Believe it or not, KU is on national TV this Saturday. The game is on Fox at 7 p.m. Central time and is apparently the main national game.
Worth watching as Kansas has a shot at history...IF TCU wins (there are something like 35+ points favored) then Kansas will have lost 44 consecutive road games. That would tie the record (Western State from Gunnison, CO, lost 44 in a row in 1926-1936).
The way that article is written, a reader could not be blamed for having the impression that Western State did not survive that losing streak, and no longer exists. But it's still there, in Gunnison, CO, which also remains--as far as I know--the home of former biathlete Josh Thompson.
I wonder how many people know Josh Thompson is originally from Lawrence, KS, or, that before Thompson became an Olympian, he briefly considered switching sports to orienteering?
Actually, I made up the part about switching sports. Apparently he really is originally from Lawrence, though, which is kind of amazing. Lawrence is a lot better known for thorny woods than for snowy trails.
KU lost 43-0. From what I saw, the score makes it seem closer than it was. I watched about 5 minutes and saw two TCU touchdowns and KU had -2 yards on offense. They did have a nice long punt!
For the entire game, KU had 21 yards on offense. As a local spots writer noted:
The 21 yards were the fewest by a team in a game pitting one FBS program against another in the 21st century. Then again, the century is only 17 years old.
One thing I didn't realize (that might have helped keep the score within 43 points) is that the ref let the clock run continuously for the last 12:49.
Oh, and one more thing...the high school quaterback who had "verbally committed" to KU back in February announced that he was backing out and looking at other schools.
I've got to think that despite the score, KU has earned a move up (or do I say "down") in the bottom 25.
I was checking the box stats at half time, and even then, it was clear the KU was putting in a pretty awesome effort. I don't remember the exact numbers, but it was something like 8 net yards of rushing and 20 yards of passing, or some similar such numbers.
I had assumed that TCU had by some point in the 3rd quarter started subbing in lots of players who weren't starters--but I was just guessing.
I had no idea the clock was running continuously for the greater part of the 4th quarter. I didn't even know that was something within a referee's discretion; quite interesting.
At any rate, that was definitely a worthy Bottom 25 performance, maybe the best of the week. I expect to see KU moving up.
In contrast UMass was playing like they were trying to end up in the top 25. They had some astounding (astounding for UMass) offensive numbers. Their performance was not Bottom 25 material at all, and it's going to cost them their shot at the overall title--or so I would imagine. Too bad--they were doing so well!