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Kansas' late-game woes continue

By Jodi M. Smith
Kansan sportswriter

Last season when the Kansas defense was stopping the opponents, it was the Kansas offense that couldn´t produce points.

Well, the tables have turned.
Future games

Kansas will play Nebraska this Saturday in a televised game. The game will be at 6 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.

Fox Sports Net will televise Kansas vs. Colorado on Oct. 24. Game time has been moved to 6 p.m.

The game will be the Jayhawks´ fifth televised game this season.

The Jayhawks´ defense, which intercepted Baylor quarterbacks four times Saturday night, failed to stop the Bears when they needed stopping the most.

With Kansas and Baylor tied, 24-24, the Bears began a late fourth-quarter drive that took them 90 yards in 1:09. They scored with 49 seconds remaining and won the game 31-24.

“I´ve seen this game like four times this year,” cornerback Muhammad Abdul-Rahim said. “Being up or being tied in the fourth quarter, and we just can´t reach down and get a victory.”

Last-minute drives cost the Jayhawks the game against Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor.

“If you look at the beginning of each of the games, it´s obvious we´re not a bad team,” linebacker Pat Brown said. “I know we can play with any team, but we´re not proving it, and we´ve not proven it over and over again.”

A spectator watching the earlier part of Saturday´s game would probably never have thought that the Kansas defense would fail in the end.

In four quarters of play, every starter on the Kansas secondary had forced a Baylor turnover.

Chad Coellner, Michael Allen, Quincy Roe and Abdul-Rahim each intercepted a Baylor pass.

“If someone had told me before the game that every one of us was going to get a pick, I knew we would have a victory then,” Abdul-Rahim said. “You can expect a win with four turnovers.”

Kansas expected it, but the team did not produce.

The Baylor offense crushed the Kansas defense for 457 yards — 169 rushing and 288 passing.

Twice when the Kansas defense had forced the Bears to a third down and nearly 30 yards to go, Baylor quarterback Jermaine Alfred threw hail mary passes of 39 and 40 yards, producing Baylor first downs.

“Their big plays outweighed the four interceptions,” Abdul-Rahim said.

So why can´t the Jayhawks go the distance?

“There was no drop-off in effort whatsoever,” Brown said. “We just weren´t executing like we were, say a couple of minutes ago or whatever the case may be.”

Kansas plays Nebraska this weekend, one of the best teams in the nation. The Cornhuskers lost their first game in more than two seasons to the Texas A&M Aggies.

“I think, as a group, we just need to have a turnaround,” Abdul-Rahim said. “We played really good defense against A&M. If we go up to Nebraska, I´m not guaranteeing a win, but we´re going to go up there and accomplish something up there, make something happen up there.”



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