Stories for November 25, 2007


Lead stories

Extra Minutes: Kansas 76, Arizona 72 (OT)

Tying up loose ends from KU's overtime thriller against Arizona, in which Brandon Rush sparked KU with 17 points and eight rebounds while playing an unexpected 36 minutes.

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6News video: Broken dreams

The dream of a perfect season and BCS championship was scratched out by the border rival Missouri Tigers. 6Sports reporter Andrew Baker joins us live from the Newscenter with more from the Border Showdown.

6Sports video: Beaten but still in top 5

The new BCS standings were released, and the Jayhawks are still in BCS bowl contention, but first: how the unbeaten season slipped away last night at Arrowhead.

6News video: Fans cheer on Hawks from Lawrence

KU fans flocked to various locations around Lawrence to grab a seat for the most anticipated game of the season. 6News reporter Crispin Lopez has more.

6News video: Crowds brave cold for ESPN's Gameday

Hours before kickoff Saturday, ESPN made Arrowhead Stadium the perfect scene for the perfect big game preview.

6Sports video: Hawks survive OT scare, 76-72

Amidst all the Border Showdown hype, the Kansas basketball team was at home tonight with the always dangerous Arizona Wildcats.

Rush and Arthur key Jayhawks in overtime thriller as KU escapes Arizona, 76-72

Jawan McClellan missed a three on the other end, and then Arizona was relegated to simply fouling KU. Russell Robinson headed to the line after a foul at midcourt. Robinson hit both to end it. Chase Budinger led all scorers with 27 points, but they were rendered meaningless with KU pulling it out in overtime, 76-72. Darrell Arthur scored four huge points for KU in overtime and led the Jayhawks with 20. Brandon Rush, who played a season-high 36 minutes, scored 17, including a pair of huge game-clinching dunks in the extra stanza. KU was outrebounded 38-29, but Arizona turned the ball over 25 times, giving KU multiple chances to win it in heart attack fashion. KU will play Wednesday against a Rex Walters-coached Florida Atlantic team before hitting the road for the first time to play at Southern Cal next Sunday.

The Fifth Quarter: Missouri 36, Kansas 28

Tying up loose ends from KU's first loss of the 2007 season, a game which boosted Missouri into the Big 12 title game for the first time in program history. KU now must wait until next Sunday to find out where it'll go in terms of a bowl game.

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KU's perfect season spoiled by Tigers

Well, that's that. Just as the pretty girl was really showing some interest, the nemesis grabbed Kansas University's football team by the collar and threw it out the door. Oh well. The Jayhawks crashed the party anyway.

Game balls & gassers

¢ Dezmon Briscoe for a leaping catch that set up KU's first score.¢ Kicker Scott Webb missed field goal attempts of 33 and 45 yards.

Indiana suffers first setback

Eric Gordon's soaring act never got off the ground, and Indiana stayed down with him. C.J. Anderson and B.J. Raymond scored 19 points apiece, and Xavier handed the eighth-ranked Hoosiers their first loss, beating them, 80-65, in the final of the Chicago Invitational Challenge on Saturday night. Gordon had a rough night, and the Hoosiers could not get going without him.

Tigers make case for No. 1

Chase Daniel stood on the Arrowhead Stadium field late Saturday night, pointing his index finger toward a throng of Missouri fans who were wildly celebrating their Tigers' 36-28 victory over rival Kansas University. "If we're not the No. 1 team in the nation tomorrow, something's wrong," Daniel told a pair of TV reporters before exiting to a happy Tiger locker room.

Keegan: Arrowhead aside, MU simply better

We'll never know which team would have won the 116th rendition of the Border War had it been played in Memorial Stadium, home field of Kansas University, 36-28 loser Saturday night to Missouri at sold-out Arrowhead Stadium. This much we do know: The more deserving team advanced to the Big 12 title game and kept its national-title hopes alive.

Texas trounces Vols

Texas is finding there is life and a lot of good basketball even with Kevin Durant playing in the NBA. D.J. Augustin scored 23 points, A.J. Abrams had 21 and the 15th-ranked Longhorns shot 64 percent from the field in routing No. 7 Tennessee, 97-78, in the championship game of the StubHub! Legends Classic on Saturday night.

Fresno ends KSU's year

Tom Brandstater passed for a career-high 313 yards and two touchdowns to Marlon Moore, and Fresno State knocked Kansas State from bowl contention with 45-29 victory Saturday.

Mountaineers one win away from title shot

Pat White has No. 4 West Virginia on the brink of playing for a national championship. White rushed for 186 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers to a 66-21 victory over No. 20 Connecticut on Saturday night, clinching the Big East championship and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

Jayhawk Notebook

Nico Roesler came into Saturday's game with a pretty good idea about the opposition. After all, he'd been doing his best Chase Coffman impersonation all week - and his Kansas University teammates had managed to successfully stuff Roesler and his fellow scout team players more often than not.

6Sports video: KU struggles, falls

The Kansas football team drops 21 points on the Missouri defense in the fourth quarter, but it's still not enough tonight at Arrowhead Stadium. Posted Nov. 25, 2007.

A lot has changed since '05

Jayhawks don't dwell on last meeting with Wildcats

In large part because of Arizona, Kansas University's last trip to Maui was no day at the beach. "We played them with our young pups over there. We weren't ready for that to start the season. They got us real good," KU coach Bill Self said, reflecting on the Jayhawks' 61-49 loss to Arizona in a first-round 2005 Maui Invitational contest.

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KC blues: KU's undefeated dream season ends at Arrowhead with 36-28 loss to MU

Still: 'We're going to go to a great bowl'

Scott Harrington is taking the half-full approach. Even if losing to his arch rival - and missing out on a Big 12 Championship and a chance at a national football title - is virtually impossible to swallow. "I hate losing to Missouri," the Lawrence resident said Saturday, filing out of Arrowhead Stadium after his Jayhawks lost 36-28, in the annual Border War clash. "But still: We're 11-1. We're going to go to a great bowl."

Disappointed but proud in Lawrence

Massachusetts Street was quiet Saturday night as Kansas University football fans reeled from a loss to the Missouri Tigers. "We're thoroughly disappointed," said George Brahler, a 21-year-old KU senior and Lawrence native. Brahler might not have seen the victory he wanted, but like many other fans, he said he is proud of the team's success this season and looking forward to a bowl game.

Arizona forward a humble star

One of the top college players in the country, Arizona sophomore Chase Budinger says he's paying no attention to analysts who have him pegged as a certain top-10 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. "There's always those players that get hyped up in things. ... When people tell me that stuff, I let it go in one ear and out the other," the 6-foot-7, 203-pound Budinger told the Arizona Daily Star.

A&M names interim coach

Texas A&M defensive coordinator Gary Darnell was named interim head coach Saturday, a day after Dennis Franchione resigned.

A&M rolls past Indiana

Takia Starks scored 17 points to lead Texas A&M to a 60-48 victory over Indiana on Saturday in the Paradise Jam. Starks, 3-for-9 from 3-point range, scored 12 of her points in the second half when the Aggies pulled away by shooting 48 percent from the floor and outrebounding the Hoosiers 25-16. Danielle Gant added 12 points and six rebounds for Texas A&M (4-1).

SMU stifles Kansas

Kansas University sophomore Danielle McCray turned in a season-high 21 points, but it was not enough as the Jayhawks dropped their first game of the season, 68-56, to tournament host SMU on Saturday.

Kansas football notebook

Officials from the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, Cotton and Holiday bowls were credentialed for Saturday's game. With the loss, Kansas may be headed to a non-BCS bowl like the Cotton or Holiday, but a BCS at-large bid is a possibility. Kansas needs to remain in the top 18 of the BCS standings through Dec. 2 to be eligible for selection.

Commentary: Franchione fell short of expectations

The e-mails started soon after Dennis Franchione bolted Alabama for Texas A&M. The Aggies will regret it, they read. Coach Fran is a fraud. Good riddance. Frankly, they seemed like the wounded laments of a jilted lover, meaning no rational person should read too much into them. Coach Fran lacked grace in executing the proper exit from Alabama, but he was a good hire for A&M. Maybe even a great one.

OU's Patrick runs for 202 in win

Allen Patrick made the most of his chance at redemption. The tailback who turned heads while filling in for Adrian Peterson last season ran for a career-best 202 yards as No. 10 Oklahoma wrapped up a spot in the Big 12 championship game with a 49-17 win Saturday against Oklahoma State.

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6News video: Showdown Special

30 minutes of postgame analysis, highlights, interviews and more from 6News

NU fires Callahan after 5-7 season

Gill, Pelini mentioned as possible replacements

Under coach Tom Osborne, Nebraska was one of the bullies of college football, a program to be feared. Under coach Bill Callahan, the Cornhuskers were too often the ones getting pushed around. After watching Callahan's Huskers for five games, Osborne, in his new role as interim athletic director, decided it was time for change. He fired Callahan during a five-minute meeting Saturday.

Reesing takes blame

Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing shouldered a share of the blame for Saturday night's 36-28 loss to Missouri for throwing two interceptions, but he wasn't about to blame the glove. To combat the cold, Reesing decided to wear a glove for the first time this season.