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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Keegan

Tom Keegan: Any time is a good time to be on national television

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes (5) is hit by Kansas defensive back Derrick Neal (7) as he slides for a first down with less than a minute remaining during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes (5) is hit by Kansas defensive back Derrick Neal (7) as he slides for a first down with less than a minute remaining during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

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A pessimist might suggest that Thursday night’s game in Lubbock against Texas Tech squad is the worst possible time for Kansas football to receive rare national exposure.

After all, the announcers can’t help but mention that the Jayhawks’ official road losing streak has swelled to 36 games and the unofficial one, which includes three losses to Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium, has reached 39. Fox Sports 1 might even list in a graphic the 13 states visited during the official slide: Texas (0-14), Oklahoma (0-5), Iowa (0-4), Kansas (0-3), West Virginia (0-2), Colorado (0-1), Mississippi (0-1), Nebraska (0-1), Georgia (0-1), Illinois (0-1), North Carolina (0-1), New Jersey (0-1), Tennessee (0-1).

It’s possible, though not likely, the network might even show the records of head coaches during the official road streak: Mark Mangino (0-4), Turner Gill (0-9), Charlie Weis (0-12), Clint Bowen (0-5) and David Beaty (0-6).

Even less likely would be a chart listing, in order of the player’s first loss, the records of the nine starting quarterbacks: Todd Reesing (0-4), Jordan Webb (0-7), Quinn Mecham (0-2), Dayne Crist (0-3), Michael Cummings (0-7), Jake Heaps (0-4), Montell Cozart (0-5), Deondre Ford (0-1) and Ryan Willis (0-3).

More likely, the longest road losing streaks in college football history will appear: Western State (1926-36) 44, Wichita State (1964-71) 37, Sewanee (1933-39) and Kansas (2009-present) 36.

If Fox Sports 1 were to share all that data, it would make viewers at home, especially those in Las Vegas holding tickets that show KU leading by 28 points before kickoff, root passionately for the Jayhawks, maybe even adopt a new favorite college football team. Everybody loves an underdog.

And if KU's pass defense, ranked fifth in the nation, outplays Texas Tech's passing offense, ranked first, and Kansas somehow pulls off an upset, KU football could lead SportsCenter for the first time since the days of Reesing and Mangino.

Comments

Jim Stauffer 5 years, 7 months ago

I thought we beat Mizzou in KC with Todd to Meier in '08. How can the streak include 0-3 at KC if that is true. Also, did we lose three games to ourselves?

Dyrk Dugan 5 years, 7 months ago

The streak started in '09; so your '08 results don't count. Also, we do play against an opponent in Manhattan, KS; ergo, the state of KS reference. It's just time for this program to end it.....yes, it's not fair this head coach inherited such bad numbers, and the previous coaches were bad and the current AD hired one of those, (maybe two; jury still out) but as the saying goes "it is what it is." So go out and perform; make the great catch, the TD saving tackle, the block no one saw coming; the great read and throw....make good football plays, and see what happens.

Robert Brock 5 years, 7 months ago

There is just not enough talent on this squad to overcome the difficulty of winning on the road. Looks like KU is record-bound, continuing with this game in Lubbock which KU will lose 77-15.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 7 months ago

Thought my prediction of 56-17 was brutal. Man, I REALLY hope yours isn't true.

Edward Daub 5 years, 7 months ago

"Say something naughty about Kansas Football?"

Tom Keegan is really on a Roll lately.

Good "bulletin board" fodder for the new locker room!

Lets beat the Red Raiders on National TV!

Brent Held 5 years, 7 months ago

How many other people will not watch another game this year except maybe Iowa State if Beaty starts Cozart again and we end up getting stomped?

Joe Ross 5 years, 7 months ago

If Cozart starts and we get stomped (with the latter outcome being probable no matter who takes the snaps), Im done with the exception, as you suggest, of Iowa State. And maybe not even them.

Maybe.

I mean what's the point if Cozart keeps going in?

Marc Frey 5 years, 7 months ago

If we turn it over, muff punts, and false start, 79 points is low.

Bob Bailey 5 years, 7 months ago

Your comments were mislabeled. That article was the success of the defensive line. I hate to show on national TV that we can't tackle, can't cover, and Defensive Scheme isn't Defensive! But a good defensive line would help.

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