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Mangino: Cupcakes served their purpose

October 9, 2007

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Heading into Saturday's showdown vs. KU, the K-State Wildcats' run defense was ranked 11th in the nation. That was before the Jayhawks' Jake Sharp and Brandon McAnderson took the field. Enlarge video

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For the first time in his college career, Todd Reesing looked rattled vs. K-State. After a terrible first quarter, the Jayhawk QB quickly returned to form to help lead the 'Hawks to a 30-24 victory over the rival Wildcats. Enlarge video

It was laughed at, ridiculed and verbally beaten for weeks. Four games for Kansas University's football team in the notorious nonconference schedule, against four tremendously inferior opponents: Central Michigan, Southeastern Louisiana, Toledo and Florida International.

All were in the cozy confines of Memorial Stadium, and none ever was in doubt.

Kansas outscored the pastries, 214-23.

So after KU beat Kansas State, 30-24, Saturday in Manhattan to start Big 12 Conference play, it was time to examine just what the September slate did to help the Jayhawks win their latest game on the road.

"I think it's a key factor," Mangino said Monday. "You have to reflect back a year ago. We were a 6-6 team, lost some tough games. There are several factors involved, and we addressed each and every factor head-on.

"One of the factors - it wasn't the biggest factor - but one of the factors was confidence. We felt like being 4-0 in nonconference play developed confidence in our players for Big 12 competition."

Certainly, KU's players showed a sense of poise they didn't have last year. When a pass from quarterback Todd Reesing thunked off Dexton Fields' helmet and was intercepted by K-State's Chris Carney with 8:52 remaining, it was just the sort of bad break - especially late in the game - that doomed the Jayhawks in 2006.

K-State ended up scoring to go up 24-21 with 7:32 to play. But just 65 seconds later, Kansas answered when Reesing found - who else? - Dexton Fields for a 30-yard redemption score to put Kansas back on top 27-24. It proved to be the winning score.

Would a 2-2 or 3-1 team have recovered like that? It's hard to say. But a 4-0 team did. And now the Jayhawks are 5-0 heading into Saturday's home game with Baylor.

"They do a good job of scheduling to help their program and help them come out of the hole, which is always good," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said of the Jayhawks. "They took advantage of that."

Besides the confidence aspect, Mangino felt September was helpful in terms of personnel. Players like safety Patrick Resby, cornerback Chris Harris, receiver Dezmon Briscoe and left guard Adrian Mayes proved their worth in September, and all had big games against Kansas State.

"It gave us a chance to look at who we have," Mangino said. "Do we have people in the right spots, and what adjustments do we need to make when we get to conference play?"

Comments

Noweigh 6 years, 6 months ago

We still have a long way to go in builiding any kind of real loyalty here in football, unfortunately. Based on past experience, even winning a bowl game does precious little to fill the stands for the home opener the next season. The successful schools(and teams at all levels) that have true fan support, sell out regardless of opponent....just ask our basketball team. And if you're looking for examples of how fast and fickle fans are, just ask the Chiefs what it's like to be selling two-for-one ticket packages this year. Support this program, be in Memorial Stadium regardless of the opponent and be in Arrowhead as your team, yes, your team, takes on Mizzou.

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commonsense 6 years, 6 months ago

I disagree oldvet. KU fans won't give a hoot, but the national media and coaches poll will. Hypothetically, they could be undefeated and possibly headed towards the Big XII title game against OU, and 7 other teams will still be ranked ahead of them. If they win that game, they still won't play for the title because all the media and the computers will say it was "due to their weak non-conference schedule". It may be BS, but that's how it works. Then we can go on and play, and hopefully win a nice BCS game even though we're undefeated, and if we lose, it's Bill Snyder syndrome revisited! That's why I hate a cream puff schedule. It's boring, it doesn't sell out the stadium, it doesn't bring outside revenue from traveling fans, it doesn't get national TV exposure which entices recruits, it doesn't get you respect in the polls, etc. etc. This is not an anti-Mangino rant, I like the coach, have met him and discussed recruiting with him and look forward to the future of KU football. I just think the method has serious downfalls which I have mentioned above.

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oldvet 6 years, 6 months ago

I think that it was Coach Bear Bryant who said something like: When your team goes 9-1 for the season, no one cares who the 9 were...

When these men go to a bowl game in December, nobody will give a hoot who the first 4 were... they will have national exposure and that will benefit recruiting and the future of Jayhawk football...

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commonsense 6 years, 6 months ago

I was high on life when KU beat K-State. Next to Mizzou, there is no one else I'd rather see us beat. But let's be honest:

Central Michigan is 3-3 and has given up 36.7 points per game. SE Louisiana is 2-3 and has given up 28.4 points per game. Toledo is 2-4 and has given up 43.3 points per game. Florida Int. is 0-6 and has given up 40.7 points per game Kansas St. is 3-2 and has given up 19.6 points per game.

Combined record of KU opponents: 10-18 Points per game given up on average: 33.7

Seriously, we have the easiest non-conference schedule and the easiest conference schedule in the Big 12 this year. We have played no one really except for a decent K-State team, and barely pulled that one out. I saw a t-shirt the other day that said Reesing for Heisman. OK, easy there Jayhawk fans. I want us to win as much as anyone, but simmer down and let's try to leave the goal posts up for a while.

Noweigh (Anonymous) says: "If you're thinking about "boycotting" the KU-MU game, don't bother coming back to Memorial Stadium, you're not a fan, you're self absorbed."

As for boycotting the Mizzou game at Arrowhead, I would say that 100% of Jayhawk fans are supporting the team. The issue is with the Administration, not the kids. Some people have a problem with Coach Mangino and his Bill Snyder mentality, but don't ever say we're not true fans. We'll continue to support the Team whether they are 0-10 (like I did back in the mid eighties) or 10-0. The issue is selling out the best game of the year in Lawrence with perhaps two teams battling for the Big 12 North Title. In a stadium that is the oldest W. of the Mississippi and against one of the oldest and most bitter rivalries in College Football. Not happy with this move. Remember folks, some of us are hardcore college football fans as well as KU football fans.

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4th_grade_education 6 years, 6 months ago

The picture on kusports.com makes the headline 200x funnier.

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oldvet 6 years, 6 months ago

So usually when Coach Mangino goes to KC he takes I-70... but once he decided to take K-10 in... but somewhere near the Desoto exit he wasn't really sure if he could get where he wanted to be, so he pulled off and, spotting a local Sherrif's car, went over to it... "How do I get to 435?" he asked the deputy... "Well, coach" the deputy replied, "I'd recommend more salads and lay off the cupcakes!"

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homechanger 6 years, 6 months ago

Headline" mangino cupcakes servred their pupose" It looks like he has had more than enough cupcakes.

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Mr_Ramirez 6 years, 6 months ago

Funny headline. How many cupcakes could Meatball put away? Id say the over/under is about 45.

KU lookin good so far!

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Noweigh 6 years, 6 months ago

KU is 5-0, regardless of schedule. Congrats to the entire team and coaching staff. This is shaping up to be a great year. If you haven't been to a game, get to one.
If you're thinking about "boycotting" the KU-MU game, don't bother coming back to Memorial Stadium, you're not a fan, you're self absorbed.

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