Archive for Sunday, October 11, 1992

CATS, 31-7

October 11, 1992

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A bath, a ride, a cup and a kiss.

Those were Glen Mason's spoils Saturday for coaching Kansas past Kansas State, 31-7, Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Mason began collecting rewards late in the fourth quarter when offensive lineman Keith Loneker and defensive tackle Chris Maumalanga emptied a water cooler on him.

Mason then left the field on the shoulders of several of his players, adjourning to the locker room where Gov. Joan Finney presented the Governor's Cup.

"I was a little nervous. I looked over my shoulder and the governor was standing there. I had trouble articulating like I would have normally done in front of 139 red-blooded American boys," Mason said.

So he planted one on her. Square on the lips.

"I never had a a woman in my locker room, so I figured it was a good idea," he said. "I never kissed a governor before, either. I wouldn't have kissed Hayden on a bet."

BACK WHEN Mike Hayden was Kansas governor, Mason didn't have that much cause for kissing.

He had every reason Saturday.

The Jayhawks pushed their record to 4-1 by dominating K-State in every way on nearly every play.

They rushed for 295 yards and passed for 162 more. And that really wasn't half of it.

The telling statistic belonged to the Wildcats, or more appropriately, to KU's defense. Kansas State finished with 69 total yards.

"I guess we played a little better than I thought," Mason said when he heard that stat.

The Wildcats didn't earn a first down until 4:19 into the second half. They dropped into negative yardage on their first play and didn't dig out of that hole until the middle of the fourth quarter. Their first seven rushes went backward.

On a scale of 1 to 10, Mason gave Kansas' defense an 8.5.

"We were on a roll today," he said.

THE JAYHAWK offense rolled K-State's defense, which came in ranked second in the nation against the rush. Maurice Douglas carried 26 times for a career-high 127 yards and two touchdowns, and fullback Monte Cozzens also had a career-best 83 yards on 16 tries.

"We established the run is what happened today," KU quarterback Chip Hilleary said.

Even four turnovers couldn't slow KU.

The Jayhawks lost fumbles on their first two possessions and punted away their third. They scored the fourth time they had the ball, moving 41 yards in seven plays. Douglas capped the drive with a touchdown, his first of two.

The Wildcats blocked a 36-yard Dan Eichloff field goal on KU's next possession, but their offense lost 12 yards on three downs and punted.

Kansas took over on its own 42 and drove to a touchdown in 11 plays. Next came a fumble by K-State's Eric Gallon, a 12-yard return by KU defensive end Sylvester Wright and a 22-yard Eichloff field goal.

IN ALL, KU started only five of 16 drives at or inside its own 20 yardline.

"The defense and special teams did a great job," Hilleary said. "They gave us what we needed as far as field position, and we capitalized."

Hilleary's one glaring mistake was an interception that KSU strong safety C.J. Masters returned 80 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-7 at halftime.

Mason was concerned at the time and upset after the game.

"I thought we might have given them a spark with the interception," he said. "We had too many turnovers."

Ultimately, of course, KSU's touchdown meant nothing. KU scored on its first two second-half possessions to put it out of reach if it wasn't already.

"You can't worry about one play," Hilleary said. "I feel sorry, and I apologize to our defense that they didn't get the shutout."

THE JAYHAWKS also gained revenge for last year's 16-12 loss to the 'Cats in Manhattan.

"We've been waiting a long time for this game," Hilleary said. "These last 365 days have been hard."

Kansas, 1-0 in the Big Eight, will meet Iowa State next Saturday in Ames. Kansas State, 0-1 in the conference, will play Utah State in Logan, Utah, to conclude its non-league schedule.

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