Sunday, October 28, 2007

Franchione: KU won up front


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2007 KU-Texas A&M Football

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Chewing up the turf

Ryan Greene, Ryan Wood and Tom Keegan discuss how KU was able to get the best of Texas A&M; the old-fashioned way - both stopping the run and moving the ball on the ground themselves.

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— Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing was sacked for a six-yard loss on the game's first play from scrimmage. Two different Texas A&M; defenders sacked him on the second play of the game, this time for an 11-yard loss.

At that point, it was difficult not to believe that, for the first time this season, the Jayhawks were facing a team that would win the battle of the trenches.

In the end, just the opposite was true.

It wasn't necessary to read a Dennis Franchione insiders newsletter to determine where to trace Kansas' 19-11 Saturday night victory against Texas A&M; at Kyle Field.

"They won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball," Franchione said after his team's record dropped to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12. "That really was the deciding factor of the game."

The Aggies came into the game with the fifth-ranked rushing offense in the nation, averaging 260.1 yards per game. The Kansas defense limited the Aggies to 74 yards rushing on 27 carries, an average of 2.7 yards per attempt.

"I never would have thought we would have rushed less than 100 yards," Franchione said. "You have to give credit to their defense. They defended us really well. They got off blocks and made plays, and we didn't. You have to give Kansas their due. That's as well as we have been defended all year."

Aggies junior quarterback Stephen McGee rushed for 167 yards the previous week in a victory in Lincoln, Neb. Against Kansas, McGee gained net 11 yards.

"They aren't the most athletic defense, but they are by far the best defense we've faced," McGee said.

The dominance, as Franchione said, occurred up front on both sides of the ball.

Kansas gained 227 yards on the ground. Senior fullback Brandon McAnderson alone rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns.

"Our O-line played excellent," McAnderson was quick to say afterward.


Billy Smith 14 years, 11 months ago

ahhh 8-0. bring on nebraska. especially if aTm just ran all over them. oh man come on saturday. haha.

jakejayhawk 14 years, 11 months ago

Give it up to the linemen! It is so good to see these guys get featured. Thanks for putting in the effort that enables you to play at this level. I hope your success is just the beginning of a new era at KU. Go Jayhawks!

FlaHawk 14 years, 11 months ago

Remember when the faithful wanted Coach Fraqn for KU!

Jacobpaul81 14 years, 11 months ago

Shouldn't the question be, remember when we finished last season so awful, and everyone was crying for mangino's head on a plate?

Eliott Reeder 14 years, 11 months ago

Hey Keegan, WE ALL KNOW ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER NOW. You don't have to mention it in EVERY article and EVERY Spodcast. It just gets annoying. I know you like to beat every sensational story into the ground relentlessly, to the point that it is no longer remotely interesting, but come on. I am so tired of hearing the same jokes and comments out of you over and over and over again. The people that read your articles likely read them every day. So when you recycle the three or four original thoughts you have per week over and over and over again, we notice. Just a heads up.

seattlehawk_78 14 years, 11 months ago

My favorite play of the game, stopping Lane on 4th and 1. That just says it all.

Dan Harris 14 years, 11 months ago

I want the Hawks to absolutely demolish Nebraska!Remember the last 40 years and all the times Dr Tom left his first string in when up by 40! SHOW NO MERCY

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