Sunday, October 20, 2019

A Tom Herman question unintentionally motivated Carter Stanley and Jayhawks

Kansas' Carter Stanley (9) looks to pass under pressure from Texas' Ta'Quon Graham (49) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Kansas' Carter Stanley (9) looks to pass under pressure from Texas' Ta'Quon Graham (49) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


Austin, Texas — In college football, motivational ploys know no bounds. And it appears one such behind-the-scenes tactic carried out by the Kansas staff this past week left its mark on quarterback Carter Stanley.

After the senior helped the Jayhawks take a 1-point lead late in the fourth quarter at Texas on Saturday night with successful touchdown and 2-point conversion throws, Stanley could be seen on The Longhorn Network’s broadcast of the game blowing a kiss to the UT crowd and flashing a “Horns down” gesture with both of his hands.

Following a 50-48 Texas victory, solidified by a last-second field goal 1:11 after Stanley’s display, the senior QB explained what led to him punctuating KU’s go-ahead score in that manner.

“Definitely an emotional game. I think we received a lot of disrespect before this game,” Stanley began, while speaking with a small group of reporters after head coach Les Miles’ press conference.

“I actually love Texas,” Stanley continued. “I love everything about this place, really, except for kind of one guy on the coaching staff on that sideline. You’ll probably figure out who it is based off his press conference earlier this week. So I don’t have a lot of respect for that individual. But it was unfortunate we came up short.”

Although UT head coach Tom Herman didn’t say anything derogatory about the Jayhawks (2-5 overall, 0-4 Big 12) leading up to the Big 12 matchup at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, it appears Stanley and other KU offensive players were presented a line from Herman’s Monday session out of context.

Roughly 17 minutes into his press conference, which came two days after UT’s rivalry game loss to Oklahoma, a reporter referenced the next game on the schedule, against KU.

“We actually play a game this week?” a smiling Herman asked.

KU receiver Andrew Parchment referred to those exact words when discussing why he thought the Jayhawks felt disrespected.

While the Jayhawks showed no signs in their postgame remarks that they were made aware of the circumstances of Herman’s question, the ruse seemed to have its intended effect.

The Jayhawks produced a new season-high for total offensive yards with 569. Stanley completed 27 of his 47 throws, connecting with nine different targets for 310 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Pooka Williams Jr. rushed for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Stephon Robinson Jr. caught seven passes for 67 yards and two TDs, Kwamie Lassiter II hauled in five passes for 66 yards, Parchment made three catches for 83 yards and a score and Daylon Charlot finished with three receptions for 47 yards as KU kept the field spread and the chains moving.

A fiery Stanley hoped the offensive display, which came in the debut of new offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon, would double as a bit of a message.

“We can and will do this every single weekend, if we play our game and we execute,” Stanley said. “I think the rest of the Big 12 should start taking Kansas a little bit more seriously.”

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Andy Godwin 1 year, 5 months ago

Unfortunately Texas gets the last laugh. A loss is a loss whether by 2 point or 20. I am not a fan of moral victories. It is clear that Texas is not a title contender due to their porous defense and that KU competed and put themselves in position to win. However too many mistakes, poor special teams (wow really) and a defense, who made two big turnovers in a 50 point 4th quarter, but couldn’t make a stop with the game on the line. I predicted a BC repeat, KU 48 - UT 24, but clearly KU can’t get over the hump and get all three phases of the game to perform at a level necessary to win on the road in the Big 12 against a ranked opponent.

Gerry Butler 1 year, 5 months ago

It's call progress - -proud of the guys Thanks

Randy Bombardier 1 year, 5 months ago

Great game, terrific effort. Irony is if we hadn't played it safe by trying to.kick an extra point, we win. Very proud of team. Great debut from Dearmon.

So Andy, guessing you're not one of the fans who gave the team an ovation after the wvu game.

Dane Pratt 1 year, 5 months ago

Surprising that anyone on the KU sidelines would be taunting the crowd when your defense had surrendered 47 points and there is 1:11 left.

Steve Corder 1 year, 5 months ago

I think most B12 teams have taken notice of this one game, with a raised eyebrow. However, they will take the Jayhawks seriously when they start winning. This Texas Tech game may be the pivot point.

Mike Auer 1 year, 5 months ago

I have not doubt that Tom Herman meant that as a slight. I am not sure you offered any context in that story to suggest it was not a slight. I know I saw him in post game interviews last night talking about the game and making excuses. He claimed they had 4 turnovers. Not converting a fourth down may be called "turning it over on downs" but it is not the same as other turnovers. You were trying to get a first down and failed to do so in four attempts which is 33% more than the normal three attempts.

Jason Spangler 1 year, 5 months ago

What do you mean Herman’s comments were “taken out of context”? They were exactly what Parchment said they were. If we’re wrong can you please explain what you mean?

Texas opened with 4 straight games (Week 1 - 4). They had their bye week September 28th (Week 5). Week 6 they played WVU, Week 7 they played OU, and now Week 8 they play KU.

Week 9 they play TCU, Week 10 is their 2nd bye, Week 11 - 14 finish with KSU, Iowa State, Baylor and Tech.

There is nothing remotely special about the circumstances surrounding UT’s game against KU. Herman saying “We have a game this week?” is the definition of disrespect.

All that being said, if you’re gonna “horns down” you better be damn sure you’re winning the game. OU does it cause they win. Stanley looked like a tool but oh well... these things happen.

Tim Orel 1 year, 5 months ago

Well, I didn't see the gesture, but I do appreciate that the offense had confidence in the defense, even if it ultimately was wrong. One of these days, and soon, I hope, he'll be right and will continue to be right.

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