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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Jayhawks drop season finale at K-State, 34-19

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) is thrown to the ground by Kansas State defensive tackle Will Geary (60) during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) is thrown to the ground by Kansas State defensive tackle Will Geary (60) during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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Similar to the arc of the 2016 season, the Kansas football team couldn’t fight back from a big first-half deficit in its regular season finale against Kansas State.

The Jayhawks, who had some highlights in the second half, extended their road losing streak to 41 games with a 34-19 loss at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday. The win marked Snyder’s 200th career victory at Kansas State.

The Jayhawks (2-10, 1-8 Big 12) looked strong at the start using an 11-play, 58-yard opening drive to set up a 34-yard field goal by kicker Matthew Wyman.

But then the wheels fell off.

The Wildcats (7-4, 5-3) scored on three of their first drives, running the ball with plenty of success between quarterback Jesse Ertz (12 carries for 99 yards), running back Alex Barnes (103 yards and TD on 10 attempts) and fullback Winston Dimel (15 yards and two scores on six carries).

After putting three points on the scoreboard during their first drive, the Jayhawks went eight possessions without adding to the scoreboard — five punts, two interceptions and the end of the first half.

In the second half, KU came to life. Redshirt freshman quarterback Carter Stanley, in his first road start, connected on a 95-yard touchdown pass to receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez.

Then on the next drive, Stanley led a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a four-yard TD pass to Michael Zunica. The Jayhawks made it interesting, recovering an onside kick and forcing a fumble in the final minutes, but couldn’t do more than a 44-yard field goal from Wyman.

Stanley completed 24-of-44 passes for a career-high 302 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions with a career-best 52 rushing yards on 10 attempts. Gonzalez had five catches for 127 yards and a score, while Tyler Patrick added 64 yards on three receptions.

The Jayhawks have a 36-game losing skid in Big 12 road games.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

The game turned when: Stanley threw interceptions on back-to-back drives at the start of the second quarter. The first takeaway turned into a pick-six, returned 39 yards by Donnie Starks for a 17-point lead. The Wildcats couldn’t turn Stanley’s next interception, which was tipped up in the air at the line of scrimmage, into points, but it took the sails out of KU’s offense after it scored three points on the opening drive.

Offensive highlight: After going eight drives without any points, Stanley connected with Gonzalez on a deep fade pass for an eventual 95-yard touchdown pass. Gonzalez shook the only defender that was within a few yards of him near the end zone, cutting KU’s deficit to 27-9. It was the longest pass play of the season.

Defensive highlight: During the second quarter, the Wildcats were at the 43-yard line and needed one yard to pick up the first down. On 3rd-and-1, the Jayhawks brought strong pass coverage and Fish Smithson defended an incomplete pass. On 4th-and-1, DeeIsaac Davis stuffed Ertz on a run, forcing a turnover on downs.

Key stat: Yards per carry. It was no surprise that the Wildcats featured dual-threat quarterbacks and wanted to run the ball as much as possible. But the Jayhawks couldn’t do much to stop K-State’s rushing attack. The Wildcats ran for 342 yards on 58 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per attempt. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks couldn’t do much with their rushing attack, held to 101 yards on 27 attempts (3.7 yards per carry), which included a 36-yard scramble by Stanley in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Jesse Ertz ran for 99 yards on 12 carries, sitting for all but a few plays in the second half. Third-string quarterback Alex Delton added 53 yards on 12 carries while backup QB Joe Hubener finished with seven yards and a touchdown on five attempts.

Up next: That wraps up the 2016 season for the Jayhawks. Now it’s looking ahead to the offseason, recruiting and spring football in a few months.

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

10:30 — Matthew Wyman 34-yard field goal. Eleven-play drive for 58 yards, in 4:30. (KU 3, KSU 0.)

7:24 — Winston Dimel one-yard rush. Ian Patterson kick blocked by Daniel Wise. Six-play drive for 70 yards, in 2:59. (KSU 6, KU 3.)

SECOND QUARTER

13:52 — Alex Barnes 31-yard rush. Patterson kick. Five-play drive for 79 yards, in 2:22. (KSU 13, KU 3.)

13:12 — Donnie Starks 39-yard interception return. Patterson kick. (KSU 20, KU 3.)

THIRD QUARTER

9:47 — Dimel seven-yard rush. Patterson kick. Eleven-play drive for 75 yards, in 5:13. (KSU 27, KU 3.)

4:18 — Carter Stanley 95-yard pass to LaQuvionte Gonzalez. Steven Sims rush failed. One-play drive for 95 yards, in 0:14. (KSU 27, KU 9.)

FOURTH QUARTER

14:56 — Joe Hubener one-yard rush. Patterson kick. Eight-play drive for 75 yards, in 4:22. (KSU 34, KU 9.)

11:29 — Stanley four-yard pass to Michael Zunica. Wyman kick. Ten-play drive for 75 yards, in 3:27. (KSU 34, KU 16.)

6:30 — Wyman 44-yard field goal. Eleven-play drive for 69 yards, in 2:31. (KSU 34, KU 19.)

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


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Comments

Charles Copeland 6 months ago

O line...D line need to be stronger....to be competitive in the big 12..

Brian Hosfelt 6 months ago

Proud of the Hawks today....Carter is one tough kid!

Humpy Helsel 6 months ago

Well, we have made progress this year. At least some. We have a long way to go. Each and every recruiting class becomes more and more important to maintain the progress. Somehow, Carter Stanley seemed to understand how to play QB in this offense where the others just couldn't seem to figure it out. Still, I cannot for the life of me understand some of the calls, especially 4th and 13 at midfield with 10 minutes to play. We survived it but gave up a lot of field position. I hope someone asked him about his reasoning there. With 3 minutes left? OK. But not with 10 minutes left regardless of the score.

David Kemp 6 months ago

Exactly! Beaty needs to give up the the play calling. Just no rhythm or flow to the drives. Our qbs must gain iq to recognize blitzes and know the dump receiver. Online too slow on corner rshrs

Jerry Walker 6 months ago

I agree, Humpy. The 4th and 13 call was a real Rod Serling moment.

Brian Hosfelt 6 months ago

Well the shovel pass worked on the first drive and we never tried again....good play against a blitz....and crap you have to throw down feild sometime....that second quarter was Beaty's fault.

John Myers 6 months ago

The biggest problem is that Stanley, while a good player who seems to run the game well, has a horribly weak arm. Hope he can strengthen it up some in the off season.

Micky Baker 6 months ago

This game, even though it was a loss, gives the guys returning next season a sense that there was progress made. The final 3 games we were outscored by 19 points, less than a touchdown per game, and we won one of them. K-State didn't play its normal game, they never do against us. K-State was a 26.5 point favorite, and if not for a couple of turnovers, the game would have went down to the wire on the road. I would be disappointed in this if K-State won 52 to 10 or something like that, but 34-19, K-State didn't expect that. We have to get our O-line experience and depth which will require another couple of recruiting classes. Our defense has a solid foundation, but the secondary is going to be mostly young guys next year, except for Mike Lee who really rose up his freshman year.

Next year, we get 5 conference games at home but I do believe that next year we're poised to get more than one win in the conference and at least 2 of the non-con games with Stanley Carter running the show. There will be competition from Bender who looked real good in the video I watched of him. He's got a rifle for an arm compared to either Cozart and Willis for sure.

Brett McCabe 6 months ago

In no way, shape or form is Carter Stanley the answer at QB. The single smart thing Beaty has done on the offense is actually understand that he needs to recruit a QB to play the type of offense he wants to play.

We all need to huddle up and pray that Beaty gets the hell out of the way asap on offense.

David Kemp 6 months ago

I would agree he was the best of what we had and the only qb willing to put his head down and run. Somebody needs to overtake him next year or more of the same in store.

Micky Baker 6 months ago

As of right now, we know Stanley has the best ability and the best decision maker at the position, so that's who we got for the Spring session for now. We don't know what Bender or Starks is going to bring. Stanley is the only one that led the team to be the most competitive this season.

Chris DeWeese 6 months ago

I like Carter Stanley and certainly hope he will continue to develop with more reps. If he's not the future, who then? Starks? Bender? They are both unknowns at this point, so my money is on Stanley until somebody can unseat him. I just hope we can get an OC who can tailor the Offense to Stanley's strengths.

Randy Bombardier 6 months ago

Great effort overall. Surprised it was this close in some respects but yet I thought we matched up pretty good. Progress.

Loved the onside kick. Need to do more of that. I thought the horizontal game was actually looking fair today. BUT, it needs to be mixed within a scheme, which if there is one I sure can't figure it out. You'd think we'd mix in throws to tight end, quick slants. Hmm.

Road skid should stop next year. Now go out and get some offensive linemen.

Very encouraged with Stanley. Just work hard in the off season! One last thing.

Chris DeWeese 6 months ago

If we continue to do the horizontal game, there needs to be more misdirection incorporated into it. B12 defenses are either too sophisticated for it or we just can't run it effectively.

Randy Bombardier 6 months ago

Last thing. Please review signal calling and think about handing off that job.

Maria Ungaro 6 months ago

We desperately need a legit OC. Coach Beaty needs to hire an OC who's not afraid to take shots downfield.

This program has got to build a strong and quick offensive Line. Both 1 & 2 deep. These guys got to open up holes for our backs.

This program can get back to a bowl game in 2017, I can see KU start at 3-0 and they will have TTU, KSU, & WVU coming to Lawrence.

Trips to UT & TCU could be victories.

Time will tell. Recruiting, Conditioning, & inner competition will tell the story.

Jerry Walker 6 months ago

Stanley and the returning RB's and WR's are talented enough to produce plenty of offense next year...but only if the O-line improves.

And I'll agree with many on here...as an OC, Beaty is not the sharpest pencil in the box. Replacing him as OC is a top priority.

Titus Canby 6 months ago

During last week's game, I think I heard on the radio that we have 25 seniors on the team. With a 25-scholarship limit each year, I assume that means we won't make any progress next year toward the total maximum number of scholarship players. How many total scholarship players will we expect to have going into the 2017 season? And how many of those will be seniors?

Aaron Paisley 6 months ago

KU took legitimate steps forward this year, obviously nowhere near a finished product, but legitimate progress was made.

KU was reasonably competitive in 5 of their losses and had legitimate chances to beat TCU and Iowa St. 3-4 plays go differently and KU is 4-8 (3-6) this year.

Clint Bowen's defense is the evidence of what can happen when a coach is given the time to build and recruit to the same system instead of changing systems every year like KU did for about 6 years. Bowen has some good front line players like Armstrong who should be a 1st team Big 12 player and be a Big 12 DPOY next year. Mike Lee is going to be another great DB that has come through KU which has been the strength of the team looking at KU's players in the NFL.

There's only 1 change I'd like to to see Beaty make to his staff. Get rid of Likens and hire a real QB coach and make him the OC so he can call plays to the strength of the QB.

Carter Stanley is a decent QB, but his skills make him more suited to be a back up than the starter. If Tyriek Starks or Peyton Bender win the job, that's a great thing for KU.

The OLine will be a year older and stronger which is a good thing since 3/5 starters were freshmen or sophomores. KU also returns 4/5 OLine starters and can add the Alabama tranfer into the mix to hopefully take a step forward next year.

KU needs more depth at RB because Herbert and Martin aren't enough. KU is also 1 receiver away from being one of the top units in the Big 12 and hopefully Charlot from Alabama, who Saban was upset about losing, can be that guy. Cozart should also be able to move out to WR and hopefully develop into an outside receiver along with Chase Harrell that can be guys who can get jump balls.

Beaty has KU headed in the right direction and is not far away from makimg KU very competitive in the Big 12 and could have KU in a bowl game as soon as next year with a little luck amd hopefully by 2018 at the latest.

Richard Duran 6 months ago

Why in the name of Gale sayers are we not throwing deep to Gonzales 15 times a game? 95 YARD TOUCHDOWN!!! earlier this year he had a 67 yarder! why are we throwing 2 yard wide receiver screens into triple coverage? Go max protet and let Quiv beat his guy one on one. This isn't brain surgery. Still, progress was made. Armstrong proved to be a stud, and as both lines get stronger we will get better. Gotta find a QB and a better play caller!

Jim Stauffer 6 months ago

While Beaty is to be congratulated on turning the roster over in short time and bringing a sense of family and unity to this team, he must hire someone to run his offense. This year's team was better than 2-10. We lost to Ohio at home. We lost to TCU at home. Coach has weaknesses and his in game coaching is his. He needs some help in that area. An old time Assistant HC would serve him well along with an OC. I still don't know what Likens did wrong. Look at last year's numbers for the offense and this year's and tell me the slight difference is due to Beaty as OC instead of just simple maturity of most players. Eventually Beaty will get enough talent here to win more than he loses, but if he does not get some help on offense he will never equal the potential of the roster.

Lucas Town 6 months ago

This game felt like the 2013 game to me in that the score was closer. I can see progress being made in that we continue to fight the entire game, but if Ertz plays the entire game this one is not even close. K-State held the ball for 36+ minutes and once Ertz left the game Snyder just drained the clock.

We averaged 16 points per game in the Big 12. The offense is still missing.

Olympia Wilson 6 months ago

HCDB record after 2 years, 2-22. I read a lot above, we could of won 3 or 4 games. Well the truth be told, we could of just as easily went 1-11. What record does HCDB need next season.

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