Saturday, November 12, 2011

Game Balls and Gassers: Baylor


Candidates for Game Balls

Jeremiah Hatch, a 300-pound center making a bid to be remembered as KU’s best receiver of the 2011 season, dove to catch a Baylor fumble in the end zone. He and his line mates did a nice job of blowing open holes for the running backs.

Darrian Miller turned 24 carries into 147 yards. He has rushed for 543 yards, second to James Sims (604 yards).

Candidates for Gassers

• Chris Omigie had a false start penalty on third and 3 forcing KU to pass on the next play. Jordan Webb’s pass was picked off. At the end of D.J. Beshears’ potentially momentum-swinging kick return, Omigie was flagged for blocking a Baylor player in the back. The player already was out of bounds.

• With the first-half clock expired, Anthony Davis was flagged for a face-mask penalty, giving Baylor an extra play, an extra 15 yards and an extra three points.


WilburNether 10 years, 6 months ago

People can complain all they want about whether that face mask penalty should have been called, but the fact that it was a DUMB play by Davis is indisputable. Time had expired, and all KU had to do was keep Baylor out of the endzone. In that situation, it's only common sense not to go anywhere near the ball carrier's head. The defender does not need to stop the ball carrier right here, right now; just keep him out of the endzone! Don't reach for the opponent's head and give the officials a chance to make that call.

I wouldn't call it a "gasser;" I'd call it the boneheaded play of the game.

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