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FINAL: Daniel Thomas runs for 183 yards in KSU’s 17-10 victory over KU

The Kansas defense gobbles up KSU running back Daniel Thomas in the second half in Manhattan Saturday, November 7, 2009.

The Kansas defense gobbles up KSU running back Daniel Thomas in the second half in Manhattan Saturday, November 7, 2009.

November 7, 2009, 10:06 a.m. Updated November 7, 2009, 4:20 p.m.

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FINAL: KSU defeats KU, 17-10

Thomas runs for nine yards for a first down on the left side, and that does it.

KSU goes into the victory formation with two kneeldowns and comes away with the 17-10 victory.

KSU 17/KU 10 — 1:45 left in 4th quarter

Thomas runs for one yard on second down, and on third-and-four, Gregory takes the option around the right side for eight yards and another first down.

Thomas runs for two yards on first down, and KU uses its second timeout.

KSU 17/KU 10 — 3:07 left in 4th quarter

After gaining six yards on two running plays, KSU picks up the first down on a scramble up the middle by Gregory. Williams provided a great rush up the middle, but Gregory alluded him and was able to get a crucial nine yards.

Thomas rushes for five yards on first down, and KU calls timeout. The Jayhawks have two timeouts left, and they’ll need a stop on this set of downs or the next to extend this game.

KSU 17/KU 10 — 5:20 left in 4th quarter

Reesing picks up a crucial third-down-and-7 conversion, finding Meier on a slant over the middle for 15 yards.

Reesing’s inaccuracy almost costs KU again, though. On a second-and-5 play, he long-hops a short throw to McDougald, and because it is a backward lateral, when the ball goes out the receiver’s legs and out of bounds, KU loses six yards.

Meier catches a seven-yard pass, though, and Mangino elects to go for it on fourth down from the KSU 49, and Reesing completes an easy pass to Wilson over the middle for six yards and a first down.

Reesing comes through again on third-and-8, making a tough, crossfield pass to Meier, who turned it upfield for eight yards and another first down.

A false start penalty moves KU back, though, and Meier can’t hold on to a pass on third-and-6.

From the KU 29, Mangino elects for a 46-yard field-goal attempt, and Branstetter sneaks it over the crossbar and through.

The decision to kick the field goal was absolutely the correct call by Mangino. This late, KU had to make it a one-possession game. Now, the Jayhawks have.

KSU 17/KU 7 — 12:58 left in 4th quarter

KU’s defense holds, as Caleb Blakesley brings down Thomas for no gain on second down and Stuckey makes a nice-open field tackle on Mastrud on third down.

Reesing needs to continue his recent hot streak for KU to have any chance of a comeback.

KSU 17/KU 7 — End of 3rd quarter

KU’s coaches switch it up with a pair of running plays, and Jake Sharp finds some holes, going forward for seven and nine yards.

Reesing appears to be finding a bit of a rhythm. He hits Meier on the sideline for 19 yards, then hits Tim Biere for 13 and Briscoe over the middle for 11 more.

On third-and-3, Reesing squeezes the ball into a tight window to Briscoe for five yards and another first down.

KU is moved back on a holding call by Hatch, but Reesing completes a 13-yard pass over the middle to Johnathan Wilson. The third-down pass is batted down, and Branstetter’s 30-yard field-goal attempt misses wide left.

Mangino showing a lack of faith in his QB and kicker last week don’t seem to have paid dividends so far today.

KSU 17/KU 7 — 7:00 left in 3rd quarter

KU should get a steady dose of Thomas the rest of the way, and the Jayhawks haven’t shown they can stop him yet. Thomas hurdles Anthony Davis and picks up 19 yards down, giving the KSU back 15 carries for 136 yards.

On third-and-four, Gregory misses an open Banks down the middle of the field. The KSU QB has been extremely inaccurate, but at least he’s been inaccurate where no Jayhawk can catch it.

A sky punt by KSU pins KU at its own 9.

KSU 17/KU 7 — 8:49 left in 3rd quarter

Reesing does come back as KU’s starting QB for the second half. He short-hops McDougald on a five-yard, first-down route, and McDougald is ankle-tackled on a screen pass after picking up four on second down.

On third-and-6, Reesing holds on to the ball and holds on to the ball and holds on to the ball. Finally, KSU sacks him from behind, and Reesing has to get rid of the ball earlier.

Rojas punts the ball straight to Banks, but the KU coverage untit does a good job. Banks actually fumbles at the end of the play, but the officials rule that Banks was already down.

KSU 17/KU 7 — 10:27 left in 3rd quarter

Jeff Wheeler jumps offsides to give KSU five important yards.

Thomas squirts through a hole on the right side and almost walks into the end zone for a five-yard TD run, and KU suddenly finds itself down two scores.

KSU 10/KU 7 — 10:30 left in 3rd quarter

Gregory takes the quarterback draw through a hole in the middle and gains eight yards on fourth-and-two. KSU is hard to defend on a play like that with so many running threats in the backfield.

The shifty Thomas take another Wildcat snap, reversing field and dancing between defenders for 12 more yards to the KU 10.

KSU takes another timeout to set up a play. That could prove to be costly if this game stays close.

KSU 10/KU 7 — 12:16 left in 3rd quarter

KSU pulls out the Wildcat formation, and Thomas gets to the outside, bursting 40 yards up the field for a big play.

Gregory isn’t making many good throws, but he also isn’t making the big mistake. On third-and-9, he rolls away from pressure then falls forward for seven yards to the KU 32.

KSU will go for it on fourth-and-2, but the Wildcats burn a timeout beforehand. KSU has wasted at least three timeouts today on the offensive end.

Guess I'm wrong. Reesing is taking the halftime snaps from Hatch. Looks like he'll start the second half for KU.

Halftime stats of note

Kansas

• Todd Reesing 14-for-22 123 yards, TD, INT; 5 carries, 28 yards, 2 fumbles

• Toben Opurum 2 carries, 7 yards

• Jake Sharp 3 carries, 6 yards

• Dezmon Briscoe 5 catches, 60 yards, TD

• Kerry Meier 4 catches, 40 yards

Kansas State

• Grant Gregory 6-for-13, 65 yards, TD

• Daniel Thomas 9 carries, 55 yards

• Brandon Banks 2 carries, 32 yards

• Lamark Brown 3 catches, 43 yards, TD

Other stats

• KU had 157 total yards, while KSU had 166.

• KSU converted just one of seven third-down attempts.

• KSU has 19 carries for 101 rushing yards.

What I’m expecting the second half

• More rushing plays for KSU

• Kerry Meier or Kale Pick under center to start the second half

KSU 10/KU 7 — Halftime

Reesing comes out for a kneeldown to run out the clock, and KSU has taken back all the momentum after its late touchdown.

KSU 10/KU 7 — 20 seconds left in 2nd quarter

KSU takes advantage of the Reesing fumble, as Gregory hits Brown for a 31-yard touchdown pass. The pass was well underthrown, but with no Jayhawks in the area, Brown had plenty of time to react to it, catch it and still take two steps into the end zone.

Cherry’s extra point puts KSU up by three.

KU 7/ KSU 3 — 27 seconds left in 2nd quarter

With no open receivers, Gregory is forced to run ahead for a one-yard loss on first down.

Lubbock Smith has great pursuit on the next option play, bringing down Thomas in the backfield.

On third down, Thornton comes through on a blitz for a sack. KSU goes backwards on three straight plays.

Cherry misses the 39-yard field-goal attempt from the left hash, and KU’s defense comes up with an enormous stop early in this game.

Reesing completes a pass to McDougald, and on third down, the quarterback spins away from pressure and runs ahead for a first down, sliding to protect the football.

I guess it was just a one-time thing. On his next rush, Reesing barrels head-first into a pair of defenders, and he fumbles again, giving KSU the ball back at the KU 43. Horrible decision by Reesing, and with three turnovers, I’m guessing we might see Pick in the second half. I’m not even sure Reesing could argue with that at this point.

KU 7/KSU 3 — 4:27 left in 2nd quarter

Reesing does the worst thing possible for KU: He turns it over deep in KSU territory.

After scrambling up the middle for 17 yards, Reesing was stripped from behind, and KSU recovered at the KU 24. This is what the Wildcats feast on: turnovers by opposing teams in their own territory.

Gregory starts with a 12-yard run, and KSU calls timeout before its next play.

KU 7/ KSU 3 — 5:13 left in 2nd quarter

KU’s defense dodges two huge bullets at the beginning of the next possession.

On the first play, Gregory throws his first accurate deep ball to Banks, who had both Anthony Davis and Darrell Stuckey beat by a couple steps. The pass clanged off Banks’ hands, though, and saved KU from what would have been a sure TD for KSU.

The next play, KSU ran a double-reverse for Banks, and he looked to be in the clear for a huge gain. But Stuckey fought off one blocker and avoided another, throwing his hand up to throw Banks off-balance on the sideline to limit him to a 20-yard gain. Without the tackle, the play could have gone much farther.

KSU is hurt by another rare foul call (15-yard leg whip) and a Gregory scramble on third-and-long isn’t nearly enough for a first down. A nice punt and good coverage by KSU means KU will take over at its own 7.

KU 7/KSU 3 — 8:18 left in 2nd quarter

Another gaffe by KSU's special teams, as Cherry boots the ball out of bounds. KU will have good field position at its own 40.

Reesing swings a pass out to Bradley McDougald, and because of good receiver blocking, the receiver bolts through a hole 12 yards for a first down.

Reesing scrambles for five yards, and he doesn't look like he's at full speed yet, most likely because of his injured groin.

On third-and-5, KSU brings pressure from Reesing's backside, but the QB does a good job of feeling the pressure, stepping to his right, then firing to Meier for a first down.

The next play, Briscoe makes a play on the outside, breaking tackles before falling into the end zone for a TD.

Branstetter adds the extra point, and KU's offense is showing signs of life.

KSU 3/KU 0 — 11:12 left in 2nd quarter

After taking a few steps rugby-style, Alonso Rojas booms a punt, and Banks is forced to let it bounce. That’s 47 yards with no return. KU will take that each time.

KSU is taking some chances deep, as a deep pass attempt to Banks is knocked away by Justin Thornton at the last second. Thornton was beat on the play, but the ball was well underthrown by Gregory.

On third-and-7, Thornton is beat again over the middle by Banks, and he’s forced to run into the receiver. Easy defensive pass-interference call, and KSU gets a fresh set of downs.

KU forces another third down, but once again has a blown coverage. No one covers the tight end Mastrud, and he catches an easy pass for 11 yards over the middle.

KSU has another third-and-5, but this time the Jayhawks bring pressure up the middle on the blitz and Gregory’s pass down the sideline is well overthrown.

A 47-yard field goal attempt Josh Cherry splits the uprights with plenty of distance, and the Wildcats are on the board first.

KU 0/KSU 0 — End of 1st quarter

Brandon Banks shows his speed, taking an end-around 12 yards around the right sideline behind a blocker.

KU stacks up Thomas on third and a long 1, and KSU goes for it on fourth down from the KU 28. KSU’s Lamark Brown has KU’s D.J. Beshears beat down the sideline, but Grant Gregory overthrows him by a step in the end zone. Disaster averted for KU.

Another trick play with Kale Pick goes awry, as Pick is tackled in the backfield for a six-yard loss. Reesing’s second-down pass is batted down, and a third-down underhanded fling from Reesing is dropped by Opurum. What a weird pass attempt. KU will punt the ball back to KSU and to the dangerous Brandon Banks.

KU 0/KSU 0 — 3:43 left in 1st quarter

The Jayhawks are having success in routes where the receiver stops in a location and Reesing hits them. Briscoe turns upfield for 12 yards. Briscoe’s hands are looking much better today.

Reesing takes a shot deep, and Briscoe is able to draw a 15-yard defensive pass-interference penalty.

Weird formation on first down for KU, as left tackle Tanner Hawkinson is lined up at tight end on the right side. On that play, Tim Biere appeared to line up as the left tackle.

Another stop route works for KU, as a Reesing pass sticks to Briscoe’s fingers and he is pushed up the field for 16 yards and a first down. Briscoe also is doing a nice job of coming back to the football to help out his quarterback.

On fourth-and-inches, KU runs the play it tried to run last week again Texas Tech, and Opurum bounces to the outside for four yards and an easy first down.

Reesing, with all day to throw, makes another mistake. Throwing deep over the middle, his pass is well underthrown and is intercepted by Emmanuel Lamur, who returns it to the KSU 37. Add on an unnecessary roughness penalty on KU, and KSU will start with a short field at the KU 48.

It’s exactly the kind of mistake Reesing has to avoid today.

KU 0/KSU 0 — 8:06 left in 1st quarter

Who knew clipping was still a penalty?

KU fans are glad it still is now, as following an 11-yard run by Daniel Thomas, the Wildcats were moved backwards 15 yards by a call I don’t think I’ve seen in the last couple years.

On third down, Grant Gregory’s throwback pass to Jeron Mastrud is swarmed by KU defenders, and the Wildcats are forced to punt.

I don’t think KSU coach Bill Snyder minds. KU will take over at its own 13 and will have to go the length of the field for points.

KU 0/KSU 0 — 11:00 left in 1st quarter

All week the talk was about Kansas State’s special teams, but KU’s special teams come away with the first game-changing play on the opening kickoff.

Darrell Stuckey took the kick at the three-yard line and ran across the field 67 yards all the way to the KSU 30. Stuckey has just three kickoff returns this year, and two of them have gone for 50-plus yards.

Kerry Meier picks up one third down across the middle, but Reesing kills the drive by taking a sack on second down. He had Toben Opurum open in the flat, but instead he held the ball too long and took a negative play.

KU is held on third down, and Branstetter misses a 30-yard field-goal attempt. After Stuckey’s big return, the momentum has swung immediately back to the Wildcats.

11:31 a.m.

It's 64 degrees and beautiful weather here for kickoff.

KSU wins the toss and will defer. The Jayhawks will get the ball first.

11:22 a.m.

Though it might be hard to believe this after KU's struggles the last three weeks, the Jayhawks actually still are in the thick of the North race.

Take a look at this blog by friend-of-the-blog Bill Connelly. He actually posted this before last week's game, and all his statistical projections correctly picked the winners of last week's Big 12 games.

Based on his statistical projections, KU will beat KSU and Nebraska, which would put the Jayhawks in a tie for first place in the Big 12 North in two weeks.

If everything played out as his statistical projections say, the KU-Missouri game once again would determine the winner of the Big 12 North, as KU would own the tiebreakers over the Tigers with a win.

Of course, it's also still mathematically possible for all six North teams to tie for the title with 3-5 records, as the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported earlier this week.

10:57 a.m.

It looks like KU will have some more switches today on the offensive line.

From pre-game snaps, it looks like Brad Thorson has moved from right guard to right tackle, and red-shirt freshman Trevor Marrongelli has slid into the right guard spot. That leaves Jeff Spikes as the odd man out.

10:44 a.m.

A lot was made of KU coach Mark Mangino's decision to not onside kick last week when kicking off from the Texas Tech 40.

After the game, KU coach explained why he kicked it deep, saying: “(KU kicker Jacob) Branstetter, all he’s capable of is kicking the ball off the tee deep. You saw against Oklahoma, we tried to kick a little pooch kick, it didn’t work. We’ve tried squib kicks in practice, they’ve gone out of bounds. So we figured, ‘Let’s make sure that they get it on the 20 and not do anything stupid.’”

KU punter Alonso Rojas said this week that he doesn’t know any reason Branstetter wouldn’t be able to attempt an onside-kick attempt if asked to do so.

“Hands down, I know if Jake ever needed to come through with it, he could do it,” Rojas told me Tuesday. “It’s something we need to just keep practicing. If it ever comes a time to do it, we’re going to do it. I have faith in all our guys to be able to do that.”

While the team has its normal practice each day, Rojas and Branstetter go to the football practice fields to work on various kicks.

“That’s one of the things (Jacob) tries to work on the most is the little things with kicking, like the onside kicks, the short field goals, the extra points, the fundamental stuff,” Rojas said.

Rojas also said that the entire special teams worked on onside kicks two or three times per week in practice. In those run-throughs, the hands team goes on the field to try to recover Branstetter’s onside kick.

“You kind of have to have the right pace along with the guys going to get the ball,” Rojas said. “When he onside kicks on his own, he kicks pretty good.”

Rojas also said he could try an onside kick if the team needed him to, as he practices them along with Branstetter on the practice field.

“Jake’s the kickoff guy, so most schools, most teams the kickoff guy deals with all that,” Rojas said. “But I practice everything as well, every aspect of kicking in the game, so if I’m ever needed or called upon, I could do it.”

Branstetter was 1-for-2 on onside-kick attempts last year, as KU recovered a fourth-quarter attempt against Nebraska and failed on a fourth-quarter try against Oklahoma.

If KU needs an onside-kick attempt today, expect Branstetter to be the guy.

10:32 a.m.

This game looks to be about as evenly-matched as you can get.

One way you can tell is from the predictions.

On our weekly pick 'em each of our eight pickers chose KU to win.

On GoPowercat.com, the Kansas State fan site, nine of 10 pickers chose Kansas State.

While stopping to pick up sunglasses for Tom Keegan at the Manhattan K-Mart, I picked up the Manhattan Mercury, and all six pickers in there chose K-State.

So here's an official tip of the hat to GoPowercat's Rob Cassidy, who was the only one out of 24 writers to pick against the hometown team.

10:18 a.m.

I've added some videos to the left side from Big 12 media day back in July.

KSU coach Bill Snyder and linebacker Alex Hrebec both talk about the significance of the KU-KSU football game for the team and for KSU fans in general. It's a good reminder of just what these game means for those players and coaches involved in it.

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KSU coach Bill Snyder

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Kansas State linebacker Alex Hrebec

10:05 a.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Kansas State Wildcats.

It feels like this game could be the beginning of the season or the end of the season for both teams.

Let me explain.

For KU, a victory would put it right back in the thick of the Big 12 North Division race. A win against Nebraska next week at home most likely would put the Jayhawks back in first place in the North.

A loss, though, essentially ends any hopes KU has at a Big 12 North title. Sure, the Jayhawks could still become bowl eligible, but a majority of KU fans' attention will turn directly to basketball and the season starting for the preseason No. 1 Jayhawks.

For K-State, its Big 12 North hopes depend much on this game as well.

With a win, the Wildcats get their fourth conference victory, and that might be all that they need to take the title. A win over Missouri or Nebraska would nearly guarantee the Wildcats a spot in the Big 12 Championship game.

A loss today, and the nice story that KSU has turned into the last few weeks loses a lot of steam. Suddenly, the Wildcats would need wins in its final two games both to have a shot at the Big 12 North title and also simply to become bowl eligible.

The result of today's game, even beyond the rivalry, should have a significant impact on both of these programs going forward.

Be sure to check out our poll on the left and also use the Twitter hashtag #kufball to have your comments appear on our page.

Comments

monkeyspunk 5 years, 1 month ago

Vulgarity in the tweets on this page. LJWorld, if you can't figure out the technology, don't use it.

yankeevet 5 years, 1 month ago

How come Reese keeps fumbling the ball??

Chad Collins 5 years, 1 month ago

Nope it's yellow. Sweet N Low is pink.

Reesing....not Reese. He keeps fumbling to piss you off and our offensive line is the worst in the Big 12.

It's a good possibility at this point that we don't win another game.

Steve Miller 5 years, 1 month ago

I think mangino needs to hit the nearest salad bar...

monkeyspunk 5 years, 1 month ago

Ugh...watching this game makes me sick.

Do you pull Reesing? He sucks right now, but who do you put in instead? Pick? How much before his Red-Shirt is burned? Meier? Not a back up anymore?

Is there anyone on this team who can give us the best chance to win?

Does Reesing even care anymore? He doesn't play like it?

Does Mangino even care? He sure doesn't seem to coach like it.

If this is the most talented team in KUs history, perhaps it's time to shop around for better coaching.

muckfizzou2 5 years, 1 month ago

i want to put a mangino Fathead on the side of all fastfood joints!!

Chad Collins 5 years, 1 month ago

Doesn't Reesing have a groin injury? He's had it since Colorado which is when all of this started.

Did I mention our offensive line sucks? Without time Reesing makes a lot of mistakes.

monkeyspunk 5 years, 1 month ago

@snoopy O-Line looked good on that last sequence of plays, too much time for Reesing.

Where is Opurum? Only two carries today? Best RB we have and he has hardly any touches!

yankeevet 5 years, 1 month ago

Beginning of 4th quarter now; gosh what happened to our KU football team??????????????????/ Is looks like Custers last stand..........or perhaps the Alamo!!!

parrothead8 5 years, 1 month ago

Jeez. That was horrible. 10 points against K-State. Four losses in a row, all in conference. This team needs to wake up.

yankeevet 5 years, 1 month ago

This is just the beginning!! only 3 more losses to go for KU!!!

season: won 5 (easy ones)

          lost 7

nergie 5 years, 1 month ago

Total embarressment, what the heck happened to this team?

lama 5 years, 1 month ago

I hear fundraising is very slow on the addition at Memorial Stadium.

Does Lew have Mangenius on the clock? Easier schedule next year, but new qb and no proven receivers or linebackers. Another bad year and it will be decision time.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 1 month ago

6-6 may not get you a bowl game. This loss is all on the offence, and Reesing. That bad pick at the start of the game set everything up for KSU. KU has to figure out how to make a bowl game AND give Kale Pick more snaps to get ready for 2010.

brett conrad 5 years, 1 month ago

If i was tobin i would be looking to transfer to a team that plays with HEART. Slow and poorly coached jayhawks and a qb that fumbled his team out of the game. Sad day in KU football. Look for more huskers than jhawks next week.

muckfizzou2 5 years, 1 month ago

i want to hold an auction for goats and pigeons. anyone know a good venue??

wyattearp2 5 years, 1 month ago

SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait a minute, My purple beer had bird feather in it!!!!

yankeevet 5 years, 1 month ago

KU Football team; nothing but a joke; .........a slow walking pizza eatin coach; and a fumbling quarterback; both worthless; there is one thing about K-State; they knew they had a worthless coach; and they dumped him; and got a REAL football coach in there and already see the results. KU only has one real professional coach; and thats the basketball coach Mr. Self.

quik 5 years, 1 month ago

Can't run the ball, can't stop the run, can't win. Simple as that.

Kevin Randell 5 years, 1 month ago

This is what I paid my hard earned money for? Season tickets and crapy parking place from the Williams Fund, and I get to see a soon to be .500 team!

You know, a few years (and 300 pounds lesser) ago, this performace was ok from a Mangino team. But this is not cutting it. You can't blame one person. The whole team has lost heart. Someone please print this off..... and give it to the team "Mangino, you and your team has lost it's heart!!!! Pull your heads out of your butt and play like you should, and not how you feel about yourself"!!!

password 5 years, 1 month ago

seems like they lost their 'heart" or "spunk" after the squabble with the b-ball guys.

gsxr600 5 years, 1 month ago

Kansas football is not very good. I predicted this game, and predict we lose out the rest of the season and don't make a bowl game. They don't act like they want it.

muckfizzou2 5 years, 1 month ago

i predict small animals take more steps per yard than the average human..

sundancewierdo 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm getting a little tired of planning my saturdays around football games that disappoint. I can handle losing, but i can't handle watching my team, down by 7, and playing like we are getting blown out. If we lose, we lose, but they look like they aren't even trying!!! I still have faith and hope we can win 2 more. I'm going to keep rooting, but you guys need to come out with a little more energy. Especially the seniors. it's hard to watch the offense come out looking scared to go out there. Just get out there and do your thing!!!

darkagent 5 years, 1 month ago

topeka gave up when they found out their town sucked. No need for a reference...

Julie Craig 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm a K-State fan. Last year I was saying how Todd Reesing had the "it" factor and that K-State played with no heart. Something has changed drastically on both accounts.

Hope Reesing doesn't have a serious injury.

topekan7 5 years, 1 month ago

Correct DarkAgent....when I realized that Lawrence sucked, I left!

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't know what is going on with Todd and this team, but unfortunately, the season is over.

Time to work on those grades and a career and remember the friends we made along the way.

Sometimes life sucks. It's just the way it is. Get over it.

gccs14r 5 years, 1 month ago

Hey, if KU finishes under .500, maybe Perkins will quit expecting us to genuflect every time he opens his mouth.

slaboribs 5 years, 1 month ago

Ya, now, maybe KU faculty and staff will be offered football tickets for purchase in better stadium locations at reduced rates. But, after having been given selections of tickets behind (south of the) the goal on the extreme south visitors side this past couple years, will they buy them??????

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 1 month ago

Well, that was a sad game. Better luck next team.

KSseahawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Reesing is hurt and Mangino doesn't care. Like a horse with a busted leg, he'll ride him to the finish line, then put a bullet in him. Reesing isn't going to the league and he knows it. He's not playing with any heart and he's all doped up on pain killers due to his injury. I think Reesing going through the motions is his giant middle finger to the coaching staff, which deserves it. They're out of touch with how to win a game and how to get a team to actually show up. This was supposed to have been a rivalry game, but the Hawks showed NO HEART today.

If not for his time on Team Living...Mangino should be on the clock for his head coaching job. He's a time bomb either way.

Lew...I implore you, do what your competition down I-70 did and recognize that you have no head coach (or staff for that matter) and replace them immediately.

nedcolt 5 years, 1 month ago

what do you expect from thugs on a scholarship

Brian Conrad 5 years, 1 month ago

Hiesman????? would be benched if not for the 3 great years. feel bad for him... but time to think of next year... if Todd plays the same and has a couple of turnovers, he has to sit and get Pick ready for next year. sorry but no bowl after the start to this year?? This team does have talent , but do not play as if they want to win. very reserved.. Mangino did great job and received the praise last 2 years... deserves the bad press this year! very poor play calling. using pick as running back . everyone on the planet knows he is running first play on the field .. defenses laughing .. poor poor play calling. Mangino has this team so messed up no one will even try to make a play. laughingstock of North. look across the field and try to remember what a real Coach taught you. pathetic. no game adjustment lets just do the same ole thing ... Snyder makes Mangino look like grade school coach. pitiful.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 1 month ago

NO HEART! this team will not score a point on Nebraska. Reesing please throw first pass right at Mangino. maybe the ball bouncing off his head will wake him up. now go loose to MU so Lew can hurry up and clean house. FOOTBALL FOOLS SHOULD LEARN FROM THE BASKETBALL PROGRAM! they were right! football distant second around here and Mangino could learn bunches from Self. Mangino takes the credit but blame always falls on everyone else... never hear Self with excuses... oh this guy hurt or that guy hurt.. not that he is terrible coach on the sideline. no way all the players fault.. we coaches do a great job when players play great.. but all the players fault when they do bad! WAAAAAAH take some of the blame Mangino! be a real coach.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 1 month ago

NU game play by play. Reesing throws on first down, intercepted and returned for a touchdown.. kickoff.. and ku player backs up for fair catch on the 1.. Reesing under center... fumbles the ball recovered in the endzone for score. 2 minute gone by in game 14 -0 after penalties for taunting from opposing team KU gets ball back. Sharp run for 1 yard loss, Sharp again for 5 yard loss, Reesing throws another interception. after quick score Mangino brings in Pick... runs Quarterback keeper on first down as the whole crowd of now 50 in stands, yells RUN. defense easily tackles him as even the reporters are laughing about play call. KU fans are pelted with corn as they leave with paper bags over thier heads. Final score 45-0 NU does not even have offensive score ... all points from defense.

riverdrifter 5 years, 1 month ago

"It's a good possibility at this point that we don't win another game."

I said this after the Colorado game. So what?

Opurum had two touches in the game.

Jake had 11 carries for 35 lousy yards. What the hell is up with that?

Meier & Briscoe had most all the catches with Wilson and McDougald pretty much left out.

Mangino & staff being out-coached (therefore players being out-played) out week after week now.

Don't go on too much about the genius of Snyder. The moron Hawkins out-coached Mangino as well.

brett conrad 5 years, 1 month ago

This team made history allright, most overated team in Ku history. Reesing couldn't carry Hadl or BDouglass jock. anyone that pays $50 to watch this team is nuts. Ps coach mangino, i watched 2 twelve year old football players at YSI that could onside kick maybe you should be there watching or recruiting. Operum is bigger and stronger than thomas but we stick with sharp for a big 35 yds. 3 reasons we lost that game reesing, sharp and Pizza Man Mangino. This team has no chance for a bowl game.

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