Well the first part of my dream to end the year has come true in exciting fashion I’ll add. The Jayhawks down 45-17 to begin the final quarter against Colorado, the hawks put up a furious amount of points to complete an unbelievable comeback to say the least, and win 52-45. Listening to this game at first was unbearable, as it probably was being there to watch it. But for those who hung in there got to see or hear an amazing fourth quarter. So props to those who stayed. Now before I get into the last quarter I do want to rant a little bit about the first three. I’ll start with the offense, who didn’t do bad at all. They were able to put up seventeen points through the first three quarters. That is pretty good considering transfer third string quarterback Quinn Mecham was only starting for the second time in his career at KU. Now if he plays or starts again, Quinn will have to quit throwing picks and putting his defense in bad situations, like he did in the first half.
For the defense it looked like the same old situation, and that is anyone can look like an all-american against them. Cody Hawkins threw for three touchdowns, and 322 yards in the entire game. Most of those yards coming in the first three quarters. Rodney Stewart also had a great game, rushing for three scores, and 175 yards on the ground. Not to mention the forty-four yards receiving he had. This defense continues to give up long scoring drives like nothing else. Colorado scored on drives of fifty yards or more on six of their seven scoring drives. It looked like it was going to be another laugher in Lawrence.
But hold on, Quinn Mecham and James Sims said not so fast. Mecham, who threw for two touchdowns and 252 yards, lead the Jayhawks to five scoring drives in the second half to complete the record setting comeback. James Sims also had a lot to do with this crazy game as well. Sims rushed for four touchdowns in the second half, and 123 yards as well. These two were crucial parts to the Jayhawks thirty-five point fourth quarter. But let’s not forget that defense as well. They held Colorado scoreless in the fourth, including an exciting last second throw into the endzone that sealed the game. Another huge play was the forced fumble caused by defensive end Toben Opurum. After Opurum forced the ball lose, nickelback Tyler Patmon scooped up the ball, and ran thirty-eight yards for the score. On the next Colorado posession, Patmon wasn’t done, picking off a Hawkins’ pass. This set up the KU offense for the game tying drive.
With this win KU gets their first conferenece win of the season, and ties last years conference win total. I know it isn’t much in the record books, but it does show that this team has some up and coming talent, and that it has some fight still left in it. Kansas will play Nebraska next week at 6:00 in Lincoln.
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Written by David Freivogel