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the ku-ksu game is one of my favorite games of the year, and i imagine that’s the case for many of my peers. i have friends and family at k-state, making the rivalry that much more fun. From friendly jibes during joint tailgates to bragging rights for the winner, there’s nothing novel about this rivalry, as our picadam vossen tures pulled from the library’s university archives show. after the way the two teams have performed recently, everyone’s lowered expectations can either create a relaxed atmosphere or a competitive one of “who will play the least bad?” remember, it’s all in good fun ... even if purple is ugly.

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Sophomore quarterback D.J. Beshears runs up the middle during Kansas game against Baylor on Saturday. The Jayhakws fell to 2-3 on the season, losing to the Bears, 55-7. Beshears finished the game with 47 rushing yards, a season high for the sophomore.

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Prior win not enough for Iowa to triumph Utah
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BY Jake Lovett

Riding high after a 14-point win over Texas Tech, Iowa State (3-3, 1-1 Big 12) fell to No. 10 Utah (5-0, 2-0 Mountain West) 68-27 at Jack Trice Stadium. The Utes came in as the 10th-ranked team in the country, but only as six-point favorites over the Cyclones. Iowa State got its first two scores off of Utah turnovers to take the 14-10 lead. After the first ISU touchdown, Utah got a field goal and forced an ISU three-and-out. Arnaud struggled to 13-of-31 passing for 178 yards and two touchdowns, but he also was sacked and threw two interceptions. The ISU offense was held to 348 total yards and was unable to convert any of its 11 thirddown tries. “We played right into their hands,” Arnaud said. When the ISU offense came off of the field in the second quarter, the defense was put

in bad positions to keep Utah out of the end zone. The Cyclones’ defense allowed 15 first downs in the quarter, and it’s regular “benddon’t-break” style yielded four drives ending in the end zone. Klein was tied with safety David Sims, who forced both of Utah’s turnovers, for the team lead in stops with 10 each. In the end, though, the unit gave up 28 first downs and 593 yards and allowed Utah to convert eight of 13 third downs. Following three straight home games and the loss to Utah, Iowa State now takes to the road for two consecutive weeks, traveling to No. 6 Oklahoma and to Austin, Texas, to face the Longhorns. The game with Oklahoma will be the Cyclones’ third straight against a team coming off of a bye week.


Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is run out of bounds as he scrambles during the second quarter.

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The Missouri football team moved to 5-0 Saturday with a 26-0 win over visiting Colorado. The shutout victory came in the fourth-straight home game and the first conference contest for the Tigers. Missouri continued its recent rout of Colorado with the commanding win; the Tigers have beaten the Buffaloes in the past four years by a combined margin of 175 to 27. The Missouri offense was slow to start as the sun set on Faurot Field, with their only points through twenty minutes of play coming from a safety and a field goal. It took a run off of a fake punt for the Tigers to get into the red zone and score. Sophomore punter Trey Barrow was second in rushing for the Tigers with the 26-yard run after the fake. After Colorado continued to stall the running game, Missouri finally put together a good scoring drive with time ticking down in the first half. Junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert and company took the ball 97 yards for the score after a punt pinned them deep. “It was a huge drive,” Coach Gary Pinkel said. “We were struggling. That was a huge momentum drive right before halftime. Score-wise that really separated us.” Saturday’s game fulfilled Missouri’s 2010 tendency of spotty offense and steadfast defense. The defense and special teams shined in the victory, blocking both a punt and a field goal as well as earning the shutout. Senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar led the red zone stand in the final min-

utes to keep the shutout. “We love the goose egg on the board,” Gachkar said. “They came down at the very end of the game and wanted that touchdown. We didn’t like that in our house so we knew we had to stop them.” At one point in the second half, Gabbert fumbled to give the Buffaloes the ball at the Tiger 13-yard line. The defense forced Colorado backwards into a 40-yard field goal try, which they blocked. After a stagnant third quarter for both sides, freshman quarterback James Franklin resurrected the Tiger offense. Franklin stepped in for an injured Gabbert who came out with a hip pointer and didn’t return. Franklin found junior tight end Michael Egnew in the back of the end zone for the first passing touchdown of his Missouri career. The touchdown catch was Egnew’s second of the day to go with his 52 yards on six receptions. Although it was the first shutout of the season for the Tigers, the inconsistent offense still leaves the team with much room for improvement. Come-from-behind wins over Illinois and San Diego State and underachieving against Colorado might leave a bad taste in their mouths for the rest of their schedule. “Any 5-0 is better than no 5-0,” junior wide receiver Wes Kemp said. “A win is a win, especially when you get into conference play.” Next up for the Tigers is their first away game at No. 17 Texas A&M on Oct. 16. The Aggies are 3-2 and come off a close loss to Arkansas last week.

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Texas Tech wide receiver Alexander Torres, left, pulls down a touchdown pass over Baylor safety Tim Atchison.

Arrests don’t slow down Texas Tech’s offense
Baylor University

By Chris Derrett

In Saturday’s Cotton Bowl contest with 1,142 combined yards of total offense, Baylor fell on the losing side to Texas Tech, 45-38. Robert Griffin set a new career mark with 384 passing yards, but the Bears’ late comeback fell short. “We came to win, it didn’t happen. It doesn’t mean we are going to lose any of our hope, faith, drive or determination,” coach Art Briles said. Prince Kent intercepted Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts late in the third quarter at the Red Raiders’ 40-yard line. The Bears took eight plays to score and narrow the deficit to 45-38, 49 seconds into the fourth quarter. After exchanging punts with the Red Raiders, Baylor drove to Texas Tech’s 21-yard line and nearly tied the game before Kendall Wright let a pass slip through his hands in the end zone. The resulting 4th and 15 play proved unsuccessful.

Although the defense forced one final Texas Tech punt, the Bears stalled at midfield and ended the game with Josh Gordon being tackled at the 31. Gordon, who was arrested Sunday on charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession, entered the game in the second quarter. His first catch of the day was a 34-yard touchdown on a sideline route he has used throughout the season toward five touchdowns. He finished with five receptions for 96 yards. Tight end Willie Jefferson, who was also arrested with Gordon, did not see any playing time Saturday. Texas Tech’s lead grew as large as 45-28 after Baron Batch caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Potts in the third quarter. The drive, 12 plays and 84 yards in 3:05, was one of many the Red Raiders sustained as Baylor struggled to slow Potts’ offense. The Red Raiders finished with 35 first downs and 635 yards of total offense, the first time

Baylor has allowed 600 or more yards in a game since Texas Tech totaled 682 in 2006. The Bears defense did not stiffen until late in the game. Prior to Kent’s interception, Baylor forced only one Texas Tech punt on the day. It caused another three in the fourth quarter, but Griffin and the offense could not capitalize. Griffin completed 31 of 42 passes for two touchdowns, and the Bears totaled 507 yards of total offense. Neither team could gain the defensive upper hand in the first half, as evidenced by each team scoring three touchdowns within the game’s first 17 minutes. Despite being outgained by 151 yards and being more than doubled up on first downs, the Bears entered halftime down only a touchdown thanks in part to some timely plays and fortune. With just over a minute left in the half, Wright caught a pass from Griffin, shed a tackle and ran for a 62-yard score pulling Baylor within 35-28. “We had a couple of three and outs when we

could not afford to have them. When the game is that way you have to score when you have the ball offensively,” Briles said. After the Red Raiders responded to Baylor’s first touchdown with their own 80-yard touchdown, they tried to catch Baylor off guard with an onside kick. The kick failed to travel 10 yards, and as players from both teams momentarily stared at the ball on the field, Terrance Ganaway scooped it and ran 38 yards for a 14-7 Baylor lead. Antonio Johnson aided Baylor’s third scoring drive by snagging a 34-yard fake punt pass on fourth down from quarterback Brody Trahan. Griffin later found Gordon for Gordon’s lone touchdown Saturday and a 21-14 lead. But a quick Red Raider march, helped by missed tackles, saw Batch rumble 37 yards for a 21-21 tie. Texas Tech forced a Baylor three-and-out and a four-play drive en route to building a 35-21 lead before Wright’s 62-yarder.

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First-half strength carries A&M through the game
played a good game,’ we can’t accept that,” Aggies coach Mike Sherman said. On the final drive, Johnson converted a ARLINGTON, Texas — Ryan Mallett got off to a great start, looking right at home in third-and-10 and a fourth-and-14. A pass an NFL stadium. He might’ve gone home interference penalty put A&M on the Arkanawfully disappointed, though, if Tramain sas 39 with 6 seconds left, setting up the draThomas hadn’t snatched an interception in matic last play. He was aiming for Jeff Fuller, the end zone on the game’s final play. Mal- which only made sense. Fuller caught eight lett threw three touchdown passes in the passes for 154 yards, including a 69-yarder first half, but failed to build on it and No. 11 and a 31-yard touchdown. Johnson finished 15 of 40 for 212 yards. Arkansas ended up needing to hold on for a 24-17 victory over Texas A&M at Cowboys Johnson came in with eight interceptions in his last six quarters. His only interception Stadium on Saturday. this time was on the final “I tried to knock it play. down against Georgia “Regardless of people “I’d be lying to say that and they almost caught it, he didn’t internalize a so I had it in my mindset saying, ‘Well, you played little pressure on himself that I was going up to get a good game,’ we can’t to make sure he didn’t the ball,” Thomas said. have any miscues with the accept that.” He did, and the Razorfootball, but it didn’t take backs (4-1) came away Mike sherMan away his aggressiveness,” with a much-needed win texas a&M coach Sherman said. “He read between a home loss to things very well and made No. 1 Alabama and a trip good decisions and made to No. 8 Auburn. some big-time throws.” Arkansas had several chances to put the But not of Mallett’s caliber. Built like a game away early, between leading 21-7 with 53 seconds left in the first half and recover- prototype NFL quarterback, he played like it, ing three fumbles inside the Aggies’ 40-yard too, at first — opening the game with an 80line. They just couldn’t do it. They got only yard drive, capped by a 9-yard touchdown one field goal out of the turnovers, missing pass to Joe Adams, then bouncing back from another and botching a fake. Mallett was an interception to hit Cobi Hamilton on a bottled up by a defense that took away his 71-yard touchdown pass that was so well deep routes. A&M (3-2) sacked him three done it could become the centerpiece of his times; he’d gone down only six all season. Heisman Trophy promotional campaign. One came from Von Miller, who led the na- Whatever adjustments A&M made after that, tion with 17 last season but had been shut Arkansas was unable to figure them out. Mallett threw for 132 yards in the first out so far this season. The Aggies only had quarter, then just 178 the rest of the game. five sacks coming in. “We’re not used to not executing like that,” His total of 310 marked the fifth time he’s Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. “They cracked 300 this season, already tying the put a lot of pressure on you with their differ- full-season record he set last year. He coment looks. They threw a couple spin looks in, pleted 27 of 38 passes. Knile Davis ran for a career-high 82 yards, where they look like they were bringing up including a 45-yard burst on the opening one side and brought it the other.” The Aggies were coming off a tough loss, drive. Broderick Green added 58 yards, but too, a wild game at Oklahoma State blown the SEC’s worst rushing attack never scared by five turnovers. A&M wound up giving the A&M enough to loosen up the passing lanes ball away four times — the fourth straight for Mallett. This is the second game in a 10game that happened. Yet quarterback Jer- year series between these schools at the starod Johnson squeezed in enough big plays dium built by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry to keep things interesting all the way to the Jones, an Arkansas alum. His Razorbacks won 47-19 last year. end. “Regardless of people saying, ‘Well, you



Kansas State quarterback Carson Coffman passes under pressure from Nebraska defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler.

Weak running game prevents Wildcat win
Kansas State University

By Ashley DunkAk

The Wildcats used senior running back Daniel Thomas on eight of 10 plays to start their first drive of the game, only to turn the ball over on downs and then allow Nebraska to score on its first possession. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez and running backs Roy Helu, Jr., and Rex Burkhead combined for 188 yards. Martinez scored both the Huskers’ rushing touchdowns in the first half, including a 35-yard spurt into the end zone. Both times, he walked in. Senior running back Daniel Thomas had only 45 yards on 16 carries, putting his average at slightly under three yards per rush. Senior running back William Powell had one rush for six yards; sophomore fullback Braden Wilson had one for one, and senior quarterback Carson Coffman contributed zero net yards on four carries. The Wildcats had more yards passing than they did rushing in the first half.

In the second quarter, K-State shot itself in the foot with penalties. On the drive on which Martinez eventually burst out for that 35-yard touchdown run, the Wildcats had two offsides penalties: one that Nebraska declined to keep its 16-yard gain on that play, and another that nullified a tackle for negative seven yards by sophomore defensive end Brandon Harold. K-State defensive end Antonio Felder said in a press conference that the Wildcats had to stop big plays when they played Nebraska. They did the exact opposite, allowing touchdowns of 35 yards, 80 yards, 68 yards and 79 yards in the third quarter alone. In the fourth quarter, Wildcats finally managed to get into the end zone, but only on fourth down after having first and goal at the Nebraska oneyard line. Snyder had a frank assessment of the game. “We didn’t run the ball very well, we didn’t throw it extremely well, we didn’t play defense against the run or the pass very well,” he said.

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By Jordan Godwin

With half of campus wearing its Austin City Limits Music Festival hipster costumes and the other half actually using the weekend to study, it was a quiet Saturday at the University of Texas. Fingernails got some relief from the relentless biting of the past two weeks and not one squirrel on campus had his home crushed by a drunken tailgater. The best news was for the first time in three weekends — the mighty Texas Longhorns did not lose a football game. The bye week provided a great opportunity for the Longhorns to regroup and take a break from the rocky season they’ve had. Some of them relaxed, some of them went home to see their families and some just laid low in Austin. Hopefully on this past Thursday night, some of them witnessed the red machine that is fifthranked Nebraska. If the Cornhuskers are half as dominant as they were in the 48-13 blowout of Kansas State, the Longhorns are in trouble. Although some Texas students were betting on Kansas State to expose a hint of weakness, there were no surprises. This is what Texas has to look forward to in next weekend’s game. Anyone who has ever been on vacation can understand what the Longhorns might be feeling — it’s nice to be away from work, but you dread going back. Do the Longhorns dread playing Nebraska? No. The players and coaches believe they are much better than what the polls say the

unranked team is. Fans and students seem to be under the same trance. It has simply been too long since coach Mack Brown was outside of the top 25 looking in. If Brown and the rest of the 2010 Longhorns believe they deserve any respect for the rest of the season, let them prove it. They take pride in having some of the toughest game-week preparations in the country, so let them prove it. They’re confident they have the best group of talent in the Big 12 Conference, so let them prove it. Forget the Oklahoma rivalry game. Forget the UCLA debacle. If the Longhorns can prepare themselves this week to take down Nebraska, they can at least reestablish their own confidence. Heck, maybe they can even squeak back into those silly polls that everyone gets so excited about. What is it, CBS? BCS? Something like that. But in truth, the Longhorns aren’t just playing against Nebraska this weekend. They’re also playing for Brown’s legacy. The coach who once brought greatness back to Texas is fighting against his own demise with this game. He hasn’t lost three straight games since 1999, his second season in Austin, and you better believe his streak of nine straight 10-win seasons is in jeopardy. If he falls too hard this year, his recruiting and the talent pool at Texas will be affected for seasons to come. For nearly a decade, winning has been contagious for Brown and Texas, but his sickly Longhorns might be destined to learn that losing can spread just as fast.

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at a glancE
Before last Thursday’s game against Nebraska, Kansas State looked to head into Lawrence as heavy favorites. After their 48-13 home loss to the Huskers, Bill Snyder and his Wildcats come to Lawrence with questions of their own. K-State has yet to play a true road game this season.

kansas (2-3)
Quarterback Jordan Webb is quickly moving up the list for Kansas freshman passing yards. He currently sits at fourth place, 419 yards away from breaking the school record held by Mario Kinsey. He looks to bounce back after a lackluster performance in week fifth against Baylor where he threw two interceptions and was sacked three times.

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The Kansas State offense is centered around one person, senior running back Daniel Thomas. Senior quarterback Carson Coffman has started for the Wildcats this season but was replaced briefly Thomas by sophomore Collin Klein during the Wildcats 48-13 loss to Nebraska. It’s been reported that Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder wasn’t opposed to opening the quarterback position up for a competition.

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Harris echoed what the coaches have preached during the bye weak: Turnovers and physicality are key to stopping the Wildcats’ running game. After giving up a school Harris record 678 yards of total offense against Baylor, a similar performance on Thursday could lead to a huge game for standout running back Daniel Thomas.

The Wildcat defense has allowed an average of 25.4 points per game this season. Last week they gave up 48 points to Nebraska and let freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez Hrebec rush for 241 yards and four touchdowns. The Cornhuskers averaged 10.7 yards per rush. Junior line backer Alex Hrebec is among the team leaders in tackles.

playEr to watch
Linebacker Justin Springer: The first time Kansas faced a dominant run team in Georgia Tech, Springer had a breakout game. He tallied eight tackles and a sack while helping the Jayhawks pull the upset over the Yellow Jackets. Kansas State will be a similar opponent and highly-touted running back Daniel Thomas. If the Jayhawks Biere want to upset the Wildcats, Springer will need another big game.


The Wildcats had been cruising until they ran into a buzzsaw last week at home against Nebraska. Nebraska however, is a national championship contending team and I doubt the Jayhawks will fair any better against them in a few weeks. Kansas State has a Hiesman Trophy candidate in running back Daniel Thomas. They also have one of the best coaches in college football. The Jayhawks have been extremely volatile at home and I still expect Snyder will have his team better prepared to rebound after a tough loss than Gill will.

spEcial tEams
Sophomore D.J Beshears ranks 4th in the NCAA in kickoff returns with 33.36 yards per attempt. He returned one for a touchdown against New Mexico State and has added another return of 56 yards. Punter Alonso Rojas is averaging 43.81 yards per Branstetter punt, placing him at 25th in the country. He’s placed seven punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and has a long distance of 66 yards, which came in the week two victory over Georgia Tech.


quEstion marks
Will Jordan Webb bounce back?
Statistically, Jordan Webb had his worse game of the year as a starter against Baylor. He threw for a mere 171 yards with two interceptions, doubling his interception total from his first three starts. He also had a career low 57 percent passing with three sacks. Will the young quarterback bounce back from adversity and upset Kansas State on Thursday night?

At Monday’s press conference, coach Gill stressed creating turnovers and making tackles as keys to the game against the Wildcats. Kansas is currently last in the Big 12 in interceptions with only two, and is tied for 10th in turnover margin. He Torbush stated the main focus during the bye week was extra tackling drills and emphasizing toughness on both sides of the ball.

spEcial tEams
Senior kicker Josh Cherry is perfect on the year, making all five field goals and all 10 extra points attempted. Last year, he made only 60 percent of his field goals. Last week against Nebraska, senior running back William Powell returned six kick offs, averaging 31 yards Cherry per return, including a long return of 52 yards.


playEr to watch
Senior running back Daniel Thomas Thomas is one of the best running backs in the country. ESPN’s Mel Kiper is predicting Thomas to be the second running back selected in next year’s NFL draft, after Alabama’s Mark Ingram. Thomas has nearly 2,000 career rushing yards and already has nearly 700 yards this Nesbitt season.

Bill Snyder is in his 19th season has the head coach of the Wildcats and is famous for taking the historically bad Kansas State program and making them nationally relevant. After retiring in 2005, Snyder returned last season to help rejuvenate the program he helped Snyder build in the first place. The Wildcats have gone from irrelevant under former head coach Ron Prince, to once again competing for a Big 12 North title.


Senior linebacker Drew Dudley celebrates after making a tackle

quEstion marks
What type of team will Kansas State be on the road? After starting the season with five straight games at home, the Wildcats will play their first road game of the year at their in-state rival. The Jayhawks’ best effort this season has been at home. Playing on the road is tough for anyone and this Wildcat team will have to prove it won’t be a problem for them, even against less talented teams.

Both teams are coming off embarrassing Big 12 openers. Kansas has a pattern of alternating wins and losses so they are due for a win. They will also have the home crowd in their favor, but Kansas State has the better record. — Kory Carpenter

Kansas State began the year with four straight wins, before losing to Nebraska last Thursday 48-13. It will be looking to rebound after an embarrassing lost on ESPN by taking advantage of the Jayhawks, who are also looking to redeem themselves after an embarrassing loss to Baylor two ago. — Max Vosburgh

Jayhawks starting linEup
Pos. QB RB WR WR WR TE T G C G T Name Number Jordan Webb 2 Angus Quigley 22 Johnathan Wilson 81 Bradley McDougald 24 Daymond Patterson 15 Tim Biere 86 Tanner Hawkinson 72 Sal Capra 59 Jeremiah Hatch 77 Trevor Marrongelli 69 Brad Thorson 76 Year Fr. Sr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Sr. Jr. So. Sr

Big Jay will cheer if …
Year Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr.
... The Jayhawks simply win. Style points don’t matter in rivalry games. With the roller coaster year the fans and team are on, a win over rival K-State for Gill and his first-year staff would be huge for team morale and the program. It is also one of the very few “winnable” games left on the schedule.

wilDcat starting linEup
Pos. QB WR LT LG C RG RT TE FB RB WR Name Number Carson Coffman 14 Brodrick Smith 5 Manase Foketi 73 Zach Kendall 59 Wade Weibert 74 Kenneth Mayfield 67 Zach Hanson 70 Travis Tannahill 80 Braden Wilson 37 Daniel Thomas 8 Tramaine Thompson 86 Year Sr So Jr Sr Sr Sr Jr So So Sr Fr

by thE numbErs
The number of totals yards given up by the Kansas defense against Baylor.

Pos. DE DT DT DE OLB MLB OLB CB SS FS CB Name Number Quintin Woods 93 Richard Johnson, Jr. 97 Patrick Dorsey 92 Jake Laptad 91 Drew Dudley 49 Justin Springer 45 Steven Johnson 52 Isiah Barfield 19 Olaitan Oguntodu 44 Lubbock Smith 1 Chris Harris 16

Pos. DE DT NT LB LB LB CB S FS CB DE Name Number Brandon Harold 91 Prizell Brown 46 Raphael Guidry 94 Alex Hrebec 56 Jarell Childs 26 Troy Butler 21 Terrance Sweeney 16 Tysyn Hartman 2 Emmanuel Lamur 23 Stephen Harrison 8 Antonio Felder 40 Year So Sr Jr Jr So Sr Sr Jr Jr Sr Sr

678 2 3

by thE numbErs
Number of active FBS coaches with more wins than Bill Snyder.


Baby Jay will weep if …
... The team continues to make mistakes on both sides of the ball. In Kansas’ losses this season, dumb mistakes and blown timeouts often led to their demise. Blown coverages and costly mistakes could spell defeat for the Jayhawks Thursday night.

Kansas has only two interceptions through their first five games, firmly in last place in the Big 12.

Wildcat’s national rank in rushing yards per game at 208.8 games once.


Kansas plays three of the next four games in Lawrence. The Jayhawks are 2-1 at home this year with an 0-2 mark on the road.

Georgia Tech 36, Kansas 23


Times Kansas State and Kansas will have played each other in football.



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Gill’s rules could scare off recruits


efore jumping on this kansas team for its 55-7 loss to baylor two weeks ago, remember that it’s not always the players who are the problem. instead, the issue here is not necessarily about turner Gill’s Jayhawks taking a backhand slap from texas’ stepchild of a university like they were rocky balboa’s personal punching bag. instead it’s become a possible imposed image problem that Gill will now have to deal with every time he and his coaching staff venture out on the recruiting trail. Gill came to kansas with the intention of not only turning this lackluster football program into a national powerhouse, but also turning young men from rough neighborhoods into better human beings. i mean, who could blame the former heisman candidate for wanting to turn his athletes into more than just pieces of meat, but actually attempt to give them a future outside of football and this university? unfortunately, that’s not how most 18 year-olds think when they are choosing their college of choice. Gill, who has now not only placed bans on cell-phone use but has also restricted the visitation rights of females after the 10 o’clock hour, rules that not only are embarrassing for the players and university, but make this kansas program even less attractive for potential recruits and more embarrassing than the failed Gridiron club. in all fairness, there is a case to be made for these

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rules being enforced. the problem is they become hard to justify after a beating by a team that is usually seen as the big 12’s southern version of iowa state. the only way to justify these new “house” rules would be an attempt for kansas to put a more polished and focused team out on the field. after all, player focus has been a major concern for this team in their first four games. at baylor, even with the new rules these Jayhawks looked more lost and less inspired than ever allowing baylor’s robert Griffin to pass for over 380 yards as well rush for 64 more. Maybe Gill should take some of his own advice and abide by the rules he has implemented for his players. Gill was not only masterfully out-coached by art briles, but also looked as if he was experiencing a metaphorical hangover from the new Mexico state

game that might have elevated expectations to an unlikely high. Friday night marks the beginning of basketball season and, let’s face it, once late night in the Phog rolls around most students as well as alumni will shift all their attention from the limping football program to the high-flying championship-winning and less embarrassing (as long as tyshawn taylor plays by his new twitter rules, but that’s another column) basketball team. the only way for Gill and this team to stay in the spotlight is by fixing its current image problem. that not only starts by being competitive on the field, but by also making smart decisions on the sidelines thursday night against a kansas state team that just got tossed to the side by nebraska like they were yesterday’s old corn cobs. the jury remains out and thursday a win could go a long ways and perhaps send a shock wave of hope through this fan base that otherwise will start looking forward to another possible big 12 championship in basketball, not football. while a win thursday will heal some of the exposed wounds against baylor, the only way for kansas to fix its image problem is through recruiting and finding players that will cope with the the rules of first year coach Gill.

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Defensive coordinator Carl Torbush talks to senior linebackers Justin Springer and Drew Dudley on the sidelines during Kansas game against Baylor Saturday afternoon. Kansas gave up 678 yards of total offense, the most in school history since 1988.

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Baylor linebacker Elliot Coffey intercepts a pass thrown by Kansas’ Jordan Webb during the second half. The interception marked the third turnover of the day for Kansas.

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Junior wide receiver Daymond Patterson breaks away from two Baylor defenders after making a reception Saturday afternoon at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas. Kansas lost the game 55-7.

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Baylor outplays Kansas in every way possible
Bears’ explosive energy steamrolled the Jayhawks, embarrasses team
By Corey ThiBodeaux during the big 12 Football Media days this summer, baylor didn’t bring along quarterback robert Griffin iii. it would have been nice to do a feature on one of the most talented players in the big 12 coming off an injury. instead, baylor coach art briles wanted the attention spread out among his players. “there’s a lot of really good football players at baylor university,” baylor coach art briles said. “everybody knows robert Griffin.” the bears showed them off saturday, shellacking the Jayhawks 55-7. sophomore receiver Josh Gordon will haunt Jayhawks fans for a while with his four-catch, 161yard performance. one of his two touchdowns came off a short pass that turned into a 94-yard burst. and what can you say about baylor’s defense? it dismantled any momentum kansas had coming into that game, picking off freshman quarterback Jordan webb twice and sacking him three times. Freshman defensive end tevin elliot had two of the sacks, broke up two passes and forced a fumble. the sturdy Jayhawk running game that exploded against new Mexico state was held to 99 yards on 37 carries. that’s a 2.7 average. nothing doing for the Jayhawks on any side of the ball. still, no one was as impressive as rG3. “i don’t know how many players had a touchdown or a big play today, but it was a lot,” Griffin said. well, robert, you had four – three in the air, one on the ground. the 380 passing yards was a career high and the 94-yard pass to Gordon was a baylor record. there’s more. Griffin added 64 rushing yards, etching his name in the school record books with 444 offensive yards, the most by any individual. he came out after the third quarter, so his day could have been more breathtaking. not to mention, the team had 678 offensive yards in the game, also a baylor record. the bears have never won a big 12 game by more than 28 points. the 48-point margin of victory was the largest in school history. everyone knows big 12 competition is a different animal. but these bears were ridiculous in this one. what were the Jayhawks going to do? what was any team going to do? sometimes the opposing team is just destined to win. baylor was that team on saturday. “it was just one of those days where everything fell into place,” Griffin said, “and i’m glad it was for us.” the Jayhawks fell to 2-3 on the season, though it seems worse than it is. the wins have been good while the losses have been gut-wrenching. kansas senior safety olaitan oguntodu put this game into perspective for everyone: “it is embarrassing.”

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a pictoral history of the KU and KSU rivalry
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