Kansas fans in attendance for Saturday night’s huge upset win in Austin had a lot of fun rubbing in the victory against Texas.
The Jayhawks football team won at Texas for the first time ever, defeating them 57-56 in overtime thanks to some bold calls from coach Lance Leipold. Jared Casey, who caught the winning 2-point conversion, had some fun doing the “Horns Down.” And KU fans brought jokes for Texas.
Kansas fans sarcastically taunted Texas with “SEC! SEC!” chants. They did it after KU had an interception late that looked like it might seal the win.
Then they did it again after Kansas pulled off the upset win. You can hear Kansas fans do it around 50 seconds into this video.
What’s the deal? Texas and Oklahoma surprised people by announcing before the season that they were leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.
The SEC is regarded as a tougher football conference. Given how mediocre Texas has been over the past decade playing in the Big 12, most expect things to get much worse for the Longhorns when they upgrade conferences.
That’s the reason for the sarcastic “SEC” chants.
Texas fans meanwhile are stunned now that they are 4-6 and have lost five in a row.
The Kansas Jayhawks made a bid for a stunning upset on Saturday, and the school was desperate to get people to the stadium to witness it.
The Jayhawks were 38.5-point underdogs at home Saturday against unbeaten Oklahoma, but the first half unfolded in surprising fashion. Kansas managed to hold the high-powered Sooner offense scoreless in the first half, taking a 10-0 lead into the locker room. Oklahoma did score a touchdown in the third quarter, but Kansas answered with another score of their own to take a 17-7 lead.
As it became apparent that Kansas was at least going to make a game of this, the school made a rather desperate bid to get some fans into half-empty Kansas Memorial Stadium. At halftime, the university sent out a message to the student body urging anyone with an unused ticket to get down to the game.
Things only escalated from there. In the third quarter, Kansas opened up the stadium to anyone in town, no ticket required.
The Jayhawks had good reason to try to get more fans in. As ESPN showed in a series of photos, the crowd started out sparse and didn’t fill in all the way, even by halftime.
It’s a somewhat sad state of affairs that the Jayhawks have to resort to these measures. Still, this is a football program that has generated so little excitement over the years. They might as well try to make the best of it — as long as the power doesn’t go out again, at least.
At least one Kansas Jayhawks fan appears to have reached his boiling point with the team’s free-throw shooting woes this season.
According to a report by Sara Shepherd of the Lawrence Journal-World, University of Kansas police were called to the men’s basketball dorm on Wednesday due to a man who kept showing up to offer “free-throw advice.”
The call about the man “wanting to give free-throw advice” came in about 3:30 p.m., but when police got to McCarthy Hall, the man — who’s not a KU student — had already left, KU police Deputy Chief James Anguiano said. For that reason, at least as of about an hour after the call, police didn’t plan to file a trespassing or other criminal report, Anguiano said.
(Radio traffic indicated the man had been there multiple times that day before the police were called, and may have come back again just before 5 p.m. Note: Subject’s clothing description included a blue and red windbreaker.)
The No. 5-ranked Jayhawks, who rank first in the Big 12 with a record of 16-4 this season, are shooting just 69.7 percent from the charity stripe as a team (per ESPN). They were especially awful in a loss to No. 12-ranked Oklahoma on Tuesday, going 6-for-14 (42.9 percent) from the line. Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike specifically was strategically hacked by the Sooners and went just 1-for-7 (14.3 percent) on his free throw attempts for the game.
We know that Kansas fans do not handle upset losses particularly well, but getting so worked up over the team’s bad foul-shooting that the cops have to get involved is probably a first. Perhaps the memory of Wilt Chamberlain is still etched in their minds.
Kansas lost its first game of the season on Wednesday night in a stunner against unranked Washington, and the lack of effort from the Jayhawks inspired many fans to hit the exits early. Had Bill Self been watching the game from the stands, he probably would have done the same.
Following the 74-65 loss, Self said his No. 2-ranked team “got what they deserved.” When he was asked about fans leaving the Sprint Center early, he said he doesn’t blame them for needing a drink.
For those who don’t get the reference, the Sprint Center is located in a dining, shopping and nightlife area known as the Power & Light District in Kansas City.
No one wants to see their team lose, so you can’t blame some Jayhawks fans for calling it an early night on a Wednesday. We know how badly leaving early has worked out for some fans in the past, but it’s tough to watch a poor effort in the eighth game of the college basketball season. Give Self credit for being down to earth about that.
What do you do when you’re at your 1-9 college football team’s final home game of the season, and they’re losing?
For one Kansas fan, the answer is roll over, get comfy, and take a nap. And that is exactly what they did in the second quarter of the team’s game against Texas.
There are probably worse ways to spend your Saturday than sleeping at a Kansas football game. You could, for instance, be watching a Kansas football game. It’s okay, buddy. Basketball season is underway.
This person needs to be very careful, though. We wouldn’t want them to miss their team thinking outside the box again.
The debate over just what kind of victory merits a court/field storming is an ages-old question. Kansas football fans certainly thought they were justified after a blowout win over lowly Rhode Island on Saturday night.
The Jayhawks defeated the Rams by the final of 55-6 at Memorial Stadium, and their fans decided to celebrate by storming the field, per Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star.
The argument for storming: it was Kansas Football’s first victory since November 2014, breaking a 15-game losing streak that included an 0-12 season in 2015. The Jayhawks aren’t particularly known for their football program either, having not made it to a bowl game since 2008 and compiling an all-time losing record (580–610–58) since the program’s inception in 1890. As such, victories like this probably don’t come around all that often for the KU faithful.
The argument against storming: Rhode Island Football is probably even weaker, having won a grand total of five (!!!) games since 2011, despite playing in the weak Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Furthermore, a 49-point margin of victory makes storming seem a little excessive, and the Kansas fans were even told over the PA to knock it off “for the respect of this program.”
Well, at least Kansas finally got to experience what it was like to dine on the other end of the table.