Saturday, November 19, 2011
Kansas' league win hopes shaky
By David Ubben
Kansas has knocked on the door of its first conference win the past two weeks, losing to Baylor and Iowa State by a combined four points.
On Saturday, the Jayhawks haven't been nearly as threatening at Texas A&M. The Aggies lead 9-0 in the first quarter, after a punt snap went awry and the Jayhawks took a safety.
For those counting, that's three times as many points in a third of the time as Baylor scored last week. The Bears trailed, 24-3, entering the fourth quarter before a furious comeback forced overtime.
It's pretty simple: Kansas can't make those kinds of mistakes and hope to win this game. Texas A&M has a lot more talent and a lot more experience. So far, it's shown. A nice punt return from Dustin Harris set up a three-play, 42-yard touchdown drive that opened the game, highlighted by a 30-yard run from Cyrus Gray.
Kansas has already put itself in a hole, and the Jayhawks haven't been a team that's shown an ability to climb out of one.