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Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:47 am
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Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:45 am

Big 12 Winners And Losers: Week 8

Posted by Tom Fornelli

A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: That small town in western Texas known as Lubbock. 

It was quite the week in Lubbock. It all started with a sandstorm that blocked out the sun, and ended with a lightning delay in Norman that caused Tech fans to stay up rather late to watch their Red Raiders. Though something tells me the fact that they were able to see Texas Tech knock off Oklahoma helped clear the sand from their eyes and made everything worth it.

LOSER: Oklahoma's title hopes

Any chance that Oklahoma had to finish its season in New Orleans went on the window on Saturday night. Yes, the end of its 39-game home-winning streak has to sting a bit, but not as much as the title hopes. The good news for Bob Stoops and Oklahoma is that the Sooners can still win the Big 12, though I doubt that is going to help ease the pain from this loss over the next few days.

WINNER: Seth Doege

Seth Doege is just another in a long line of Texas Tech quarterbacks to have success in Lubbock, but I have a feeling most people didn't know his name before tonight, or how to pronounce it (it's pronounced "day-gee"). Well, they'll know it now as Doege threw for 441 yards and 4 touchdowns against an Oklahoma defense that came into the game allowing only 201 passing yards a game, and had only allowed 5 passing touchdowns all season. Not to mention that Doege led a Raider offense to 41 points and Oklahoma had only been giving up 15 points per game this season.

LOSER: Michael Hunnicutt

Make no mistake about it, Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt does not deserve the blame in this Oklahoma loss. The Sooners had plenty of other problems on offense and defense, but most people will probably remember Hunnicutt's 28-yard field goal attempt in the final minutes that bounced off the right upright. In a three-point loss, that's going to stick and make Hunnicutt an easy scapegoat.

WINNERS: Kansas State and Oklahoma State

Nobody benefits more from Oklahoma's loss than both Kansas State and Oklahoma State. They are now the only two teams in the Big 12 that are still unbeaten on the season, though both also have to face Oklahoma and each other before the season is over. Kansas State gets Oklahoma in Manhattan next weekend, and considering Saturday's loss, you can bet that the Sooners will have something to prove in that contest.

LOSER: Hubert Anyiam

Oklahoma State may have beaten Missouri on Saturday but it lost one of its playmakers in the process. Wide receiver Hubert Anyiam broke his foot making a catch in the first half and his season is over. Anyiam had surgery on the foot before the season started, and was third on the Cowboys in receiving this season with 27 catches for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns. There were more problems for Cowboys receivers on Saturday as well, as Justin Blackmon sat out the entire second half with "concussion like" symptoms, though Mike Gundy expects Blackmon to play against Baylor next week.

WINNER: The Texas A&M secondary

It's been much maligned just about all year, but the Texas A&M secondary had a very strong performance on Saturday in Ames. Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett combined to complete only 16 of 40 passes for 180 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Making the feat more impressive was the fact that A&M didn't have Coryell Judie on Saturday, though depending on who you ask, that may have been a reason why the unit fared better. I don't quite see things that way, though.

LOSER: Turner Gill's job stability

Fair or not, the calls for Gill's head are only going to grow louder following Saturday's loss. Nobody at Kansas was expecting Gill to completely turn around the program in two years, but when you consider that the Jayhawks have now been outscored 128-28 in two contests against the rival Kansas State Wildcats, Kansas fans are going to be angry. The good news for Gill is that basketball season starts soon, so hopefully the basketball team can divert the attention of Kansas fans away from failures on the football field.
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Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:35 pm
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QUICK HITS: Kansas State 59 Kansas 14

Posted by Tom Fornelli

KANSAS STATE WON. The surprise team of the Big 12, if not the entire country, improved to 7-0 on the season with a relatively easy victory over its in-state rival Kansas. Things seemed close for the first 30 minutes of this contest, but the Wildcats would blow the doors off this one early in the third quarter. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein did most of the damage for Bill Snyder's team, throwing for 195 yards and rushing for another 92. He also had 5 total touchdowns on the day, 4 of which came on the ground. 

WHY KANSAS STATE WON. Kansas State is a better team than Kansas, first and foremost, but facing the Kansas defense didn't hurt matters either. The Jayhawks have now played seven games this season, and the least amount of points scored against it in any contest was 24 by McNeese State.

WHEN KANSAS STATE WON. Late in the second quarter Kansas put together a nice drive to cut the deficit to 28-14 with only 14 seconds left on the clock. After kicking off a blown coverage led to a 48-yard pass by Klein to Tyler Lockett that set up a field goal as the half expired. Lockett then began the third quarter with 97-yard touchdown return. Kansas then fumbled inside its own 10-yard line following that kick return and Kansas State scored again two plays later. What was a 28-14 game became 45-14 in the blink of an eye.

WHAT KANSAS STATE WON. Another victory may put the Wildcats in the top 10 of the BCS standings this week, but that will depend on what happens with the teams currently ranked above them. What's more important to Kansas State at this point is that it's still undefeated and that it put a big time hurting on its rival for the second year in a row.

WHAT KANSAS LOST. I'm not saying I'd agree with it if it were to happen, but this game could wind up costing Turner Gill his job soon enough. Nobody was expecting Gill to turn Kansas into a powerhouse, but nobody expected the Jayhawks to be this bad, either. Making matters worse, in his two games against rival Kansas State, Gill's team has now been outscored 118-28.

THAT WAS CRAZY. That crazy scoring run I described from Kansas State earlier in the post? Well, halftime took place between the scores, but as far as game time is concerned, it took Kansas State only 1 minute and 21 seconds to put 17 points on the board.
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:04 pm
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Kansas gets good news on Jeremiah Hatch

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There was a rather scary moment during Kansas' loss to Oklahoma on Saturday night, as center Jeremiah Hatch suffered an injury that left him on the ground immobilized for several minutes before eventually being carted off and taken to a local hospital. Thankfully, Hatch was able to return to the Kansas sideline before the game was over, and according to head coach Turner Gill, he's going to be fine.

"He’s fine. He’s now able to move all his limbs and everything," said Gill on Saturday night. "They still want to evaluate him in the next 24 hours and kind of see what happens here in the next few days. But I’m glad to see that he is OK, as far as able to move his limbs, because initially, he was not able to move anything." 

On Sunday Gill reiterated that Hatch was all right, and that there's a chance he'll be able to play against Kansas State this weekend, saying he's questionable, though the team and Hatch will take it day by day.

Hatch, a senior, has started 41 games in his career at Kansas, including every game but one at center the last three seasons.
Posted on: September 22, 2011 11:40 am
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Kansas shuts down WR Daymond Patterson

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If last week's loss against Georgia Tech taught us anything about Kansas, it's that the Jayhawks defense is terrible. The unit gave up 64 points and 768 total yards as the Yellow Jackets literally ran it over. If that performance is any indication, for the Jayhawks to have a winning season, they're going to have to score a lot of points.

A task that got a bit harder on Wednesday when head coach Turner Gill announced that the team would be shutting down wide receiver Daymond Patterson for the rest of the season thanks to a groin injury.

“It’s tough, but it’s what’s best,” Gill told the Kansas City Star. “You don’t want to have a senior year where you are only able to play half of the season. That’s really what it came down to“Yeah, he could maybe come back at some time during the season. … We won’t know how long it would take him to come back at 100 percent.”

Patterson injured his groin in Kansas' season-opening win over McNeese State. He led the Jayhawks in receiving in 2010, making 60 catches for 487 yards last season. He's expected to take a medical redshirt this year, allowing him one more season of eligibility in 2012.
Posted on: September 12, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 12:17 pm

Kansas loses DT Williams for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Kansas is off to a 2-0 start on the season, but that doesn't mean all the news in Lawrence is good for the Jayhawks and head coach Turner Gill. Gill announced on Sunday night that defensive tackle John Williams will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in Kansas' 45-42 win over Northern Illinois.

"That's not what you want to hear," Gill told the Kansas City Star. "He definitely was playing well. It's unfortunate that he got hurt. We'll just have to get the next guy that has an opportunity to come in and make plays for us." 

Making the news a bit harder to swallow, Kansas isn't exactly deep on its defensive line. Williams' current backup on the depth chart is sophomore Randall Dent. Dent had been an offensive lineman for the Jayhawks until fall camp when Pat Dorsey was injured and he was moved to the defense. So that means that the Jayhawks may have to rely heavily on a player in the middle of their defense who has very little experience at the position against a Georgia Tech team that runs the option.

With a lack of depth and inexperience in the middle of the defensive line, it could be a very long day for the Kansas defense against the Yellow Jackets.
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