Saturday, November 29, 2014

K-State shuts down KU’s season with 51-13 romp

Kansas State defensive back Randall Evans, grabs an interception off a tapped ball by KU receiver Rodriguez Coleman, (1)  in the Jayhawks game against the Kansas State Wildcats Saturday in Manhattan. At left is KSU defender Morgan Burns, (33)..

Kansas State defensive back Randall Evans, grabs an interception off a tapped ball by KU receiver Rodriguez Coleman, (1) in the Jayhawks game against the Kansas State Wildcats Saturday in Manhattan. At left is KSU defender Morgan Burns, (33)..



Box score

— Playing in the eighth and final game of Clint Bowen’s interim head-coaching run, Kansas University’s football team got a taste of Kansas State football early and never recovered in a 51-13 rivalry loss at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The No. 11 Wildcats (9-2 overall, 7-1 Big 12) reached the end zone on a one-yard carry by quarterback Jake Waters on their first possession of the afternoon, and within a minute KU’s rival would make another trip to the purple-painted turf on the other side of the goal line.

Kansas junior quarterback Michael Cummings looked for Jimmay Mundine over the middle on KU’s second drive, but the tight end only got one hand on it and K-State’s Dante Barnett swiped it out of the air for an interception.

One 44-yard Waters pass to Tyler Lockett later, K-State had a 14-0 lead with 10:18 left in the first quarter.

The Jayhawks (3-9, 1-8) wouldn’t reach the end zone until the second quarter, and even after an easy touchdown toss from Cummings to Nick Harwell, Matthew Wyman’s extra-point attempt was blocked.

K-State, which outgained its rival 505-197 in yardage, did as it pleased most of the game on offense. Waters completed 21 of his 27 throws for 294 yards and four touchdowns even though coach Bill Snyder and his staff pulled him late in the third quarter, up 45-13.

Senior Wildcats receiver Tyler Lockett caught nine passes for 141 yards and a TD on the day he became K-State’s all-time leading receiver, with 222 receptions — passing the previous record of 217, held by his father, Kevin.

Cummings hit on 16 of his 27 passes for 139 yards and a pair of TD’s for Kansas, with two interceptions.

The loss, KU’s third in a row, marked the end of the season and the beginning of rampant speculation regarding who Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger will hire as the program’s next head coach.

— Check out what people were saying about the game during our live blog.

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kellerman411 5 years, 4 months ago

Reasons Zenger should hire me:

I used to play catch in the backyard all the time, I consistently finish in the top 3 of my fantasy leagues, At 26, I will surely out live Bill Snyder and I will accept the position for 100k.

Travis Betz 5 years, 4 months ago

Embarrassing performance and an embarrassing 5 years of football now. If we were competitive I could live with it. We might be every three games and definitely not on the flipping road.

David Kemp 5 years, 4 months ago

Right on all counts. I don't think I can stomach another year of this but no matter what the roster is very empty by Big 5 conference standards. No coach will make a diffence but if he can just get the players to play week in and week out with some heart that will be a welcome change. We all want the same thing and must now rely on Zenger and co to deliver.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 4 months ago

Look at the KSU roster. It's full of walk ons, Jucos, and two-star stars. Every year for the past several, KSU is ranked in the big numbers, sometimes like 105, for recruiting.

Why is Snider should be coach of the year, every year. A good coach means a lot.

David Kemp 5 years, 4 months ago

No doubt but you have to have kids who want to walk on, work hard and believe in the program.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 4 months ago

The really good news about today's game is...the seaon is over!

The really bad new is we lose a lot of seniors on offense, defense and specialty teams. Since the outlook for next year is dismal, I'm not sure if Kansas can attract a proven winner.

We might as well give Bowen a shot as it seems we have little to lose. We can wish for the best but I'm not holding my breath.

David Kemp 5 years, 4 months ago

I hope we can get the big hire, not holding my breath, but agree Bowen would be better than a Gill or Weis

John Thomas 5 years, 4 months ago

Looks like Gill is doing very well at Liberty...thanks for pulling the plug on him so fast Zenger (sarcasm)..."your" guy (Weis) was a not miss on the next hire

Robert Brock 5 years, 4 months ago

If Bowen is the permanent coach, I look forward to KU being accepted into Conference USA. The future would be bleak for KU.

Charlie Gaughn 5 years, 4 months ago

This game always reminds me why we need a coach that a) cares about Kansas Football, b) won't be looking for the next best job once he has some success, and c) will work on an incentive based compensation system rather than these STUPID guaranteed contracts we've had with Weis and Gill. Couple these three items with someone that brings continuity to the program and what do you have? Bowen is the only logical choice at this time.

Forget the outcome of the games since Bowen took over. This season is on Weis. Bowen merely salvaged a little glimmer of hope where there would have been none with Weis. Cummings would be a decent if not good Big 12 QB had Weis not pigeon holed him in favor of his guys. His throws are on target most of the time, his decision making reflects that of a freshman not a redshirt junior. He will only improve.

Give the guy a shot at a five year, incentive based contract, and let him show us what he can do. I think we'll be surprised especially given that Snyder can't coach forever.

David Kemp 5 years, 4 months ago

I do believe in incentive based but one also tied to goals. I am not giving a guy 5 yrs to show where he is going if he doesn't show steady improvement on th win side.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 4 months ago

If you want a quality coach, you have to pay for a quality coach.

Stephen Johnson 5 years, 4 months ago

Like Charlie Weis - that worked out well didn't. The school west of us took a chance on a no name assistant and that seemed to work out pretty well.

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