Iowa State defeats Kansas, 38-13

  • 11 a.m., Oct. 3, 2015
  • Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Cringe-worthy: Flubs doom Jayhawks at Iowa State

Kansas offensive lineman Jordan Shelley-Smith (79) winces on the bench during the fourth quarter of the Jayhawks' 38-13 loss to Iowa State on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas offensive lineman Jordan Shelley-Smith (79) winces on the bench during the fourth quarter of the Jayhawks' 38-13 loss to Iowa State on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.


— If this is what the smartest college football team in America looks like, the rest of them must have the combined IQ of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne.

Dumb and Dumber is not just a movie title any more. It also accurately and completely sums up the way the Jayhawks played Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium on their way to a 38-13 loss to Iowa State in front of a fired up and friendly ISU crowd of 55,837.

Since taking over last December, first-year KU coach David Beaty has hammered home his hope that, win or lose, his team would be the smartest team in America this season. So far, the Jayhawks (0-4 overall, 0-1 Big 12) have not been anything close to that, and Saturday's loss had nearly a dozen prime examples that demonstrate why.

From costly penalties at key times to bonehead mistakes, missed assignments and uncharacteristic shortcomings, the Jayhawks rolled out the red carpet for the Cyclones, who jumped out to leads of 17-0 at halftime and 31-6 en route to handing Kansas its 35th consecutive loss away from Lawrence.

“I can handle us just getting whipped,” Beaty said after the defeat. “It's hard for me when I look up and I see us making mistakes. That's disappointing.”

Two of KU's biggest mistakes on Saturday either led directly to Iowa State points or took points away from the Jayhawks.

The first came on KU's opening drive of the game. After starting quarterback Montell Cozart moved the offense down the field with a series of short completions toward the sidelines, Beaty elected to go for it on fourth-and-one from the ISU 22 yard line. But a false start penalty on guard Bryan Peters quickly turned that into a fourth-and-six and, one snap later, Nick Bartolotta missed a 44-yard field goal.

Two hiccups for the price of one.

A few drives later, when Iowa State faced a third-and-four situation from the Kansas 14, the Cyclones did not even have to pick up the necessary yardage to keep the drive alive. KU sophomore Joe Dineen jumped offsides to give ISU (2-2, 1-0) a first down, and on the very next play Sam Richardson hit Allen Lazard with a nine-yard touchdown to put the Cyclones up 17-0 just before halftime. The final few plays of the drive might not even have been possible had freshman running back Taylor Martin not run out of bounds after a four-yard gain on a third-and-21 play with 1:50 to play in the half.

Earlier, Richardson also benefited from some miscommunication on the left side of KU's defensive line, where Ben Goodman crashed to the running back on the fake dive and no one rolled down to seal the end, which allowed Richardson to walk in for a touchdown that put ISU ahead 10-0.

These miscues might seem like little, perhaps even nit-picky, mistakes. But when tossed together during the course of a couple of quarters or a complete game, they turn an already incredibly tough task into a nearly insurmountable one.

“We shot ourselves in the foot a lot today,” said KU senior Tre' Parmalee, who scored the Jayhawks' lone offensive touchdown of the game on a 47-yard pass from Cozart midway through the third quarter. “When you do that, it limits your chances of winning.”

Added Beaty: “When it happens, what happened to us today is the result.... We've gotta better than we were today.”

Other failures that cost Kansas in Saturday's Big 12 opener included:

• A momentum-stealing missed extra point by Bartolotta following the Parmalee touchdown, about which Beaty said, “It's difficult to deal with. There's no doubt.” To make matters worse, KU's kicking woes continued on the very next play when Matthew Wyman's kickoff sailed out of bounds, giving ISU the ball at the 35.

• Cozart, who finished 15-of-21 passing for 150 yards and a touchdown, missed three deep balls down the field — including one in which freshman Steven Sims Jr., had two steps on the defender and would've scored had he caught it — did not see a wide open Shakiem Barbel over the middle during a second half scramble and threw behind running back Ke'aun Kinner (11 carries for 46 yards) in the flat, which hit the brakes on yet another Kansas drive.

• A sequence in which Cozart was sacked and injured (left shoulder sprain) during one third-quarter possession and his replacement, Ryan Willis (8-of-16 for 100 yards in limited action) was sacked for a nine-yard loss on the very next play.

• Parmalee muffing a punt after not calling for a fair catch late in the game.

All of these specific examples say nothing about the series of missed tackles that continued to plague the KU defense on Saturday.

As with any game, there were a few positives for the Jayhawks. Junior linebacker Marcquis Roberts' pick-six, 83-yard interception return for a touchdown in early in the fourth quarter will wind up on KU's postseason highlight film. Junior Greg Allen picked up his second interception of the season in the fourth quarter. And freshman Tyrone Miller Jr., continued his torrid start to the season with his second consecutive double-digit tackle game, outdone only by Fish Smithson's 13 stops.

But despite the handful of individual highlights, six three-and-outs from the Kansas defense and some encouraging moments early (KU trailed just 3-0 after one quarter) and late (when Willis connected on passes of 14, 29 and 38 yards while also rushing for a 13-yard gain), nobody in the Kansas locker room was in the mood to talk about silver linings.

“There were some positive things in there,” Beaty conceded. “But we've gotta stop living off of winning these little battles. We need continue to work forward on the name of the game, which is winning.”

— See what people were saying about the game during's live coverage.

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David Robinett 4 years, 4 months ago

Ouch. Crickets will only get louder from here. Hang in there guys.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 4 months ago

David Beaty can say that his team would be the smartest in America, but the simple fact is, after five years of stupid football under the Gill and Weis regimes, you simply can't fix stupid in one season, just like you can't fix talent in one season.

Charles Hedrick 4 years, 4 months ago

I keep reading where this year's football team is undersized, lack of speed and not blessed with talent. That may or may not be the case, but how does the team compare with teams such as Navy, Army and Air Force Academy teams? How are they able to compete somewhat successfully and win games?

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 4 months ago

Their offensove systems. All 3 programs run the triple option offense which is all about the QB being able to process a lot of information in a hurry to determine who gets the ball on a carry. Of the 3 Academy schools, Army might be the only one KU could beat this year. I'm not sure about Air Force because they didn't look good yesterday against Navy, who would kill KU.

Bee Bee 4 years, 4 months ago

Exactly, Charles. The academies give up size, speed and talent to their opponents in nearly every game they play. Somehow Navy and Air Force make regular bowl appearances. It's called MOTIVATION, DISCIPLINE and HEART. Those qualities are emphasized and or instilled in the military academy players from day ONE. Discipline to me is key. Many think of discipline as punishment but there is obviously more to it. Disciplined teams don't FALSE START multiple times a game, etc. Watch the academy schools play and you will see how college football should be played. NOT the best talent or the biggest stars. The most HEART.

Humpy Helsel 4 years, 4 months ago

KU football fans desperately need the mainline drug of basketball to numb us to the pain of a probable winless season. It will take time. No need to look back as we seem to relish living in the past, lamenting past decisions. No need to pine for another coach. Nick Saban isn't leaving Alabama to come to Kansas. The truth is we have to continue to throw our lot in with this coach and his staff, and be patient. It is our only option. True, the mistakes of yesterday as noted in the story, have to be cleaned up to even be able to keep scores respectable. Unfortunately, those clean ups come not only with coaching, but with experience and continuity, of which we have little of either. Living in Tulsa, I attended the Tulsa - Houston game yesterday, and although Tulsa lost, I see a team from the smallest D-1 school in the country, and see what they do with OU, OSU, Arkansas left overs. They have really down years, but find ways to rebuild and be very competitive in two and three year stretches. Surely, we can at least have a program in 2 to 3 years that could give Tulsa a good game. I believe that.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 4 months ago

I was on the Hill from 86-90, a REALLY bad stretch of KU football. This might be the worst KU team I've seen since 1986. We are bad on offense, bad on defense, and bad on special teams too. This team is just awful! I'm in for the long haul, but this sucks!!! Trying to find a bright spot, all I can find is that I really like our uniforms...

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 4 months ago

I’d have to say the post Mangino era has been the worst KU football in my lifetime and this year is shaping up to be the worst season ever. I’m hoping 2015 is rock bottom and our QB of the future will emerge from this disaster of a season. I wish I could find consolation in the uniforms but I don’t like them.

Scott Gerkin 4 years, 4 months ago

I was at the game yesterday and was in agony by witnessing so many errors. (My ISU daughter was happy to finally see a win)

The place kicking and punting was horrible. Most high school teams would be better than our performance. What really surprised me was our punt at ISU's 35 yard line. We were 4th and 3 and we punt? We have to be more aggressive than that in an area of the field where punts don't help much. Obviously a 53 yard field goal was not in the cards but a punt that goes in the end zone was a waste of a drive.

ISU is a better team but we should have made them work for it. 50 yards on the ground is not going to make any game competitive. I wish the best for this team and hope we can see some entertaining football yet this year.

Bob Bailey 4 years, 4 months ago

Like some say: can't tackle, can't cover, and the Defensive Scheme could be beat by a six year old.

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