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KU upsets No. 15 Georgia Tech, 28-25

Kansas freshman running back James Sims takes off on a run against the Georgia Tech defense during the first quarter, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas freshman running back James Sims takes off on a run against the Georgia Tech defense during the first quarter, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

September 11, 2010

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Highlights: KU vs. Georgia Tech

Kansas took down a ranked Georgia Tech team, 28-25, Saturday, September 11, 2010. Enlarge video

Turner Gill postgame: Georgia Tech

Kansas head coach Turner Gill addressed the media after defeating Georgia Tech Saturday, September 11, 2010.

KU shocks No. 15 Georgia Tech, 28-25

Kansas' defense came up with a fourth-down stand in the final minute, helping the Jayhawks to a 28-25 victory over No. 15 Georgia Tech on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Eight was enough for the Kansas University football program, which ended an eight-game losing streak that dated back to October of 2009 with a 28-25 victory against No. 15 Georgia Tech on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

“It was a rough week for the team,” junior tight end Tim Biere said. “And the locker room after the game, there’s never been anything like it. Maybe after the Missouri game, when Todd (Reesing) threw (a game-winning touchdown pass) to Kerry (Meier, to beat the Tigers in 2008). Maybe I could compare it to that, but other than that it was the best thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

For even the most devout KU football fan, Saturday’s victory was hard to imagine.

One week after suffering arguably the most humiliating loss in the program’s history, the Jayhawks knocked off a ranked BCS-conference squad that brought big-time athletes and an intimidating option offense to Lawrence.

In the end, it was KU’s familiarity with Georgia Tech’s system, as well as the team’s belief that the season was not lost, that allowed the Jayhawks to prevail.

“Before the game, (senior safety) Olaitan Oguntodu got us all huddled up and said, ‘Hey, I believe that we’re going to win this game. The offense is going to take care of their business, and we’re going to take care of our business,’” said junior linebacker Steven Johnson, who recorded 11 tackles. “And he was like, ‘Some people think we gotta go out there and play their game, but, you know what, we tell ’em when we’re ready for them to pass.’”

It wasn’t Oguntodu’s words as much as what they represented that spoke the loudest. Here was an inexperienced senior on a team coming off an embarrassing loss telling teammates they could beat the No. 15 team in the country. Credit Kansas coach Turner Gill for bringing that attitude to town and stressing it with enough conviction that his players believe it.

There were plenty of physical factors in Saturday’s victory, too. For starters, running back James Sims (17 carries, 101 yards, one TD) became the first true freshman in school history to rush for 100 yards in his debut.

“When I first stepped onto the field, I was a little nervous,” Sims said. “But after all that got away, I wasn’t really thinking about my yardage, I was just thinking about how I’m going to help the team win this game. You gotta give credit to everybody. We all just come together.”

Red-shirt freshman quarterback Jordan Webb, who played the fourth quarter of last week’s loss, started this one and brought better flow and rhythm to the offense immediately.

Webb’s first start matched Sims’ debut in terms of effectiveness, as the native of Union, Mo., finished 18-of-29 for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

“I loved the way he (came) in the ballgame,” Gill said of Webb. “I liked his body language, and the players responded to him. That’s what you want to see from a quarterback. The other 10 guys respond to your quarterback, when he’s in the huddle, when he’s on the field, when he’s off the field, and then it carries over to your defense. And I saw that.”

It was a game of many firsts.

It was KU’s first home victory against a Top-15 opponent since the Jayhawks beat No. 2 Oklahoma, 28-11, in 1984.

Ted McNulty, a reserve tight end, snagged his first career reception.

Biere, who struggled mightily in last week’s opener, caught his first career touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Sophomore Bradley McDougald, the team’s third-leading receiver in 2009, also caught his first career touchdown pass — the first for Webb, too — and the hook-up represented the Jayhawks’ first TD of the 2010 season.

Of course, many of those pale in comparison to the fact that the thrilling three-point victory forever will be remembered as Gill’s first at Kansas.

Despite the fast start, KU trailed, 17-14, at halftime. In the second half, however, KU’s defense took over. Though that unit surrendered 407 yards of total offense — 308 of those coming on the ground — the Jayhawks stifled Georgia Tech’s option game enough that they forced the Yellow Jackets to take to the air in their attempt to come back.

Asked if that benefited his team, Gill did not hesitate to answer.

“No question about that,” he said. “That’s (not) something they want to do. And that gave us an opportunity to make plays. I can’t speak enough about our staff. (Defensive coordinator Carl) Torbush did an excellent job.”

A roughing-the-passer call against Georgia Tech kept alive a scoring drive for Kansas, and junior wideout Daymond Patterson made the Yellow Jackets pay on the next play by taking a five-yard pass from Webb and pinballing his way to a 32-yard, highlight-reel TD that ended up being the difference.

Now that Gill has seen his team play like he knew it was capable of, the first-year coach is ready for the next step.

“As they come in Monday, I need to see where their focus is,” Gill said. “They’ve shown me how they handle a loss, now I need to see how they handle a win, how they handle prosperity.”

Comments

lwctown 3 years, 7 months ago

And if you missed the game dont worry ..The outcome of the game doesnt matter...they will play again sometime in the future. But in the real news tonight ..The interest rate is up..the stock market is down...

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kshusker 3 years, 7 months ago

Great win for the KU players and coaches! We have been here for 22 years and I believe KU has a coach in Turner Gill who will take this program to the next level and keep it there. And Coach Gill will do it the right way making the university and the community proud! It is great to hear the players speak about how much they respect him. Congrats to all involved!!

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Steven Gaudreau 3 years, 7 months ago

Wow. Great win for the coaches and the players. KU was something like 25-150 vs top 20 teams lifetime. 96% of the money in Vegas was on GT. Great win. I owe Coach Gil an apology. Even if you lose from here out, it was a huge win, great job.

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drnater 3 years, 7 months ago

honestly I would rather play the higher tuition if we have a better chance of winning. however, I would much rather so called "fans" not dog any of the coaches or teams if such said "fans" are just goin to give them props the next week. the worst fans in the world are fairweather fans, and as far as im concerned we would be much better off without em.

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purplesage 3 years, 7 months ago

Coach Self, Oral Robets University, and Kansas Jayhawks - any parallels?

The whole sports scene overshadows the purpose of the universities. Too much money. And they are over-paid.

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therebel 3 years, 7 months ago

I was one of the biggest nay sayers after last week of anyone here. Having said that, let's call this exactly what it was, a quality win over a quality opponent. I like the fact the Gill corrected the biggest flaw in the system so far. He found out who his QB should be, and he played him. The offense clicked very well, I thought. I felt the blocking was much better this week. We still need to work on pass protection for Webb. The D made several key stops and I really like the more gang-styled tackling. There were also several good open field stops. The D still lacks a killer instinct, in my opinion. With the score 28-17, there should have been a "license to kill" for them. Instead, it was a 46 yard pass play that never should have happened. It led to a GT TD that made the game much closer than it really should have been.

But, still it was a very good performance and I believe it encouraged the team and the KU faithful. Let's hope the momentum continues this week in Mississippi.

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drnater 3 years, 7 months ago

and everyone thought I was crazy last week when I was defending this team. now who are the ones who just plain look dumb? we still have plenty to work on, but it feels good to be one of the few who backs his team and they come out and back me up. Now onto Southern Miss. and lets get our 1st road win!

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greenworld 3 years, 7 months ago

Congrats to Chuck Long for getting your offense to move the ball and your line to block for your QB. But most of all read the headline.....Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Webb tossed three touchdown passes and lets not forget against a ranked team. The key words in the last sentence is redshirt freshman and against a ranked team, when is the last time that happened and especially at KU.....1) players play and 2)coaches coach. Dont forget the order on that either.

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mom_of_three 3 years, 7 months ago

the no huddle offense seemed to work close to the end zones, and maybe the coach needsd to develop it more for other times during the game. GT couldn't sub in players and pretty much couldn't stop KU during the drive in the first quarter (which ended at the start of the 2nd). Switching quarterbacks was not necessarily neccessary, and it might have worked against the team which couldn't stop the run, which GT stopped the run pretty well. Although KU played well amost brilliant in a few series, KU was just able to capitalize on the penalties by GT, which were almost stupid, stupid penalties.

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lionheart72661 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm with you catfish. Everyone wanting Mangino back and wanting to fire Gill. I say let go of that era of wasted money and time. Mangino was all for himself, just like Perkins. Now they are both gone and good riddens. Now onto the Self/Gill era.

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catfishturkeyhunter 3 years, 7 months ago

Wierd, last week everyone wanted to hang Gill out to dry and now this week he is the saving grace of KU football? Talk about fair weather fans.

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1029 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm a little upset that Georgia Tech got away with pitching the ball forward on option plays twice during the game. The second time--midway through the 3rd quarter--was a huge gain and could have been a real game-changer. After that play, the announcers (coincidentally?) made comments about how good Nesbitt was about making sure that he wasn't pitching the ball forward. There was never any replay shown after the play. I watched that play frame-by-frame afterward (thanks modern-day cable technology) and Nesbitt clearly released the ball a full yard and a half behind where it was first touched by the running back, and this "pitch" took place two or three yards past the line of scrimmage, so it was an illegal forward pass. It wasn't even close. Indisputable evidence. This is absolutely unacceptable that the refs would miss an obvious play like this.

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KUstudent4life 3 years, 7 months ago

Great Game! I loved how Gill kept the offense going at the end of the first half and almost got some points out of it. Webb played lights out despite some dropped passes. How come nobody has commented on how the Red-shirt freshman was poised in the pocket and did what he needed to do to get the win. Also, BIG SHOUT OUT to James Sims! What?! How did the kid not play in the first game and then come out with over 100 yds rushing and 1 TD. I can't forget the defense who came up big on a lot of 3rd 4th downs when the pressure was on. Turner Gill, you did well but like you said, success is spread out over time. This is a big win but the only 2 W's I care about are against KSU and Mizzou.

Also, I hope that this win isn't just because the ACC has become a terrible, terrible league and are just overrated. Virginia Tech...Really?

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papakeno 3 years, 7 months ago

Excuse me 'Onceagain'...I think a melvin slice could jostle the linguistics. BTW, $5.99- 2 topping slice and a Pint of Free State! Come on by FOLKS!!

go hawks!~!

Great job Gill.

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mdrndgtl 3 years, 7 months ago

Photoshop, not photo-shop. Have you heard of it?

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olddognewtrix 3 years, 7 months ago

A great day for KUand KSU football! Some sour minded personsent me an email today that showed a major bilboard outside of lawrnece that had a large display of Mangino, with a rhetorical question "do you miss me yet?" The answer is "NO"

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lionheart72661 3 years, 7 months ago

Ok, all of you naysayers from last week. Are you praising Coach Gill now? He is half way to a tie of the first year of Mangino at KU!

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jumpin_catfish 3 years, 7 months ago

Coaching coaching coaching! This was the difference from week one to week two. Oh, and the right guy at quarterback.

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CHEEZIT 3 years, 7 months ago

NDSU kicks 2 more field goals but loses 16-9. Now thats exciting stuff??? Yes I still can't get over we lost to that team!!!

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CHEEZIT 3 years, 7 months ago

North Dakota State just kicks thier third field goal in two weeks! Unfortunately they're losing 9-3!!!

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 7 months ago

Wow. What a difference a week makes.

And no cursing and swearing?

Shoot and dang.

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jhawkjjm 3 years, 7 months ago

Good win but where was this effort last week. I really hope we don't end up at 5-7 looking back at the NDSU game saying "if only..."

Defense played well against the run but looked very shaky against the pass. A better and more accurate quarterback is going to give the secondary some issues. Sims looked good and ran with authority and made people miss. Can't help but wonder if he played last week. (and yes, all season long until they get to 6 wins and qualify for a bowl game we'll be lamenting the NDSU game.)

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Liberty_One 3 years, 7 months ago

Good game 'hawks! BTW, did anyone catch the Notre Dame--Michigan game? Great game that was won on a TD in the final minute.

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George_Braziller 3 years, 7 months ago

Woo hoo. Who cares? Tomorrow morning I get to pick up all the beer bottles, cans, and fast food bags the "fans" will leave in my front yard.

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Mike Ford 3 years, 7 months ago

nice to see all of the KU fans back on the wagon they always seem to jump off of in the mythical land of Lawrence KU sports.

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Turbin_Cowboy 3 years, 7 months ago

Big, big, victory for the team. Good job Gilly and Long.

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Uhjh 3 years, 7 months ago

A very scary fourth quarter!! KU could not sustain a drive and eat clock. The defense won the game but KU is now a team top take seriously. A few more teams will look closer at us. Just want to beat the crap out of Nebraska. Rock Chalk.

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autie 3 years, 7 months ago

great win...blah blah blah....it was, really...but Daymond, what the hell is up with the hot dog move into the endzone? All you did was manage to give your opponent the ball at mid field..wake up junior...

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4everahawk 3 years, 7 months ago

Listening to his post game comments.......could he have mentioned his staff MORE times than he did?????? Good grief coach, give the kids some credit for winning this game and quit trying to sell your staff and how damn smart, experienced, blah, blah they are and how smart you were to hire them. This was not a place or time for you to be trying to keep your job, it was time to praise your team for working their butts off today.

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mom_of_three 3 years, 7 months ago

Not the best game I have ever seen, but it was good. The no huddle offense seemed to work well. Just have to fix those dumb, dumb, DUMB penalties

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sourpuss 3 years, 7 months ago

Awesome. Congrats, Jayhawks, and way to use your freshmen!

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KSAuburnFan 3 years, 7 months ago

onceagain--you are right one win does not a competent coach make, but also one loss doesn't do him in either. For everyone that wanted Coach Gill's head on a stick last week, because of one loss, should give him and his staff equal credit for this weeks win.

Coach Gill is more than competent, the turnaround he led at Buffalo was amazing, ask anyone who knows anything about college football and the words Buffalo and League Champions would have NEVER been in the same sentence. But Coach did just that.

Nearly everyone around felt KU would be 1-1 at this point, but thought the games would be switched. It was a great performance, KU was prepared, Coach Torbush made great adjustments to the Option attack of Ga. Tech and Coach Long called a great game.

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onceagain 3 years, 7 months ago

One win does not a competent coach make. Team still smarting from last week's disgrace.

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distant_voice 3 years, 7 months ago

I stand egg-faced and corrected on my projection for this game. Great job with the fabulous comeback victory Coach Gill and the KU football team

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GUMnNUTS 3 years, 7 months ago

Congratulations to Coach Gill and his staff on getting their first win. I hope this will settle down some of the doubters that he is not able to coach at Div.1A level.

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scatfu 3 years, 7 months ago

LOL at this Jayhawk fan base.

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papakeno 3 years, 7 months ago

After that end-of-half play calling, I was worried. But KU came out, used the clock, and drove for seven. Good work. I honestly hope KU's new AD doesn't bring in his/her own football coach. It could happen, support this guy folks!! Good job Gill!!

Go Hawks!!

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myvotecounts 3 years, 7 months ago

Great job, Hawks! What a difference a week makes.

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Frightwig 3 years, 7 months ago

Cue the ridiculous and predictable comments that the win happened as a result of Lew's departure in 3,2,1...

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