I promised to be a believer if Kansas came back from a two-game road swing undefeated, so here I am, in the unaccustomed position of believing that a Kansas football team can and should win every game they play in.
Some will look at the final score of 19-11 and say it was closer than it should be, but it really wasn’t. A&M only started to make progress when Kansas shifted to the chickenshit prevent in the fourth quarter. I understand the desire to protect against the big play, but when you’ve dominated a team so completely on the defensive side of the ball, is it wise to change your approach? Evidence says no, even though the Jayhawks won.
Much was made, and rightly so, of the fact that Kansas has recruited Texans who are winning in their home state when necessary. But the game ball goes to Lawrence, Kansas native Brandon McAnderson. The Senior Fullback turned power runner gashed A&M for 21 carries, 183 yards, and 2 TDs. Even after a 30-yard run, the 235 pounder would lower his shoulder and dish out a lick to the unfortunate db who tried to tackle him (click on the thumbnail above for photographic evidence).
Kansas as a team showed great discipline, committing few penalties and zero turnovers against a good defensive unit. Kerry Meier did very little, so I’ll spare you my look inside his numbers and reiterate that perhaps it’s time to use the backup QB as a decoy from time to time.
Nebraska is up next. Obviously this isn’t your father’s Nebraska, or even your slightly older brother’s Nebraska, but they can get frisky, so I hope Mangino keeps the colts settled down and focused on the prize – a season-ending matchup with Missouri in Arrowhead Stadium for (hopefully) all of the Big 12 North marbles. At least the game is in Lawrence this year.
I could get used to this.
(Some of you may be wondering why I’m doing game recaps. I don’t usually do this. First of all – it’s my alma mater, Second – 8-0 only happens in basketball, Third – Don’t act like you watched the Kansas game and already knew all of this. Fuckin’ Liars.)