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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Notebook: Stanley plays ‘meaningful minutes’ in loss; Wise ejected

Kansas wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez (1) points to his teammates during the first half of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va.

Kansas wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez (1) points to his teammates during the first half of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va.

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— With 5:35 left in the third quarter and the Kansas football team down 38 points at No. 14 West Virginia, KU head coach and offensive coordinator David Beaty inserted backup quarterback Carter Stanley to run the offense.

Less than three minutes later, Kansas reached the end zone, as the redshirt freshman played a part in the second touchdown of a 48-21 loss on his first series Saturday.

A pass interference call on WVU’s Kyzir White extended the drive, but Stanley and company took advantage, as the QB made a short throw to sophomore running back Taylor Martin two plays later. Martin sprinted away from the defense for a 45-yard score.

By the end of his second series, which concluded with an 11-yard touchdown throw to Steven Sims Jr., Stanley, who Beaty said entered when starter Montell Cozart showed concussion symptoms, had completed five of his first six passes.

Stanley, a 6-foot-2 freshman from Vero Beach, Fla., finished the loss 9-for-11 through the air, with two touchdowns and an interception.

“I wanted to see him in some meaningful minutes,” Beaty said afterward, adding he was proud of Stanley, because he entered the game mentally prepared to execute.

Wise ejected

Following a West Virginia extra point in the third quarter, with the game already out of hand, officials flagged standout KU defensive tackle Daniel Wise for a flagrant personal foul, earning the sophomore lineman an ejection.

Beaty called the penalty, which came less than six minutes into the second half, “inexcusable.”

“That kid’s a good kid,” Beaty added of Wise, who had three total tackles, “but he lost his mind there for a second and you can’t do that. This is college football. I’m very disappointed in that, because it hurt us and we’re relying on that guy.”

Asked if he received an explanation on what Wise did to earn the ejection, Beaty said he didn’t see the play but was told his interior linemen punched an opponent.

“But if a guy said that they slugged him, usually where there’s smoke there’s fire, you know,” the coach added.

No Hartzog for Kansas

An unspecified injury kept Kansas wide receiver out of the lineup at WVU.

A 5-foot-11 junior from Houston, Hartzog had started every game this season prior to the team’s eighth straight loss, contributing 17 catches for 132 yards.

In his place, KU only started three receivers instead of four and gave fullback Michael Zunica a start.

Hartzog did not travel with KU due to the injury.

West Virginia’s typical starting running back, senior Rushel Shell, also missed the game due to an injury. The Mountaineers started junior Justin Crawford, and the backup back ran for 115 yards and a TD on 11 carries.

Streaks continue

As has been the case every time KU football has ventured outside of Lawrence since September of 2009, the Jayhawks failed to pick up a victory at WVU. The Jayhawks beat UTEP on the road a little more than seven years ago but saw their losing streak outside of their home stadium hit 43, while the true road game slump reached 40 games.

Though the streak isn’t as substantial, Kansas hasn’t won a Big 12 road game in even longer. KU has dropped every conference game in an opponent’s stadium since October, 2008, when the Jayhawks won at Iowa State. The Mountaineers brought that losing skid to 35 games.

KU also remained winless in Big 12 games since Beaty took over. The program’s most recent league victory came in 2014, during defensive coordinator Clint Bowen’s stint as interim head coach, against Iowa State. The loss at West Virginia increased that losing stretch to 18 games.

— See what people were saying about KU's matchup against West Virginia during KUsports.com’s live coverage.


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Comments

Doug Cramer 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Not sure what Beaty's love affair with Cozart is, but its really turning the fan base off from KU football.......what little fan base is left.

Feel bad for Willis.

Dale Rogers 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I would like to see Stanley start the Iowa State game. Let's see what he can do from the get go. Surely the end result can't be any worse than the other games this year (except Rhode Island). Let's see what he can do.

Gerry Butler 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Not Willis that's for sure & I was one of the biggest Willis fan goer's but he just couldn't produce so move on to the NEXT of what we have left. Stanley - -& he didn't look all that bad, what's the worst that can happen? Be intercepted? - - -check, - -that's already been happening, Lose? -- Check that's already been happening. Stand back be in decisive Check - - that's already been happening. Let him have his shot. - - STILL SAY our QB of the future is red shirting this season

Michael Lorraine 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Week 10 and we're still playing musical chairs.

Greg Ledom 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Which tells you exactly where the state of our program is. It's going to take time for Beaty to recruit and find the right players. Stanley should start the rest of the year.

Scott Lippoldt 7 months, 3 weeks ago

What really frustrated me is that if we actually use the clock instead of our hurry up 3 and out offense, we probably are only down 17-0 instead of 31-0 at half. Huge difference! Toward the end of the first half we even punted with about 15 seconds left on the play clock.

I think Beatty is the right man to lead KU as our head coach, but he is absolutely horrible as an OC. If he would adapt to the talent and weapons we actually have. We would not be getting blown out and might even have a chance to win every now and then. If Beatty does not remove himself as OC at the end of the season, then I probably will change my mind about him being the right man to lead KU football in the future.

Jim Stauffer 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Excellent point. The argument made is this is who we are or at least will be, but in the meantime let's play the game to our advantage.

We need a strong voice in the offensive coordinator room and it obviously should not be the Head Coach.

Dale Rogers 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I agree. My question is why does he not trust anyone else to do the job and if he doesn't trust them, get rid of them and get someone he trusts.

John Strayer 7 months, 3 weeks ago

This KU football program has to be the biggest mess in college football. What the hell prompted ESPN to broadcast this game to a national audience on ESPN2. Outside of WVU fans and a KU fan base bent on self punishment...no one in the country could have possibly watched that game all the way through. In fact it appeared 90% of the telecast was a WVU promotional program. Starting with a WVU former player doing the telecast.

National broadcast like this can't possibly be making recruiting to KU any easier.

Jay Scott 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Fans were treated to the OSU Buckeyes violating the Huskers in the same time slot. Comparatively, the Jayhawks made things interesting...

Michael Lorraine 7 months, 3 weeks ago

No fan of Ohio State but this game made my day.

After the game Mike Riley filed a police report with the Columbus PD.

Chris DeWeese 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I agree. I got really sick of hearing about WV and the commentator's history with the program. Ok, we get it. You were so awesome back in the day.

Dale Rogers 7 months, 3 weeks ago

My first year of college was at K-State, before transferring. And before Bill Snyder. I suffered through a football season at KSU very similar to what we are going through now at KU. That gives me hope that someday we will once again have a worthy football team. I hope.

Bill Pitcher 7 months, 3 weeks ago

We knew it would be a long road back. The defense has improved markedly. I'm going to be patient with Beaty.

Dirk Medema 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Absolutely. We still have less than 70 scholarship players, and are starting or playing lots of walk-ons and freshmen on offense.

Hmmm, I wonder if there is a correlation between having upperclassmen and scholarship athletes and playing at a D1 level?

It must be the coach's fault.

Brett McCabe 7 months, 3 weeks ago

No improvement in the 2nd year is absolutely 100% the coaches fault. So, finally, you are right.

Benny Armstrong 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Brett, you seem to really be a vocal leader for getting rid of Beaty and co after you've determined they haven't made enough progress to your liking in year two. While I will be the first to admit that I expected to win more games than we have (Ohio, TCU), judging them solely on wins will leave you disappointed. Instead, we have to look for signs of improvement with an eye to future years and how they will fit together for a winning product. The offensive line has improved steadily as the year progressed which should bode well as they progress to juniors and seniors, and the defense is the bright spot on our team but just doesn't have the depth to stay competitive for a full game, especially considering the situations the offense often leaves them in. These are things that indicate to me that if we stay the course and continue to build in recruiting, we can get to winning ways.

It is common for people on this site to reference the great leap forward that Mangino showed in his second year and use it against Beaty for not showing similar results, but I'd caution you to look objectively at the state of the program in both those seasons. Mangino went from 2-10 to 6-7 in his second year, but didn't have to play any of the so-called southern powers in the rotating schedule the Big 12 used to employ. Beaty on the other hand inherited a depleted roster and has to play the full compliment of the Big 12, many of whom were considered to be in the running for the playoffs at some point in the season. Again, while I think we should have been able to notch 2 more wins to this point, I also recognize the situation this staff is in and am looking for more than wins and losses to indicate we are moving in the right direction. We as fans have to give this time, or else we will never be able to get it on the right track.

Expecting more from the coaching staff is fine, but to push for a coaching change is silly. Firing Beaty after 2 seasons sends a horrible message to any potential coaching candidate and indicates we have unrealistic expectations about where we are as a program and the timetable we think is appropriate to turn things around. Can this program be a winner, absolutely. Will it happen overnight, no way.

Dale Rogers 7 months ago

I'm with you on this one, Bill. Significant improvement in the defense. And good upgrades in the offense. We need some more upgrades there and to pull it all together. That takes time. Some of the steps to becoming a decent team have already taken place. We need to allow time for the remaining steps to happen and so long as we see each season getting us closer to relevancy then I'm ok with this. At least now the direction is moving upward. Slowly, but upward nonetheless.

Chris DeWeese 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm really disappointed in some of the players' actions, but you can hardly blame them given the difficult season they are having. First play of the game, someone gets flagged for taunting. Then Wise gets ejected for slugging an opposing player. Then someone slings the QB to the turf after the play is essentially dead (lucky he didn't get flagged). The players are clearly getting frustrated and losing their patience. I believe Beaty is the right guy to get us out of this hole, but...

Michael Maris 7 months, 3 weeks ago

There were a lot of holding taking place with WVU Offensive Line, that was not called at all. The deep TD pass in the 3rd Quarter. Their OL'man held so bad it wasn't even funny. But, no flag was thrown of course. Basically thre the Jayhawk DL'man to the turf right before their QB hurled the pass towards the end zone.

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