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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Okie State Runaway: Cowboys roll past Kansas 44-20 with strong second half

Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill (27) takes off up the sideline as the Kansas defense trails during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. The catch set up an OSU touchdown.

Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill (27) takes off up the sideline as the Kansas defense trails during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. The catch set up an OSU touchdown.

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With Montell Cozart back in the starting role at quarterback for Kansas, the Jayhawks got out to a good start, took two first-half leads but, once again, could not escape their own mistakes during Saturday’s 44-20 loss to Oklahoma State at Memorial Stadium.

The loss dropped the Jayhawks to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in Big 12 play this season and marked the 16th straight Big 12 loss for Kansas.

It did not always look like KU’s latest loss was inevitable. Kansas scored first on a 68-yard TD pass from Cozart to LaQuvionte Gonzalez and also led 10-7 and 13-10 before trailing 17-13 at the half.

A fumble by Ke’aun Kinner and interception by Cozart set the table for 14 third-quarter points for the Cowboys (5-2, 3-1) and put Kansas in catch-up mode the rest of the way.

Despite continuing to move the ball throughout the final two quarters, KU could not overcome its mistakes or finish drives and was outscored 27-7 in the second half.

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Outside of the interception, which came on third down and in the face of heavy OSU pressure, Cozart had a fairly strong day. After hitting 9 of his first 10 passes and starting the game 18-of-24, Cozart finished 24-for-40 for 250 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. The second interception came when a deep ball floated by Cozart to an open Gonzalez bounced off of the receiver's helmet and into the hands of an Oklahoma State defensive back.

After two laterals and 64 yards on the return, the Cowboys' offense added a field goal to go up 34-20 and take control of the game late in the third quarter.

In a sense, that one play summed up KU's afternoon and season thus far.

Next up, the Jayhawks will head back out on the road for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Oklahoma next Saturday.

SCORING BREAKDOWN

FIRST QUARTER

6:12 — Montell Cozart 68-yard pass to LaQuvionte Gonzalez. Matt Wyman kick. One-play drive for 68 yards in 0:05. (KU 7, OSU 0.)

3:09 — Chris Carson one-yard run. Ben Grogan kick. Six-play drive for 75 yards in 3:03. (KU 7, OSU 7.)

SECOND QUARTER

13:13 — Matt Wyman 29-yard field goal. Ten-play drive for 63 yards in 4:45. (KU 10, OSU 7.)

6:56 — Grogan 32-yard field goal. Six-play drive for 19 yards in 3:20. (KU 10, OSU 10.)

4:27 — Wyman 40-yard field goal. Eight-play drive for 52 yards in 2:29. (KU 13, OSU 10.)

2:47 — Justice Hill one-yard run. Five-play drive for 74 yards in 1:34. (OSU 17, KU 13.)

THIRD QUARTER

10:57 — Mason Rudolph 15-yard pass to Carson. Grogan kick good. Six-play drive for 26 yards in 2:44. (OSU 24, KU 13.)

6:24 — Taylor Martin six-yard run. Wyman kick. Ten-play drive for 75 yards in 4:33. (OSU 24, KU 20.)

3:25 — Rennie Childs one-yard run. Grogan kick. One-play drive for one yard in 0:04. (OSU 31, KU 20.)

0:36 — Grogan 25-yard field goal. Four-play drive for eight yards in 1:07. (OSU 34, KU 20.)

FOURTH QUARTER

9:34 — Grogan 25-yard field goal. Twelve-play drive for 89 yards in 4:00. (OSU 37, KU 20.)

5:04 — Carson 16-yard run. Grogan kick. Seven-play drive for 85 yards in 3:05. (OSU 44, KU 20.)

Comments

Michael Lorraine 2 years, 10 months ago

Some positives but at this point we are not good enough to overcome our own mistakes and the turnovers were huge. Not giving up hope for a win but it seems highly unlikely it will happen on the road.

Kevin Robert Fest 2 years, 10 months ago

Well you can't blame this one on Cozart. Except for his one interception and who expects a defensive lineman to drop back into coverage, nor can you blame the ball bouncing off of Gonzalez face mask, too many turnovers lead to too many points and the defense just cannot keep the other team off the field with defensive stops when the offense turns the ball over deep in their territory.

If the offense could play half as good good as our defense maybe we could stay in some games but somehow we have to overcome our mistakes or limit them when there are mistakes that seems to be the biggest problem right now.

Smh if I hear Beaty say at his press conference that he still needs to get better I'm going to pull my hair out his play-calling is still so suspect

Brett McCabe 2 years, 10 months ago

No one would blame this on Cozart, but let's not make excuses either. The interception was typical Montel-panic, and he nearly threw another one under pressure later. However, Montel did a good job overall today, certainly well enough to keep us in the game.

The Gonzalez boink-ball was pretty much the game -- a sure touchdown turns into a massive turnover and return. Kind of like the fumble play against TCU, two really strange twists.

Fewer zero-passes today from Beaty, which was a relief. His play-calling near the end zone is atrocious. An end around? A roll-out pass play? Does he understand spatial relations and defensive positioning?

Many good plays today, though, on both sides of the ball. We have some players, and we have hope of getting better. Hire an O.C. and hope that the H.C. grows up between now and next season.

David Kemp 2 years, 10 months ago

Today's game tells me that Willis will never see the field again. Once cozart finishes starks is the future.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 10 months ago

The first half of the season say that Starks could very well be the future before Montell is finished. This one game is a big improvement, doesn't guarantee even the next few games, much less the future. We've been there before.

With a Chancellor change on the horizon, everyone will need to be improving to stay around.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 10 months ago

I would expect Willis to transfer to a better-fitting offense next year. No sense in wasting your last two years of eligibility playing for a guy who can't make up his mind.

Whether you are a Willis fan, a Cozart fan, a Stanley fan or a Starks fan, you must admit that Beaty botched the position just about as badly as it could be botched.

David Kemp 2 years, 10 months ago

I agree. Given our offensive line problems Willis just isn't a good fit, not that he's a bad player, but we need a guy back there with serious wheels.

Aaron Paisley 2 years, 10 months ago

Nobody earned the starting job. Cozart was named starter by default because Willis missed the spring. Beaty gave Willis every chance to win the job and he failed to do it. The current QB situation is attributed to Weis who didn't recruit a competent Big 12 QB.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 10 months ago

Excuse-maker-in-chief. The QB situation is Beaty's and Beaty's alone. It's not about a player proving himself, it's about the coach identifying the right guy and developing him. Beaty has failed at this job, miserably. Quit blaming it on Weis, who hasn't been here for almost 3 years.

Zenger, the guy who hired Weis, didn't have the fortitude to hire the right guy to fix this. Beaty owns the program, it's his job to pick his QB. He's done a horribly bad job at the most important task in front of him. Perhaps it's because he was teaching guys how to fair-catch punts.

We hired an inexperienced cheerleader. I keep asking the apologists to identify a factual example of improvement. Go ahead.......

Kevin Robert Fest 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes wants to park it gets a little iffy for starts getting pushed back toward him Cozart is on his horse done with his reads and starts to run never tries to stay in

Michael Lorraine 2 years, 10 months ago

Did I hear fans booing at the end of the half?

Aaron Paisley 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes because kneeling the ball at midfield instead of chucking a Hail Mary to the endzone was a bad call.

Jack Joiner 2 years, 10 months ago

With injuries Willis could play again this season. One thing we should never do is take off Starks RS regardless of this seasons QB situation.

Gerry Butler 2 years, 9 months ago

This was not a 44-20 ball game. Sure I mean the score indicates this, BUT no it wasn't. Oklahoma St left no points on the field, they had their 44. But this game very easily could of been ALOT tighter. 1st the pass to an open Gonzalez that depending who you talk to, where you read either bouncing off his helmet, or flying off his hands either way is points in some fashion, 2nd Kenner's huge I think they said 54 yd run where we came away with nothing is points. As for as our little sniffling so called fans booing- - - - I say WHATEVER, that's class right there. you want him to throw the so called Hail Mary? ya ok with the way our luck is we would get ANOTHER of the crazy plays like the Gonzalez interception only returned for a TD. Eighty - Eighty five percent of teams College or pro would have done the same exact thing in that situation I love arm chair QB'S

I have No problem with Montel's performance today, the one big thing I saw was NO SACKS. has a lot more mobility then Willis, the ability to run. Got to say I wanted Willis not he has been given chance has cement feet like others have said I just think with the type of offense we are trying to run - - -Kevin is not the solution, more of a drop back passer.

Our defense is looking much better 5 sacks today, 6 TFL'S and everything considered like when Okla St taking over at KU 34 after a terrible punt and had to settle for field goal, Okla St's 1st drive of game stiffening and they had to settle for filed goal, they showed our improvement in several places and the result is vastly improved. We have just got to quit putting our defense in suck bad positions & yes Starks is our future and agree no way do you ever pull a redshirt off him under any circumstance

David Kemp 2 years, 9 months ago

Agreed Willis is not a fit for this team no matter how much he plays. We need a mobile qb who can option as well. With a decent offense this defense is playing well enough to win games and granted at times they had too much time to throw 5 sacks is huge. With some depth the defense can be good going forward, but until you develop a better o line and qb the next step will be tough

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