Dorance Armstong's monster game puts him on top again in upset victory vs. Texas


Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2) puts Texas running back D'Onta Foreman (33) on the ground after recovering a fumble during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2) puts Texas running back D'Onta Foreman (33) on the ground after recovering a fumble during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

1 - Dorance Armstrong: Easily best player on the field in the first half, when he had two sacks, a forced fumble and had a fumble recovery he returned seven yards. Finished day with three tackles for loss and was in on 11 tackles, nine solos. If Texas had recruited Houston native him, the Longhorns would have won the game, just as if Texas had recruited Austin native Kelsie Payne, KU would not have clinched its first Big 12 volleyball championship Saturday.

2 - Steven Sims: Had a couple of clutch catches on KU’s fourth-quarter scoring drive and ran a two-point conversion in on a reverse, a play on which he had the option to pass and made the right call. Caught seven passes for 74 yards. But his best play of the day, a game-saver, came when he ripped a would-be interception out of the defender’s hands in the end zone.

3 - Brandon Stewart: Returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and broke up two more passes, one of which he nearly picked off. Having strong senior season.

4 - Daniel Wise: Battling injuries, he didn’t let it slow him down and was at his active best with three tackles for loss, two sacks, four solo tackles and five overall.

5 - Ke’aun Kinner: Rushed for 69 yards and totaled 68 yards in receptions.

6 - Mike Lee: Had 11 solo tackles and a huge interception in overtime.

7 - Fish Smithson: Missed a tackle that led to 75-yard touchdown on first play of game, but compensated with strong day. Intercepted a pass and returned it five yards and one of his 10 solo tackles took place behind the line of scrimmage. Saved a touchdown when he dragged D’Onta Foreman to the ground by himself.

8 - Keith Loneker: In on 16 tackles, 11 of the solo variety. Many of his first-half tackles came close to the line of scrimmage.

9 - Carter Stanley: Sparked the offense with a 21-yard run and delivered in the clutch late after a so-so passing day most of the afternoon. A gamer, he was better than his stats: 21 for 42, one interception, 220 yards.

10 - Matthew Wyman: Made a pair of 36-yard field goals, the second with seven seconds left to force overtime, then won it with a 25-yard three-pointer in OT. Texas called a timeout to ice him, at which point he said he repeated his mantra in his head: "When I look up, I (deleted) up."


Dorance Armstrong - 72
Steven Sims Jr. – 56
Fish Smithson - 49
Daniel Wise – 42
Ke'aun Kinner - 37
LaQuvionte Gonzalez – 34
Marcquis Roberts - 32
Courtney Arnick – 30
Brandon Stewart - 28
Khalil Herbert - 19
Taylor Martin - 18
Tevin Shaw - 16
Damani Mosby – 15
Carter Stanley - 16
Keith Loneker Jr. - 16
Montell Cozart – 13
Mike Lee - 17
Bazie Bates IV – 10
Cameron Rosser - 10
Ben Johnson - 9
Shakiem Barbel - 7
Ryan Willis – 6
Jeremiah Booker - 6
DeeIsaac Davis - 5
Joe Dineen Jr. - 5
Michael Zunica - 5
Tyler Patrick – 4
Anthony Olobia - 4
Isaiah Bean - 4
Cameron Rosser - 3
Denzel Feaster - 3
Greg Allen - 2
Osaze Ogebor - 2
Joe Gibson - 2
D'Andre Banks - 2
Matthew Wyman - 2
Cole Moos - 1
Joe Gibson -1
Chevy Graham – 1
Isi Holani - 1


Brett McCabe 5 years, 8 months ago

Probably hard to justify any offensive player in the top ten, let alone a 17.5 QBR quarterback.

Wyman should be number 2. Though none of his makes were astoundingly difficult, he came through in a big way.

Andy Tweedy 5 years, 8 months ago

I agree with Brett here, Wyman has to be higher. If this were Justin Tucker or Dan Bailey, those are lock field goals...but for a guy who has had his struggles at times, those were HUGE makes, he's too low here!!!

Andy Godwin 5 years, 8 months ago

Not sure what game Keegan was watching. Mike Lee was a beast. One of his open field solo tackles literally saved the game by preventing a first downs that would have allowed Texas to run out the clock. He is one of the best open field tacklers I have seen at KU in a long time. His interception in OT allowed for Wyman to be the hero, which was special given his struggles in the 4th quarter of the TCU game.

1 Bowen and the entire defense (6 turnovers) for somehow giving the offense a chance to finally do something in the 4th quarter. Before Stanely's scramble for 20 yards, the offense was averaging 0.9 yards per carry.

2 Wyman for two clutch late field goals, one to tie and one for the win!

3 Every senior who hung in there during all of the coaching changes.


10 Beaty and the offense for finally putting together an 80 yard drive in the 4th quarter that nearly doubled their entire output.

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