How much longer can Cholly hang on? Pretty soon we'll be blacking out his name, too.
- Kansas Sports -
It was the latest brutal loss for a program that had sincere hopes of momentum in year three under Weis. Here at Duke, in front of a subdued crowd of 25,203, the Jayhawks’ latest offseason renovation crumbled in disastrous fashion.
Before the season, Kansas coach Charlie Weis pointed to this game as a significant one for his team. If there was a time for KU football to show this year was different, this was it. Go to Wallace Wade Stadium, take down a strong Duke squad and end a 24-game road losing streak that has hung over the program for a half-decade.So no, this didn’t go as planned. If anything, the Jayhawks only mirrored the incompetence of their last few seasons in a 41-3 blowout loss to the Blue Devils on a cloudy afternoon in central Carolina.
En route to holding Duke All-American wide receiver Jamison Crowder to two receptions for 14 yards - the fewest for the senior since 2012 - KU senior linebacker Ben Heeney tied his career-high with 15 stops and one tackle for loss, the 13th double-digit tackling performance of his tenure.
KU was never in it. The Jayhawks muffed the first quarterback snap from scrimmage and didn't recover, getting embarrassed on the road by a Duke team whose fan and financial support don’t appear to be close to what is available in Lawrence. It’s hard not to look at how a loss like this might impact the program long-term.
For the first time in the Charlie Weis era, it seems like people have had enough. The KU fan base, as a whole, has not been entirely supportive of Weis and this team throughout his time, but there always had been enough people who backed the program to cancel out those who didn't. Saturday night, though, even the optimists kept quiet and some turned to the dark side. The Jayhawks were not out-talented by Duke, but they were out-played, out-coached and out-manned. (Mr. Ed says: The sunshine and rainbows seem to be getting covered up by a few clouds.)
Kansas may have came out optimistic against the Duke Blue Devils, but any hope of the upset quickly faded during the first quarter where one miscue after another doomed the Jayhawks. By the time three more quarters of football were played, KU was run out of Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina with a 41-3 beating.
The blowout was reminiscent of the first game between the teams back in 2009 when the Jayhawks handed the Blue Devils a 44-17 defeat in Lawrence, Kan. Five years later, it is now Duke who has the talent and depth—Wilson being a prime example—to run teams out of the stadium. And head coach David Cutcliffe is more than pleased to have the tables turned.
Though Kansas has an array of problems to address following its 41-3 loss to Duke on Saturday, the most discussed topic next week will likely be this: Do the Jayhawks have the right guy to lead them at quarterback?
As often has been the case during the past few seasons, the Jayhawks (1-1) looked punchless on offense and consistently put their defense onto the field not only with the hope of trying to stop an opponent but also, in a very real way, burdened with the responsibility of finding a way to score.
Kansas (1-1): New offense. New quarterback. New receivers. Same result. Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart passed for just 89 yards and tossed two interceptions, and the Jayhawks were held out of the end zone in a 41-3 loss at Duke to run their road losing streak to 25 games. Kansas fan PSA: Basketball season tips off Nov. 14 when UC Santa Barbara visits Lawrence.
Duke jumped out of the gate determined to make a statement and refused to let up en route to a 41-3 victory against Kansas Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. Behind Shaun Wilson’s record-breaking performance on the ground, the Blue Devils improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1994.
Kansas University coach Charlie Weis fielded questions from the media for just over 15 minutes and gave logical, well thought-out, honest answers to anything thrown his way. The tone with which he provided his thoughts was not one of rage or anger, rather that of a man calmly searching for answers.
Wilson, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound freshman from Charlotte, needed just 12 carries to rush for 245 yards in a 41-3 thrashing of Kansas at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart was apparently OK after taking a hard shot to the ribs on a sack in the fourth quarter. Cozart left the game for junior Michael Cummings, who finished the blowout.
Yes, the Jayhawks still have 10 games remaining to show some semblance of progress in Weis’ third season, and the next opportunity comes against Central Michigan on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The matchup, in fact, looks a little more promising after the Chippewas’ 40-3 home loss to Syracuse on Saturday.
- Kansas Sports -
Well, at least the rest of the athletic department isn't a national joke. Soccer is still unbeaten and volleyball hung with the #1 team in the land for a couple of sets.
Boot Camp, which for KU’s current players starts at 6 a.m. today in Allen Fieldhouse and runs for two weeks, consists of an hour’s worth of sprints, backboard touches, defensive drills and slides — all without use of a basketball.
“I knocked off as much rust as I could in four games,” Mickelson, a 6-foot-10, 245-pounder from Jonesboro, Arkansas, said late last week in Allen Fieldhouse. “It was fun. It was a great experience for me. I had a good time, met a lot of people and got to play my first games in about a year.”
The Jayhawks peppered the Roos with 22 shots before junior Ashley Williams lifted the 23rd past UMKC goalkeeper Nina Tzianos in the 82nd minute to give Kansas a 1-0 victory and extend the Jayhawks' record-setting start to the season.
Maria Belen Ludueña led the Jayhawks for the second-straight day, advancing to Sundays finals of the B Flight singles draw.
Kansas (9-1) and American (4-4) both advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 a year ago as the Eagles have held a long reign in the Patriot League with 14 conference championships in the last 17 seasons.
Across the net from the defending national champions, No. 24 Kansas turned a grueling first-set loss into back-to-back battles in the sets that followed until No. 3 Penn State closed the door on the Jayhawks. The Nittany Lions defeated the Jayhawks in three sets, 10-25, 25-27, 23-25.
- College Sports -
The country's least-appreciated player? Gotta be Dustin Hogue, who was the glue during Iowa State's Sweet 16 run. Also undervalued? Gators frosh Devin Robinson.
Here's your weekly roundup of College GameDay signs, with a bonus appearance from Fargo's Marge Gunderson.
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