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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bears welcome Jayhawks to Big 12 play with 26-7 defeat

Kansas linebacker Osaze Ogbebor (31) trips down Baylor running back Trestan Ebner (25) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Waco, Texas.

Kansas linebacker Osaze Ogbebor (31) trips down Baylor running back Trestan Ebner (25) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Waco, Texas.

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The harsh reality of Big 12 football hit visiting Kansas hard Saturday afternoon inside Baylor’s McLane Stadium.

After winning their final two nonconference games by an average margin of more than 30 points, the Jayhawks couldn’t score on the Bears until six-plus minutes into the third quarter and stumbled to a 26-7 loss.

BU led 23-0 by halftime after out-gaining KU (2-2 overall, 0-1 Big 12) 256-48 in the opening 30 minutes.

The Jayhawks picked up only five 1st downs before intermission with the Bears (3-1, 1-0) stifling their rushing attack.

Kansas finished the loss with 271 total yards, to Baylor’s 446.

Senior KU quarterback Peyton Bender completed 10 of 17 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore backup QB Miles Kendrick connected on two of his four throws for seven yards. Junior Carter Stanley played late, netting 37 yards on four-for-six passing

The KU offense went without a turnover for a third consecutive game.

KU lost its 41st straight true Big 12 road game.

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

• The game turned when: The KU rushing attack couldn’t find any early rhythm or success against the largest, fastest defenders the Jayhawks have faced so far this season.

Not including BU’s two first-half sacks, which sent KU a combined 20 yards in the wrong direction, the visitors only ran for 20 yards on 11 true rushing attempts before halftime.

Even true freshman Pooka Williams, coming off consecutive 100-yard outings, lost yardage on three of his nine first-half carries, which netted all of 16 yards.

By the end of a long afternoon for the KU offense, Williams completed his Big 12 debut with 89 of the team’s 122 rushing yards — with 72 coming on one third-quarter carry.

• Offensive highlight: Not much looked good about KU’s offense during a rough conference opener.

But sophomore Stephon Robinson made the team’s most impressive effort of the first half on a pass over the middle from Peyton Bender.

The throw was on a trajectory to sail high over the 5-foot-10, 170-pound transfer from El Camino Junior College, but Robinson leapt high to get his fingers on it. Then, when he couldn’t bring it in on the initial touch, Robinson kept his eyes on the tipped ball and completed a difficult 28-yard catch.

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• Defensive highlight: With no takeaways for KU’s defense this week, the Jayhawks had difficulty replicating the electricity that made back-to-back convincing victories against Central Michigan and Rutgers possible.

As usual, though, redshirt senior linebacker Joe Dineen racked up tackles for the unit.

Dineen made 13 total stops (11 solo) at BU. And with two tackles for loss, Dineen moved up to fourth place all-time in the KU record books for career TFLs (37), moving past former KU linebacker Ben Heeney (35).

• Key stat: Everything that Charlie Brewer did before halftime.

The Bears’ sophomore quarterback could seemingly do no wrong early on, putting his team in thorough control.

Brewer completed 11 of his 14 throws in the first half for 151 yards and three touchdowns, often showing off his arm strength and precision.

What’s more, Brewer also led BU in rushing yards in the first half, averaging 9.7 yards per attempt on the ground and totaling 58.

Brewer finished the Big 12 opener with 277 total yards and three TDs.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will be back at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium next Saturday to play host to Oklahoma State (11 a.m. kickoff).

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

5:35 — Chris Platt 22 pass from Charlie Brewer. Connor Martin kick. Six-play drive for 47 yards, in 3:48. (BU 7, KU 0.)

SECOND QUARTER

14:52 — Tyquan Thornton 39 pass from Brewer. Martin kick. Six-play drive for 69 yards, in 2:40. (BU 14, KU 0.)

4:32 — Martin 45 field goal. Twelve-play drive for 55 yards, in 6:43. (BU 17, KU 0.)

1:37 — Josh Fleeks 34 pass from Brewer. Martin kick failed. Four-play drive for 46 yards, in 1:16. (BU 23, KU 0.)

THIRD QUARTER

8:32 — Jeremiah Booker 10 pass from Peyton Bender. Gabriel Rui kick. Seven-play drive for 90 yards, in 2:28. (BU 23, KU 7.)

5:00 — Martin 27 field goal. Nine-play drive for 65 yards, in 3:32. (BU 26, KU 7.)

Comments

Doug Cramer 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Maybe he is, but it’s very evident that he never had the talent to compete with anyone in this league.

He inherited a disaster. It’s a tough job that only Mangino has been able to turn around.

Dane Pratt 2 months, 3 weeks ago

He was probably gone before the season started but unless the wheels fall off I'd like to see him finish the season.

Barry Weiss 2 months, 3 weeks ago

B-12 lines are just going to make things tough to even hope for a win in conference.

Dane Pratt 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Could have and probably should have been way worse but give credit to the defense for not mailing it in the second half.

As a consolation, Mizoo, K-State and my personal least favorite team (outside of MU & KSU) Nebraska all went down. So the day wasn’t a total loss.

Dane Pratt 2 months, 3 weeks ago

… and Iowa lost. So to the jackwagon who bailed on the Jayhawks, up yours!

Steven Haag 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This is the best talent he has had since he got here. It’s year 4 and it is definitely the “make or break” year. We are no longer the bottom 10 in the country, but I’m afraid this coaching staff is not going to be able to compete in the Big XII. Long is probably looking at options every week from here on out.

Randy Bombardier 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I thought Baylor was mugging our pass rushers early on giving them all day to pass. The no calls made a huge difference in the outcome. Still I think we played tough. Defense was actually pretty solid. Otherwise, really frustrated with our quarterback play.

Armen Kurdian 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm completely bewildered not only by much of the offensive play calling, but how they were set up & executed. Throwing short of the sticks with no blocking support, getting away from the run too early, switching quarterbacks over & over, just depressing to watch. Credit the defense for adjusting in the second half, but you KNOW they have a mobile and fast quarterback, and you leave the middle of the field unguarded.

This was a winnable game. The players had the talent to win it, and was lost by the coaching staff, period.

Joe Ross 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes. Beaty will most likely be gone at the end of the season. I thought that even before the Baylor game, though. I do see ground made up on Baylor from last year, though. We lost by 28 last year and lost by 19 this year. However, when we lost by 28 we had home field advantage which, when applying optics, amounts to a home field advantage given away. When Baylor won this year by 19, the advantage was obviously in their favor. Suppose for the sake of argument that the swing (when adding the advantage Kansas forfeited last year to the advantage gained by Baylor this year) amounts to 14 points. Fourteen plus the differential of 9 is 23. About 3 touchdowns and a field goal. According to this line of reasoning, that is the advantage we closed on Baylor from this time a year ago. I mean Baylor still had to keep playing, despite the miscues from Kansas. As bad as the play was, at times, we kept Baylor closer than the amount we beat Rutgers and Central Michigan by.

Anyway I think the progress is evident, and it would be pretty satisfactory...in year two, or perhaps even three. But in year four of a tenure you expect the program to turn the corner a bit less wide.

Brett McCabe 2 months, 3 weeks ago

We scored seven points against the second-to-worst team in the conference. Progress is evident? Joe, I'm not trying to be an a** but we all have to raise our expectations. Minus the 72-yard rush, this was a mauling, by a really bad football team.

I don't understand why there is so much hand-wringing over this program.

Hire someone who knows how to coach football. Is it really that hard?

Jeff Monken....Please! Les Miles....Please! Willie Fritz.....Please!

Al Martin 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I think you're misinterpreting his comment. Nowhere was he handwringing over Beatty's likely departure. But we are improved over last year. Last year we got manhandled by mid-majors. We've gone from historically godawful to merely godawful. And that doesn't meet anyone's expectations.

Aaron Paisley 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Making progress doesn't mean you've reached the finish line yet, it means you're further along than which should be evident to everyone. Last year, KU wasn't capable of blowing out bad teams, this year they did it twice.

KU didn't even have missed opportunities against Baylor last year, this year, KU left points on the field. It's not where any of us want KU to be, but it is progress from last year. Most likely not enough to save Beaty's job, but it's still progress.

Brett McCabe 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Sorry. I saw absolutely no progress as compared to last year. We nearly were shut out.

Look at Rutgers and CMU's results this year. The combined rosters of those two teams couldn't beat Baylor.

There literally has been no progress made and the program has been made worse by Beaty's mishandling of our scholarships. We are going backwards.

Dane Pratt 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I guess you have to be a glass is half full kind of guy to see improvement but I saw it in the second half. Our secondary got scorched 3 times and their QB escaped the pocket multiple times for first downs in the first half. But our offense never got going. We were 4-14 on 3rd down and that gave the battle of field position to Baylor.

Steve Corder 2 months, 3 weeks ago

You’re not going to win in this league without a good QB.

This is a better team than past years, but...

David Kemp 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Maybe except for Kendrick Bender nor Stanley would’ve even on somebody’s depth chart. Other teams seem to find true fr who throw for 300 ypg. We are trying to compete with guys at qb who just can’t make plays

Steven Haag 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Amen Steve. How freaking hard is it to get even a decent quarterback. To whomever can bring in a quarterback, award them keys to the city

Kevin Robert Fest 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Aaaannnnddddd back to reality. I was just hoping that they would be competitive. No O line today, defense couldnt get off the field. We've seen this before. I guess we can't play Rutgers every week, was fun for 2 weeks anyway. Better game next week l hope.

You could see as soon as things didn't go KUs way, you could see the players body language change to "here we go again " mode.

Good call Bryson KU by 17. Love your passion but you are blinded by it. Reality is the better option.

Payton Jimison 2 months, 3 weeks ago

4 false starts with 15,000 people in the seats. Meacham should be fired before Monday, what in the world was the 3 back set that lost more yards than it gained. Receivers can’t even find the sticks for a first down. Beyond a 70 yard run by pooka why is miles even in. HOW IS THIS A POWER 5 OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF?!?!

Aaron Paisley 2 months, 3 weeks ago

There was a lot more than 15000 in the seats. I was at the game yesterday and it was about 75% full.

Jason Venable 2 months, 3 weeks ago

They aren't a power 5 coaching staff. High school maybe...

Aaron Paisley 2 months, 3 weeks ago

KU did have some missed scoring opportunities yesterday that would've changed momentum for the game. Rui's missed FG, Baylor's fumbled punt at the end of the second quarter, and Loneker's dropped interception in the 3rd quarter that would've been a pick 6 for KU if he held onto it. That's potentially 17 points KU left on the field yesterday and the difference between good teams and bad teams like KU.

David Kemp 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Over last three games defense has dropped more interceptions than Bender has completed! Well not really, but it’s time to throw downfield more and make big plays. I know biggest problem is Bender doesn’t feel the rush or know where his reads are which is why I think pooka out of backfield good bet

Brett McCabe 2 months, 3 weeks ago

We had fewer than 40 yards in the first two quarters of play. Without a magnificent play by Pooka, we likely get shut out by a team that won one game last year.

If you are going to start listing what if's, be balanced. What if Baylor hadn't gone into protection mode in the second half? Would they have dropped 14 more on us?

Everyone saw what happened. We got manhandled, again, by the next-weakest team in the conference. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

David Kemp 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Agree and Bender was bad last year and he is just as bad this year. Clearly as we get into big 12 play he gives us no chance to win and I do not want to see more games like last years Iowa state and tcu.

Aaron Paisley 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Baylor didn't let up in the second half until near the end of the game. Clint Bowen finally made the adjustment to spy Brewer the second half to eliminate his running ability and that's what slowed the Baylor offense down.

If you were paying attention to what I wrote, clearly you weren't, you would have noticed that 0 of the 3 plays I specifically pointed out were offensive plays. 2 of them were special teams (FG and Punt) and the 3rd was a defensive play.

Dane Pratt 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Baylor put the ball in the air more times in the 2nd than the 1st so I don't think that can be considered protection mode. The defense made adjustments and gave the offense an opportunity to get back in the game. They also had 3 sacks in the 2nd half. 26 points is not a horrible defensive showing. We scored more than 26 points 4 times last year.

David Kemp 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Last time I checked 7 points will win 0 big 12 games

Dane Pratt 2 months, 3 weeks ago

You should check more often. 7 points would have beaten K-State yesterday.

Lucas Town 2 months, 3 weeks ago

K-State is dealing with their own issues, and I don't doubt that Snyder will fix what is going on there, but West Virginia looked like a very solid team. It was their defense that looked incredibly fast. I'm not reading into the Oklahoma game too much but West Virginia might/could win the Big 12. TCU went down to Texas, I didn't see that coming.

Dane Pratt 2 months, 3 weeks ago

K-State looks vulnerable but I suspect by the time we play them Snyder will have his issues ironed out. And to David's point 7 points won't win you many games.

David Kemp 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This staff makes no adjustments. In a game like this you need to make adjustments from series to series because if u don’t the game is over by halftime and it’s too late. Hate to say Stanley needs to play. Bender gives us no chance period.

Dane Pratt 2 months, 2 weeks ago

After four games I think we've seen the best that Bender can do but in his defense his receiving corp could do a better job. Stanley is better at finding an open receiver than Kendrick and even though he has good wheels he doesn't rely on them the way Kendrick does. I can see why picking the starting QB was a difficult decision for the coaching staff.

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