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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Beaty: Showdown finale huge for Jayhawks

Kansas head coach David Beaty gives some instruction to his players during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty gives some instruction to his players during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

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As Kansas University football coach David Beaty alluded to on more than one occasion Monday morning during his turn on the Big 12’s weekly media conference call, all the Jayhawks have left in front of them is a “one-game season.”

Although Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown against rival Kansas State will only register either a single victory or a 12th loss for KU in Beaty’s first season leading the program, the Jayhawks’ regular-season finale at Memorial Stadium (3 p.m. kickoff, FOX Sports 1) has other ramifications.

Since arriving in Lawrence nearly a year ago, Beaty has emphasized the importance of his regime making a bigger impact in high school recruiting within the state of Kansas. Finding some way to defeat K-State (4-6 overall, 1-6 Big 12) would mark another significant step in attaining that goal.

“I mean, for us, this is such a pivotal game for our state,” Beaty said, “trying to make sure that we’re competing for the top recruits in the state, and there’s nothing like winning that game. That says a bunch. So obviously that is a huge deal for both teams involved.”

Losing 11 straight games doesn’t make for an enjoyable process, as Beaty and his staff try to rebuild the Kansas football brand and catch up with the likes of Bill Snyder and Kansas State. But Beaty said his Jayhawks haven’t lost faith in what they’re doing as a result, and that makes the coach prouder than anything else.

“They’re all-in. You know, we’re not proud of the performance last week, obviously.,” Beaty said of a 49-0 home loss against West Virginia. “That was not indicative of the progress we’ve felt like we’d made coming into that ball game.”

The blowout defeat got away from the Jayhawks early, and Beaty said the team must “flush that one” and move on.

Senior defensive end Ben Goodman, a mainstay of KU’s defense since becoming a starter in his sophomore season, said the WVU loss provided an easy reminder heading into the upcoming rivalry game.

“We didn’t start fast on both sides of the ball,” Goodman said Saturday afternoon, after KU fell behind by 28 points in the first quarter, “so next week we’re just gonna have to start faster, make more plays. We started out (on defense) with a three-and-out, but things went downhill from there, and we just really couldn’t get it going.”

A difficult season, of course, would become a little easier to digest for the Jayhawks (0-11 overall, 0-8 Big 12) if they could upset Kansas State, and Beaty wants his players to embrace the fun of that challenge.

“There is no doubt it is a huge momentum-builder headed into winter conditioning and spring practice for next year,” he said of the finale. “This is a very important game for us for a lot of reasons when it comes to the future of our program and the momentum going into it.”

Comments

David Kemp 5 years, 1 month ago

To avoid a major blowout, offense will need to have more than 1 first down a half and woman not punting 12 times.otherwise look for a revisit of the wva game

Edward Daub 5 years, 1 month ago

She is waiting on clearance from the NCAA Gender Center???

Lucas Town 5 years, 1 month ago

I know we have a true freshman at QB, but we had 17 possessions on Saturday. 5 of those resulted in turnovers (1 fumble, 3 interceptions and 1 on downs). We punted 12 times and 10 of those were 3 and outs. The other two possessions went for 4 and 6 plays still resulting in punts. Why don't we slow down on offense and get our act together before handing the field back to our defense so quickly? And the talk is to continue to go faster and faster on offense each year.

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 1 month ago

While it would get little national attention, for us to beat K-State would be one of the biggest upsets of the college football season. I hate to say it...not going to happen. If it does, I want all bloggers to roast my lack in faith in our beloved Jayhawks in every way possible. It would be such a pleasure to have this post rubbed in my face.

Edward Daub 5 years, 1 month ago

Hey Humpy! A little "reverse psychology" might just do the trick. With Ryan all banged up, I would like to see T.J. get a shot to show his stuff. Beat Bill Snyder!

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