Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:54 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 4:00 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
In football there are blowouts, there are beatings, and then there are games in which you basically drop a bomb on your opponent. On Saturday in Waco, Baylor dropped about 15 bombs on Kansas.
The Bears put up 678 yards of offense en route to a 55-7 shellacking. Robert Griffin III out performed the entire Jayhawks offense by himself, throwing for 380 yards and rushing for 64 more, finishing the day with four touchdowns. Kansas had 270 yards of total offense and, obviously, just one touchdown. Both the 678 yards of offense, and Griffin's 444 yards are Baylor records. It was also the largest margin of victory for Baylor against any Big 12 opponent.
And the Bears did all this before putting the offense on cruise control in the fourth quarter.
It's another embarrassing loss in what has been a roller coaster ride of a season for the Jayhawks. They've gone from losing to North Dakota State to start the season, to an upset win over Georgia Tech the following week, and now this debacle. It's obvious that Turner Gill has a lot of work to do in Lawrence if the Jayhawks ever plan on getting back to a BCS game.
Right now, 2007 seems like a very long time ago.
Posted on: September 23, 2010 3:35 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 3:40 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
I'm one of those people who is completely and undeniably addicted to their cell phone. I need the thing. Whether for work or personal use I'm on my phone talking, texting or surfing the internet more than any human being should be. So it's safe to say that I'd have a hard time playing football at Kansas for Turner Gill.
For, you see, Gill has instituted a new policy with his team that has them turning over their cell phones to him the day before a game, and he isn't giving them back until after they're finished playing on Saturday in the locker room.
"Everybody was kind of in shock," KU wide receiver Daymond Patterson said. "We hadn't had anything like that in the past years. (Gill) just feels like it's a business thing. He wants us to focus and be ready for the game and not be thinking about outside things."
Gill prides himself on his ability to communicate. He has commented on how he wants his players to get off their phones and talk to each other.
My body is currently breaking into some kind of heroin withdrawal state just thinking of not having my phone with me on a Friday night.
The reason Gill wants his players off the phone is because he believes that it'll improve communication between the players -- this is where I point out that they can use their phones to communicate with each other -- and that hopefully it will decrease the number of communication breakdowns on the field on Saturday. For instance, all those timeouts that Jayhawks had to burn against Southern Miss last week because they couldn't get the play in quick enough to quarterback Jordan Webb.
Which is more of a problem with the coaches if you ask me. Maybe the players should be taking their cell phones from them.
Posted on: September 11, 2010 3:34 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Well the Turner Gill Era in Lawrence is certainly off to an interesting start.
A week after an embarrassing opening game 6-3 loss to North Dakota State -- one that had Jayhawk fans quickly updating Gill's Wikipedia page -- the Jayhawks came out and upset the 17th ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 28-25 on Saturday, finally putting an end to an eight-game losing streak. Though the Jayhawks did make things a bit interesting at the end of the game.
The Jayhawks were called for a punt return interference call after being forced to punt late in the fourth quarter to give Georgia Tech good field position and also picked up a pass interference penalty before finally putting an end to Tech's hopes when Josh Nesbitt's pass fell incomplete on fourth and eight.
Not the prettiest win, but Gill will take it for his first in Lawrence.
"It's a great feeling," said Gill on the field afterwards. "Our coaching staff did a great job, our players did a great job. I'm excited for our fans, for our alumni and obviously the University of Kansas."
Things have changed so much in the matter of a week that fans on the field were chanting "Turner Gill" during his post game interview. it's amazing what one week and a victory can do for a fan base's confidence in their head coach.
Though no word on whether they'll be updating his Wikipedia page this week.
Posted on: September 4, 2010 10:20 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 10:51 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Earlier today, the college football world watched in rapt attention as Jacksonville State roared back from a 21-point deficit to upend Ole Miss in a 49-48 thriller. But back on the plains, another FCS school struck--though the outcome was hardly as big an upset.
The Kansas Jayhawks have just been upended in Lawrence by North Dakota State, 6-3. Yes, 6-3; neither team reached the end zone.
The thing of it is, unlike the ranked Jacksonville State, North Dakota State isn't particularly good. While they menaced decent Minnesota teams a few years ago (winning one game and losing the other 10-9), NDSU went only 3-8 last year, getting crushed by ISU in their only foray into FBS play.
Ah, but Kansas is horrible too, losing most of the key players and a head coach from a team that dropped its last seven games last season. If anything, the loss underscores just what a rebuilding effort Turner Gill has in front of him--not that his fans are going to be patient about it, if his vandalized Wikipedia entry has anything to do with it: