Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Texas has ‘a little extra motivation’ for this week’s football matchup with KU

Kansas place kicker Matthew Wyman (7) and holder Cole Moos (36) go wild after Wyman's game-winning field goal in overtime against Texas on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas place kicker Matthew Wyman (7) and holder Cole Moos (36) go wild after Wyman's game-winning field goal in overtime against Texas on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.


Nearly a year has passed since the Kansas football team, in its 2016 home finale, gave David Beaty his first Big 12 victory as a head coach, simultaneously providing a beleaguered fan base with a sense of better days down the road.

In the 10 games since an overtime win against Texas at Memorial Stadium, the Jayhawks have defeated just one other team, Southeast Missouri State — a fact that can’t sit well with the Longhorns, the only opponent in KU’s previous 27 Big 12 games to go down in defeat.

“Kansas beat Texas in football” even became a cult hit meme on Twitter. So its easy to picture the UT players who experienced the 24-21 loss in Lawrence referencing their darkest memories from the upset as they prepare to face Beaty’s Jayhawks again, Saturday at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium (5 p.m. kickoff, Longhorn Network and Jayhawk TV Network).

Sophomore receiver Colin Johnson told media in Austin, Texas, this week the Horns aren’t taking a Kansas team on an eight-game losing streak lightly after what transpired the previous November.

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“Not at all, but it's really every game. We're real focused and motivated, but there's certain games you kind of have a little extra motivation,” Johnson added. “I guess you could say this is one of them because of what happened last year just naturally. The emotions some of the guys on the team have because they're remembering that feeling, and that's a feeling we never want to experience again, so I guess you could say that.”

The loss at KU, which ultimately cost the Longhorns bowl eligibility and played at least some factor in coach Charlie Strong losing his job, left a “bad taste” in their mouths, according to junior defensive lineman Chris Nelson. He said the result would “most definitely” double as motivation this week for Texas (4-5 overall, 3-3 Big 12).

“The coaches, it's not really about them, it's about us, but we don't really want to end up in that position, so they're talking to each and every one of us in the locker room, just saying that we got to stay hot, come out of practice with a high intensity, stuff like that,” Nelson said.

Junior linebacker Naashon Hughes stated the previous meeting with Kansas had only been referenced “a little bit.”

“Just because we were all a part of that and we have to own that that was a part of our team and a part of who we were last year,” Hughes explained. “And that we're not going to be that same team that we were last year during the KU game. Just basically saying that this was that team and we're a different team.”

Tom Herman, Houston’s head coach at the time, had nothing to do with that infamous Texas loss. Asked how it might motivate the Longhorns who went through it, Herman said he doesn’t think bringing up the past is of great benefit.

“I think if it gives a kid a little extra edge, knowing that they were embarrassed last year, then so be it. It's not something we'll dwell on,” Herman offered. “We understand that this is — again, that the clock's ticking on the regular season and opportunities to win a football game. Regardless of the opponent, we are going to attack this week as we have each and every week with fanatical effort in our preparation and be motivated to go 1-0 on Saturday.”

Beaty, who worked previously as a receivers coach at Rice when Herman was the offensive coordinator there, sang his praises before offering his theory on how the Longhorns might use last year’s setback against this year’s Jayhawks (1-8, 0-6).

“They've got a lot to play for. They've got a chance to get bowl eligible, and obviously from their standpoint, obviously, the game last year was something that was a huge win for us,” Beaty said. “I know Tom. I mean, there's not going to be any secret. He's going to be motivating them through that, I guarantee it. And I don't blame him, I'd be doing the same thing.”


Kevin Robert Fest 5 years, 2 months ago

I believe "crushed" will be the operative word after this one lol. Followed by everyone calling for Beatys head etc etc etc. Nothing to see here.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 2 months ago

Texas is extra motivated because they lost to a team as worthless as ours. Good to know.

Andy Tweedy 5 years, 2 months ago

If losing the previous year and being made fun of in social media are motivating, we're gonna be killing it next year!!! 2018, the year of Jayhawk football!!!

Jeff Coffman 5 years, 2 months ago

Beaty made $5.6mm off that win. He would have made $2.4 from what was left on his contract. He extended to $8mm. We can be pretty sure he will not win another game so no incentives will kick in. Yes I am factoring in that he won't win a game in the remaining four years of his contract that gives him an incentive. I'm not sure anyone foresees a win from the way he has coached since he has arrived at KU.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 2 months ago

Next year we play Nicholls State, a respectable FCS Team. We saw what we did against a really bad FCS Team, and we didn't impress. I can't imagine that we'd dominate Nicholls State. Actually, this team could lose to them meaning we may potentially have an 0-12 season next year.

Bryson Stricker 5 years, 2 months ago

It's Kansas Beat Texas in Football week and you guys are STILL just posting negativity. Cheer up and assume because we beat this same team last year, that we can beat them again. Game starts 0-0 my friends.

Armen Kurdian 5 years, 2 months ago

Good on you for staying hopeful and optimistic. I was like you until last week. i've never been a debbie downer in 30 years of being a Jayhawk since I first drove onto campus. But i can't foresee any scenario where KU shocks the world w/a win in Austin. We'll be competitive for 15-20 minutes, then the wheels will come off, and that's the best case scenario.

If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to admit it. But I have no plans to watch or listen to the game on Saturday.

Kevin Robert Fest 5 years, 2 months ago

Oh Bryson get real.

What WHAT has this team done in the last few weeks to make you think that they have a chance? Baylor was winless, what happened? Blown out! We lost to Ohio and Central Michigan and they weren't close, they were thoroughly embarrassed at TCU.

Each week is another S*^' show whether is pathetic offense, defense, or special teams take your pick each week. You think just because they beat Texas LAST year that this years team is assured a win? Stop just stop.

You sound like Beaty after another blowout talking about the positive things he liked during the game. Lol. Your positive outlook is great but completely off base. If they do win its assured Coach Clueless gets another year better to lose and just get it over with.

Michael Leiker 5 years, 2 months ago

I know they're big boys, but I can't help be worried for the players this week...just hope we have enough players for full O and D by the time the clock runs out in Stillwater.

Edward Daub 5 years, 2 months ago

I Dub this Game , the "Rice Bowl"!

Huge, huge game for the KU program, and being played in David Booth's back yard.

I have to agree with Bryson, the current score is 0-0.

Fortunately, I don't have access to Longhorn Network!

I will watch WVU at KSU and Iowa at WIS instead. Go Badgers! Go Mounties!

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 2 months ago

I will be surprised if we are not shut out. They have a very good defense. I think Texas will be wise to run the ball quite a bit. I don't see us stopping that. Buschele is not a great qb but he's better than what we have.

Bryson Stricker 5 years, 2 months ago




L, 3-56


L, 21-48


L, 24-31

That's 75-228 the 5 games before we played texas.

This year it's 48-221 the 5 games before we play texas.

Regardless, the statistic is HORRENDOUS but don't try to pretend this year is much different. The talent level is higher this year than last year. (you can't argue that, literally). Regardless of how well we have been playing and any team can win on any god given saturday.

Rock Chalk and see you all Sunday!

David Kemp 5 years, 2 months ago

Guess you didn't watch espn. 34 pt spread and they said take Texas in a 52-7 romp. Talent level may be higher but every player underperforming potential and that goes back to coaching yet again.

Bryson Stricker 5 years, 2 months ago

Last year the spread was 23 at home.. lol

David Kemp 5 years, 2 months ago

Yeah lol dude we haven't beat the spread lately

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