Running backs, offensive linemen take top spots in Rice loss


1. Tony Pierson: Rushed for 120 yards, giving him 244 rushing yards for the season. Averaged 6.3 yards per carry and busted a 28-yard run.

2. Taylor Cox: Rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, giving him 200 rushing yards and two touchdowns, two games into the season.

3. Greg Brown: Ripped an interception right out of the arms of a Rice receiver.

4. Duane Zlatnik: Blew open holes up the middle for the running backs.

5. Tanner Hawkinson: Helped to supply quarterback Dayne Crist with decent enough protection to keep scanning the field in search of open receivers.

6. Trevor Marrongelli: Has worked himself into a very reliable center.

7. Toben Opurum: On an otherwise quiet day for the defensive line, Opurum contributed big plays. He was credited with a sack, two tackles for losses, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

8. Tunde Bakare: Had team-high nine tackles, seven of the solo variety.

9. Jimmay Mundine: A 23-yard touchdown reception was among his three catches.

10. Schyler Miles: Recovered a fumble and scored on a 1-yard run.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Tony Pierson (20 points)
2. Duane Zlatnik (15 points)
3. Taylor Cox (14 points)
4. Trevor Marrongelli (12 points)
5. Tanner Hawkinson (10 points)
6. Bradley McDougald (9 points)
7. Greg Brown (8 points)
8. Josh Williams (6 points)
9. Toben Opurum (4 points)
T10. Kale Pick (3 points)
T10. Tunde Bakare (3 points)
T12. Jimmay Mundine (2 points)
T12. Josh Ford (2 points)
T14. Chris Omigie (1 point)
T14. Schyler Miles (1 point)


riverdrifter 6 years, 8 months ago

I always take the Keegan ratings with a large grain of salt. One thing is telling, though: the QB position is nowhere in sight. Not good.

Robert Brock 6 years, 8 months ago

We should have sustained the running game. We stalled in the second half when fooling around with a passing game that wasn't to be. Foolish.

Jean1183 6 years, 8 months ago

The title of the article is deceiving. Better would be, "Running backs, offensive linemen take top spots in loss to Rice".

Jean1183 6 years, 8 months ago

Or if you didn't want to mention that WE lost, "Running backs, offensive linemen take top spots in game against Rice".

Jean1183 6 years, 8 months ago

STILL enjoyed the game. WE are playing much better than in the past so looking forward to continued improvement. ROCK CHALK! Keep working boys!

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 6 years, 8 months ago

We look better than last year but the bloom fell off the rose. Our highly-touted QB is below average at this point as well as our kicking game - both below the level of Rice's players. The defense is improved and the offensive line looked decent.
I'm optimistic we are on the right path but this loss was bad and the coaching wasn't great.

Robert Brock 6 years, 8 months ago

The right side of the offensive line is THE PROBLEM. Crist will never have time to throw with the poor execution of the offensive line as it is. Expect personnel changes!

FTC_Jayhawk 6 years, 8 months ago

I don't know what game you were watching. I saw a quarterback with plenty of time to throw.

Robert Brock 6 years, 8 months ago

Pass protection on the right side broke down repeatedly.

AirCapJay 6 years, 8 months ago

The offensive line was good by KU standards. Reesing would have loved this line.

Rock_Chalk_NYC 6 years, 8 months ago

Can't disagree with any of the picks.

Folks, we're two weeks into a MAJOR rebuild project here. I'm just as upset about the loss as everyone else, but lets try to keep some perspective here and support this team because THEY NEED IT!

Making the trip out to Larry next week, hoping for a TCU miracle!

Rock Chalk

Andrew Moore 6 years, 8 months ago

I would've liked to see QBs and WRs on this list..... Too bad they just aren't very good and don't deserve it. We all heard how Dayne was a great QB who was hampered by injuries and steep competition. Well folks, it looks like all of those previous obstacles have taken a toll on his confidence. In the pocket, he just doesn't have any.

We also heard about the skill and depth of our WRs. Sorry guys, but Beshears looks slower and had zero confidence on the field. Daymond Patterson tried, but isn't quite the same as he was prior to his injury. Pick was good.... but was hurt. Sad truth is that we have very little quality at the WR position, and the quality we do have plays scared.

They just can't get open. And when they do get open, for that split second, Dayne is still deciding if he is going to throw them the ball.

Once he decided to throw, he had already hesitated, thus he had to put more on the throw to get it there. This made it harder to catch, less accurate and ineffective....

I'm sure the journalists at the LJW see exactly what I see - a passing game that plays afraid to screw up. A passing game that plays without confidence. A passing game that looks to be thinking too much and not playing.

Honestly, unless the light upstairs comes on, we won't win another game.

Randy Bombardier 6 years, 8 months ago

If we want to build for next year, we need to go to a run-first philosophy. Build up the line, rotate lots of guys for depth and experience and come what may, we are gonna run the ball. OMO

beebe1 6 years, 8 months ago

Why are all you posters griping. ALL nonsense.

Our problems are Defense -- and -- COACH Defense!

The game played in the early 1930's is the very same game played in 2012! Bigger players; better athletes; better coached (sometimes); but if you and your teammates don't beat your assigned opponent every play, they win the game! The 'assignment' is made every play by the DC.

'The Notre Dame Defense' "assigns" one defensive back to every offensive backfield. Every defensive back knows the Belt Buckle Rule and the Two Step Hesitation and Course Adjustment before you slam him to the ground. The Defense is told never change your objective, three other guys have been assigned the others. Make him swallow the ball, or make a premature judgement on the pitch. Put him on the ground if you can, legally, regardless.

Ara Parseghian devised and installed the Defense to thwart the AL Option Offense, back in the early days, when no one else could stop them. Probably early '60's. In the ND game, AL was hard pressed to get back to the scrimmage line.

Some coaches are too young to understand and learn the defense. Many think it won't work on pass plays. Wrong! Campo seems to talk about 'Don't let the receiver get behind you.' Wrong!! The best defensive back plays in the receivers face, following the Belt Buckle Rule. Don't put your hands on him. When he turns for the ball, turn with him, and looking at the ball, beat him to where the ball has been launched, then intercept, deflect, or take it away from him. If you have played it right, you're still close enough to tackle him. If he is a Star player, put two defenders on him, perhaps leaving some other receiver covered by a less skilful back.

Some 4-6 years back, meta rasta (contributor) says he played with Bowen. The DC at that time was the world's worst. He also taught all the wrong things. Bowen is a Jayhawk supporter; perhaps personable; great family; but 12 years of coaching has not knocked out the misconceptions he was taught. He can not coach Defense. He is Special Teams coordinator. He presumably is responsible for the 38 yds SDS got on Kickoff. The punting team was good -- they could stop the ball inside the 20 yard line -- perhaps attributable to the kicker. The runback seemed hard to stop.

Our defensive backs don't understand the Belt Buckle Rule and the Two Step Hesitation and Adjust Route, so that you hit him where he is going to be in those two steps. Elmer Schaake coached Wayne Hurd 'tackling' in 1941 at LMHS. Wayne played well at KU, and became a KU Med surgeon. Pareseghian couldn't function without defensive backs and LB that could tackle.

Campo may have the wrong idea as well. We have to have tacklers and they need better assignment of their job. We have 7-8 backfield defenders. They only have 6 able to take the ball. CAN'T ANYONE COUNT on the defensive team.

You guys are griping about the wrong stuff!

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