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Friday, September 13, 2019

KU’s offense comes alive to soar past Boston College for 48-24 win

(Boston, MA, 09/13/19) Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Carter Stanley (9) hurdles over Boston College defenders Tate Haynes (7) and Nolan Borgersen during the first half of an NCAA football game at Boston College in Boston, Mass., on Friday, September 13, 2019.

(Boston, MA, 09/13/19) Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Carter Stanley (9) hurdles over Boston College defenders Tate Haynes (7) and Nolan Borgersen during the first half of an NCAA football game at Boston College in Boston, Mass., on Friday, September 13, 2019.

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. — Wielding an offense that somehow remained sheathed the first two weeks of the season, Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley and the Jayhawks’ skill players around him left a heavily favored Boston College staggered much of Friday night at Alumni Stadium.

The same KU players who struggled to score and sustain drives as recently as six days earlier breathed new life into the season with the help of a spread out offensive scheme that fueled a 48-24 road win and gained 567 yards in front of an announced crowd of 32,848.

Despite a start that made the Jayhawks look like the same turnover-prone offense of weeks — and years — past, Stanley recovered from an interception on his second throw of the night and a KU punt on the second series of the nonconfernce finale to lead the Jayhawks on seven consecutive scoring drives.

Both Khalil Herbert (187 yards, one touchdown) and Pooka Williams (121 yards, one TD) easily topped 100 rushing yards, Stanley (20-for-27) threw for 238 more and receiver Andrew Parchment made sure BC kept guessing on defense, putting up 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions.

With a harvest moon shining on Friday the 13th, the game turned into a horrific scene for the Eagles (2-1) by the opening minutes of the second half.

Herbert seemed to have open freeways worth of room every time he touched the ball. And with BC dazed the Jayhawks (2-1) skillfully added to their halftime lead.

Already enjoying a touchdown’s worth of breathing room in the second half without Williams dosing out any of his typical spectacular plays, the star sophomore running back from Louisiana pushed the Jayhawks’ comfort level to 14 points on a 12-yard run with 5:25 left in the third quarter.

The KU defense made sure the Eagles couldn’t build any confidence or momentum afterward, too, forcing BC to its second three and out in a row at a crucial juncture of the game.

Junior kicker Liam Jones pushed KU’s lead to seven just a few minutes into the third quarter with a 24-yard field goal that capped a 12-play drive. Holder Donovan Gagen made it possible by somehow recovering what looked to be a botched hold and getting it in place just in time for Jones to kick it through the uprights, making it a 31-24 KU advantage.

The first half couldn’t have ended much better for the Jayhawks, who only had 45 seconds and a prayer to respond to a Boston College touchdown on a trick play that QB Anthony Brown caught for a go-ahead touchdown.

On KU’s first play of the drive, Herbert shot down the west sideline as BC defensive backs on that half of the field paid attention to Parchment. Herbert nearly scored by himself but settled for an 82-yard gain that put KU three yards from the goal line.

Two plays later, Stanley slung a quick strike to Parchment in the end zone, allowing KU to head to halftime up 28-24. The visitors averaged 9.7 yards per play in the first half.

Kansas took its first lead of the game just a few minutes earlier, with Stanley in a groove and hitting just about every receiver in his sights, including back-to-back 21-yard connections with Kwamie Lassiter II to open the series. The fifth-year senior QB completed an 81-yard TD drive by dropping a four-yard pass in Parchment’s hands, over and past two BC defenders.

Benefiting from a 37-yard kickoff return from redshirt freshman speedster Jamahl Horne in the final seconds of the first quarter, KU proved this one would be more interesting than anticipated with senior fullback Hudson Hall plunging in for a one-yard TD after Parchment picked up 37 yards on a catch to set it up.

After a seemingly disastrous start and playing in a 10-0 hole midway through the first quarter, the KU offense responded with what at the time looked out of character and was likely its best sequence of the young season to date.

Stanley and Williams took turns gashing the BC defense and KU traveled 78 yards in eight plays when such a scenario seemed implausible given the offense’s recent struggles.

But after Stanley’s early interception he rattled off 11 completions in a row, and the Jayhawks who lost at home to Coastal Carolina seemed to no longer exist as the offense proved it could adjust and evolve.

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

12:41 — A.J. Dillon 2 run. Aaron Boumerhi kick. Seven-play drive for 75 yards, in 2:19. (BC 7, KU 0.)

11:09 — Boumerhi 40 field goal. Four-play drive for 4 yards, in 0:43. (BC 10, KU 0.)

3:27 — Jack Luavasa 19 pass from Carter Stanley. Liam Jones kick. Eight-play drive for 78 yards, in 3:54. (BC 10, KU 7.)

0:17 — Korab Idrizi 20 pass from Anthony Brown. Boumerhi kick. Ten-play drive for 73 yards, in 3:05. (BC 17, KU 7.)

SECOND QUARTER

14:19 — Hudson Hall 1 run. Jones kick. Three-play drive for 48 yards, in 0:50. (BC 17, KU 14.)

3:41 — Andrew Parchment 4 pass from Stanley. Jones kick. Eleven-play drive for 81 yards in 5:15. (KU 21, BC 17.)

0:45 — Brown 12 pass from C.J. Lewis. Boumerhi kick. Eight-play drive for 72 yards, in 2:48. (BC 24, KU 21.)

0:05 — Parchment 3 pass from Stanley. Jones kick. Four-play drive for 85 yards, in 0:35. (KU 28, BC 24.)

THIRD QUARTER

10:24 — Jones 24 field goal. Twelve-play drive for 69 yards, in 4:32. (KU 31, BC 24.)

5:25 — Pooka Williams 12 run. Jones kick. Eight-play drive for 87 yards, in 3:12. (KU 38, BC 24.)

0:35 — Jones 30 field goal. Nine-play drive for 60 yards, in 3:57. (KU 41, BC 24.)

FOURTH QUARTER

5:44 — Khalil Herbert 6 run. Jones kick. One-play drive for 6 yards in 0:06. (KU 48, BC 24.)

Comments

Ryan Mullen 2 months ago

This will be considered the day the program finally took a turn. Good job today boys. I will be rooting hard the rest of the season no matter what happens.

Dane Pratt 2 months ago

OK, so who were those impostors wearing KU uniforms in weeks one and two? Is this the real KU football team?

Duane S Boor 2 months ago

What a great day to be a Jayhawk!

Michael Maris 2 months ago

After last weeks game, tonight's game is simply AMAZING. What a Road trip win (after all of the agonizing years of the past 10 years) and a breaking road game loss streaks.

Matt Gauntt 2 months ago

Wonder how many of the folks trashing the Coach, Stanley, and the rest of the team last week are going to be posting today how they might have gone just a wee bit overboard last week.

Matt Gauntt 2 months ago

Perhaps true, but the hysteria was not

Kevin Robert Fest 2 months ago

WTF was that?!!! 🤗 First road win against power 5 team since 2008. To break that streak while seriously trying to turn program around is HUGE!!! Was that even the same team that played Ist and CC? OMG lots to be excited about but this is a good start. Maybe the last game kick started Stanley into making better decisions. Someone tell him to slide once in awhile or he's going to get his head taken off. But love the ba@#s. Stay grounded and don't get too excited. I'll l wanted this season was to be competitive so this is a good confidence builder. Build on this one that's all l ask. 3-0 would be better but l'll take this. Never would have had a chance in a game like this with our previous 3 coaches.

Dirk Medema 2 months ago

Since you brought it up Kevin, I was thinking it reminds me a bit of GT & TG.

And while you tend to want your QB to avoid injury, sometimes, at the CFB level in particular, having a QB go ALL out can be a real motivator for the rest of the team. It might be that's why he's starting; because he's leading his teammates better.

Dale Rogers 2 months ago

And to beat all, we didn't just "slide by." We won by 24. BC preseason ranking in the ACC was 9th of 14 teams. Middle of the pack. Not a slouch.

Brian Skelly 2 months ago

 I'll be chaffed -- not nearly as much as the team -- if we end up 5-7 after that game last week.   3-0 at this point and being bowl eligible isn't so insane.    Going 4-5 in conference seems unlikely though.

 Progress is good though.

Barry Weiss 2 months ago

Wow Coach had this team prepared like no other. This could be the game that gives these kids the confidence to turn a decade of defeat around.

Len Shaffer 2 months ago

Such an unexpected thrill to be at this game! It was especially awesome to go down by the field at the end and join the KU fans in doing the Rock Chalk Chant and giving high-fives to the players as they left the field.

I said to one of the other KU fans as we were leaving, "It's great to be Nebraska for a change," thinking of all the brutal KU home losses where the NU fans made much more noise than the Jayhawk fans.

And I wonder how often a 21-point underdog covers in the other direction? it has to be EXTREMELY rare.

Barry Weiss 2 months ago

Len, they said on College Gameday this morning that it was the greatest win EVER by a power 5 team that was 20 points or more underdog and playing on the road. You saw history!

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 2 months ago

I'm so confused. I figured it was more likely that we would be forced to retroactively forfeit our one win versus Indiana State and end the season 0-11 than it was to win another game. Our offensive coordinator would be fired mid-season (again) and at the end of the winless season, and seeing over half of the previously committed high school players decommit, HCLM would decide to step down due to "undisclosed health related issues".

After watching that fugly loss to Coastal Carolina at home would anyone really disagree? I thought if we could just score a touchdown or two versus BC tonight that it would be a moral victory for the offense even if we lost by thirty or forty points.

I couldn't watch this game (maybe ESPN will replay/post it on ESPN+ for us - pretty please?) but watched some of the highlights and reviewed the box score. I'm floored, shocked, amazed. Just wow. Congratulations to all of the coaches, staff and players!!!

You ended an embarrassing streak of football futility - thank you - and gave your fans some hope again tonight that things really, maybe, hopefully, could be, turning around for the better - I hope that's a good thing.

Dirk Medema 2 months ago

I don't have nearly as vivid an imagination as you Karen, but I did speculate on a bye week OC change.

Sure wish I could be a fly on the wall with Coach. BB too. Both seem to have that admirable dose of humor to take the edge off when pushing, and just that calm confident leadership.

Dirk Medema 2 months ago

The turn around was as much about the D as the O coming to life. The first couple drives on both sides of the ball were pretty ugly, but to hold them to just 7 more pts through 3 qtrs was fabulous.

Brett McCabe 2 months ago

Great opening line, btw, Benton! Super fortunate to be at this game - nice game day atmosphere in Chestnut Hill.

With six minutes to go, I finally believed it was all real.

Masterful job by staff and players - feel free to park that plane anywhere you please!

Bryan Schmiedeler 2 months ago

Awesome win for the KU program.

While I was really disappointed in the poor showing last week, I saw two things this week that indicates Miles is a MUCH better coach than last year's guy.

If Beaty were still coaching Carter Stanley and Thomas MacVittie would already have been switched out 3-4 times. Certainly after a few bad series last week we would have seen MacVittie, then probably Stanley again late in the game. And all week 90% of the stories would be about who would be starting against BC. And after that first bad interception by Stanley, Beaty would have yanked him and put MacVittie or someone else in the game.

As much as Beaty changed QBs, he remained consistently stubborn on offensive schemes. Week after week we would try the same stuff and it wouldn't work.

Stick with your personnel, give them the confidence that they can screw up and not immediately be yanked from the game. Build you game plan around your team's strengths and the other team's weaknesses.

Over the last 2 years we have seen several KU QBs transfer and succeed at other programs. They weren't over the top incredible, but much more successful than at KU. That indicated to me that our coaching and/or personnel were the problem. I was leaning toward thinking it was mostly coaching. I not just leaning that way now....

As huge as this win is for the program, there still is a long way to go. I thought HCLM said it best, something like in the future these type of victories won't be as rare for this program and this university.

Buck Bukaty 2 months ago

Something is wrong if the Athletics Dept or the Big 12 office isn't in whatever negotiations are necessary to get a TV replay of this historic win on a platform any KU fan can watch. Whether ESPN+ or the Big 12 website Replay platform, any will do. Other past games are on the Big 12 Replay platform, no reason this can't be too!

Great game and win team! Just wish the rest of us could see it.

Buck Bukaty 2 months ago

How about that...it wasn't there earlier this morning but the full game replay link is now posted on the Big 12 websites's BIG 12 DIGITAL NETWORK AUDIO & VIDEO tab page:

http://www.big12sports.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?&db_oem_id=10410&id=6322288

Thank you to whomever facilitated that! Rock Chalk!

Rob Byrd 2 months ago

Buck, there is a 39 minute condensed showing of the game - no commercials - on Big 12 Conference You Tube.

Buck Bukaty 2 months ago

Thanks so much, Rob, I thought I had looked everywhere I could imagine without putting a credit card number at risk. Not the same as the entire game but this is better than nothing. Rock Chalk from the cranky old man!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii9-JSewcMM

Buck Bukaty 2 months ago

How about that...it wasn't there earlier this morning but the full game replay link is now posted on the Big 12 websites's BIG 12 DIGITAL NETWORK AUDIO & VIDEO tab page:

http://www.big12sports.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?&db_oem_id=10410&id=6322288

Thank you to whomever facilitated that! Rock Chalk!

Dane Pratt 2 months ago

For some reason we’ve held our own against ACC teams with wins over Duke, Georgia Tech, Boston College and of course the Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech. Go figure.

Bville Hawk 2 months ago

When did we beat Duke (in football)?

Dane Pratt 2 months ago

Some time after the win over Virginia Tech and before the win over Georgia Tech.

Michael Wattai 2 months ago

3-4 since 1993: 1993 Florida State: L 42 - 0 Giants Stadium 2003 North Carolina State: L 56 - 26 Tangerine Bowl 2008 Virginia Tech: W 24 - 21 Orange Bowl 2009 Duke: W 44 - 16 Home 2010 Georgia Tech: W 28 - 25 Home 2011 Georgia Tech: L 66 - 24 Away 2014 Duke: L 41 - 3 Away

Steve Grimm 2 months ago

Going to a primary shotgun spread from the primary under center look in the first two games may have been the move that threw BC off balance all night. To go suddenly from a 3-yards-and-cloud-of-dust to a spread-and-gun plan was jarring even for me as I listened to the game.

Randy Bombardier 2 months ago

Really great performance. And to think they did what all us critics said they ought to do.

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