Defensive players dominate ratings against Texas


1. Keeston Terry: The freshman safety had 15 tackles and looked as if he had regained his old swiftness.

2. Greg Brown: Picked off a pass in the end zone.

3. Toben Opurum: Had a 15-yard sack and was credited with a quarterback hurry and seven tackles.

4. Steven Johnson: Had 18 tackles.

5. Tunde Bakare: Quick linebacker looked active in making 11 tackles.

6. Bradley McDougald: Had eight solo tackles and assisted on three others.

7. Tyler Patmon: Credited with four solo tackles, six overall, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback hurry.

8. Isaac Wright: Took advantage of increased playing time to have a hand in 12 tackles.

9. Ron Doherty: He averaged 42.4 yards on seven punts with a long of 54 yards and put one kick inside the 20.

10. Christian Matthews: Caught a pass for 13 yards, KU’s longest play from scrimmage that didn’t end in a turnover.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Jordan Webb (38 points)
T2. James Sims (37 points)
T2. Steven Johnson (37 points)
T4. Tony Pierson (30 points)
T4. Tim Biere (30 points)
T6. D.J. Beshears (28 points)
T6. Darrian Miller (28 points)
T6. Toben Opurum (28 points)
9. JaCorey Shepherd (21 points)
10. Keeston Terry (19 points)
11. Jeremiah Hatch (18 points)
12. Tanner Hawkinson (14 points)
T13. Duane Zlatnik (12 points)
T13. Kale Pick (12 points)
15. Brandon Bourbon (11 points)
16. Tunde Bakare (10 points)
T17. Darius Willis (9 points)
T17. Greg Brown (9 points)
19. Bradley McDougald (8 points)
20. Jeff Spikes (7 points)
21. Tyler Patmon (6 points)
T22. Jimmay Mundine (5 points)
T22. Ron Doherty (5 points)
24. Nick Sizemore (4 points)
T25. Andrew Turzilli (3 points)
T25. Isaac Wright (3 points)
T25. Quinn Mecham (3 points)
T28. Marquis Jackson (2 points)
T29. Daymond Patterson (1 point)
T29. Victor Simmons (1 point)
T29. Christian Matthews (1 point)


stravinsky 10 years, 9 months ago

You know it's not a good game when defensive players dominate the rankings after surrendering 43 points.

At this point, we probably need to fire not just all the coaches, but also everyone who has even spoken about KU football this season. You know, fire everyone who has thought about KU football this year actually.

Nic Andrews 10 years, 9 months ago

I swear, did either of you watch the game???? The score doesn't tell the story. The D has struggled big time all season, but have to say KU defense actually looked decent this game. Watched it live. Asking a lot of a struggling D when your offense goes 3 and out every single time they get the ball. Pitiful. 46 yards---that is not a typo. Three first downs TOTAL for the entire game. minus-2 rushing....and then they fumble/throw INT and give the ball right back to Texas. shut out. Nada points. On the other hand, the D had turnovers, sack, tackles for loss, stops, holding to field goals....etc. keeping the game within reach for most of the game, but the Offense, thanks to the coaches, just had nothing for Texas. so who in the heck else should be on the list? Nobody on Offense. Not this game.

Michael Leiker 10 years, 9 months ago

Agree completely. Defense looked good tonight. I saw guys playing going up the field, being agressive, making hits. It was actually kind of fun to watch, they were scrappy. Defensive backfield played receivers tight, made some nice plays on balls. Have to give the D a little credit after this one.

stravinsky 10 years, 9 months ago

If you want to call not forcing a single three-and-out all day getting stops. Texas had ten drives, and was held to under thirty yards on a drive only twice. Honestly, it's hard not to have a few sacks, tackles for losses, and turnovers forced when the other team runs 93 plays.

I'll give you that the defense wasn't the unit that let us down this game, but I'm not ready to sing their praises yet. Texas rushed for 440 yards, for one thing. And our pass defense, which has typically been the most horrific part of the team this year, wasn't tested, because Texas didn't even need to throw the ball.

Pbbut 10 years, 9 months ago

Easy to have big numbers of stops when the other team is on the field all night taking snaps. All it means is you've been out there a long time.

Ashwin Rao 10 years, 9 months ago

I completely agree... I think Defense did the best job it could, considering the fact that they were on the field most of the time. At least we didn't have 60+ points on us at the end of the day. That could also mean that TX is not as good as OU & OSU... but I won't use that against the defense.

BTW: I have never been impressed with Web. He is a good guy, but he is not creative enough to move the ball, and he is very predictable. He did well earlier in the season because the opposition was easier, and opposing coaches didn't prepare enough for him. He may be able to do a better job with a more skilled offensive line. I believe that Mecham is the "MacGyver" that we need to get "any" offense going this season.

Nic Andrews 10 years, 9 months ago

Agreed. I thought he showed improvement, but against who?? Was holding out hope for Brock this year to be able to beat him out. No telling if he would have been the answer, maybe not. but hard to watch these games--starting from the 2nd half of the Georgia Tech game (and not counting the great performance of the 1st quarter at Texas Tech), but starting then, thought to myself...we may need another QB if we're going to see any success in the Big 12.

Nic Andrews 10 years, 9 months ago

and have to say, Chuck Long may not be the answer either. That has painfully showed in the last few games....Maybe Webb improves with better coaching and play calling. But the INTs, etc have been poor decisions on Webb's part. Wish Webb ran some and was more mobile. Heard he was in high school, so again it's hard not to blame the coaching for not developing him better as a college QB. And he's been playing injured, but agree some of it falls squarely on the player. But there's a lack of scheme...moving the pocket, sprints, boots... ---which falls on the poor coaching. Feel for the team and the players. Hope they are given better opportunities with some better coaching next year. I beg of the AD to do what needs to be done.

T_Man_JayhawkNation 10 years, 9 months ago

The defense played better than the offense. The offense never showed up! The D did look better but then when your dead last in the nation in defensive points allowed, any points less than 54 per game is an improvement. On the other hand when your offense played like they were dead last in the nation in total yards gained, we had a game that unfortunately will go down in the record books! This whole season I have been so up beat on the offense and so down on the defense. Now I am just sick! It still all boils down to where the buck stops and that finger is pointed directly at TG and all the coaches!

Nic Andrews 10 years, 9 months ago

hate to state what was obviously clear to me in the stands in the ATL at the second half of the Georgia Tech game, but our offense sucks as well. No one said this D is all of a sudden outstanding, but if you watched the game, it's easy to know who showed up this game and who did us know favors. And I mean not one thing can I point to for the Offense. Not one. When your offense chooses not to show up for any minute of the game, any quarter...and i'm talking literally would go out to the field for 35 freakin seconds.... and the D had to go right back out there all night, I would expect 70+ points easily. This is the Big 12. You have to score or the fat lady is comin' a singin'. D did all it could on Saturday. O did absolutely nothing. so yes, congrats D.

Michael Maris 10 years, 9 months ago

Maybe, Kansas can just go ahead and hire U. of Texas-Austin's Defensive Coordinator. Manny Diaz and then he can bring Bo Davis with him for the Defensive Unit as well. Both have SEC ties. So, that way they can actually improve the defense and allow the KU offense to spend more time on the field. Let the opposing team's defense actually have to work in a game (instead of the KU Defensive Unit being on the field in order to become the players of the game segment for KU).

Nic Andrews 10 years, 9 months ago

I agree we need new Defensive coaches. That's painfullly obvious. But while we're at it, a new Offensive Coordinator as well. Our offense sucks as well. It started to show during the 2nd half of the 3rd game this season --- Georgia Tech. Writing was on the wall and I called it back then. D was horrible all season--no other way to put it, but I knew the Offense wasn't that far behind in reality. Yet Gill and Long came out each week with a bunch of bull crap... puffing up numbers that are so off base when watching the reality of the games. There is no other way to slice it last night other than being a horrible performance by the offense, in particular the offensive coaching, for last night's showing. A new coaching staff all around and a new head coach are in order. I don't see how this season ends in any other way.

boknowssports 10 years, 9 months ago

you people are proud of our defense when they just about give up half a hundy???? has KU football sunk that low????

beebe1 10 years, 9 months ago

Obviously, no coaches-- and maybe nobody -- knows defense! Worst of it is, Gil doesn't know anything about whether defense is working. Apparently our AD doesn't either.

Early on Mangino recognized the defense scheme was bad and spent our off week trying to help out. He did some good, but everyone talks about defense --but know nothing. They mention Notre Dame Defense -- but doubt they know what it is. That was really the Parseghian Defense and comes from the early 60's. Did you ever see the game?? You have to be 70 or older to see it. I saw it, and I know what the Defense was. I doubt any of our, or anyone's, coaches understand it or know what it's about.. Defense has gotten progressively worse, even it the pros. They don't know what's is wrong with our defense.

We definitely need a good Defensive Coordinator. They are very rare.

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