Sunday, October 14, 2007

Pouring it on

Jayhawks thunder past Bears

Underneath the backdrop of the Kansas University skyline, the Jayhawk offensive line provides just enough cover for quarterback Todd Reesing (5) to scramble against Baylor.

Underneath the backdrop of the Kansas University skyline, the Jayhawk offensive line provides just enough cover for quarterback Todd Reesing (5) to scramble against Baylor.


KU rips Baylor, 58-10

The Kansas Jayhawk football team got revenge for last season's single-point loss to Baylor by stomping the Bears to the tune of 58-10.

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2007 KU-Baylor Football

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Baylor's total rushing yards

154, 0

Baylor's passing yards, passing touchdowns

394, 5

Baylor's passing yards, passing touchdowns against KU last season


Kansas' red-zone scoring success against Baylor


Baylor's red-zone scoring success against KU

The thunder rolled. Lightning bolts surrounded Memorial Stadium. Standing water surfaced on a football field with artificial turf. A chilly wind chattered teeth.

Yes, Mother Nature tried everything short of an earthquake to spoil Kansas University's football mojo on Saturday.

Fat chance.

All she really did was wear out her welcome, as KU emerged from two significant weather delays to crush Baylor, 58-10, and improve to 6-0 on the season.

Memorial Stadium emptied out 51â2 hours after the scheduled kickoff, but the Jayhawks prevented going flat and managed to remain fresh throughout. They are now bowl-eligible, which means surprisingly little in mid-October when there's so much more to shoot for.

For now, KU is just happy to survive a weird Saturday in Lawrence.

"It was a long day," quarterback Todd Reesing said. "It's tough to stay focused for that long, but I think we did a pretty good job of staying as focused as we could have."

The Jayhawks (6-0 overall, 2-0 Big 12 Conference) were unable to take the field on time for pregame. A hard rain with plenty of lightning dancing around pushed back the 11:30 a.m. kickoff 30 minutes, then 90 minutes. Finally, a 1:15 p.m. start was targeted after the worst of the weather passed.

Inside the locker room, the players and coaches waited it out.

"We were prepared for the game. We can't do anymore chalk talk," KU coach Mark Mangino said. "The coaches wanted to know what the kids should do. I told them they can nap, listen to your iPod, read. But we're not going to do anything special. Take your pads off and relax."

The game finally started 105 minutes late, and while the Jayhawks weren't particularly sharp in the first quarter, they were superior to the bumbling Bears (3-4, 0-3).

After the teams traded field goals early on, KU junior Marcus Herford delivered the most electric - that's a pun you'll understand shortly - play of the day, returning a kickoff 88 yards up the gut for a crucial special-teams touchdown.

As kicker Scott Webb booted the point-after to put Kansas up 10-3, a tremendous bolt of lightning touched down beyond the Kansas Union southeast of the stadium. The crowd cheered - for Webb's point-after, it was assumed - but the players immediately were sent to the locker room with 4:08 left in the first quarter for another delay.

"It was kind of nice," Mangino said of the second stoppage, which lasted 31 minutes. "We were able to make some adjustments and things like that in the locker room.

"It was kind of like hockey. There were two intermissions."

When play resumed, it was an epic mismatch that soon got as ugly as the weather above. KU's defense made Baylor's vaunted passing attack irrelevant, even awful. BU quarterback Blake Szymanski, who averages 300 yards per game, had just 119 yards and three interceptions against the Jayhawks.

Meanwhile, Reesing kept on keeping on as KU's productive playmaking leader on offense. He had 186 yards and two touchdowns, the first soon after the final stoppage when he found Dezmon Briscoe on an improvised 10-yard strike in the second quarter.

That was the beginning of the end for Baylor. Kansas scored again with 1:30 left in the half on a Jake Sharp run, then tacked on the back-breaker just 47 seconds later. A Chris Harris interception set up great field position for what ended up being a 15-yard scoring run by Brandon McAnderson just before (the second) intermission.

It was 31-3 Kansas at halftime. And there wasn't anything Mother Nature could do to save Baylor at that point.

"I'm not going to fret too much about the game," Reesing said. "Obviously, it wasn't our best game on offense. I think our defense played tremendous."

What does it say about KU's rejuvenated offense when 447 total yards and 50-plus points are considered treading water?

Truth is, the Jayhawks are finding out that the bar doesn't go back down after they raise it. That's why the question seemed almost silly after the game, when Mangino and several players were asked about the feeling of getting to the six-win plateau that ensures bowl-eligibility.

"That's a blessing," defensive tackle James McClinton said, "but we don't want to be bowl-eligible. We want to win the Big 12."

Well, that's a conquest the Jayhawks are in hot pursuit of, too. But at the regular season's halfway point, it's OK to take a look at the first six games and feel a nice sense of accomplishment.

After all, the bottom line for KU right now is pure perfection. Six-and-oh with six to go.

And not even hellacious weather could get in the way.

"It is definitely a great feeling," safety Justin Thornton said. "We have worked really hard for this : we have really put the pieces together and we are very confident. We are playing well out there right now."


Ray Winger 15 years, 1 month ago

Player's Slogan: 'Are we eating Steak...or are we eating Peanut Butter!!!!'

sevenyearhawk 15 years, 1 month ago

your steak is in my peanut butter!

your peanut butter is on my steak!

Does anyone think that final touchdown was payback for last season? :D

Drew Alan 15 years, 1 month ago

quote of the year: "we don't want to be bowl eligible, we want to win the big 12"

these guys don't want to take baby steps as a program. none of the typical "lets improve a little bit each year and eventually get there" attitude. these players are not just building for the future of KU football, they are building for right now. if we can take care of business vs. CU next week (and then the rest of the season) the big 12 north becomes a two horse race. Missouri looked pretty darn good for 3 quarters against (thanks to Cal and LSU losing yesterday) a legitimate national title contender, but KSU embarrassed Colorado, and Tech proved that A&M is VERY succeptible to the pass, Nebraska is about as bad as they have ever been, OSU on the road looks to be the biggest hurdle in my opinion, but as long as week can stop their running game and make them one dimensional our superb pass defense (that still sounds weird in my head) will take care of the rest... then its mizzou for all the marbles.

not to get ahead of ourselves... lets take care of Black and Gold rival #2 first!

Dirk Medema 15 years, 1 month ago

7 yr - The 2nd string was in for the entire 4th quarter. The last two scores were just a matter of everyone playing as hard as they could. Sort of like a 3rd string TB going for 200 yds in the second half of a 60 point win (ala NU in the 70's and 80's). Looks like we may get that chance for pay back in a few weeks also.

Michael Leiker 15 years, 1 month ago

I couldn't make the game b/c of a wedding. Can anybody tell me if the 43k fans was the real attendance or if that was what would have been there without the rain. Would it have been full if it hadn't rained?

Brian Skelly 15 years, 1 month ago

It'll be interesting to see how we respond next week at Colorado.

This CU team is clearly better than its been the past few years. They've played a tough schedule, they beat OU at home.

KU is going to have to come out as focused as they were for the KSU game. From what I read and hear that part doesnt seem to be a problem.

Lets hope these kids can win a most of these games left and get a good bowl bid.

This just seems like a mentally tough bunch. Fun to see that.

100 15 years, 1 month ago

KU's players need to not worry about polls, rankings and bowls. Who cares? As we've seen from this group, they seem to know where it counts -- on the field. I was proud to see that no one seemed to make much mention about our record -- if we continue to have this one week at a time, attack and respect attitude, great things will happen this year. Next week, we have another big game, just like yesterday's. We need lots of fans in Boulder to get the team fired up, just like at K-State last week. TRAVEL TO BOULDER IF YOU CAN AND HELP OUT THE HAWKS! We need the Jayhawks and coaching staff to prepare for a high quality team, playing at home, that is going to be extra-motivated after losing to K-State. Let's, as fans, help to keep this hi-octane train going. One game at a time mentality and in person if possible!

actorman 15 years, 1 month ago

Lets hope these kids can win a most of these games left and get a good bowl bid.

What's with this "good bowl bid" cr ..., er, stuff? At this point nothing less than a BCS bowl will do. Maybe I'm fantasizing too much, but it seems like the sky's the limit for this team. As long as they stay focused, the only games that they could be in trouble in at this point are Mizzou and the Big XII championship game. They should be good enough to win the rest. Of course the question is whether the KSUck wins shows that KU is finally over the hump on the road, or whether the old ugly road play will return this weekend. I'm betting on the former.

actorman 15 years, 1 month ago

I mean KSUck win, of course. It was just such a big victory that it seemed like more than one.

bmcmich1 15 years, 1 month ago


I was at the game and there's no way that there was 43k there after the lightning delay, and I'm skeptical that there was 43k there before the lighning delay. Fall break coupled with sketchy weather equaled a lot of silver showing around the edges yesterday.


I'll be in Boulder. Rock Chalk.

sevenyearhawk 15 years, 1 month ago

bmc, fabio and a few others i know are going to Boulder, I'll connect you all together!

Marcia Parsons 15 years, 1 month ago

Announcers gave the total as "paid admissions." No guess as to actual attendance. As to the final touchdown, I think it was no more or less than Quigley making the most of his first chance to play this season.

bmcmich1 15 years, 1 month ago

Cool sevenyear, thanks!

I think it would be stupid to say that we were purposely running up the score. Even the second and third stringers play as hard as they can on every snap, basically just go out there and play football. We were running the ball, not throwing it, and Baylor didn't do its job and stop us. No harm, no foul, just a great run by Angus.

Michael Leiker 15 years, 1 month ago

bmc - I'll be there too. taking a tailgate bus w/all KU fans from Denver over to Boulder. Should be pretty cool.

William James 15 years, 1 month ago

Man. What a big game on Saturday. I expect it to go down to the wire, just like the game in Manhattan. I cant wait! Im leaving Friday morning. Sevenyear-I wore your helmet in Manhattan and it worked like a charm. Thanks man!

seattlehawk_78 15 years, 1 month ago

leikness, I looked at some NU and OU fan websites this last week and their fans had very complimentary things to say about Mangino. Actually, they have more praise for him than KU fans.

Kit Duncan 15 years, 1 month ago

One reason the 'Hawks need to take advantage of their strength this year and go for the BCS gold, is... next year they have OU, UT, and TT in addition to the usual North foes. CU, OSU, and A&M are vulnerable this year, making this year a more likely opportunity for BCS consideration. Next year will be tougher if the rebuilding teams improve. KU will certainly be improved, but next year's schedule will be tougher, when you add USF in preseason.

Regarding the final touchdown... Mangino could have called for Meier to take a knee on the last play or instructed his players to take a knee if they broke into the open and he didn't. I'm not saying he deliberately tried to run up the score, but he certainly could have tried 'not' to.

It's a great day to be a Jayhawk!

sevenyearhawk 15 years, 1 month ago

fabio, glad to hear about the hardhat ...

there's a lot of magic and love in those!

I'll start connecting all the folks traveling to Colorado ...

sadly I cannot, my trip out west took place two years ago.

easyfive 15 years, 1 month ago

You can't ask the boys to bend over!!! Because the other team plays like girls. We come to play the game. Points are everything!!! Whats on paper is what the other people see.
I think it is great to see 2's and 3's play.
I wish Mark would play Collins on defense. Him and McCliton would be a force that would drive other teams nuts. I say God bless Mark for being a super football guy. The guys can't catch at all!!! This is stupid. Make them run stairs or something. Slow things down! like slow mo. It is presser of corse make you speed up but slow down fools! Your going to make Mark look bad like you did last year!

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