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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Jayhawks fall short against K-State, 30-20

Kansas State quarterback Alex Delton (5) stiff arms Kansas cornerback Hasan Defense (13) on a run during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas State quarterback Alex Delton (5) stiff arms Kansas cornerback Hasan Defense (13) on a run during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

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For the first time in Big 12 play this season, the Kansas football team didn’t have to climb out of a major hole at halftime.

But even an improved start wasn't enough to lead to a win.

Trailing for two scores for most of the third quarter, the Jayhawks couldn’t rally in a 30-20 loss to rival Kansas State at Memorial Stadium, which was filled with a season-high 36,223 fans.

The Wildcats (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) were held without an offensive touchdown in the first half — DJ Reed had a 99-yard kick return score. But they forced a fumble on the first play of the third quarter and took a double-digit lead on a three-yard touchdown run from Alex Barnes.

Kansas (1-7, 0-5) pulled within a touchdown at multiple points in the fourth quarter and even had the ball with an opportunity for a game-tying score. Each of those possessions ended in punts.

Most of KU’s offense, which included the return of center Mesa Ribordy, revolved around junior receiver Steven Sims Jr., who recorded career high totals of nine catches for 233 yards. KU sophomore Carter Stanley earned his first start at quarterback this season, finishing 23 of 48 passing for 418 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

KSU quarterback Alex Delton was forced out of the game during the second quarter when he was hit on a run play. Skylar Thompson filled in for the second half and was 4 of 6 passing for 40 yards and added 39 rushing yards.

After back-to-back weeks with disastrous results on offense, the Jayhawks produced 482 yards and 6.3 yards per play. KU was 6-of-16 on third down while KSU was 3-of-11.

Defensively, the Jayhawks had 12 tackles for loss. Joe Dineen led with nine total tackles while Daniel Wise had 2.5 tackles in the backfield.

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

The game turned when: On the first play of the second half, Stanley was sacked by KSU senior linebacker Jayd Kirby and lost a fumble. Kirby recovered the ball at KU’s 18-yard line, which led to a quick three-play scoring drive for the Wildcats.

Barnes’ three-yard touchdown run gave the Wildcats a 17-6 lead early in the third quarter and the Jayhawks were never closer than seven points for the remainder of the afternoon.

Offensive highlight: Looking to create some offense near the end of the third quarter, Sims ran a fade route and took a few steps toward the middle of the field to give himself more room along the right sideline.

It was 2nd-and-7 from KU’s own 6-yard line and Stanley looked in Sims’ direction. Sims tracked the ball over his left shoulder, made a basket catch and hit the ground with his right foot for an incredible 37-yard reception with KSU defensive back Duke Shelley right next to him.

Sims’ catch helped the Jayhawks on a 9-play, 97-yard scoring drive, which was capped with a five-yard Taylor Martin touchdown run.

Defensive highlight: On two straight plays at the end of the first quarter, Kansas State needed one yard to pick up a first down from the 5-yard line. Backed up near the goal line, KU’s defense responded with two stops at the line of scrimmage.

On third down, J.J. Holmes stuffed Delton on a run with strong penetration into the backfield. The Wildcats kept their offense on the field for fourth down, but Mike Lee made an open field tackle to stop Delton on a sweep.

In the first half, the Wildcats ran seven plays inside of the red zone and netted a total of six yards.

Key stat: Return yards. For the third straight week, the Jayhawks allowed a special teams touchdown when D.J. Reed returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score in the first quarter. KU’s punt coverage wasn’t much better, allowing the Wildcats to return three punts for 61 yards.

Through five kick returns and three punt returns, the Wildcats totaled 244 yards to put themselves into strong field position. By comparison, the Jayhawks had four kick returns for 65 yards and one punt return for 13 yards.

Up next: The Jayhawks will play host to Baylor at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in a battle between the bottom two teams in the Big 12 standings.

HOW THEY SCORED

FIRST QUARTER

9:43 — Gabriel Rui 28 field goal. Ten-play drive for 73 yards, in 2:48. (KU 3, KSU 0.)

9:29 — D.J. Reed 99 kickoff return. Matthew McCrane kick. (KSU 7, KU 3.)

5:18 — Rui 42 field goal. Nine-play drive for 53 yards, in 4:07. (KSU 7, KU 6.)

SECOND QUARTER

5:23 — McCrane 31 field goal. Six-play drive for 25 yards, in 2:41. (KSU 10, KU 6.)

THIRD QUARTER

13:25 — Alex Barnes 3 run. McCrane kick. Three-play drive for 18 yards, in 1:24. (KSU 17, KU 6.)

6:21 — McCrane 36 field goal. Seven-play drive for 35 yards, in 3:46. (KSU 20, KU 6.)

FOURTH QUARTER

13:26 — Taylor Martin 5 run. Rui kick. Nine-play drive for 97 yards, in 3:25. (KSU 20, KU 13.)

7:36 — Barnes 9 run. McCrane kick. Three-play drive for 26 yards, in 1:25. (KSU 27, KU 13.)

6:51 — Steven Sims 60 pass from Carter Stanley. Rui kick. Two-play drive for 65 yards, in 0:37. (KSU 27, KU 20.)

1:21 — McCrane 41 field goal. Seven-play drive for 21 yards, in 2:52. (KSU 30, KU 20.)

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


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Comments

Buck Bukaty 3 weeks ago

The old man dodged a BB Gun.....he should retire before he embarrasses himself!

Ryan Woods 3 weeks ago

I hate to say I...... Who am I kidding. I told you all that Bender was the problem and Carter Stanley was the answer. Sure the coaches are idiots for not starting him and yes DeForest needs to go.

David Kemp 3 weeks ago

Big time needs to go. This was a gutter performance by special teams.

David Kemp 3 weeks ago

Special teams crushed us today. Defense always played on short field. Somebody needs to fall on the sword!!!!

Gary Wilson 3 weeks ago

Of all the reasons Beaty should be fired, starting the wrong QB all season is #1. The dude is clueless.

Brett McCabe 3 weeks ago

Related Reasons Beaty Should be Fired:

  1. Burning a precious scholarship on a JUCO QB who isn't as good as the QB who won the only meaningful game in Beaty's career.

  2. Kicking deep late in the game to a guy who ran one back on you. This decision alone lost the game and should get him fired.

  3. All the other stupid stuff he's done, which would extend this list to at least 20 bullet points.

Doug Stahler 3 weeks ago

OMG they pop up/pooched a kick and I thought "Wow they are adjusting to the personnel just like real coaches". Then they kick it deep again minutes later and you just have to watch in disbelief.

David Kemp 3 weeks ago

Still. Losing close doesn’t change by opinion of Beatty and co

Craig Alexander 3 weeks ago

I hope that Stanley truly was injured earlier in the year. Otherwise, they truly tanked their own year by not seeing what all of us have believed.

Richard Duran 3 weeks ago

This game proves without a doubt how in over his head Beatty is. Snider would have made the QB change after the Ohio game. Maybe After the SEMO game! Sims averaged 25 yds. per catch today. and the most amazing thing? Mesa Ribordy is the Offensive MVP!

Clarence Haynes 3 weeks ago

Some day the Hawks will put all facets of the game together. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Bryce Landon 3 weeks ago

Hopefully next week against winless Baylor.

Adam Engelbrecht 3 weeks ago

I will admit they played a bit better today as a whole. That doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot if you can't win IMO. Alas, better IS better.

As others have said, Special Teams really killed us today. I honestly don't know how Cole Moos is the starting punter. He averaged 32.3 yards/punt today. That'd be acceptable if he was pinning people inside the 20 every time, but he isn't. That's not ALL his fault, but he has got to punt better. I don't wish him ill, but glad he's a senior so maybe we can have someone better replace him next year.

Carter has to get tougher. He needs to make better decisions too. He has GOT to understand that it is JUST FINE to throw it out of bounds to avoid taking a sack. He doesn't get that and gets himself in trouble all the time because of it. I imagine he's just trying to do too much, and he needs to grow up and not try to be superman every play.

So incredibly jealous of ISU. They beat TCU today. I'd say they're gonna be ranked in the top 15-ish tomorrow.

Bryce Landon 3 weeks ago

For the first time since the SEMO game, I felt like Kansas actually put forth some effort. Right up until the final 3 minutes of the game, I felt like Kansas had a chance to pull off an upset. And for the first time in a long time, it hurts that we lost. So often this season and in seasons gone by, I knew we were going to lose and lose big, and it didn't faze me.

Based on today's effort, I feel like we have a legitimate chance to beat Baylor. But if we lose to winless Baylor, I'm done with Kansas football for good.

Tim Orel 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Until the week after.

I'm never, ever going to be done with KU football. I may grouse about it, but I grew up a Jayhawk and I'll always be a Jayhawk, for better, worse, or whatever sport.

Austin Lopez 3 weeks ago

I have been on this blog since the summer politicking for Carter Stanley to be the starter, even as far to saying Carter Stanley was going to save Beaty once Beaty figured out he was in trouble starting Bender and once that happened Beaty should be asked the resign for not noticing he had a D1 QB, and I also explained how Bender wasn’t a D1 QB and all Kansas was doing was taking developmental time from Carter Stanley. On my latest opinions about the QB issues posters like John Brazelton said my opinion on who should start at QB didn’t matter because I wasn’t donating millions of dollars to the KU Athletic department and then poster David Kemp said, “It doesn’t matter who the QB is, we have 5 linemen who can’t block.” And Bobby Nightengale a writer for kusports said on I believe it was the Iowa State game play by play live “What has Carter Stanley proven this season when he has played.” Well gentlemen and along with the individuals that agreed with David Kemp it seems you and a couple of others have been in the dark and didn’t watch the end of last season, I, along with a few on this blog knew Carter Stanley was a gamer and would be an upgrade to the offense due to his ability to run. Your football IQ seems to be below the average knowledgeable football person. Let’s break the numbers down, over the last 2 games Bender has managed to throw 8/19 attempts for 19 yards and an Interception verse Iowa State and 7/16 attempts for 16 yards verse TCU. With no TDS. Today, Vs Kansas State, Carter Stanley was 23/48, 418 passing yards and 1 TD AND 1 INT. I think Carter Stanley just put you guys on hush mode.

Bryce Landon 3 weeks ago

But Carter Stanley was sacked several times, which was one of several reasons that led to our downfall today.

Austin Lopez 3 weeks ago

Our down fall was special teams!!! I don't put blame on offense or defense ! If special teams play decent we win this game !

Bryce Landon 3 weeks ago

I wasn't putting all the blame on any one aspect of the game. Did you read my last sentence carefully when I said the sacks were one of several reasons that led to our downfall? The number of sacks we surrendered probably would have been just as many if Bender had been in, because our O-line sucks.

Now if Bender had played, we probably lose this game by 30. Instead, we only lost by 10. But it doesn't matter whether by 10 or by 30, a loss is still a loss. And we are still doomed to ninth consecutive losing season, a ninth consecutive year without a postseason appearance, and a ninth straight loss to KSU.

Austin Lopez 3 weeks ago

No blame should be put on offense or defense, IT'S ALL SPECIAL TEAMS BUDDY!

Aaron Paisley 3 weeks ago

Special teams didn't turn the ball over to start the 2nd half or drop about 10 passes today. The offense has plenty of blame today as well.

Adam Engelbrecht 3 weeks ago

You're ignoring integral parts of the game if you don't think Stanley made some huge mistakes today. He must make better decisions or it won't matter how good special teams plays that week.

Doug Stahler 3 weeks ago

I must have watched a different game game. The only huge mistake was the throw that was a dropped int. That is going to happen. Qbs will also fumble ocassionally since they often hold the ball in one hand. Several sacks were totally unavoidable - basically unblocked blitzes on the edges. Several throws were made to apparently route mixups which would not have happened if Carter had started from the get go. Several passes were dropped which is just part of of our game this year. He actually makes fast decisions and releases the ball so much quicker. He adds the running threat. The ball was spread really well and he mixed up throws to all parts of the field. He really played a very good game.

Austin Lopez 3 weeks ago

Also Bryce please explain to everyone how many TDs was everyone predicting KSU to win by? 3? 4? Maybe 5? Carter lead this team and you can argue if that ball thrown to fairs wasn't ripped away by the KSU defender its a 3 point lead for KSU and we have a chance to get the ball back with a onside kick.

David Kemp 3 weeks ago

I don't disagree carter is better, but Beatty is still not the coach to take this program forward.

Gerry Butler 3 weeks ago

KSU' two total touchdown drives combined? - - Total yardage? - -44yards -- let me say that again 44 yards. - -KSU starting field the 46 yard line. - - -This is not on Carter Stanley , this is squarely on the special teams. - -This is the 1st time that the defense actually stepped up making some big plays - - - Stanley 418 yards passing that's the 1st time since Reesing- - -KU outgained total yardage by like right at 125 yards - we had 482 yards of offense - - -Special teams , Special Teams Damn

David Kemp 3 weeks ago

Once again all of this is responsibility of head coach!

David Robinett 3 weeks ago

Carter was 23 of 48. He had a few high throws, but also 7 drops by receivers, plus Ben Johnson giving upon a ball he should have caught near the red zone. 30 of 48 would sound even better. And probably have Les to a win.

Agree special teams has been disastrous all season.

Gotta give Bowen some credit today. KSU did not play their best, but our D did shut out the Purple offense, and that is a feat.

Robert Brock 3 weeks ago

Stanley had the benefit of a healthy offensive line. We had everybody playing their natural positions and it showed. More time...voila!

Lucas Town 3 weeks ago

KSU played with a 3rd string QB and ran the same hand full of plays in the second half. I was surprised by Ku's effort but every time K-State needed it, they got it.

Beaty and Co. will be here through 2021 after this one.

Ian Ballinger 3 weeks ago

I am so proud of this team. Fought their hearts out til the end. See y'all next week. God bless Kansas!!!

Brett McCabe 3 weeks ago

Beaty screws KU football once again by not winning a winnable game at home, but doing just enough to keep the incompetence boat afloat.

A little surprised that no one has mentioned the dozen dropped passes; almost as damaging as the special teams play. We lost a game that any decent coach in America would have won.

David Kemp 3 weeks ago

Agreed I am not drinking the koolaid. A loss is still a loss.

Gerry Butler 3 weeks ago

hmmmm, the last time I knew - - -Coach couldn't run on the field and make those as you said the dozen dropped passes. - -No matter how many drills you run a team through - -the players are the one's who have to produce on the filed. - -Beaty can't catch the damn ball for them. - -I mean true they dropped the passes - -BUT here is a news flash THAT'S not on Beaty - -that's on the players

Brett McCabe 3 weeks ago

So, why have a coach, then? If the team can just go out and win games? it would save us a lot of money.

For reference, though, I was making two distinct points. Bad coaching decisions during the game, plus his overall management of the program cost us a winnable game today. There....better?

Titus Canby 3 weeks ago

I got to the stadium at noon. First thing I see is an airplane pulling a "Fire Zenger" banner. Effing embarrassing. It's one thing to want him fired and lobby for it. It's quite another to do it so publicly in front of the visiting team. I remember the years when we'd have some pride and fly a plane pulling a "Beat K-State" banner. Whoever ordered that should be ashamed of themselves.

Brett McCabe 3 weeks ago

Actually, no. Someone needs to pay attention and wake the f up. 100 years of bad football hasn't shamed any of our administrators, but flying a banner to point out their incompetence breaches your etiquette threshold?

Tired of the excuses, the incompetence, the millionaire buyouts and the ridiculously bad football program. Do your job, and people won't fly banners.

Austin Lopez 3 weeks ago

LMFAO, They wasn't playing about that banner.

Austin Lopez 3 weeks ago

Well everyone that's frustrated with the Football program, Please be kind enough to call or email the chancellor of Kansas. Douglas A. Girod, Email: Chancellor@ku.edu Phone: 785-864-3131. If you care about the Kansas football program voice your concerns.

Titus Canby 3 weeks ago

Much better than flying a banner in front of the opposing team. Thanks Austin.

Bryce Landon 3 weeks ago

Someone has to get the attention of Dr. Girod that Zenger's performance as AD is unacceptable.

Bryce Landon 3 weeks ago

Here is the e-mail I sent:

Dear Dr. Girod,

I am fed up with the current state of the Jayhawk football program. I am tired of the losing, the bad play, the incompetent coaching, the big money contracts given to failing coaches and athletic directors - all of it. Nothing is changing, nothing is getting better, and I see no reason to believe it ever will. And that starts with your athletic director, Dr. Sheahon Zenger.

Dr. Zenger was hired as AD in 2011 with the express purpose of turning around the football program after Coach Turner Gill ran the program into the ground. Instead, Dr. Zenger has accomplished exactly the opposite of what he was charged with accomplishing. He damaged the program even further by his hiring of Charlie Weis, and then proceeded to make things even worse with the hire of David Beaty.

The program has not improved under Beaty's watch in any tangible way. By Year 3 of his tenure, he should have been in a position to win no fewer than four games; yet he is on track to another 1-11 or 2-10 record. And to make it worse, we are a national laughingstock, what with appearing in ESPN's Not Top 10 with a horrible play by the offensive line in a loss at Ohio, being laughed at on national TV by Fox analyst Matt Leinart, and being ridiculed by ESPN's Dan Le Betard, Tony Kornheiser, and Michael Wilbon.

All this lies at the feet of Dr. Zenger. It doesn't matter to me that he got Rock Chalk Park built or made the volleyball team relevant or has a major renovation plan for Memorial Stadium. He was hired primarily to bring in coaches who can win and make Kansas competitive and respectable, and he has not done that.

For these reasons, you must relieve Dr. Zenger of his duties as Athletic Director. He has demonstrated he is incapable of finding the right coach to turn the KU football program around, and he cannot be trusted to replace David Beaty, who has shown he is incapable of turning the football program around. To continue to allow Zenger to remain in the employ of KU is to say that you are either okay with, or don't care about, the terrible state of the football program.

If Kansas loses to Baylor this coming Saturday, then I am done with Kansas football, and I will not support the program again until I see that real, legitimate, tangible progress is being made.

Sincerely, Bryce Landon

Jeff Coffman 3 weeks ago

I hope after this one Keegan is right. Zenger is moved to a fundraising position and a search for a new athletic director is initiated.

Barry Weiss 3 weeks ago

we still lost. there are no moral victories. winless in the b-12.

David Kemp 3 weeks ago

Agree how do you go goo goo over losing less to a mediocre team. We have certainly reset our sights low. You won't win many if any big 12 games scoring only 20 points!

Michael Leiker 3 weeks ago

It was amazing seeing the difference on the sidelines today. Penalty free half of football (save the declined penalty on the last play), are you kidding me where has that kind of discipline been!!!! Play of the game for me was watching Stanley toy with Goolsby and then lower his shoulder and get 3-5 extra yards. Stanley brings so much toughness to the position, and a little swagger. He's got just a touch of Reesing in him. The side step of the oncoming rusher then step up in the pocket to hit Sims immediately made me think of Reesing-Meier (I know, sacrilegious, sorry). Just amazing after the guts he showed and the progress the entire team showed with Stanley at qb end of last year that we have not gotten to see him every possible second he was available this year. Just can't help but feeling like we've been robbed of something this year. Of course KSU is horrible. It's really nice seeing them regress like they have with Snyder at the helm. It sure feels like they are right where they were in 2005. Little light at the end of the tunnel today...

Larry Jackson 3 weeks ago

Bullheaded, stubborn Beaty finally started the right QB. Because Beath has failed to recognize the obvious 2 seasons in a row he must GO!

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