Saturday, October 15, 2016

Steps backward: Jayhawks demolished at Baylor, 49-7

Baylor running back Shock Linwood (32) breaks loose from a tackle by Kansas linebacker Mike Lee (11) during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.

Baylor running back Shock Linwood (32) breaks loose from a tackle by Kansas linebacker Mike Lee (11) during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.


— If last week’s one-point loss against TCU represented a step forward for the Kansas football team, then Saturday’s 49-7 loss to Baylor was several steps back.

The Jayhawks committed five turnovers and trailed by 14 points in the first six minutes at McLane Stadium following a long scoring drive by Baylor’s offense and an interception returned for a touchdown by cornerback Ryan Reid.

It never improved from there and Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) starting quarterback Seth Russell wasn’t needed after helping the No. 11-ranked Bears to a 42-0 lead at halftime. Russell only completed 9 of his 22 passes for 144 yards and two scores, but he ran for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

KU, which extended its road losing streak to 38 games, only had 118 yards of offense in the first half, 2.8 yards per play. That resulted in five punts, two interceptions, a lost fumble on bad snap and a turnover on downs at midfield.

Kansas (1-5, 0-3) sophomore quarterback Ryan Willis never found a rhythm in his second start of the season. He completed 10 of 19 passes for 89 yards and three interceptions. Redshirt freshman Carter Stanley replaced Willis midway through the third quarter and finished 3 of 8 for 45 yards and an interception.

Stanley led a 12-play, 68-yard scoring drive in the third quarter against Baylor's backup defense, which ended with a two-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Khalil Herbert. Stanley connected on a 34-yard pass to receiver Steven Sims Jr. to put the Jayhawks inside of the 10-yard line.

Herbert had 34 rushing yards on nine attempts, Ke’aun Kinner ran for 49 yards on 15 carries and Taylor Martin had seven attempts for 23 yards.

KU freshman Mike Lee and senior Fish Smithson led the defense with eight tackles (seven solo) apiece while Smithson forced a fumble that was recovered by Damani Mosby in the fourth quarter. The Jayhawks only had three tackles for a loss, including a sack by sophomore Dorance Armstrong Jr.

In the first quarter, KU junior Cole Moos had an 82-yard punt with the help of a big bounce, the fifth-longest punt in school history.

Baylor outgained KU, 453-217. The Jayhawks only converted 3 of 15 third downs.



11:55 — Seth Russell five-yard run. Chris Callahan kick. Eleven-play drive for 75 yards in 3:05. (BU 7, KU 0.)

8:40 — Ryan Reid 64-yard interception return. Callahan kick. (BU 14, KU 0.)

2:47 — Russell 26-yard run. Callahan kick. Six-play drive for 58 yards in 1:33. (BU 21, KU 0.)


6:26 — Russell 59-yard pass to KD Cannon. Callahan kick. One-play drive for 59 yards in 0:11. (BU 28, KU 0.)

5:49 — Shock Linwood four-yard run. Callahan kick. One-play drive for four yards in 0:04. (BU 35, KU 0.)

1:45 — Russell four-yard pass to Ishmael Zamora. Callahan kick. Ten-play drive for 73 yards in 2:03. (BU 42, KU 0.)


11:00 — Terrence Williams seven-yard run. Callahan kick. Ten-play drive for 71 yards in 3:04. (BU 49, KU 0.)

1:22 — Khalil Herbert two-yard run. Matt Wyman kick. Twelve-play drive for 68 yards in 4:49. (BU 49, KU 7.)

—Check back to for more coverage from KU’s loss against Baylor.


Michael Maris 3 years, 9 months ago

It's happened every year after the KU / TCU game.

Al Martin 3 years, 9 months ago

Yup. It's like clockwork, regardless of coach.

David Kemp 3 years, 9 months ago

Quit drinking the kool aid, this team is as bad as we thought they were. This team truly appears to be the worst team in d 1 and particularly beatys offense. And rest assured Willis is no quarterback!

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 9 months ago

It's like their defense knew what our offense was calling on every play.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 9 months ago

David Beaty should make Carter Stanley the starting QB next week against Oklahoma State. We know Montell Cozart isn't much good at the position, and Ryan Willis has proven he's not much better. Why not give Stanley the nod? The season is half over in already in the crapper anyway, so what have we got to lose?

David Kemp 3 years, 9 months ago

Absolutely Willis will never be the answer no matter how many snaps he gets.

Humpy Helsel 3 years, 9 months ago

So the joke going around down here in Oklahoma is, "how do you have a bye week and win your homecoming game on the same Saturday?" Answer. You play Kansas.

Matthew Roesner 3 years, 9 months ago

Coach Beaty's experiment as HC and OC hasn't shown the intended results (more points and better overall production) that were two of the reasons for demoting Rob Likens. With more talented players in 2016, it could be suggested KU hasn't taken a step forward yet on offense. HC admitted in the past weeks that he may be getting in his own way. Hopefully, he will return the OC job to Likens and work at being a Head Coach. Pride is one of the seven deadly sins. Let's hope he can confess and move (both he and the team) forward.

Randy Bombardier 3 years, 9 months ago

Let's give him time. I hope our players especially on defense don't let this get to them and they practice hard, work out hard and work for the future. It's seems to me that nearly all the real power teams are more physically built. Maybe were the only ones not using steroids.

And I am not suggesting we do. Just sayin.

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 9 months ago

S### happens especially in college. Good teams get destroyed every week. Just ask Tennessee.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 9 months ago

OK kids you wanted him you got him now Willis is the quarterback, the last couple of weeks throwing picks, cement feet, can't get rid of the ball when he should, dumb throws, taking sacks, what do we do now. Although admittedly I turned the game off for a while after that first pick I don't have any idea what Beaty is thinking throwing it to the wide side all the way across the field when they have so many fast and talented players on Baylor. I understand the line is bad and that fumbled snap was absolutely embarrassing and again the offense put the defense in a bad spot I know the score was 49 to 7 but it could have been worse because at least the defense held Baylor to a couple of missed field goals on some possessions. I don't think under the best circumstances or even if Kansas played a perfect game they would have won but the O line and the quarterback play unless these are addressed soon it's not going to be a long season it's going to be a long couple of seasons maybe even three or four

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 9 months ago

It's his second game of his sophomore year. Give him a chance.

David Kemp 3 years, 9 months ago

This guy will never get better, bad decisions bad throws, no wheels.

Micky Baker 3 years, 9 months ago

You are cheering for failure, aren't you? You aren't even trying.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 9 months ago

umm, I know your not trying to justify his showing with that reasoning are you? He ahs been given his CHANCE. Ya I was all for him too, but his decision making is pathetic. You say it's his second game of his Sophomore year - - -AND? you forgetting about his 8 starts consecutive during his freshman year? that excuse doesn't hold any water. He has been giving his chance and he continues to throw int's at the worst times, taking any kind of momentum we MIGHT have going and just kills it. time to move to option nu 3 - - Carter Stanley. Is he going to lead us to the promised land?- - -more then like not. - - BUT he sure can't do any worse. What's the worst he can do? - - LOSE? - -hell we are already doing that, thank you very much. I feel our QB of the future is standing on the sidelines red shirting this year, but for now - -it's time Stanley takes his turn-- - - - see what happens

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 9 months ago

The most popular guy on a losing football team is the backup QB.

His decision making is suspect but he has shown enough potential to deserve a couple more starts. If our o-line can’t do a better job it won’t matter who is behind center. Ryan needs to play himself out of the starting job before Carter gets the nod. Unless there is something great in Stanley you’re seeing I don’t think it is in our best interest to roll the dice.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 9 months ago

who said anything about a full season? but trying to imply 2 starts in his Sophomore year isn't enough time? bottom line is he has TEN starts to prove himself, terrible reads, holding the ball to long, ya he has had enough starts. Agreed no matter who is back there if O-Line can't pass protect but yet got to make better decisions

Robert Brock 3 years, 9 months ago

Those are dangerous sideline passes. The timing has to be impeccable. I fault the OC for calling these.

Max Ledom 3 years, 9 months ago

Matthew, what were the intended results for coach Beaty half way through his second year? Jesus H, you people are thick. It's going to be HARD to REBUILD a program if we fire a coach every 2-3 years. We are NOT going to get coaches of high caliber names like Les Miles or Art Briles. We need to establish a coach and a program and suffer until we get there. Beaty will if you give him time. He is building a team. He inherited literal $hit from Weis and Gill. He is a young coach and a first time head coach. He needs to learn on the job and he will. We will succeed with Beaty. In years past with other coaches, all those teams were, were a bunch of individuals on a field playing football. With Beaty'a teams, you can see a body to the team. They are a team. There is a body there that wasn't before. That's saying something being only a year and a half in to his tenure. Beaty needs trust and patience. Otherwise we will play this same old song and dance again, and again, and again.

And no, Mangino is not the answer.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't think anyone was expecting a winning season or a bowl game, but I also think we were hoping for more visible signs of progress and not less than three wins this year. As it stands, aside from beating Rhode Island, we are no better this year than last year.

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 9 months ago

If you use yesterday's performance as a yardstick I would agree but I think this team is absolutely better than last year. It may not show up in wins and losses but from a talent level alone we are better.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 9 months ago

Oh were better then last year. more so by far on the defensive side but we are better for sure. from 560.8 yds per game to 419.2 from 46.1 to 33 pts per game. 9.6 TFL 4th nationally so that statement is not completely true. were we suck is at QB and O-line that's where we have NOT improved

Micky Baker 3 years, 9 months ago

Visible signs of improvement are obviously present. Willis is going to make mistakes. He should have been the starter from day one. It might be better if that was the case.

Randy Bombardier 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't see enough zip or accuacy from either of our quarterbacks to be throwing those kinds of routes. I think this is a case where you build your offense around what you have.

I can't resist speaking my mind right now. Long week perhaps but when Gill was hired I said what about Ed Wariner? When Weis was hired, what about Ed Wariner? When Beaty was hired, what about Ed Wariner? So, if this ship isn't righted and the new AD doesn't give it to Clint Bowen on a probationary basis, (and I think he should) I will say again what about Ed Wariner?

My understanding is he was in the mix last time around. If so, perhaps we couldn't afford him. Perhaps he wasn't real interested. Don't know but I'm convinced he's the guy. Rant is finished.

Sean Kelly 3 years, 9 months ago

For what it's worth, I too hoped he'd get an offer. From what I recall reading, things never progressed that far as Warriner came away from a meeting with Zenger and removed himself from consideration. I think I recall reading where Zenger decided on Beaty based, in no small part, on his Texas recruiting ties.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 9 months ago

Willis played most of the year last year his freshman year I get it he was three months removed from high school football but in his sophomore year even when he was splitting duties with Cozart he is making the same throws in the same place taking the same kind of sacks but l have seen any or a little progression I would say that he was making progress. Those short outside routes to receivers last week against TCU but working like a charm along with trying to run the ball if that's what is his strength then use it to his Advantage but the OC and head coach have to put them in a position to succeed and he's just not, calling stupid throws to the sideline it took a long time to set up dangerous throws across the field that are getting intercepted I understand Willis's performance doesn't exist in a vacuum but eventually he has to start making throws ahead of the receiver instead of behind the receiver recognizing a blitz knowing when to get rid of the ball. Obviously the other thing is is that the offensive line has to do more than just get in the way and fall start at inopportune times and learn how to snap the ball.

Andy Godwin 3 years, 9 months ago

KU football is a long rebuilding process and it takes time, players, and a staff of excellent assistant coaches. One forgets about the mass exodus of assistant coaches prior to spring training and how Beaty had to back fill in a very short period of time. It will be important for the AD and HC to assess the coaching staff after the season and make changes if needed (especially find an offensive coordinator that the Beaty will allow to coach), and recruit, recruit, recruit.

Donald Gaddis 3 years, 9 months ago

Have the Jayhawks set the record yet for the most consecutive losses on the road ?

Micky Baker 3 years, 9 months ago

I get the sense that some are cheering for the football program to fail. If only they paid attention the whole season and preseason, they might actually understand some things. Everyone should know that we're short handed, and it is quite obvious we are improved. If some want to refuse to acknowledge it, it's their loss. We're still short 20 or so scholarship guys. Relax everyone. Nobody should have realistically expected much better than this at this point.

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