LINCOLN NE - NOVEMBER 13: Coach Turner Gill of the Kansas Jawhawks (R) shakes hands with Coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers after their game at Memorial Stadium on November 13 2010 in Lincoln Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Kansas 20-3. Gill is both a former player and coach for Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Turner Gill, Kansas Fall To Nebraska, 20-3

The Jayhawks couldn't do anything offensively as Nebraska walks away with a 20-3 victory.

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Kansas Jayhawks Vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers: What They're Saying About KU's Loss

The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, 20-3. Here's what people are saying about the game:

NE - NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Blackshirts Smother Kansas
"I don't think I've been a part of holding a team to less than 100 yards," Pelini said. "I don't think any of us have. It's a pretty unique accomplishment...we were spot on today. I can't think of a mistake we made."

NU undaunted by KU’s wrinkles |
"It was obviously new, trying to confuse our guys, and (our guys) did a good job with it and adapted to it," Pelini said. "Obviously, 87 yards later, who knows? Maybe it wasn’t the greatest plan in the world they had."

Matt Tait's KU football notebook |
Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne, Gill’s former coach, tried twice to catch him before the game but never did. Gill and Osborne did speak on the phone briefly. "He just wished me success today," Gill said. "And (he told me to) keep on moving forward. He’s there for me."

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers - Recap - November 13, 2010 - ESPN
The Huskers' defense dominated Kansas (3-7, 1-5), which was coming off a historic 28-point, fourth-quarter comeback to beat Colorado last week. A week after gaining 453 yards, Kansas managed just 87 yards and five first downs. Quinn Mecham was sacked six times. "Front to back we executed well and tackled well," Pelini said. "I thought it was a really solid performance. You don't hold somebody under 100 yards without playing good football."

Final Kansas-Nebraska Act | Campus Corner
This has never been a competitive series. I'll do more checking on this, but Nebraska’s 90 victories have to be most by one school over another in major college annals. The Huskers’ once owned a 36-game winning streak over the Jayhawks and haven’t lost to KU at home since 1968.

No O in KU loss |
KU's five first downs were its fewest in 13 years, the 89 total yards the fewest in nine. The Jayhawks had 15 passing yards on 11 attempts and quarterback Quinn Mecham was sacked five times. The offensive performance started bad and slid to hopelessness.

Curt McKeever: It was a bit awkward for Turner Gill
Saturday was a bit awkward for Turner Gill -- not in the same sense as the first time he introduced himself to Nebraska football fans 29 years ago, but awkward nonetheless. Saturday morning, Gill stayed at the Kansas hotel as the Jayhawks did a walkthrough at Memorial Stadium. Too many potential distractions, maybe. Hours later, the Jayhawks took the field with the same mind-set as their coach.


Kansas Jayhawks Vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers: Turner Gill Misses Motivational Opportunity

Turner Gill has been telling folks this week is not about him. The former Nebraska QB, now the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, is heading back to Lincoln one more time. The story this week has been multiple parts: KU's crazy come back against Colorado and how they can use that momentum against Nebraska, Nebraska's dominating defense and then Turner Gill's homecoming.

Via Topeka Capital Journal:

"The game is not about me," Gill said Tuesday. "It is about the players, and that is the truth of it all."

These are the same players that, down 45-17 against Colorado last week, fought for him to create an incredible comeback. KU had lost four in a row at that point and the pressure was slowly mounting. Yet the players found it in them to turn it around last week against Colorado.

Clearly some of them had to be fighting for Gill. He should be using that same motivation as they head to Nebraska. Tell his players that this is his former alma mater, and he wants to beat the crap out of them. Why not do that? It's A.) true and B.) a way to get his players fired up.

I wouldn't suggest that if seniors like Angus Quigley hadn't clearly demonstrated to us that they're willing to fight for Gill. He's struck an emotional chord with some of these guys and he should have played up the angle that he's facing his alma mater and wants to beat them.

Because, let's face it, KU needs all the motivation they can get in this game.

I'm not in that locker room, and on that practice field so I can't tell you if this would have worked but I do think Gill shouldn't have ignored the circumstances completely.


Kansas Jayhawks Vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers: Turner Gill Wants Three Turnovers From Defense

Kansas Jayhawks head coach Turner Gill spoke with the media on Tuesday regarding the upcoming road trip to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers. This will be one of KU's toughest games of the year. It's never easy to win in Lincoln and this is a top 10 team.

Gill laid out his goals for the game including protecting the football and creating turnovers.

"The keys to the game are first we have to take care of the football.  Ball security.  Ball security and also our defense we have to have three or more turnovers.  Just some stats that really caught my eye with them are their offense has had 31 times where the ball has been on the ground.  The opponent has gotten 11 of them.  There are going to be opportunities where we are going to have to be able to cause fumbles and we have to be able to recover.  I think if we do those things and we take care of the ball on the offensive side there is a great opportunity for us to be successful.  The last key is we have to continue to play relentless.   You also have to have the good execution."

One more I would add: starting fast. This won't be a Colorado type of situation where the Jayhawks can fall down early and come back. Nebraska is simply too good. If Kansas gets in a two-score hole, it's over. KU hasn't exactly been the fastest starting team so this is a significant hurdle.

As far as the turnovers, KU will need to force a few (or more), as Gill says. Not only do they need to create turnovers, but they need to capitalize on them. They need to score. And, frankly, they need to score TDs off of turnovers not FGs.

KU has a lot to do to have a shot in this game. It seems like a long shot but, then again, so did 45-17 in the fourth quarter against Colorado.


Nebraska Cornhuskers Will Face Quinn Mecham-Led Kansas Jayhawks

The Kansas Jayhawks will head to Lincoln to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Jayhawks are coming off of an incredible comeback against Colorado (which later got Dan Hawkins fired) and probably feeling better than they were heading into last week.

Kansas head coach Turner Gill said this week that Quinn Mecham would be the starter against the Huskers on Saturday.

Kansas' quarterback situation is a bit murky right now. Starter Jordan Webb was injured two weeks ago with a shoulder injury while backup Kale Pick had a concussion although he's been cleared to play. Last week Gill announced Mecham as the starter and he played well. He completed a good percentage of his passes and led his team on a school record fourth quarter comeback.

The Cornhuskers are coming off of a very tight 31-30 victory over Iowa State. That showed the Huskers are vulnerable, which is all Kansas can hope for.

Clearly Nebraska is the favorite here and they're not Colorado so I don't see them losing a lead. This will be a big game for the Jayhawks but one you can't realistically predict them to win.

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