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Saturday, October 31, 2015

KU’s ‘Air Raid’ offense still waiting to take off

Kansas wide receiver Shakiem Barbel (82) has a pass broken up by Oklahoma cornerback Dakota Austin (27) during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver Shakiem Barbel (82) has a pass broken up by Oklahoma cornerback Dakota Austin (27) during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

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Saturday's 62-7 loss to No. 14 Oklahoma marked the fourth time in the past five games that Kansas University’s new-look, Air Raid offense failed to fly above 14 points.

Head coach David Beaty said after the loss that he had been surprised by the offense's struggles to put points on the board this season and, said simply, “We got to get that fixed in a hurry.”

“Right now, one of my most disappointing things is that, offensively, our production is not what I expect,” Beaty said. “It's got to be a lot better than what it is. We have to be able to score more points than what we are scoring.”

Whether you're talking about a program in a serious rebuilding mode or a high-powered national title contender like Ohio State that struggled to find its offensive flow early this season, the answer to fixing such issues often lies in finding a way to get all 11 guys on the field to execute their jobs. Beaty acknowledge that individual breakdowns are a problem for his Jayhawks (0-8 overall, 0-5 Big 12) but added that the onus falls on the coaching staff to find a way to squeeze more points out of the offense.

“You have to always be looking at what you're doing and trying to find out what is causing you to be inefficient,” Beaty said. “Sometimes you have to look at what's on that board and how much time it's taking you to rep all of that. Sometimes you're carrying too much into the game plan. Sometimes you're not carrying enough. Sometimes you don't have the right (plays) to be able to take advantage of what they're doing. Sometimes you might think you might be able to hold up a little bit better in protection than you are actually able to. You just have to make sure that you do a good job of continuing to look to see how you can help them guys be in a better position to execute.”

KU's 216 yards of total offense were the fewest gained by the Jayhawks this season and marked the lowest total since the Sooners held the Jayhawks to 103 yards of offense last November.

— See what people were saying about the game during KUsports.com’s live coverage.


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Comments

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 3 months ago

It would help if we could cut down the dropped passes. Beaty was a WR coach, maybe he needs to address this personally.

Bill Kackley 4 years, 3 months ago

It would help if we would quit trying to run small running backs up the middle with a poor run blocking line and throw the ball more often. A 6-7 yard pass is better than a 2 yard run.

David Kemp 4 years, 3 months ago

You can't run the read option without having a qb who can read the defense and RUN. Until we have a qb who can make plays with his feet we have no chance for offense since the line can't block.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 3 months ago

This. The key for Willis to be successful as a QB is to develop an O-line. Willis looks to be very good, but its going to be difficult to get some wins without a dual threat QB.

Steve Corder 4 years, 3 months ago

Not much to say about uninspiring football. I don't buy the score results with excuses about efficiency when UT whips OU and I-State puts a whipping on UT.

What I think I saw Saturday was a "soft" team, leaning on the usual excuses, and a staff that may be overly focused on "encouraging".

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