Last year, Kansas scored an emotional conference victory that resulted in the students tearing down the Memorial Stadium goalposts, only to see themselves face plant in the final two games of the season. This season, they’ll have to avoid that, but it will be challenging starting with Saturday’s Senior Day game against TCU.
The Jayhawks will then face Oklahoma and Kansas State on the road to end the season, all of which comes on the heels of last week’s 34-14 demolition of Iowa State. For interim coach Clint Bowen, it’s a challenge, but one that should be embraced.
“We look forward to the challenge of playing here at TCU this Saturday, which will be our Senior Day,” Bowen said. “Listen to a lot of very special seniors for the last game in Memorial Stadium, and hope to send them out on a positive note.
On what looks to be a very cold and snowy day at Memorial Stadium, Kansas (3-6, 1-5) will have its hands full with the fifth ranked Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1). TCU is averaging 47 points per game and 550 total yards on offense, led by quarterback Travone Boykin, who has emerged in the Heisman discussion.
However, it is defensively, where Gary Patterson’s team hangs its hat. They are big, fast and nasty and have destroyed almost anyone in their path running their trademark and innovative 4-2-5 set. Last week, they mauled Kansas State 41-20 and put the nation on notice that they are for real. It may bee the biggest challenge the Jayhawks will face all season.
“Everyone else had kind of been the standard quarter approach with it, and he threw the nickel on the field,” Bowen said. “In technical terms started throwing that nickel outside of the second receiver. Because at that point in time, everyone's battling and defending the zone-read bubble game and throwing it out there. That simple little changeup of putting the nickel out there in manned coverage, outside leverage on number two, which everyone thought was crazy at the time. He made a living doing it and now, it’s almost a standard.”