Saturday, October 10, 2015

David Beaty explains punting on fourth-and-short

Kansas head coach David Beaty, right, talks with Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis (13) during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty, right, talks with Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis (13) during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.


For the second week in a row, a fourth-down decision early in the game was a part of Kansas University football coach David Beaty's postgame press conference, following Saturday's 66-7 loss to Baylor at Memorial Stadium.

Unlike last week, when Beaty's decision to punt on fourth-and-short against Iowa State instead of trying a long, game-tying field goal seemed to steal some momentum from the Jayhawks, Saturday's decision to punt on fourth-and-short instead of going for a first down probably did not have much bearing on the outcome of the game.

Still, for a winless team playing as a 46-point underdog, Beaty's decision to kick instead of going the more aggressive route was at least worth hearing out.

“Not there,” said Beaty when asked if he thought about going for it on fourth-and-three from the Baylor 46 instead of punting the ball back to the Bears with Kansas (0-5 overall, 0-2 Big 12) trailing 14-7 and 6:00 remaining in the first quarter. “We were trying to give our defense some good field position again and we were able to do it a little bit better this week than we did last week. We were a little bit better. We weren't great, but we were a little bit better.”

Although Baylor (5-0, 2-0) is known throughout college football for its high-powered offense, Beaty said the Bears' defense was pretty stout, as well.

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“A lot of it has to do with who you're playing and where you think you're going to have your opportunities to make it on those downs,” Beaty said. “They did a dad gum good job against us on fourth down today. We had fourth-and-short sticks (twice) and we didn't get a first. That's very disappointing. But take my hat off to them. They stopped us. But we've got to be better than that.”

This and that...

The Jayhawks won Saturday’s opening coin toss for the first time this season and deferred their choice to the second half. Baylor elected to receive the opening kickoff.... Junior cornerback Marnez Ogletree made his first career start in place of Brandon Stewart, who was out with a groin injury..... Montell Cozart (shoulder), Damani Mosby (elbow) and Deondre Ford (thumb) also missed Saturday's game.... Senior walk-on, Michael Glatczak led KU with a career-high 10 tackles.... KU is now 0-6 all-time vs. Baylor coach Art Briles.... Temperature at kickoff was 59 degrees, under sunny skies with winds of 7 mph out of the south.

— See what people were saying about the game during the live blog.

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Aaron Paisley 4 years, 4 months ago

The tone these decisions set is that he's a conservative person and being overly conservative when you're as depleted as KU just doesn't work and doesn't give you any hope of succeeding. Everyone knows KU is outmanned this year, but taking risks and being aggressive is something Beaty needs to do to instill and aggressive mentality into the program and to bring some excitement for the fans as well.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 4 months ago

It was beyond boneheaded. What's worse, is he is starting to repeat his own mistakes. I have some grave concerns, as already highlighted by Keegan, that we might get outreached regularly, even if the recruiting guru starts bringing in better players.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 4 months ago

FIeld position for the defense??? Baylor can score as easily from 80 yards out as much as from 50 yards out. Stupid decision.

Bville Hawk 4 years, 4 months ago

"KU is now 0-6 all-time vs. Baylor coach Art Briles."

Didn't we beat Briles in some bowl game when he was at Houston?

Clarence Haynes 4 years, 4 months ago

With all due respect, KU needs to get a punter, particularly one who has greater ability to place the ball inside the 20. That might've made Beaty's decisions to punt more palatable.

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 4 months ago

I think we're making too much of this. 4th & 3 on their 46 is a punting situation. Just because we had no chance of winning is no reason to throw caution to the wind and throw out the conventions of football.

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