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Crash and burn

Kansas merely mediocre

Kansas players Kerry Meier, left, Todd Reesing and Jake Sharp watch as the Oklahoma Sooners march down the field during the fourth quarter at Kivisto Field.

Kansas players Kerry Meier, left, Todd Reesing and Jake Sharp watch as the Oklahoma Sooners march down the field during the fourth quarter at Kivisto Field.

October 25, 2009

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Postgame: Oklahoma

Jesse Newell and Tom Keegan discuss the KU football team's 35-13 loss to Oklahoma. What does the future hold for KU football this season? How many more games will the Jayhawks win? Do they still have a shot at the Big 12 championship game? Who is the favorite for the Big 12 North title? The two discuss these questions, and Tom also laments his failed prediction of a KU victory over OU.

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That southbound train to nowhere known as the Big 12 North looked uglier than ever Saturday. Even so, it seemed absurd to discuss Kansas University’s chances of winning the division and making it to the conference title game scheduled for Dec. 5 at Cowboys Stadium.

Nothing about the way KU stumbled its way through a 35-13 loss to Oklahoma in packed Memorial Stadium suggested such a lofty goal could apply to a team that is without question a work in regress.

It’s time to lower expectations for a squad that made it through the soft nonconference portion of the schedule undefeated and in doing so remained a mystery. How good were these Jayhawks who in their Big 12 opener extended their record to 5-0 with a narrow victory against Iowa State? Was a road loss to Colorado the next week merely a fluke?

The mystery is gone. The answers to those questions are, not very good, and, no, it wasn’t a fluke.

Somebody has to win the Big 12 North because the rules won’t allow Texas to line up 11 tackling dummies and have at it, though such a matchup no doubt would pack Cowboys Stadium with folks wearing burnt orange from head to toe, hungry to witness a rout.

Understandably, the Big 12 title game was not on KU coach Mark Mangino’s mind after the sloppy loss.

“We’ve got to get better as a football team,” Mangino said. “We can’t worry about who’s winning, who’s got a chance to do this, do that. We’ve got to focus on what we need to do in this building and what we need to do on the practice fields this week to prepare. We’re not even going to talk about where we stand or anything like that.”

At this point, Kansas (5-2 overall, 1-2 in the Big 12) hasn’t shown it’s good enough to take anything for granted, not even a bowl invitation. Five games remain, just one in Memorial Stadium. Kansas will be a heavy underdog in road contests against Texas Tech and Texas. On paper, at the moment, the other three games — at Kansas State on Nov. 7; at home against Nebraska, Nov. 14; at Arrowhead vs. Missouri on Nov. 28 — shape up as tossups, give or take a field goal.

Six victories are needed to become bowl-eligible, but as KU experienced in 2006 when it went 6-6 and stayed home, seven are preferable to lock up a bid.

Saturday’s game shaped up as a prime opportunity for an upset. Oklahoma’s running game has been sabotaged by injury and an inexperienced offensive line. Red-shirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones is finding his way, and injuries to the receiving fleet make the Sooners less than what they normally are.

A quick start from the Kansas offense against one of the country’s best defenses would have lit up the crowd, but for the second week in a row quick Todd Reesing turnovers made KU play catch-up. Reesing’s longest day since winning the starting job as a sophomore included the end of his streak of 24 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass. It wasted a strong first half from the much maligned KU defense.

That always seems to be the way with so-so teams in any sport. On days when the offense clicks, the defense sputters. When the defense shows up, the offense doesn’t. So far, so-so.

Comments

jimmyjms 4 years, 5 months ago

Keep talking kitties. Lawrence is a basketball town, and here in few months you won't have much to discuss.

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sundancewierdo 4 years, 5 months ago

well i'm not one that's given up on them. ohhhhhhhhh by the way, ksu most likely won't win another game this season. so good luck with ttu, ku, mo, and nu, they are gonna need it.

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Freestater456 4 years, 5 months ago

Sundance I would hardly call 35-28 a spanking.

I don't know how many KU fans I have heard say that they have given up on KU. Good Lord have some team spirit! Yeah you've had a few good years I will definitely admit that but now that you have lost two in a row some of you are going to give up on them? Most of them are typical KU fans....."Wait till basketball" well if ya haven't noticed it's football season so lets just focus on football for now.

Ohhhhh by the way.....FIRST PLACE IN THE BIG 12 NORTH! GO WILDCATS!

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CLARKKENT 4 years, 5 months ago

GREENWORLD--I THAUGHT IT WAS JAKE SHARP.

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greenworld 4 years, 5 months ago

The only purple that im going to see on Nov 7th in Manhattan in K-state's whole team after Ku gets done beating the hell out of them. K-state hasnt beat Ku in awhile and I bet Jack Sharpe goes freaking crazy AGAIN!!!

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Practicality 4 years, 5 months ago

Now now, lets be fair. Snyder probably is the smartest guy in Manhattan. Unfortunately, that isn't hard to be.

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sundancewierdo 4 years, 5 months ago

oh crap, the ksu fans have won a couple of games and now we have to listen to them run thier mouths. What did snyder do to become a god there anyway? not much. and the only bcs bowl they went to they got spanked.

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concernedeudoravoter 4 years, 5 months ago

How appropriate that I as scrolled down the comments, that at the bottom of the page was an add for a college sports store - and the only school that had gear shown was Kansas State. Get used to it Kansas fans - Bill Snyder is back. I didn't think it would be done in less than a year - but he is well into turning KSU around. Can't wait until the Jayhawks limp into Manhattan on November 7th. The Cats don't even have to beat OU or Nebraska to win the North. They just have the win their home games against KU and MU. Go Wildcats.

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Rickyonealku 4 years, 5 months ago

Is anyone else ready for Reesing to start changing the plays that are called???? as in pass down the field and not across the field of play so a DB can't run an INT for a long score???? Also just think K-State, Iowa State, Nebraska and Kansas still have a chance to WIN the Big XII North. Now a trip to Texas Tech after what Texas A & M did at Tech???? WTH happened to Tech???

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Robert Burnham 4 years, 5 months ago

We’ve got to get better as a football team,” Mangino said. WTF! Coach, you've had 7 games to get better, this is the stretch of games where you ARE a better football team or you lose a chance to get in a decent bowl game. Coach, you have an above average team with average coaching, face it! Wonder if we can get a real coach in here, I'm sure Lew is just dieing to get the UConn coach in here.

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greenworld 4 years, 5 months ago

The look on Meier's face in the picture sums it all up. Or was it him thinking damn, I think I could have done better than that Todd. (Sarcasm)

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sundancewierdo 4 years, 5 months ago

Keep your heads up boys! tomorrow is another day. We just need to take it one game at a time. It's time for some short memory loss and get ready for someone else. Just a couple more wins and we get a bowl game. It may be the toilet bowl but we'll take it. (Yankee Stadium here we come!)

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bluegrasshoopster 4 years, 5 months ago

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jimmyjms 4 years, 5 months ago

I love it. Tom Keegan, one day after writing a pointless article about the "mean" comments posted on another sports story, turns around and excoriates the football team for a poor performance.

Before your article yesterday, did it not occur to you that you make your living doing basically the same thing that you tut-tut others for doing?

Being that you couldn't run a lap without going into cardiac arrest, what exactly are your credentials to critique the football team? Were you an athlete, a coach, a gym teacher?

A joke, perhaps?

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Jock Navels 4 years, 5 months ago

iowa state is not looking that bad... WE are 5-2. that's not bad either.

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HEY_FUQ 4 years, 5 months ago

panhandle... you are incorrect.

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Pat Long 4 years, 5 months ago

Yesterday, Todd Reesing was OU's MVP. Rats....

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Sparko 4 years, 5 months ago

Reesing was the difference yesterday. He was tight as a drum. That was the single worst performance I have ever seen by a Kansas quarterback to start a game. It is also unlike him. It is not like Keegan has had anything good to say anyway. The game was lost on the first play on a mind-numbingly stupid decision. The defense played reasonably well. But OU having the wind and the ball to begin the 3rd Quarter? Yow. The 3rd Quarter was destined to be a bad one.

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ironhorse66 4 years, 5 months ago

Pan- well said and I agree. Keegan is angry that because of his lack of writing skills he is stuck in such a small market. Truth be known, Keegan hates the Jayhawks. I remember when he claimed KU would be crushed by VT, and for that he ate some crow. He jumps at every chance he gets to bash the Jayhawks.

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Seamus 4 years, 5 months ago

panhandle-- aw, it really is "unfair" for KU to play opposing teams. Perhaps the Big 12 should gerrymandering things a bit to make certain our fearless warriors only play the "losers" in the conference. That way "we" can feel good about our heroes.

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John McCoy 4 years, 5 months ago

There is nothing so-so about this ball club. So Reesing had a bad day. KU is an exciting team that has the offensive firepower to upset anyone. They made more yards against OU's defense than Texas did. Yes, for the past two years, they have caught what is essentially an unfair schedule. No other team in the North has to play OU, Texas, and Tech in the same year, as KU does for two years running. I like this ball club for many reasons, one being that they never make excuses. The fact that Keegan is panning them at 5-2 is telling. KU is a well-coached team that plays hard every week; smart money never bets against them. And their ability to make the big play keeps them from every being "average."

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jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Time for you to man the fries baskets, weed. Off you go.

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bball_rules_ku 4 years, 5 months ago

Perhaps, the KU basketball team is better at playing basketball AND football than the KU football team is at playing football.

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greenworld 4 years, 5 months ago

Dont worry Todd, It just wasnt yout day. Im sure the sun is still going to come up tomm. Just get ready to play some real good teams upcoming and hope for the best. I noticed Ou def was playing right up on our receivers and started jumping some of our passes. With that in mind you might check off the initial receiver and look over your 2nd and 3rd receivers. Im no expert or coach by no means just a spectator watching but it seems like the over the middle 30-40 yrd pass was open all day and we never went to that. Ou started playing the short/slant passes and defending them well. The one to Brizcoe over the middle was as wide open as I have ever seen and we should have done that about 10-15 more times. Also quit trying to hit homeruns and take what the defense will give you. Im not impressed with #20 on defense, I know he is a fr but he got baked on 3-4 plays that resulted in pretty large gains. There are two guys that I would insert into way more playing time. Quigley on defense, and Opurum on offense. These two are way to talented to be standing on a sideline watching a game.

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jumpin_catfish 4 years, 5 months ago

KU just isn't that good, deal with it.

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ironhorse66 4 years, 5 months ago

Keegan ate Reesings ability...along with everything else in the press room.

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tumbilweed 4 years, 5 months ago

Idget is spelled idgit. Write another post with it spelled correctly, jaywalker and I'll give you a C instead of an F.

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Seamus 4 years, 5 months ago

I agree tumbilweed. I also think Mangino's salary needs to be increased, as I think he's probably distracted by his hand-to-mouth existence rather than winning games. And perhaps we need to tear up more of the Hill for practice fields. Perhaps they can drain Potter Lake and built one there, with 50 foot walls around it so spies can't see.

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jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

"Let's give them tons of more money for the stadium!"

Like philanthropy is your bag, weed. How much of "your" money went toward the stadium? Idget.

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tumbilweed 4 years, 5 months ago

Let's give them tons of more money for the stadium!

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OutlawJHawk 4 years, 5 months ago

Well stated, Keegan. KU football is not BCS material and may not even be bowl material if this kind of play continues. What has happened to Reesing?

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