Sims, Smith and Cummings post top efforts against Oklahoma State


1. James Sims: Foiled many a blitz with strong blocking, caught three passes for 42 yards, including a 28-yard gain, and ran for 103 of his 138 yards in the second half, 30 coming on a fourth-quarter touchdown run.

2. Lubbock Smith: Had an interception that set up the offense. It’s not his fault the offense couldn’t turn the opportunity into points. Also hit the OSU quarterback on key third-down play after KU had pulled within 20-7.

3. Michael Cummings: When he replaced Dayne Crist and started scrambling, the entire team was energized. He completed 5 of 10 passes for 75 yards and hit tight end Jimmay Mundine for a 21-yard touchdown.

4. Bradley McDougald: The team’s best defender made his presence felt early with eight first-quarter tackles and finished with 12 tackles.

5. Tyler Patmon: Did a consistently good job in coverage and had two pass break-ups.

6. Kale Pick: Consistently got open again and was found four times for 74 yards in receptions.

7. Ben Heeney: Had nine tackles and had a hand in limiting OSU star running back Joseph Randle to 2.8 yards per carry.

8. Jimmay Mundine: Got open in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown strike from Cummings.

9. Toben Opurum: In on seven tackles, including a couple that resulted in losses.

10. Jake Love: Would have ranked much higher but for missing a tackle that allowed Charlie Moore to race down the left sideline for a 72-yard touchdown reception. Had a quarterback hurry and 12 tackles, three for 11 yards in losses. Played inspired football filling in for Tunde Bakare, who had his bell rung in practice.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Tony Pierson (36 points)
2. James Sims (29 points)
3. Bradley McDougald (26 points)
4. Toben Opurum (23 points)
5. Ben Heeney (21 points)
T6. Taylor Cox (19 points)
T6. Duane Zlatnik (19 points)
8. Greg Brown (18 points)
9. Kale Pick (17 points)
10. Tyler Patmon (15 points)
11. Trevor Marrongelli (12 points)
12. Josh Williams (11 points)
T13. Tanner Hawkinson (10 points)
T13. Tunde Bakare (10 points)
T15. Andrew Turzilli (9 points)
T15. Lubbock Smith (9 points)
17. Michael Cummings (8 points)
T18. Christian Matthews (6 points)
T18. John Williams (6 points)
T20. Anthony McDonald (5 points)
T20. Jimmay Mundine (5 points)
T22. Ben Goodman (4 points)
T22. Jordan Tavai (4 points)
T22. Josh Ford (4 points)
T25. Chris Omigie (1 point)
T25. Schyler Miles (1 point)
T25. Kevin Young (1 point)
T25. Jake Love (1 point)


Marc Frey 6 years, 5 months ago

That missed tackle by Love was a killer. Still, I do see a better product on the field over the last two years.

Brandon Pope 6 years, 5 months ago

What do you know. A QB makes the ratings and KU is competitive to the end of a Big 12 game. Funny how that works.

KGphoto 6 years, 5 months ago

They stayed away from Greg Brown for most of the game. I could very easily put him with Patmon at 5.

texashawk10 6 years, 5 months ago

Agreed, Greg Brown is one of three current KU players that I can see playing in the NFL next season along with McDougald and Hawkinson. Hawkinson won't be tackle in the NFL, but I can see him making a roster as a guard.

Jayhawk_4_Life 6 years, 5 months ago

Weiss needs a rating for every game, scale of 1-10.

riverdrifter 6 years, 5 months ago

For all the Mangino lovers, I'll ask this question: his red-shirt seniors, seniors and juniors should be leading this team right now. Question: where are they? Answer: somewhere else. The word got out on Mangino and he couldn't recruit anybody here. Then we get two years of non-existent coaching and weight training. That's why we are here. This team is awful but Weiss and Campo are doing the best they can.

Rivethead 6 years, 5 months ago

Hmmm.....the number two guy this week is James Sims. A Mark Mangino recruit. Wait. McDougald and Operum at #3 and #4.....also Mangino recruits.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 5 months ago

Not good to hear that Bakare got his bell rung, but really nice to hear that Jake Love stepped up. Kind of like QB, it is easier to live with a missed tackle or 50% comp when it is a young guy that is learning - especially when the rest of the time they ae making enough plays for the team to be competitive. That's really all we were expecting? Maybe hoping for more.

Ashwin Rao 6 years, 5 months ago

Give them some time. They are not used to winning. This game should energize them.

VaJay 6 years, 5 months ago

Just the mobility factor alone of Cummings, regardless of the fact that he's a little erratic on his throws, makes our offense much more dangerous - I've got visions of Cromwell dancing in my head :)

The two times Crist took off "running" on 4th down with about 7 yards to go I just cringed. He never even got close either time. A fifth year senior with his wheels needs to know the best shot is to throw the ball at that moment, even in tight coverage, rather than gain 3 yards running.

Brandon Pope 6 years, 5 months ago

Especially when we need 7+.

Like the rest of us, I had HUGE hopes for this offense and I was scared about the D. It's crazy that we have a defense that is ranked near tops in takeaways, and just held OSU under 30 pts for like the first time in 22 games or something like that.

If we had even half the offense we should have had with this group, this team could be sitting pretty at 4-2 right now with wins over NIU, Rice, SD State, and OSU losing only to TCU and KSU.

Unfortunately Crist is just a bust at QB. Plain and simple. And it's tough for me to say that because I really, really wanted him to be good. I am excited for where we go from here because this defense be good, and when the offense is providing them with something to play for, they can be REALLY good.

I just got so sick of seeing Crist bounce balls off the turf, and overthrow wide open receivers by 5-10 yards. As long as cummings doesn't do that, makes a few plays with his feet, and has a relatively respectable completion % we can rely on him to move the ball along given the slew of talented backs supporting him. With Weis calling the plays this offense may be set to have a pretty good 2nd 1/2 of the season.

Jonathan Allison 6 years, 5 months ago

It's not news at this point, but James Sims is a beast!

And if Tony Pierson had played we'd have won handily.

Jim Stauffer 6 years, 5 months ago

Tunde Bakare vs. Jake Love. When did Bakare ever make 12 tackles in a game. The reason our defense did so well was the LB's making nearly 30 tackles in the game.

Keep Love in the starting lineup regardless of what happens to Bakare. No insult to the young man but he has tremendous athleticism but Love is a FB player.

Rivethead 6 years, 5 months ago

The fact that Love made 12 tackles has little to do with Love's ability on it's own. It's more on the DL tying up blockers. They did an incredible job against the OSU OL. If Bakare had played, he would have had a bunch of tackles too.

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