Archive for Sunday, October 26, 2008

Now that was ugly

Raiders have way with KU

Texas Tech defensive end Brandon Williams lets out a roar in front of Kansas players Kerry Meier (10), Adrian Mayes (66) and Ryan Cantrell (50) after the Red Raiders recovered a Todd Reesing fumble during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at Memorial Stadium. Right is Texas Tech defensive tackle Richard Jones.

Texas Tech defensive end Brandon Williams lets out a roar in front of Kansas players Kerry Meier (10), Adrian Mayes (66) and Ryan Cantrell (50) after the Red Raiders recovered a Todd Reesing fumble during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at Memorial Stadium. Right is Texas Tech defensive tackle Richard Jones.

October 26, 2008


Jayhawks mauled by Texas Tech

If you're a fan of an offensive game plan that includes a passing attack that accumulates a lot of points, then Texas Tech would probably be your school of choice. On Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks were trying to pull the upset over the Red Raiders - however they were dealt a much different result... Enlarge video

KU falls to Red Raiders, 63-21

The Jayhawks were one-point favorites going into Saturday's game against Texas Tech, but that certainly wasn't the case by the end. Enlarge video

Audio Clips
2008 KU-Texas Tech football

Spodcasters Postgame: Texas Tech

The guys (Tom Keegan, Jesse Newell) analyze what went wrong for KU in its 63-21 loss to Texas Tech. The two also discuss the Jayhawks' chances next week against Kansas State, which also boasts a strong offense.

Going Deep

Sky Falling in Manhattan?

In Week 9 of Going Deep, Matt Tait and Eric Sorrentino speak with Cole Manbeck of the Kansas State Collegian. Manbeck discusses a variety of topics, including K-State fans turning on the program, coach Ron Prince's recruiting methods, the impact of Josh Freeman against KU, and what K-State must do to have a shot of beating KU in Lawrence. From what it sounds like, Wildcat fans are fed up ... big-time.

It is not an easy thing to put a positive spin on a 42-point college football loss.

It is even more difficult, one would imagine, to do this if the loss occurred at home - during a weekend in which a university's alumni are in town to celebrate said university's history and tradition.

So Saturday, after his team had endured a 63-21 drubbing at the hands of visiting Texas Tech on homecoming weekend, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino didn't try.

"Here's the reality of it," said Mangino, in a statement that was brilliant in its simplicity. "We got a good old-fashioned butt-whoopin' today."

Entering a game in which both teams had a great deal at stake - a Texas Tech victory would have pushed the Red Raiders to 8-0 for the first time since 1976; a Kansas win would have ensured the Jayhawks remained in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 North - the 19th-ranked Jayhawks were a proverbial no-show during a shocking 60 minutes of football that raised serious questions about nearly every aspect of this Kansas team.

No one got off easy against an eighth-ranked Texas Tech team vying for its first Big 12 title in school history. Not a usually potent offense, which turned the ball over a season-high five times. Or a Kansas secondary that, despite a number of personnel changes, couldn't manage a stop until the Red Raiders' 10th offensive series of the game.

Even the Jayhawks' übercomposed quarterback wasn't immune, finishing 16-of-26 passing for 154 yards and a career-worst three interceptions.

"This is the worst loss of any sport I've ever played in my entire life," said Todd Reesing, who failed to surpass 200 yards passing for the first time in 13 games. "It's tough when part of the reason you lose so bad is your own performance. I've never turned the ball over like that before in a game ... There's nothing really else you can sugar-coat it with, it was just a bad day for us."

Of course, even a career day from Reesing might not have made much of a difference Saturday.

Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell officially nudged his way into the top tier of Heisman hopefuls, completing 34 of 42 passes for 386 yards and five touchdowns, connecting with 11 receivers in the process. And on the Red Raiders' second offensive play of the game, he wound up and hit Edward Britton for a 55-yard touchdown pass that set the tone for the afternoon.

The Jayhawks were able to hang tough early on, answering each of Tech's first two touchdowns with scores of their own.

After punting on their first possession, Kansas scored twice in a row to keep the Red Raiders within reach. Reesing hit receiver Kerry Meier for a 33-yard touchdown pass and followed it with a 10-yard strike to Dezmon Briscoe on the Jayhawks' next drive. For a short while, it appeared the game was shaping up as the shootout many had expected it to be.

Then, for reasons no one could quite explain, the Jayhawks shut down. The offense stopped moving the ball. The defense stopped defending. The special-teams struggles, which seemed to be fixed following a unit overhaul, returned with a vengeance Saturday.

When the dust had settled, the Red Raiders had accumulated 49 straight points and built a 63-14 lead early in the fourth quarter (Good college football rule of thumb? More often than not, a 49-0 run against a team will not be overcome).

"It happens to everybody from time to time in college football," Mangino said. "You get a day where the snowball starts rolling down the hill, and it gets bigger and bigger and bigger, and before you know it, you've got no chance to stop it, and it runs you over. And that's what happened to us today."

Afterward, players quietly gathered themselves and attempted to pluck a silver lining from the wreckage.

It wasn't easy.

"We're not broken, we've just got to figure out our identity," insisted safety-turned-corner Justin Thornton.

"We could have easily been in the locker room, cussing, hollering, screaming at each other, but it wasn't that, so that's a good sign," said safety Darrell Stuckey.

"We're going to shake it off, I'm going to shake it off, we're all going to have to shake it off; and we're going to have to defnitely bounce back," Meier said.

Barring the unthinkable, Kansas' streak of 17 straight weeks in the top 25 will come to an end once the polls are released this afternoon. Their perch atop the Big 12 North standings is now a three-way tie between the Jayhawks, Missouri and Nebraska. And now, the team's game against Kansas State on Saturday, once thought to be a mere formality, suddenly doesn't look all that alluring.

"This program has had to fight through losses before and tough times, and we will continue to do that," Mangino said. "There's no doubt in my mind that our team will be ready to play next week. I'm not concerned about that."

Go figure

1 Times Texas Tech was forced to punt

3 Interceptions thrown by Kansas' Todd Reesing

2 Sacks recorded by Kansas University's defense

2 Sacks recorded by the Red Raiders

1 NCAA-leading sacks allowed by Tech in its previous seven games

34-42 Completions-attempts for Tech QB Graham Harrell

8.7 Average yards per pass attempt for the Red Raiders

5:26 KU's time of possession in the second and third quarters combined

24:34 Tech's time of possession in the second and third quarters combined

51 Points by Texas Tech's basketball team vs. KU in March


jayhawks71 9 years, 6 months ago

Adding tougher teams to the non-conference schedule isn't the answer. All that does it increases the chance of having a loss. KU plays in a very tough conference and will dance around the 5,6,7 victory mark in most years. No matter what people think of some of the bowl games, they get television exposure and additional practice time, in addition to playing a relatively good team. Those are the things that will improve the team. Playing USC and Florida in the nonconference will likely start the season out on a demoralizing note and cost the team two wins necessary to get to that 6 needed to be considered for a bowl.

Bud Stagg 9 years, 6 months ago

We got out coached. Tech had problems the last two weeks because their opponent kept tech's offense off the field. We played right into their hands by scoring as quickly as we could. In addition our defense couldn't do a thing. We have not pressured a quarterback all year without bringing the house. Our secondary is not good enough to go man to man. Clint has a real problem with the D-line that we all saw in non-conference games and we have not made any real progress. The O-line is not much better. I place this loss on coaching.

justaverage 9 years, 6 months ago

The only remaining game I can see KU winning might be K-State. KU will finish 6-6. I think we should beef up our non-conference schedule a notch to be ready for Big 12 play. This is not to say we should play the likes of USC or Ohio State to start with, but we should at least play decent D-I level programs. Even though we beat Nebraska last year, the game this weekend in Lincoln is one the Huskers have been waiting for all year. I think KU will lose and I'm being optimistic.

jayhawklawrence 9 years, 6 months ago

They aren't tackling anybody.Maybe they needed to get embarrassed because we don't watch football to see a bunch of nice guys running around. Dick Butkus was and is a very nice guy but on the football field he was a killer.It's a game for men, not boys.

davidsmom 9 years, 6 months ago

Mizzou lost two weeks in a row and lost badly on national TV. K-State lost almost as badly yesterday. Texas came within a hair of losing yesterday. Kentucky lost 63-5. None of that makes us feel better, but maybe it puts it into perspective. Granted, that performance was pretty inexcusable, but we can come back after this. I still love Todd and I still love the Jayhawks.

kujayhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

We will be fine. It hurts not having a pass rush, combined with young corners and young offensive tackles.

Warren6032 9 years, 6 months ago

Coach Mangino will turn things back around. He was the best coach in college football last year, and he still the best coach this year

classclown 9 years, 6 months ago

The anomaly is over. Time for Jayhawk "fans" to go back into hibernation.

ihatelv 9 years, 6 months ago

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Maybe you need a bigger Orange Bowl sign on the interstate to make you feel better......

pity2bu 9 years, 6 months ago

I can't believe that the Great and Loyal KU Fans were just a splash in the pan yesterday. They were up and leaving long before the game was over, what's up with that! I thought you stayed and cheered no matter how one played, hhhhmmmmm..The way the KU fans trashed talked over the last 7 months you would have thought that KU had one the Superbowl 10 years in a row.... but I see how you fair weather, I mean winning game fans are.... Oh well get used to yesterday there is a whole lot of football playing, but whipping to be unleashed on KU yet. I can't believe that Perkins was stupid enough to give Mangino a raise for what, a "One and Done Job." KUDO's

nobody1793 9 years, 6 months ago

Sawin' wood? More like sawin' logs--22 people taking a nap out there.

monkeyspunk 9 years, 6 months ago

Defense. We can't bring pressure with 3 so we have to stack the box. Leaving good receivers uncovered. Even when we rush 5 or 6, we still didn't get that much pressure on Harrel. Granted we did sack him a season high 2 times, it wasn't enough because most times he could have read a book back there before he had to throw it.Our team's woes stem from the defense, and to the defensive coordinator who failed to build on last year's successes.

yankeevet 9 years, 6 months ago

Seems like Texas ruled the day on the KU field.........I don't think the Chiefs could do any better against any Texas team...........either........

yankeevet 9 years, 6 months ago

I agree pity2bu............the team is now facing "real teams" and it looks like its going to get alot rougher....

yankeevet 9 years, 6 months ago

It happens to everybody from time to time in college football," Mangino said. "You get a day where the snowball starts rolling down the hill, and it gets bigger and bigger and bigger, and before you know it, you've got no chance to stop it, and it runs you over. And that's what happened to us today."Yes; well that explains everything now; thanks coach....and i did not see any snow at the game.........

Mandie Eutsler 9 years, 6 months ago

classclown (Anonymous) says: "The anomaly is over.Time for Jayhawk "fans" to go back into hibernation."you know it would seem as though you were right. however if we were playing in the big ten this season or the acc we would have a legitimate chance of winning the conference. the big 12 south resembles the sec. all the best teams in the country are beating the snot out of each other because they are all so good. we have a good team and better talent that we have had in past years. it's no secret we are missing talib, mcclinton, collins, mcanderson. those are big shoes to fill, and recruiting needs to keep up. the difference between us and the teams we have lost to in the last two seasons is that when thier best players go to the nfl early or as grads, there are freshman phenom x 4 players who step in and do every bit as well. thats the kind of system mangino is building. and there will be seasons like this when we have to play 4 or 5 different teams who potentially are contenders of the natl title, and we just won't win. remember, both o and d lines are very young players, the secondary is young. we still have reesing next year. i think we will be very good. hopefully it will attract those top recruits to come here because they have the opportunity to play right away. job well done mangino, we haven't had this kind of success since the 50s.

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