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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Keegan

Column: Mistakes cost KU rare shot at 2015 victory

Kansas defensive end Ben Goodman (10) and defensive tackle Corey King lament a penalty called against Goodman after he dragged Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano (5) down by the collar during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Kansas defensive end Ben Goodman (10) and defensive tackle Corey King lament a penalty called against Goodman after he dragged Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano (5) down by the collar during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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— Playing so short-handed in terms of depth, talent and experience, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty’s stated goal was for his team to become the smartest football team in America.

So far, not so good on that front.

When opportunities presented themselves, the Jayhawks again too often did an impersonation of Plaxico Burress at a nightclub. Burress had such a terrific career as a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. Many in NFL history can say the same, but what set him apart is that he accidentally shot himself in the leg. 

Literally.

Kansas repeatedly did the same figuratively en route to a 27-14 loss Saturday to a Rutgers team playing without its suspended best offensive player, its suspended head coach, Kyle Flood, and six recently dismissed players who had trouble following the laws of the land.

The Jayhawks (0-3) have so little room for error they must play buttoned-up football to win a game, must keep the penalty flags from flying in key spots and play clean football.

“When you’re a young team, you have to learn the hard way sometimes,” Beaty said after Kansas ran its losing streak in games played outside Lawrence to 34. “We just have to continue to understand those situations are what make good teams great and average teams not very good.”

And they keep Kansas, a less-than-not-very-good team winless, with the hope of that changing dwindling.

Opponents can get away with playing sloppy games if Kansas doesn’t play clean.

Rutgers had its fair share of Plaxico moments. The Scarlet Knights ran up 80 yards in penalties, lost the turnover battle, 3-1, and still prevailed.

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“We’ve got to stop turning the ball over, stop lining up offsides and stop throwing the ball away, running backs putting the ball on the ground,” Rutgers temporary head coach Norries Wilson said, not mentioning a bad snap that caused a missed extra point.

Rutgers was beatable Saturday in a sloppy game that included this three-play stretch: Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano threw an interception in the end zone, KU running back Ke’aun Kinner’s fumble was recovered by teammate Tre’ Parmalee, KU quarterback Deondre Ford’s pass was intercepted. Hot-potato football.

Five key Kansas miscues, presented here in chronological order, enabled Rutgers to build a 27-7 lead.

No. 1. Midway through the first quarter of a scoreless game, KU’s offense mounted enough of a drive to give Rutgers bad field position to start a drive at the 9 after Eric Kahn’s punt. On second and 8, KU defensive tackle Daniel Wise supplied the breathing room Rutgers needed by getting flagged 15 yards for face-masking. The home team rode that momentum to a 91-yard touchdown drive.

No. 2. On the first play with a deficit, Ford hit Parmalee for a 19-yard gain and followed that with a perfect pass to wide-open true freshman Steven Sims, a potential touchdown or at least close to one, but Sims dropped the ball.

No. 3. Early in the second quarter, Ford threw into a crowd and was wild high, enabling Rutgers’ Kaiwan Lewis to pick it off.

No. 4. KU D-lineman Ben Goodman and Corey King pressured Laviano into hurrying a pass into the ground, but as Goodman caught up to him, he went high with his right hand and caught the QB in a way that resulted in a 15-yard horse-collar penalty. Instead of punting, Rutgers continued a drive that resulted in a touchdown that made the deficit 20-7.

No. 5. The way Rutgers was plowing through KU’s defense, maybe this one didn’t have influence the outcome of the drive, but it certainly made it easier for the Scarlet Knights. Jacky Dezir was penalized 15 yards for illegal use of hands, enabling the ball to advance to the 16. The same defense that allowed 8-of-12 third-down conversions on the day couldn’t keep Rutgers from finishing the 12-play, 84-yard drive that made the score 27-7 with 5:32 left in the third quarter.

As with a game, a college football team has four quarters on the schedule, each lasting three games. The first quarter, by far the easiest one, is in the books and the first victory still isn’t. As each week passes, it grows a little tough to see a victory on the horizon.

— Tom Keegan can be seen on The Drive, Sunday nights on WIBW TV.

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


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Comments

Marc Frey 4 years, 4 months ago

And until we play better and compete the refs will "swallow their whistle" when the other team grabs our face masks or we get in the end zone and they won't review it. Win and the calls will even out.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 4 months ago

Players need to step up and make plays. Not necessarily the outstanding highlight reel plays but the basic ones will do for now. The only guy I see making plays is Tyler Patrick. Goodman is far too good of a player to make a mistake like No. 4 above.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 4 months ago

As we move through the balance of this season, I challenge anyone reading this to get on board.

This will be a season of announcers not knowing our coach's name, endless jokes, severe beatdowns, and not much light at the end of the tunnel. Embrace it. Bathe in it. Enjoy it. Because it will make the comeback even sweeter. And the comeback is inevitable.

Take notes. Who are the guys who didn't know Beaty's name? Who is the guy putting us in the Bottom Ten? Who are the people with the smug comments? Take names. There will be time for kicking ... later.

Perhaps getting to the lowest possible depths was the only way out for this program. Ironically, I think that this bottoming out may actually help us raise money for a stadium. Jayhawks everywhere are going to finally come to understand that we all, everyone of us, has to be all-in to get this thing turned around. And when we get it turned around, it will be just as sweet as the turn around that has been experienced 70 miles to the west. Except better - because it will be our turnaround.

So what's an online reader to do?

Here are three things:

One: Buy a ticket for the KSU game, whether you can attend or not. It does not matter.

Two: Send a check, no matter how small, to the KUAC and put "stadium renovation" in the memo field.

Two A: With that check, include a note that says: Do not invite the KSU band to our stadium for the last game of the season. Your note will get read if it's wrapped around a check.

Three: Resolve to quit kicking your own team when it's down - myself included.

Do these three things today.

No more Mangino talk. No more Gill talk. No more Weis talk. No more Zenger talk. No more Bowen talk.

It's time to focus on the good things and the hard work that the new staff is putting into the program, and to start talking positive to others about the exciting new stadium renovation, the outstanding recruiting advantage we are going to have with the new staff, the enormous opportunities that this program offers players and the coming rebirth of the KU football program.

Believe me, optimism is infectious. Time to go viral.

Do your three things today or else they won't get done.

Then let's all start doing something additional each week - I'm open to ideas. There has got to be some good ideas out there about how we can help in the turnaround. What a great feeling it will be to say: "I did my part".

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 4 months ago

Love your attitude. I've done variations of your checklist, except noting not to invite the KSU band. I also love the attitude of the players and coaches, in the face of such adversity. I'm most excited to see our hometown hero, Tyler Patrick from The Woodlands TX, showing up big.

Sadly the facts are this team is hopelessly undermanned to face the likes of Baylor, OSU, TTU and the rest of the Big 12. Baylor scored 70 Saturday with over 700 yards offense for the third time this season. I'm afraid we are doomed for more bottoming this season giving up previously unheard stats like a 100 point and/or 1,000 total yards in a game.

I'd like to think we are on the right track and embrace the moment with the assured knowledge of near future success in a new stadium.

Adam Miller 4 years, 4 months ago

One addendum to your excellent comment Brett: we should try to keep in mind that this team's skill level will not remain static throughout the course of this season. We fear getting blown out by massive amounts -- yet our D (in small ways) has improved in the 3 games I've watched, and the O is running far more smoothly then they did last year. I'm not foreseeing any actual wins this season, but I don't think the losses will be as monumental as some fear.

Remove those 2 silly penalties, and we'd have been up a point. We lost the game, but I honestly feel that (considering what we're working with) -- even with the losses -- I am a lot happier with (and more hopeful about) the product than I have been at any other point since the Big Guy left.

Humpy Helsel 4 years, 4 months ago

I'm down, Brett. So sick of the Mangino, Gill, Zenger, Weiss, and the need to hire some big name coach who has no interest in coaching football at Kansas. One of those big name football coaches might be interested in coaching our basketball team, but not the football one. Rather than the usual posts which are beginning to show up with the above dribble listed, why not just go back 2 or 3 years and copy and paste previous posts from those years. It will save typing time. It takes 3 years minimum to rebuild a program from the depths of ours, and that is just to respectability. It is going to be a long season and 0-12 is now a realistic possibility. With that said, I think we have the right coach and in 3 years that will be apparent. I do think that it will be a better time to announce a huge fundraising effort for extensive stadium renovations once we once again begin to demonstrate success. Raising that kind of dough isn't easy right now unless a super donor steps up with a HUGE lead gift You never know. It could happen.

Damian Glaze 4 years, 4 months ago

Two of their three first half scores were fueled by personal foul penalties - a face mask DEEP in Rutgers territory and the horse collar on 3rd and 20 (or something like that). These are the things you absolutely CANNOT do when you are under-manned and trying to grind your way to a win. You do these things when you are lazy and undisciplined. These are the things that turn the fans away as you try to rebuild a program. I shut the game off after the horse collar. I want to see these young kids grow and get better but won't tolerate dumb and lazy penalties. If you're teaching these guys fundamentals why are they starting their tackling motion above the shoulders. It's ridiculous! CLEAN IT UP ASAP!!!!!! I'm a realist and understand we may not win a game this year; but I don't have the patience for complete ineptitude. Beaty is right, we HAVE to be the smartest players on the field in our current situation. Right now there is no sign of that.

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