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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Quick recap: KU football suffers 51-14 road loss to TCU

(Boston, MA, 09/13/19) Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles look back to the sidelines during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA football game against Boston College in Boston, Mass., on Friday, September 13, 2019.

(Boston, MA, 09/13/19) Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles look back to the sidelines during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA football game against Boston College in Boston, Mass., on Friday, September 13, 2019.

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It was a bit of déjà vu for the Kansas football team.

KU’s offense was nonexistent in another trip to Fort Worth, Texas during its 51-14 loss to TCU Saturday afternoon at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Jayhawks fell in a 38-0 hole and never recovered, falling to 2-3 (0-2 Big 12) on the year.

In 2017, the Jayhawks managed just 21 total yards in a 43-0 road loss to the Horned Frogs. While the offense performed better than that in this year’s meeting, KU’s struggles on that side of the ball ultimately plagued the team.

On the game’s first possession, Kansas was forced into a three-and-out. Entering Saturday, TCU’s defense ranked No. 3 in the nation by forcing a three-and-out on 56.5% of its possessions.

TCU scored five plays later, and never looked back after that. And things just snowballed from there.

The Horned Frogs scored five touchdowns on their first five possessions, while utilizing both Max Duggan and Alex Delton at quarterback. TCU converted on its first 10 third-down attempts. KU’s defense, which was without leading tackler Dru Prox, seemingly could never get off the field.

In fact, the Horned Frogs scored on their first six drives of the contest. To put that in comparison, Kansas netted just three total first downs over that span. The Jayhawks actually failed to convert on their first 10 third down attempts.

As a team, Kansas finished with just 159 yards of total offense. The running back group, which was without Khalil Herbert (personal reasons), posted 75 yards on 18 attempts. Carter Stanley was 12-for-29 through the air for 84 yards and one score.

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

• The game turned when: TCU set the tone by forcing a three-and-out on the opening possession of the contest.

The floodgates opened after that. It didn’t take long for the Horned Frogs to establish control of this Big 12 clash. TCU then took a 14-0 lead on a 17-play drive shortly after another three-and-out by Kansas.

One possession later, the Horned Frogs scored on a punt return to remove any doubt about the outcome of this game.

• Key stat: Much will be made about KU’s inability to get a stop on third down in this one.

The Horned Frogs were a perfect 10-for-10 on such attempts in the first half alone. It didn’t seem to matter how many yards they needed either. Entering Saturday, KU’s defense ranked 89th in the nation after allowing 25 third down conversion on 60 attempts.

It played a part in the Jayhawks having another high number of snaps on the defensive side of the ball. KU’s defense, which played 173 total snaps against Boston College and West Virginia, was on the field for 22 plays on the first two drives alone.

Kansas finished with 88 defensive snaps against TCU in the loss.

• Up next: Kansas will play host to Oklahoma at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Sooners (4-0) rolled over Texas Tech in their Big 12 opener.

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

11:12 — Dylan Thomas 26 pass from Max Duggan. Jonathan Song kick. Five-play drive for 59 yards, in 1:53. (TCU 7, KU 0.)

2:09 — Pro Wells 7 pass form Duggan. Song kick. Seventeen-play drive for 72 yards, in 8:08. (TCU 14, KU 0.)

0:00 — Jalen Reagor 73-yard punt return. Song kick. (TCU 21, KU 0.)

SECOND QUARTER

10:54 — Darius Anderson 11 run. Song kick. Five-play drive for 52 yards, in 2:21. (TCU 28, KU 0.)

4:44 — Sewo Olonilua 6 run. Song kick. Five-play drive for 69 yards, in 2:49. (TCU 35, KU 0.)

0:01 — Song 25 field goal. Fourteen-play drive for 79 yards, in 3:35. (TCU 38, KU 0.)

FOURTH QUARTER

12:10 — Velton Gardner 45 run. Liam Jones kick. Two-play drive for 45 yards, in 0:17. (TCU 38, KU 7.)

9:13 — Daimarqua Foster 8 run. Song kick. Five-play drive for 75 yards, in 2:57. (TCU 45, KU 7.)

3:50 — Pooka Williams 25 pass from Carter Stanley. Liam Jones kick. Five-play drive for 52 yards, in 2:03. (TCU 45, KU 14)

0:00 — Mike Collins 11 run. 10-play drive for 75 yards, in 3:50. (TCU 51, KU 14)

Comments

Chris Bailey 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Do we have an offensive line? If we do you could’ve fooled me. It looked like they stayed on the tarmac. If they were out there I’d hang my head in shame for that performance. Pathetic. We were NEVER competitive, period.

Mike Barnhart 1 month, 2 weeks ago

It didn’t look like there were very many power five players on our side of the ball. Les has A LOT of recruiting to do. If you doubt it can it happen, Google Washington State’s first few years under Mike Leach... baby steps, baby steps!

Stephen Johnson 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Same offensive line as last year. But they played better and were more competitive under Beatty.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Forget this one, onto next week (next week maybe even worse) but we all knew that there would be games like this as much as we hoped there wouldn't be. After BC game we all thought things would be different but it's year 1 under Miles.

Dane Pratt 1 month, 2 weeks ago

This is the type of loss that troubles me most. How do you maintain any degree of confidence going forth when you get blown out of the water and the game is essentially over after the first quarter. If it was against Alabama I’d feel pretty good about this game but against TCU, no so much.

Barry Weiss 1 month, 2 weeks ago

That was an A whupping. TCU just physically manhandled us in all phases of the game. I can't count the number of times we had their runner about to be locked up behind the line and even with 3-4 defenders flying at him, he'd get a 5-6 yard gain. I'm hopeful the rest of the conference is not as overpowering.

Dane Pratt 1 month, 2 weeks ago

That's what caught my attention too. They kept getting good yardage after the initial point of contact. We were getting to them but were unable to wrap them up.

Barry Weiss 1 month, 2 weeks ago

also thought it was cheesy by TCU to take the time out with under 10 seconds in the game so they could punch in another score. well, that is the least of our worries.

Brett McCabe 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Kevin and Mike said it best. TCU got embarrassed last week and came in hyper-motivated. We were down our best defensive player and a significant offensive skill player. We have a small roster and it’s going to take at least three years to fill gaps when the inevitable injuries occur.

We have to keep grinding.

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