Iowa State defeats Kansas, 51-23

  • 6 p.m., Nov. 17, 2012
  • Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Black and blue: KU drubbed by Iowa State, 51-23, in final home game

Kansas defenders Ben Heeney, left, Bradley McDouglad (24) and Lubbock Smith walk away as Iowa State receiver Aaron Horne celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas defenders Ben Heeney, left, Bradley McDouglad (24) and Lubbock Smith walk away as Iowa State receiver Aaron Horne celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.


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Charlie Weis talks after 51-23 loss to ISU

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis talks after his team's 51-23 loss to Iowa State on Nov. 17, 2012.

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KU-Iowa State

A couple of back-up quarterbacks played big roles in Iowa State's 51-23 beatdown of the Kansas University football team on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in front of an inspired crowd of 41,608.

Unfortunately for the home team, it looked as if ISU third-stringer Sam Richardson would be the clear-cut starter if he played for the Jayhawks, who saw head coach Charlie Weis juggle starter Michael Cummings and former starter Dayne Crist in and out of the huddle all night.

Richardson, who had not thrown a pass all season, took over for Cyclones' starter Steele Jantz on ISU's second possession and completed 23 of 27 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns. Just in case it was unclear whether he was the best quarterback Saturday, Richardson also added 43 yards and a touchdown on the ground while leading the Cyclones (6-5 overall, 3-5 Big 12) to 548 yards of total offense, making them the third straight team to top 500 yards against the KU defense.

"He wasn't even listed in the two-deep," said KU coach Charlie Weis, admitting he was somewhat of surprised to see Richardson under center. "So, no I didn't give much thought to it. Maybe I should've."

To be fair, Weis was not the only one caught off guard by Richardson's role in this one. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound red-shirt freshman from Winter Park, Fla., said after the game that he had no idea he would play.

After an opening sequence that saw the Jayhawks (1-10, 0-8) and Cyclones trade mistakes, the teams then began to trade leads. Iowa State went up 3-0 on its second drive of the game, and KU responded with a Taylor Cox touchdown run to go up 7-3. ISU answered that to go up 10-7, and KU hit right back when sophomore tailback Tony Pierson (73 yards rushing, 37 receiving and two touchdowns) opened the second quarter with an electric 55-yard touchdown run to give KU a 14-10 lead.

That's about the time the Jayhawks lost touch, as ISU ripped off four straight touchdowns in the next 10 minutes to take a commanding 38-14 lead.

Albert Gary's 11-yard touchdown reception from Richardson gave the Cyclones a 17-14 lead, and Richardson added two more TD passes and a one-yard touchdown run during the knockout stretch. Iowa State's 38 first-half points matched their season-high for an entire game.

"We got out of rhythm, and they got right into rhythm," senior receiver Kale Pick said. "I never thought we were out of it until late in the fourth, but once I kind of realized it, it was just kind of a hopeless feeling. Kind of like you're in quicksand, and you can't get out of it. It was a bad feeling, and it was just tough that it had to end like that."

Senior safety Bradley McDougald agreed: "It was a 20-yard gain here, a 15-yard gain there and then they came back and got a third-and-short, and it just seems like things weren't working for us."

While Iowa State's offense was clicking, the ISU defense may have been playing even better. After the Pierson run, KU gained just 19 yards on its next four possessions. Of course, two of those four drives ended with dropped passes on third down and another stalled because of a KU fumble.

"When you're playing the game we're playing, at this state, you just can't let that happen," Weis said.

The KU offense showed signs of life on the final drive of the first half when former starter Dayne Crist took over at quarterback and marched the Jayhawks to three points. Crist, who had been in on a few plays earlier in the game, zipped passes all over the field, looking confident and competent like the player many believed he was before the season began. Crist finished 9-of-20 passing for 156 yards and a touchdown. Although using Crist to throw the ball down the field was Weis' plan heading into the week, he did not anticipate using him that much.

"I thought the game would be in the 20s," said Weis, adding that KU's 25 pass attempts were about 10 more than he would have liked. "If we're throwing it that much, that's not a good thing."

Cummings started the second half, but the Jayhawks' opening drive stalled. Crist was back out there for the next possession, but any dreams of the former Notre Dame QB capping his KU career with a comeback for the ages disappeared with an incomplete pass on third and five and an interception on fourth and five with 5:40 to play in the third quarter.

"We were living very dangerously already at halftime," Weis said. "Because it was gonna take a perfect half for us to have a chance."

The second half was far from perfect, and instead of partying on the field after their first conference victory in three seasons, Weis and the Jayhawks once again sang the alma mater to a mostly empty student section.

The only thing that kept the Memorial Stadium bleachers from being empty in the game's final quarter were the hundreds of vocal ISU fans who made themselves at home in Lawrence while watching their team become bowl eligible for the third time in head coach Paul Rhoads' four seasons at ISU.

"I'm very surprised," said senior Toben Opurum when asked about the outcome. "That is not the way that we had this night planned. We did a poor job of executing what was asked of us."

Added McDougald: "A lot of the blame should go to the defense. We had a terrible time stopping them, and there's so many senior defensive guys that we have. It just hurts to go out that way, to see them have to go through that for our last time in Memorial Stadium."


Jeff Soisson 1 year, 5 months ago

I hate changing uniforms, keep the uniforms until they get a conference win, and then, burn them, and move on.

As I have seen many times with KU, they play like #@&% at night, would like to see their win loss record at night, terrible. But I wish it was that simple.

Yes they played better this year and pressed some teams, ok. So what.


wildjayhawk 1 year, 5 months ago

The black uniforms, looks like Ku came with the correct color, black, black is for a funeral and that is what they got. Buryied deep..


texashawk10 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm not going to knock KU for going with black uniforms because all black is the most common alternate uniform for a school regardless of what they're actually colors are. That said, they were boring more and need some work, but there's potential to make those look really good as long as they only do it for one game a year such as homecoming or senior night and get the crowd involved to make it a black out game. The changes to the uniforms I would've made personally were change the font of the numbers and make the numbers blue with red outline. Think the numbers on Duke's black uniforms except for a red outline instead of white. I would also put a Jayhawk on the pants on both sides to add some color and make them more KU appropriate. Lastly, I would've made the helmet black with a black facemask as well along with black undershirts and socks.

One other thing I would like to see KU do with their regular uniforms (besides dumping the trajan font) is to get rid of the gray facemask. Make the facemask white because the gray facemask just doesn't stand out at all. And if they wear the white helmets, go with either a white or blue facemask because it just looks better than the gray facemask.


Benjamin Piehler 1 year, 5 months ago

I thought the hawks had accidentally taken the field in practice jerseys. I'm not sure who is to blame for the bad alternatives... Adidas or KU. Either way, they looked like high school jerseys.


Sparko 1 year, 5 months ago

What you geniuses fail to notice is that Kansas would have beaten the other two QBs. I blame ISU for waiting until they wasted the season to make a QB change--but that sounds familiar too. Richardson was the best QB we have seen this year. Easily.


afischer2 1 year, 5 months ago

best thing about the black uniforms, no POS Trajan font!!!


troutsee 1 year, 5 months ago

I see where we got a committment after the game from a Juco linebacker, Failili, who was highly recruited. So, I think this coaching staff is trying its darndest to get us on track. Hopefully, next year we will have better play from the QB position and a better defense and receivers that can get open. Hopefully, there will be better timing in our pass patterns. It seemed like our receivers could not get good separation all year, but then again with inaccurate QBs.......


troutsee 1 year, 5 months ago

When ISU has three QB's better than the two we have been playing and OSU can win with a 3rd string QB, it tells me how horribly Mangino and then Gill recruited this vital position. The conversion of Pick to a wide receiver by Gill after just one half of college football will always remain a mystery to me. At least with him we would have had a versatile athlete at QB.

And while I am still angry, I have also got to insult the recruiting efforts for the D line. We have the worse D line in the Big 12 and maybe in all of college football. Our pass rush STINKS.

And, one more thing. It says a lot about KU FB fans when a lot of them get on this site and complain about the color of the uniforms or whether or not names are on the back. Give me a break. I don't care if they wear pink uniforms if they win.

I do feel sorry for the seniors. I think there are some darn good football players in the senior class.

Start Jabonski! Please.!


Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 5 months ago

So just what is with the black unis?? Dressing up for the funeral wake??

Who's lamd brained idea was it to dress up the girls like ninhjas??Gonna jump out of the locker room and say "Boo!" and scare the daylights out of them?

I have to tell you, this indicates to me that someone is way out in the jungle on this team. You do not need to be spending money on alternate dirge uniforms, I wonder how much of the price of the over-priced tickets went into this little plan??

To me this sort of flubdubbary is really indicative of the mind set on the coaching staff and players, gimmicks instead of basic footbal training and concentration.

Let the band wear the "night on bald mountain" stuff, spend your time and money concentrating on the task at hand, playing football. Gads!!


danmoore 1 year, 5 months ago

I bet the players are relieved they won't have to sing the alma mater again. Must be a painful chore after losing.


troutsee 1 year, 5 months ago

If Cummings starts next year, I will be shocked.

We desparately need a big upset win over WVU but the liklihood of getting that is almost nil.


hawkdds 1 year, 5 months ago

first down run into the pile, second down run laterally, third down throw an incomplete pass, fourth down punt 30 yards. Repeat all season long, we are so predictable New Mexico could beat us. Sorry, the truth hurts.


Kyle Cornish 1 year, 5 months ago

Keep the helmets with the Jayhawk! It's the most recognizable logo in college. I have no idea why we don't use it on our helmets. Loved the all black look too because I know recruits will.


Dirk Medema 1 year, 5 months ago

After we shut down their starting QB at the beginning and end of the game, do you think that anyone at ISU is questioning the HC for not starting the 3rd stringer earlier in the season? How many more games would they have ...

No, they are going bowling, so they likely aren't questioning the coach. That's reserved domain for the fans of losing teams.


troutsee 1 year, 5 months ago

This game was another in a long line of embarrassing displays by KU football. To heck with getting down on Crist. He was not the reason that we got blown out in this game. Our defense was horrid. Do you hear me, horrid. Our D managed to make a red shirt freshman, who had played sparingly, look like a Heisman candidate. They did the same thing last week with Doege.

Our offense also stunk In fact, the whole team stunk. I was quite hopeful after the refs once again screwed us out of a win over Texas, that we had turned the corner. This lackluster effort shows that we have not. Get ready for a complete blowout loss to West Virigina. This defense would have a hard time stopping MIAA teams. I am sure that the coaches and players feel terrrible and for us fans, well we are one terribly pissed off bunch.

Good riddance to KU football for another year. Not as many fans are going to be suckered into buying season tickets and contributing big bucks to the Williams fund next year.

Other teams can get big and unexpected wins but not KU. Never....ever. We have learned to be disappointed week after week. And, as long as we keep saying, "oh well, Kansas is just a basketball school," it will continue to happen. And then we will find ourselves in the Mountain West and KSU will end up in the Big Ten.

And all of this will happen for one reason and one reason only, we KU fans have not demanded more. We have been content to marvel at the accomplishments of our BB teams and let our football team wallow in the depths of college football. Too bad. We have created a culture of nonchalance and low expectations for our football program. Thus, we continue to get what we as fans tolerate, embarrassing losses. But, so what, we are a basketball school.


Ethan Berger 1 year, 5 months ago

I really didn't mind the all black jerseys. I actually liked them. They were different. However, those light blue one we wore last year need to come back. Those were nice. Now let's move from women talk and have man talk.

I feel sorry for our seniors. We have to remember that when Toben and Bradley came here, they were part of one of our past classes ever. They were ranked in the 30s. They came thinking they were about to be a part of something big. The transformation of a program. It had already started with the orange bowl win and the 8-5 season that followed. However, we know what happened. Our team collapsed and everything went wrong. They came in for a year that Kansas should have won the North and instead tied last with Colorado. Then their next three years, they never sniffed higher then last place. These kids did everything. Toben and Bradly switched positions. They are high character guys. They watched Darrian Miller and Keston Terry leave, two of our best players. It just didn't pan out and it stinks because they were supposed to be part of one of the biggest programs shifts in awhile.


wsjayhawk1 1 year, 5 months ago

Absolutely disgusting the money KU throws at these coaches and the return you get. What a disgrace. This program won't win a big 12 game next year or maybe never. Join the MIAA and maybe be third after MW and NWM next year. Fire the millionaires. Thanks Perkins for the memories.


iamakufan 1 year, 5 months ago

"He wasn't even listed in the two-deep," said KU coach Charlie Weis, admitting he was somewhat of surprised to see Richardson under center. "So, no I didn't give much thought to it. Maybe I should've."

Well, no. Even when you try to figure out the unexpected, nobody is going to plan for a third string quarterback to light it up like that. There's not enough time in the week to plan for that kind of contingency.


jayhawkeratheart 1 year, 5 months ago

Anytime you have a third string QB on the field, and allow him to have all day to complete as many passes as he wants, he's bound to show up, and show off. Senior day, and no one is rushing the QB, even the announcers were tearing Weis apart for his lackadasial approach on defense. Whenever the camera would zoom in on Charlie, all you saw was this lost look, that seemed to say, Just get me outta here! Just plan terrible defense, with no pass rush, and no sacks. An inexperienced freshman, tearing our defense apart. Go figure.


Steve Corder 1 year, 5 months ago

I just feel sorry for the kids. Hours of practice, film, conditioning all wrapped around hope for a competitive season has been crushed bit-by-bit, week-by-week.

What's left?


Mike Barnhart 1 year, 5 months ago

Campo took over a defense that was dead last in the country. A comical defense that allowed opponents to gain HUGE chucks of yardage whenever they wanted.

Now, with an improved scheme, countless hours in the weight room, tireless off season conditioning and vastly improved discipline, I'm proud to say we've passed New Mexico State, Colorado and UMass and are now just the 115th worst defense in the country!

Look out Troy, Indiana and UNLV, you're next!


okiedave 1 year, 5 months ago

The best K.U. uniforms were the light blue (shaded like the Carolina Blue) worn during the 1950's and early 60's.


Bob Morse III 1 year, 5 months ago

One thing I will love about next year is Crist will not be able to be on the field. Why do we take the one thing that has been working for us the last few games and go back to the start of the year when we could not do anything on the offense?


Jayhawker111 1 year, 5 months ago

Iowa State used a third team quarterback and he dominates.

With the problems KU has at quarterback I have wondered all year why Wies has not tried the other KU QB (Jabonsky)?

Jabonsky can do no worse than Cummins or Crist and should be given a chance to show what he has in the last game at West Virginia.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.


bigboypants 1 year, 5 months ago

The band's uni colors are so awesome that the football team decide to use them too. White hats for the band next year (all sarcasm folks...).


Jim Pendleton 1 year, 5 months ago

Very disappointed with tonight. Despite the losses, we have been in every home game with chances to win most. Was not necessarily predicting a win tonight, but thought we could win with a good effort. Just wasn't there. Stunned that the defense that only gave up 27 in regulation to Tech, 21 to Texas, and 20 to OSU could get trashed by ISU. If you would have told me at the start of the year that the Iowa State game would be the worst home game of the year, I'd have said no chance.

Sorry I have to say that I didn't like any part of the color scheme tonight. I know that black is supposedly a cool thing to wear among kids these days, but I'm sorry it just doesn't fit with KU in any way shape or form. Maybe thought since MU is no longer around we could get away with it. Can you imagine the uproar if they were still in the Big 12? Someone also needs to permanently ditch the white helmets. In my lifetime, we have never had any success wearing those, and that goes back a ways. Please, no more! Whatever happened to wearing red once in awhile? Looks a heck of a lot better than black. Rock Chalk, Crimson and Blue!


Max Ledom 1 year, 5 months ago

Looks like we have a bunch of OLD HAGS on this message board tonight. Those uniforms were awesome. You guys need to lighten up. The all white with the Jayhawk on the side? Thats EXACTLY where it belongs. I guess the new look blew your wigs back a bit to much. Relax and sit back in your recliners old men. And black uniforms really are cool. I hope we keep them.

To be honest, we were very competitive with Cummings in there running things for the past 5 weeks. But we put in Crist out of no where, and his first drive is a 1 yard designed run. (Have you seen Crist run coach? Snails?) Second play was a horrible pass that almost put our receiver in the hospital. And the third play was a 3 yard check down to a receiver that was no where close to the first down. I just don't understand it.

Alas, we are getting better. Just need time.

Rock Chalk


Michael Sillman 1 year, 5 months ago

Sorry but I can't buy the talent argument for this loss. This was Iowa State, not exactly the mecca of college football. I didn't see a lot of 5 star recruits on their side of the field.

For some reason, the coaches did not have the kids ready for this game like they did for Texas and Texas Tech. The Iowa State coaches spotted some opeings in Campo's defense and waltzed right thru them.


milwaukeeJAYHAWK 1 year, 5 months ago

Ugly loss and even uglier uniform/helmet combination!

I think they had a good look during the Reesing years. We should just stick with that.


LeadFarmer 1 year, 5 months ago

I think anyone who reported that several KU d-backs would be playing on Sundays should be fired. Why does Clint Bowen still have a job? To keep those upper tier KS players coming to KU? Please. ISU has 1st and goal on 3 yard line. 1st down and 2nd down plays are stuffed by LBs. 3rd down QB sneak and a d-back gets run over by a skinny freshman.


Kyle Sybesma 1 year, 5 months ago

With the talk of Maryland and Rutgers going to the Big 10, I hope Zenger is being proactive to make sure KU has a spot in one of the four future power 16 team conferences. When the Big East loses it's auto qualifier for the BCS the Big 12 will be next to get eaten up. The Big 10 is the best place for KU.


Doug Roberts 1 year, 5 months ago

Chris Omigie should never be allowed to step foot on the field EVER AGAIN.

Also, we conceivably had all year to come up with some alternate unis for the final home game and that's the best KU could do? Cheap lookin' black and white, but with the standard blue socks, blue arm bands, blue gloves, etc.? C'mon man! And I love the Jayhawk, but it has no business being on the side of a football helmet. It just doesn't look good. Let me guess, did Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi design the uniforms?


ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 5 months ago

If ISU's third stringer tears us up I'm sure we'll do fine against old what's his name next week!


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