Archive for Sunday, October 30, 2011

Starters return to preserve UT shutout

Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb scurries away from Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb scurries away from Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

October 30, 2011


KU coach Turner Gill opening statement after 43-0 loss to Texas

KU coach Turner Gill makes an opening statement following his team's 43-0 loss to Texas on Oct. 29, 2011. Enlarge video

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Turner Gill

Kansas coach Turner Gill talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 43-0 loss to Texas on Oct. 29, 2011.

— Without asking anyone, Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho ran back onto the field. Immediately, linebacker Keenan Robinson followed him.

On Kansas’ final possession of Texas’ 43-0 victory Saturday night, the two starters wanted to make sure their shutout stood.

Even though they’d been benched earlier in favor of the second-teamers, the seniors put themselves back in while also taking their replacements out.

Two plays later, starting defensive backs Leroy Scott, Blake Gideon and Kenny Vaccaro also made their way onto the field for a crucial third-down play, helping secure UT’s first shutout since 2005 when it defeated Baylor, 62-0.

“We all kind of looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s go. Let’s go play ball. Let’s go get the shutout,’” Gideon said. “We did, and it worked out for us.”

Texas coach Mack Brown said afterward he didn’t OK the move. But he didn’t stop it, either.

“I wasn’t real happy with it, but to their credit, at halftime, it was huge for them to get a shutout,” Brown said. “It’s hard to get a shutout in college football anywhere, but it’s really hard in the Big 12, as many points are scored.”

The last time the Longhorns shut out an opponent at home was 2004, when they defeated North Texas, 65-0.

“I told them, ‘If you’d have gone out there and gotten hurt and hadn’t stopped them, we would have had a discussion,’” Brown said. “But it was OK. I was happy for them. They were really proud of themselves tonight.”

Texas came close to setting a new defensive record.

The 46 yards of offense allowed was the second-lowest by a Texas opponent since 1944. The Longhorns held Southwestern to 37 yards in 1944 — some 67 years ago.

The negative-two yards allowed rushing also was the 20th-best effort in Texas history since ’44.

“We were talking to some of the older guys, and they were saying that they’ve never done anything like this,” Texas sophomore defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said. “It’s special, and we can build from it.”

It was Texas’ first home Big 12 win since Nov. 21, 2009, when the Longhorns also beat the Jayhawks, 51-20.

Texas was so dominant in the first half that it had 60 plays compared to KU’s 13.

“We were actually worried about substituting our offense because they were so tired,” Brown said.

Texas held Iowa State without a point through three quarters on Oct. 1 before allowing 14 points in the fourth quarter of a 37-14 victory.

“There’s a very small percent chance that you’re going to actually hold a team to no points, no field goals or anything,” Gideon said. “That was huge for us, especially there at the end with a few of us kind of putting ourselves back in the game to get that stop.”


Robert Rauktis 6 years, 6 months ago

Real arrogant. Kick the s--- outta the nuns. Why people hate Tejas and Tejans.

John Kyle 6 years, 6 months ago

but it is bad taste and poor sportsmanship to put their starters back in just to keep us from scoring. If there was a threat of us winning, then yes, put in the starters again.

Shane Garrett 6 years, 6 months ago

Ha, When a defence has "pride" on the line for a shut out then a true defensive player will want to uphold that possibility. Just reading about how those seniors put their hats on and said, "let's go".... well, that made this old defensive player almost cry with joy. They will have a football story to tell their children.

supersonicf111 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow, another wonderful comment by SFBayhawk.

See his other one here!

Good for the Texas players having pride in their team and the score. We've played most teams second strings all year. It would be nice to see what the score would be if they all kept their starters in! Our coach is the laughing stock of college football, and I'd hate to have to play for him.

TLR 6 years, 6 months ago

KU should hang their head very low again.

Jerry Collins 6 years, 6 months ago

No excuses for us and I'm not refering to this situation, but Mack Brown is a classless individual and I'm glad every time he gets his a z z kicked.

pocorio 6 years, 6 months ago

Why all of the complaints. The defense played better than usual. It only gave up 43. Texas should be ashamed and KU is about to turn the corner.

Jerry Collins 6 years, 6 months ago

We're making great progress. It was funny to hear the announcers say that KU should have a real chance next week at Iowa State. I guess ISU didn't get the memo that they were such a pushover and went out and pulled the big upset this week. Look for KU to only be a 15 point underdog next week. That's progress.

TexFan 6 years, 6 months ago

UT played a ton of freshman and sophmores throughout the second half (and most of the key starters on offense are freshmen as well). When you only gain 48 yards through the entire game a shutout on the scoreboard is very likely.

Mack Brown is universally recognized for not running up the score on an opponent and being a class coach in every way. You can't blame the seniors on defense for checking in on a couple of plays to preserve a shutout.

It was another tough loss for KU, that's all. I hope you can turn it around. You've proven that you can recruit and field nationally recognized football teams in the recent past. With any luck you will again in the near future.

pocorio 6 years, 6 months ago

Please tell DeLose to send us the $9 million KU needs to buy out Gill and his assissants.

rtwngr 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't think I can ever recall a KU football team as bad or uncompetitive as this one. Is it too late to get Mangino back?

supersonicf111 6 years, 6 months ago

I've been a fan for 35+ years, and the last 2 years have been down-right depressing!

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