Saturday, November 23, 2019

Quick recap: KU football drops 41-31 decision at Iowa State

Kansas head coach Les Miles watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Kansas head coach Les Miles watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)


Kansas traded punches with Iowa State down the stretch, but ultimately suffered a 41-31 loss Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium. The Jayhawks claimed a lead on two different drives in the final 16 minutes, though it was unable to hang on for what would have been the team’s first road win in Big 12 play since 2008.

The Jayhawks fall to 3-8, including 1-7 in Big 12 play, with one game left during Les Miles’ first year at the helm. Iowa State improved to 7-4, including a 5-3 clip against conference foes. The Cyclones have now won nine of their last 10 meetings with the Jayhawks, including five in a row.

Considering the previous two games against Kansas State and Oklahoma State, it was an impressive performance by KU. The offense came alive once again, finishing with 493 yards of total offense. The Jayhawks even had to settle for three field goals in the first half, which led to a 14-9 deficit at the intermission.

Leading 34-31 with 1:09 remaining, Iowa State went for it on fourth down on the KU’s 4-yard line. ISU quarterback Brock Purdy threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Sean Shaw to give the Cyclones a 41-31 advantage.

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

• The game turned when: When the Jayhawks took their first lead on the road.

It set the stage for a thrilling finish between conference foes. Out of the I-Formation, KU quarterback Carter Stanley faked the handoff and rolled to his right. He hit Spencer Roe, who is from Lawrence Free State, for a 2-yard touchdown connection.

The score gave the Jayhawks a 24-21 advantage with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Iowa State answered, but Kansas responded right back as well. ISU eventually claimed a 34-31 lead with 5:10 remaining on a 5-yard touchdown run by ISU quarterback Brock Purdy.

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• Offensive highlight: This game featured a number of Pooka plays.

KU’s sophomore running back piled up 121 yards on 11 carries in the first half alone. He broke free for multiple explosive runs as well. His longest run came on a 48-yard gain on a play that started deep in KU territory.

Williams had to hesitate to find an open running lane, but was able to dart through the Iowa State defense for a big play.

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Later in the game, Carter Stanley delivered a touchdown strike to Stephon Robinson that was also worthy of a mention in the offensive highlight section. Stanley hit Robinson in stride, as he got behind the ISU secondary for the go-ahead score in the final quarter.

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• Defensive highlight: All things considered, KU’s defense turned in another solid effort this weekend.

That was evident from the start, when Kansas forced Iowa State into a pair of three-and-outs on the first two possessions. It allowed the Jayhawks to take a 3-0 advantage, which marked the second time that they led out of the gate during Big 12 play.

For comparison, Iowa State ranked second in the Big 12 in scoring during league play entering this weekend.

But the top defensive play occurred In the second half, when Mike Lee notched KU’s first takeaway of the day off a tipped pass by Jay Dineen. Stanley threw a touchdown pass to Roe just four plays later.

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• Up next: Kansas will play host to Baylor in the final game of the 2019 campaign.



6:25 — Liam Jones 36 field goal. Ten-play drive for 40 yards, in 3:19. (KU 3, ISU 0.)

3:44 — La’Michael Pettway 25 pass from Brock Purdy. Connor Assalley kick. Five-play drive for 75 yards, in 2:41. (ISU 7, KU 3.)

0:49 — Jones 37 field goal. Eight-play drive for 49 yards, in 2:49. (ISU 7, KU 6.)


3:44 — Breece Hall 1 run. Assalley kick. Fifteen-play drive for 80 yards, in 6:04. (ISU 14, KU 6.)

0:10 — Jones 30 field goal. Ten-play drive for 85 yards, in 1:26. (ISU 14, KU 9.)


11:12 — Pettway 4 pass from Purdy. Assalley kick. Eight-play drive for 59 yards, in 2:46. (ISU 21, KU 9.)

1:30 — Pooka Williams 27 pass form Carter Stanley. Jones kick. Ten-play drive for 62 yards, in 2:59. (ISU 21, KU 16.)

0:13 — Spencer Roe 2 pass from Stanley. Parchment pass from Stanley. Four-play drive for 38 yards, in 1:10. (KU 24, ISU 21.)


13:42 — Hall 24 pass from Purdy. Assalley kick blocked. Four-play drive for 57 yards, in 1:21. (ISU 27, KU 24.)

10:42 — Stephon Robinson 40 pass from Stanley. Jones kick. Seven-play drive for 73 yards, in 2:54. (KU 31, ISU 27.)

5:10 — Purdy 5 run. Assalley kick. Nine-play drive for 71 yards, in 5:27. (ISU 34, KU 31.)

1:09 — Sean Shaw 4 pass from Purdy. Assalley kick good. Seven-play drive for 37 yards, in 3:05. (ISU 41, KU 31)


Phil Leister 2 years ago

Unfortunately the progress this year’s team had made won’t be reflected in the win column. But progress has absolutely been made. Can’t wait to see what Les does with a couple of his own recruiting classes under his belt.

Dane Pratt 2 years ago

Agree. I wonder if any coaches will be given their pink slips after the Baylor game.

Jeff Kallmeyer 2 years ago

I think we have the worst O & D lines in Division I football. I feel sorry for Pooka, he'd probably be a Heisman Trophy candidate if we had even a half decent line!

Bee Bee 2 years ago

The D is dreadful. They are slow, miss tackles and have little football instinct. ISU ran the same pass play 15 times and the d backs were clueless every time. That and the D line is weak and gets no pressure.

Steven Haag 2 years ago

Last year KU scores 286 points and our opponents scored 360 points. So far this year: KU 276 points and our opponents scored 372 points.

The head coach can only do so much. The OC and DC, quarterbacks coach, etc are responsible as well. Year one under Miles and we will most likely have worse numbers than Beatys last year.

I hope he can turn things around, but if we are being honest, most of you Beaty haters thought we would not have worse numbers than those under Beaty last year.

Brett McCabe 2 years ago

Steven apparently speaks for everyone. No, we Beaty haters didn’t have super high expectations because dumb David left the roster a mess, the new coach was going to have to start from scratch, hire a staff and try and compete while carrying the weakest roster in the conference after four years of Beaty mismanagement.

What we Beaty haters understand is that It will take three years to rebuild the roster but that this team must be better next year than it is this year. That’s the sign of a good coach. And Bee Bee is probably right, a new D.C. will probably be required.

Steven Haag 2 years ago

Yo Brett, maybe you need to talk to coach Miles. He himself said that he had a good team, that we were CLOSE to being a very good team. You don’t say that with a bare cupboard like you profess......but nice try

Austin Lopez 2 years ago

@steven Last years team was by far more talented than this years team, give Miles last year team and I think we are going to a bowl game. Miles was left with scrapes, I mean the Beaty guy left him with 1 recruit in last years class, also what Coach is going to come out and say his team sucks. That’s a PR nightmare out the gate. I don’t consider this year worse than last year we won a power 5 road game in how many years?

Steven Haag 2 years ago

Most everybody agrees that our defense is terrible. Last year when we were terrible on defense, most everybody was screaming to Beatys head. This year, it’s the Defensive Coordinator that needs to go, but not the head coach? Seems like a double standard. Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe that Beaty was not a very good coach and was in way over his head and needed to be let go. We should have beaten Coastal Carolina, West Virginia and Texas. Win those and we are bowling this year....with Beaty recruits. Miles had to throw a staff together, in short order, so I’m fully expecting a few current employees to not be on the sidelines next September. But this year looks a whole lot like last year, and based upon posts from early on after the hiring, most people were expecting something different

Dane Pratt 2 years ago

The bar is low but as it stands today, this might be the best KU team this decade. In terms of how well we played against our opponents this year is not much different than last year. Last year we lost 3 games by a combined 14 points, this year we lost 3 games by a combined 12 points. But two of our losses this year (Texas & Iowa State) were on the road and the win against Boston College was also on the road. Maybe splitting hairs but the big difference was last year was Beatty’s 4th season and this is Mile’s first.

Austin Lopez 2 years ago

Also Miles had has OC poached for a HC job with little time left to find a decent replacement. I believe if Miles goes into this season with his guy at OC we win those games vs , CC, and WV.

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