I never joke. And don't call me Shirley
-Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) in Airplane!
I had to start off with a Leslie Nielsen quote this week because the great actor died last night of complications of pneumonia. And speaking of dying, the KU football season mercifully came to an end at the hands of Missouri, who downed us 35-7.
It was 21-0 before I even turned on the TV, with Missouri scoring on 10, 6 and 4 play drives, though none of them ate up the clock.
An interception of Gabbert and a James Sims TD run made it 21-7 and it looked like Colorado part 2 could be a possibility, but again the Jayhawks' lack of depth showed up and Missouri overpowered them on the way to a decisive win.
I couldn't find any keys to the game from Denver (though maybe I am blind), so after the jump some positives and negatives from the game and the season as a whole.
The helmets: I'll just get this out of the way early. I loved the white helmets. Big fan.
James Sims: Sims ran for 82 yards at about 3.9 ypc with a TD in the game. For the season he rushed for 4.4 yards per carry, 742 yards overall, and 9 TDs. They aren't Heisman numbers, but on a bad team with a horrible offensive line and inconsistent quarterback play, Sims is a pretty darn good building block for the next three (or maybe 2?) years. I know everyone is itching to re-hash this tired argument, but Sims was a 3 star guy according to Rivals coming out of high school, more proof that # of stars /= talent.
Bradley McDougald: Had a pick in the game and it looks like he will take to the secondary quite well. Ohio State recruited him for a reason, right?
Jordan Webb, kinda: Webb made some really nice plays with his feet, picking up a couple key first downs while under pressure.
There are a ton here, so I'll say a couple and then let you guys fill in the rest:
Jordan Webb, kinda: Webb was 7-20 and had 2 interceptions, although to be fair...
Offensive line: The line allowed 5 sacks, and Webb pretty much had no time to throw all game and all season.
Speaking of which, I didn't really get the decision to start Webb in this game. Mecham doesn't really look like the answer, but I thought he definitely was the best quarterback this year. Although if you could combine the two we would have a really nice QB: Webb's arm strength and ability to make plays with his feet combined with Mecham's accuracy and decision making.
Feel free to add your (thousands of) negatives in the comments.