mixed in with the students, high fiving total strangers, it was a great environment. Too bad there weren't 50.000 in attendance! Thank you seniors for a great effort. Build on it by going to OU and taking care of business. Go Jayhawks!

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