So, you want to be an NCAA Div. I-A quarterback?
QB hopefuls in the state of Kansas might reconsider the glamour position after witnessing Kansas' brutal 31-7 beating of Kansas State and quarterback Jason Smargiasso on Saturday afternoon at jam-packed Memorial Stadium.
Officially, KSU's junior quarterback was sacked nine times. He was hit hard several other times, just after releasing the ball.
"Our front line was charging," KU defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield said. "The defensive line, we controlled the game out there. Coach (Glen) Mason said, `Let the dogs loose.' That's what we did."
Led by end Kyle Moore, who had three sacks, KU's defense held the Wildcats to negative 56 rushing yards on 27 carries. KSU didn't muster a first down during the entire first half.
"WE WANTED the defense to set the momentum of the game and that's what happened," Stubblefield said. "We're quick coming off the ball. With the rest we had, it put us way ahead of them."
The Jayhawks were full of energy, having been idle since the 27-23 loss to Cal on Sept. 24.
"I guess we came out more fired up. They weren't prepared. We had a lot of time to work on their offense," Stubblefield said.
KSU's offense didn't muster a point, the Cats' only points coming on an 80-yard interception return.
"We had a good game plan and everybody was fired up after the Cal loss," said defensive end Sylvester Wright. "It was good to come back and play like that. Now we know what we're capable of."
Wright picked up a fumble and lugged it 17 yards, setting up a 22-yard Dan Eichloff field goal that gave KU a 17-0 lead with 5:09 left in the first half.
The Jayhawks' offensive line also had a big day, freeing Maurice Douglas for 127 yards on 26 carries and Monte Cozzens for 83 yards on 16 totes. Both players scored twice.
"IN PRACTICE, we worked on our footwork. We went back to the basics, basic offensive line play," guard Hessley Hempstead said. "A lot of the credit goes to the defense. The defense couldn't play any better. They made it easy on us."
Hempstead said the large crowd helped inspire KU's offensive and defensive fronts.
"It's the first time I've seen the stadium full, except in a picture," he said. "I came out and saw all those people. I was raring and ready to go. They had me walking on air."
Unbeaten in the Big Eight and 4-1 overall, the Jayhawks hope to keep up the dominance next week at Iowa State.
"If we're charging and doing our assignments, nobody in the Big Eight can stop us," said Stubblefield. "It's scary, because there's a lot of room for improvement."