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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Notebook: Beaty rides ‘hot hand,’ keeps Cozart at QB

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart (2) is run out of bounds by Ohio linebacker Chad Moore (38) late in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart (2) is run out of bounds by Ohio linebacker Chad Moore (38) late in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

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Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart handled all but nine offensive snaps during Saturday’s 37-21 loss to Ohio at Memorial Stadium.

This, after rotating with sophomore QB Ryan Willis throughout most of last week’s season opener.

Asked if going with Cozart more in this week’s game was an indication of where he was in the decision-making process about Kansas’ quarterback position, KU coach David Beaty did not tip his hand about what the future holds.

“We think Montell has done a really nice job in practice and Ryan actually has, too,” Beaty said. “Ryan knows the things that he’s gotta get better at and so does Montell.”

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David Beaty talks about KU's 37-21 loss to Ohio

After a 37-21 loss against Ohio, Kansas coach David Beaty discusses what troubled the offense, the difficulties of the defense staying on the field and why he stuck with Montell Cozart in his post-game press conference.

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Beaty said the plan Saturday was to plug Willis into the game during the third series of the second half, just as he handled KU’s third offensive possession of the first half. It never happened.

“Montell had a hot hand,” Beaty said. “He was going pretty good. We scored on back-to-back drives. The thing that I really was proud of, particularly (with) Ryan, was he kept his demeanor good. I was really proud of the kid because I know he wants to play, but he understood why we stayed with Montell during that period.”

Willis finished the game for the Jayhawks after Cozart got rocked on a third-and-short play trying to pick up a first down to keep KU’s chances alive. The play knocked Cozart from the game and inspired Beaty to punt instead of going for it on fourth and short with a cold quarterback.

Cozart (17-of-24, 198 yards, two touchdowns) left the field temporarily to get checked out in the locker room, but an X-Ray revealed no damage to his left, non-throwing shoulder, and Cozart said he expected to be fine.

The medical staff will continue to monitor the KU junior during the next couple of days, but Beaty was optimistic.

“He got whacked pretty good,” Beaty said. “His shoulder’s kind of jacked up. I think he’s gonna be all right. I think he probably could’ve gone back in, but I didn’t want to take a chance on it.”

Defense improves

After a rough first two quarters, the Kansas defense played much more inspired football in the second half. Perhaps buoyed by the momentum of seeing the KU offense pick up its end of the bargain, the Kansas defense limited Ohio to just 137 yards of offense in the second half.

“There were some great individual plays there,” Beaty said. “When we started making that run, I thought our defense was matching that, too. It was just a deal where we needed to keep it going offensively.”

KU’s defense tallied 14 tackles-for-loss — led by four from defensive lineman Daniel Wise — its most in a single game since 2007.

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Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise (96) wraps up Ohio running back Dorian Brown (28) during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. At left is Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2).

Beaty said he was particularly pleased by the way his defense continued to fight in the face of the lopsided 46:04-13:56 time of possession reality that favored Ohio.

“The time of possession was unreal,” he said. “I haven’t been a part of many of those. ... “Every time I looked up they were back out there. “But they did a nice job being firemen and coming and putting out that fire.”

Added linebacker Marcquis Roberts, when asked about being on the field so much: “I don’t worry about that. If we’re out there, we have to get a stop.”

Bounce back key

Many of Ohio’s players and coaches talked after the game about making a statement Saturday that would erase the sting of last week’s triple-overtime, home loss to Texas State.

"We had the taste of defeat in our mouth,” said senior defensive end Tarell Basham. “We didn't expect to let Texas State to put up so many points on us, so it was definitely personal. We focused on not having that same taste in our mouth again. We came out on top of it, we focused, we executed plays and we stopped them.”

Ohio coach Frank Solich, whom Beaty continued to praise after the game for his ability to coach toughness and discipline, said he was pleased with the outcome but nowhere near satisfied.

“This is a great win for us,” Solich said. “But we need to go back to work. There are a lot of areas we need to get better at. I am proud of our guys and the way they came back after last week's loss. I think they showed a lot of resolve. ... You've got to give Kansas credit, they did a great job adjusting things at halftime and they came back and put some points up on the board and got back into the game. It became a dogfight at the end.”

This and that...

The Jayhawks won Saturday’s opening coin toss and deferred their choice to the second half. ... Wide receiver Emmanuel Moore served as KU’s fourth captain for Saturday’s game, joining season-long captains Fish Smithson, Joe Dineen Jr., and Montell Cozart.... Ohio now leads the all-time series with Kansas, 2-0. ... Running back James Sullivan made his debut at Kansas. ... Ohio now leads the all-time series, 2-0. ... Safety Bazie Bates IV finished with a career-high 11 tackles. ... Smithson recorded his third career interception. ... Temperature at kickoff was 72 degrees, under sunny skies with winds of 5 mph out of the north.

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Comments

Suzi Marshall 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Reading all these post game articles and listening to Beatty's post game comments amounts to no more than pure BS. The program clearly is not making progress. A 1-12 record this year will end Zenger's AD career. The new AD will be left with the decision to bring Beatty back for a third year.

Jack Hoff 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Two games into a season and ku has already amassed it's win total from all of last season and you say there is no progress? No. 1 Zenger is not getting fired. People need to get that nonsense out of their head. #2 if the improvements this team has made since last year aren't apparent then something is wrong with you.

Gerry Butler 6 months, 2 weeks ago

HEY, just fresh off the press. -- -Heard they are looking for a few more closet fans down the road at pattyville - -you have a GREAT DAY now ok? and as always thanks for your input. lmao

Jay Scott 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Zenger isn't going anywhere. Too many other sports are doing well.

Zenger will be AD as long as Bill Self approves of him as his "boss".

Suzi Marshall 6 months, 2 weeks ago

You are probably right. I agree he's doing well with the other sports. However, if we go 1-12 in football and show no progress on the field, Zenger has a string of football mis-steps that could call for some sort of accountability. Personally I like Zenger and would have done virtually exactly what he did, i.e. hire and fire Weiss when he did, hire Beatty or that type of coach. I like the incentive contract Zenger negotiated with Beatty. However, I'm afraid their needs to be some sort of accountability at some time.

Unless someone like Charles and David Koch get a soft sport for Kansas University and the football program, it's going to be practically impossible to raise significant funds for a new or rebuild stadium.

Brian Wilson 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I couldn't disagree with you more. And, be careful what you wish for. It is fans and Alumni like you that tear down the program before it has a chance to build causing the coach to be fired, players to leave for another school, and to perpetuate or make the situation worse.

The Jayhawks already have one more win than last year and we did comeback a little bit in this second game. We are playing at a severe disadvantage as we don't have a single solitary player on our team with four years experience in our own system, not to mention we are one of the youngest teams in all of college football. Damn near all of our coaches left last year and all of the ones we have now have been here less than a year. In addition, we just played an Ohio team, with Coach Solich and his assistants have followed one another for over 10 years. Good greavy ...please just stop, close down the negativity, you are doing more damage than good and this program needs another two years just build some player depth....give it a break.

Glen Miller 6 months, 1 week ago

Weren't you just singing the praises of this team a week ago?? How fickle of a fan are you exactly? I think that if you can't see progress from this team from years past that you're blind to be quite frank. It's hard for any team to win a game with such a turnover difference and a grand canyon sized difference in time of possession. We played a bad game that was lost by several mental lapses that can be fixed. The talent wasn't what beat us necessarily and that is absolutely a positive from years past. Your knee jerk reactions don't surprise me anymore, but this one was just ignorance.

Chris Oestreich 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Calm down people. We are still at a scholarship deficit and still undersized on both lines. Beaty needs 4 years to clean up the mess of the previous regimes. Our guys showed life but have to learn how to keep their composure. In the words or Aaron Rodgers "Relax".

Andy Godwin 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Vegas set the win total at 1 1/2 and KU is following script. The game against Rhode Island temporarily inflated expectations. I expected the game and the score against Ohio to more competitive, but 21 yards of offense (versus 359 for Ohio) in the first half was embarrassing and set the tone for the outcome. This was on the offensive coordinator from failing to exploit Ohio's weakness from the beginning, which was their secondary. Granted that the KU coaches made adjustments on both sides of the ball at halftime, but it was clear that the Ohio players were better prepared and their game plan caught KU completely off guard. KU showed their plan for this game and maybe the season from the Rhode Island tapes, but Ohio mixed things up on offense and built the momentum and establish a lead that was hard to overcome. “We prepared for their running backs running the ball, play-action passes, stuff like that,” said KU linebacker Marcquis Roberts, who finished with nine tackles in his first game. “And they came out with a lot of quarterback run game.” In other words, KU was out coached by a more experienced head coach in Frank Solich. Expectations should remain as set early 1-11 likely, 2 plus wins a bonus.

Robert Brock 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Jay Scott is really a big fan of volleyball and badminton.

Jay Scott 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Do you really not realize how ignorant you come across or do you just not care?

Aaron Paisley 6 months, 2 weeks ago

What's wrong with being a volleyball fan? KU's volleyball team is currently ranked 4th in the nation and made the Final Four last year.

Suzi Marshall 6 months, 2 weeks ago

My thought exactly. I got to a couple of the volleyball games last year and loved them. More people should go if they could but the gym is always packed solid.

Kevin Fest 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey at least the players got a new locker room to go back to at halftime. Because locker rooms arevso important to fundamental football

Jay Scott 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The new locker room really bothers you, doesn't it Kevin?

Did you have to pay for it?

Gerry Butler 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Jay why even respond to a post like good ol boy Kevins?- - he just posting so he can read it him-self, doesn't mean HE MAKES ANY SENSE cause we know he doesn't. - - BUT hey he is bored tired of playing with his tinker toys so just pasify him - -better yet just ignore him - - - MAYBE he will go away, take his ball and go home no one plays with him roflmfao. mercy TWO games and there are some that think the world is coming to an end. So quick to judge, maybe when they have nothing else to do they need to drive or ride their bikes to the athletic dept at Ku put their application in to be THE NEXT KU Coach. - -you want consistency you got consistency. Some people are Consistent about wanting to fire coaches every TWO yrs - -ask them how that's working for them lol

Joe Ross 6 months, 2 weeks ago

We are low on scholarship players and Beaty inherited a terrible team, but there are still things you can look at that says Beaty might not be the man to get things done. Play calling is terrible. The decision to go with Cozart after years of proven ineptitude at the position says that Beaty defers to loyalty over player quality. And getting embarrassed by the likes of Ohio on your home field speaks volumes when youve told media youre excited about the progress this year vs. last. It causes one to seriously question whether or not there is a disconnect.

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