Jayhawks Notebook: Tough road ahead

By Aaron Cede�o
November 15, 2010

Despite coming out on the losing end of the contest, the Kansas Jayhawks acquitted themselves well during Saturday’s matchup with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln.  

With Vegas oddsmakers placing the spread at more than 30 points, Head Coach Turner Gill’s squad held the explosive Nebraska offense largely in check, giving up less than 400 yards of total offense and just 20 points despite a sizable discrepancy in time of possession.  

“I thought our players responded well,” he said. “They played very hard, they were very determined and I thought we played a good football game � particularly our defensive side of the ball. I thought that they played well.”  

It was a homecoming of sorts for Gill, who is a much beloved alumnus of the University of Nebraska, a former quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist during his playing days in the early 1980s.  

“I guess just from a personal standpoint, it was mixed emotions, I think, as far as after the game,” he explained. “But once you’re in the football game you’re so focused on trying to get your team to play well that’s what I was focused on.”  

Tough road ahead: The loss to Nebraska marked the first game of what is a veritable murderer’s row for the Jayhawks to close out the season. First up was the Huskers, followed by Oklahoma State this weekend and the annual rivalry game with Missouri to close out 2010.   

“You just want to not get caught up in the name of the school, don’t get up in maybe what the win-loss record is,” Gill said. “You’re just trying to focus on what we need to do as a football team to give us the chance to be successful in each game.”

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