Which unit deserves the most blame for KU's 34-30 loss to Colorado?

Offense 45% 776 votes

Defense 51% 872 votes

Special Teams 3% 58 votes

1706 total votes


timtation 10 years, 4 months ago

The Offense cost us the game. CU scored 14 points on KU's unforced turnovers and both were inside the 5. Way to set up a Defense to make it look like the Defense cost us the game. How many rushing yards did KU have? Also it was the Defense that got us back in the game forcing CU turnovers in CU territory just to have field goals instead of touchdowns. KU's Defense only allowed 10 points in the 2nd half. To everyone who voted that the Defense cost us the game, you don't know football.

boomrsoonr26 10 years, 4 months ago

"timtation (anonymous) says ...To everyone who voted that the Defense cost us the game, you don't know football."

DUH, they are KU fans! Maybe they'll get the basketball questions right.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 4 months ago

The offense gave up 14 points and the defense gave up 20. But the D couldn't show up in the 4th quarter when they had to make a play. First they let CU drive the field, converting 3rd down over and over, to take the lead, then they failed to force a 3 and out, which cost our offense a full minute and probably the game the way we were moving the ball.

Scott Smetana 10 years, 4 months ago

Timtation... keep your stupid comments to yourself. I was at the game. I live and breath football and even played at KU.
The defense was the biggest problem of the game and the season. Clint is a good coach but simply has not enough talent. Our LB's are slow, slow, slow. Our DB's are poor tacklers. Our linemen aren't athletic enough to catch the QB even when they're not blocked. CU's long drive for a TD in the 4th was a killer when our offense (aka Reesing/Briscoe show) was furiously kicking butt. The defense was lucky for the turnovers or it wouldn't have even been close in the end.
That said, our coaches trying to run Sharp over and over, especially on short yardage hurt. That was our #2 problem. He is a good receiver, but not power back. I haven't seen the offensive pass interference call replay yet, but that obviously hurt badly. I hated how the ref who called that was pumped up to the CU student section and excitedly pointed us backwards for 15 yards. Refs should be robots, no emotion. I'm sure he got caught up in the moment and the fans had a lot to do with that call.

rockchalk93 10 years, 4 months ago

PikesPeakSmitthy, our defense was lucky for those turnovers? Didn't they cause them? Colorado wasn't lucky for their two gifts, compliments of our offense that took almost a whole half to wake up? I'll agree the defense didn't play well at times. The poor tackling, poor angles on tackling and bad scheming is frustrating. But our defense made some big plays last night and gave our offense a chance to come back and win. The offense didn't make the most of it. Look, blame goes to both sides of the ball for how poorly we played in the first half, as well as the tremendous comeback in the second half. But, given everybody's expectations of both units, it's hard for me not to place more blame on the offense last night. But hey, nobody's perfect.

I'm not pissed at the offense. I love Reesing, Meier, Briscoe and the whole unit. It was an electrifying comeback that just came up short. But, I'm not about to throw the defense under the bus and blame them on a night when the offensive stars waited too long to bring their A game.

I may be in the minority on this one, but I actually felt our defense made some strides last night. It still was a struggle a lot of the times, but at least the unit seemed to have some fire. And, they did give the offense chances. And to the comment about how the defense didn't get a 3 and out at the end and buy more time, c'mon, get real. True, they didn't get a 3 and out, but they did make the stop. If the offense hadn't have burned two timeouts earlier in the half, there would have been more time as well.

There, done with my rant.

Kenneth Hillman 10 years, 4 months ago

Ya the blame goes on both sides and also coaching, some great points made above. Poor tackling a lot of the night, slow pursuit, slow offensive start, Reesing trying to do too much with the heisman hype, o line giving up far to many pressures and sacks, turnovers... How did we become so inept in the red zone all of a sudden last night and why were we not rotating TO in at running back? Sharp shouldn't lose his starting spot to injury but $hit...try something else when what you're doing isn't working. I thought the whole idea was to give the opposing defense some of both. I did NOT like the OPI call at the end of the game.

REAL pi$$ed about losing that game last night. Getting pi$$ed all over again just thinking about it. We HAVE to play smarter than that and embrace this national recognition, even thrive on it. Don't let it mess with our game, I think it had a lot to do with our poor start.

Jeff Schartz 10 years, 4 months ago

I would like to see the defense use their arms to tackle. I am disgusted by the amount of times that defenders try to knock the ball-carrier down by just running into them with their shoulders. Those things that hang at our defenders sides, those useless pieces of meat with hands at the ends, those are called "arms", in the military, "arms" are also known as "weapons". Let's use these weapons to bring the ball-carriers down! Wrap them up! And don't try to tackle the offensive players by the shoulder pads, wrap up the legs!!! It's elementary, it's fundemental! DO IT!!!

LionHawkS 10 years, 4 months ago

As much as I love football, I never played it but here is my 1 cent worth.

I felt that the defense lacked the first half but came up big in the second half. Those forced turnovers came up big for us which (I think) fuel our defense for the rest of the second half. Regarding the miss tackles.... aren't you supposed to use your arms to tackle and take someone down? I've seen some good hits during the game where they used their shoulders which stopped them but when it comes to red-zone, I would think you would want to wrap them up.

I think our special teams came up short. On kick-offs, we let them pick up too many yards which gave them good field position.

On pressure and scrambling, I think Reesing needs to be smarter with the ball. It amazes me how far back he runs backwards in a semi-circle to get away from the pressure, but geez.. does he really need to run backwards 10-15 yards? I will admit, Reesing works very well under pressure and big plays came out of that kind of pressure.

I am looking foward to seeing next weeks game against Oklahoma. I hope they use Sharp in a different role this time instead of a tackling bag.

TexasJayhawk78 10 years, 4 months ago

Our team can not spot the other team 14 or more points and expect to win. Most teams who get the ball handed to them on the One and Three yard line will find some way of pushing it in.

Joe Baker 10 years, 4 months ago

I agree the O was the biggest disappointment! There were enough lessons and humiliation for yesterday, but the defense played better compared to the last few games.
The reason Reesing and the offense have to take much of the responsibility is because you can't be a senior QB and make the mistakes made on offense. You place your already struggling D in a horrible position. You can't fumble and mistakes in your opponents red zone and then expect the D to correct your mistakes! I don't know any team in the NCAA that could make those mistakes and then expect their D to bail them out. Hawks stop placing blame on the refs. It happens in every game with every team. All teams get bad calls. We shouldn't have allowed the game to be so ridiculously close.

Spencer Goff 10 years, 4 months ago

I agree with Pikes, some of the worst tackling I have seen. And honestly, I have agreed with what you said 100%, Operum 3 carries for the night?

I hate to give credit for big plays (the turnovers) to the defense when they didn't do the little things that would have negated the need for big plays in the first place. Only the first game of the season did I think our defense looked promising. Sure, turnovers can get you great field position or negate an opponents drive, but good tackling gets you three and outs and negates the necessity to gamble. I want to see better one-on-one form tackling.

We are getting killed by fast backs, and I think you mentioning our lack of speed at linebacker (and really on the line too) is contributing to that.

Actually, voting on this I feel a little guilty, because the only guys that I can sit here and say were completely awesome last night were the Meier/Briscoe "twins." Reesing had gawdy numbers, and was running for his life most of the night, but seriously, those two are playing better than any two in the nation right now.

Steve Brown 10 years, 4 months ago

It was none of above, I vote coaching....

coaching re: how to block for the KM touchdown and not get called a penalty. Coaching re: when to throw it away to avoid a sack. Coaching to not get intentional grounding.

Coaching to work in Sharpe sparingly at first, not just insert him the first several series when he clearly was not to game speed, timing or mid season form especially when his reserve back up has been performing like Patton's 5th protecting TR for more time in pocket..

Bee Bee 10 years, 4 months ago

Our defense is garbage!! We have no athletes!!! Our season is on it's way down the drain if something doesn't get fixed! Unbelievable!!!

IBRONNIEB 10 years, 4 months ago

Our Defense is young in alot of areas, they made mistakes. But no doubt about the fact that they made strides in this game. While I agree the lack of ability to wrap up ball carriers is troubling. They will improve. There are athletes on the defensive side, just not as many. Its hard right now but you have to stay positive. If we beat OU this Sat. everyone will jump right back on the bandwagon. Fair weather fans need not return.

cleifer 10 years, 4 months ago

Defense?! What game were you watching? Offense choked.

NinjaJayhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

This loss was a total team effort from offense, defense and coaching. However, the poor offensive performance in the first half killed us in this game. That being said there is plenty of blame to go around. From a coaching standpoint I don't know why we didn't kick a field goal on 4th and goal on our second to last drive of the game. HCMM must have little confidence in the defense, but to win the game we had to stop Colorado on their last drive regardless. If we kick the filed goal we are down by one point, get the ball back kick a field goal from the 19 yard line to win the game. And it seemed like the defense was biting on misdirection plays and play action all night long. Colorado would have 3rd and 15 and we would bite on the play action. While I think this is a team loss, I still believe if our offense played their usual game in the first half we would have won the game. As far as tackling goes we are not wrapping up. To make matters worse, the first guy to the ball is trying to violently strip away the ball, this would be o.k. if the ball carrier fumbles or the tackle is made. However, it seems like neither happens and the guy breaks the tackle for a big gain. Focus on getting the ball carrier to the ground, gang tackle and let the second and third guy try to cause the fumble. In the end we still lost and by doing so lost a great opportunity to be in the drivers seat for the North.

IBRONNIEB 10 years, 4 months ago


You are the type of fan that need not return. The offense still came back and took the lead in the game. While I choose to stay positive with the defense, because they will improve. They still allowed CU to march the length of the field at crunch time. which included a 3rd and 15 conversion. You can question what I think all you want, just do it on a nice fair weathered day somewhere else.

Vic Janeway 10 years, 4 months ago

Usually I dont say this, but besides Reesings mistakes, I feel the ref cheated them out of that "stupid" call, so what the receiver didnt have his hands up, those plays happen all the time, how pitiful. I watched the florida game earlier and saw the same cheap type of call, the db, who I yell at more than most, finally turn around to look at the ball and the ref called it an interference, what bull, they were keeping the home team in the game (FU) and that was the difference in them not getting beat by ArKansas. What is up, are these refs that stupid or do I go to conspiracy land?

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