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Saturday, November 7, 2020

We can’t treat our quarterback that way’: KU O-line falters as Sooners roll, 62-9

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels (17) is upended by Oklahoma linebacker Shane Whitter (35) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels (17) is upended by Oklahoma linebacker Shane Whitter (35) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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An overmatched Kansas football team failed to muster a touchdown until the final snap of the day at No. 19 Oklahoma on Saturday.

The 62-9 thrashing concluded in Norman, Okla., with Jayhawks backup quarterback Miles Kendrick hitting reserve tight end Will Huggins for a 20-yard TD as time expired.

Starting QB Jalon Daniels didn’t get to finish the game, because the Jayhawks’ offensive line couldn’t keep OU defenders blocked. The Sooners sacked KU’s true freshman QB nine times, injuring Daniels’ left leg on their final takedown in the fourth quarter at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

“He got hit a lot of times,” KU head coach Les Miles said afterward. “We can’t treat our quarterback that way or we won’t have one.”

OU starting QB Spencer Rattler didn’t dismantle KU in the Sooners’ first home game in six weeks, but his teammates made that a non-issue as Rattler dealt with a hip injury and finished 15-for-27 through the air, with 212 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Sooners didn’t need their No. 1 QB at full health and on point to roll against the winless Jayhawks. OU averaged more than 7.0 yards per play through three quarters, and on the first play from scrimmage in the fourth, reserve QB Tanner Mordecai found receiver Marvin Mims in the back of the end zone for a 14-yard TD that broadened OU’s advantage to 48-3.

Although KU’s defense surrendered 540 yards and 8.1 yards per play, Miles pointed to the strength of the Sooners rather than the shortcomings of KU’s defense.

Senior outside linebacker Kyron Johnson said afterward that the defense players fought to the best of their abilities but admitted there were some issues.

“It was just a bunch of misaligning and probably missed assignments, basically,” Johnson said.

The Oklahoma ground game (200 rushing yards) thrived during the drubbing, too, when the Sooners decided to take a different approach. Both Rhamondre Stevenson and T.J. Pledger averaged more than 5.0 yards per carry, and OU averaged 6.5 yards a rush as a team, with six rushing TDs.

The Sooners (5-2 overall, 4-2 Big 12) turned to backup QB Mordecai late in the third quarter, with a 38-point lead. The change came immediately after the Jayhawks, desperate for their first touchdown, went for it on 4th-and-7 at the OU nine-yard line and Nik Bonitto brought down Daniels (11-for-31 passing, 115 yards, two interceptions) for a sack — a recurring theme in the rout.

“I didn’t expect they would run around our tackles like they did,” Miles said.

The Sooners had to settle for a 50-yard field goal from Gabe Brkic on their first series of the third quarter, but they were back to deep-sixing the Jayhawks before long.

Senior OU running back Stevenson eclipsed 100 yards rushing on just his 11th carry of the day with 8:59 left in the third quarter, racing 29 yards to a touchdown that extended an already comfy Sooners lead to 41-3.

“It was overwhelming, I will admit that,” Johnson said. “But we’ve just got to keep chopping wood.”

The ever-struggling KU offense went three-and-out three times on its first eight possessions and turned the ball over twice in the first half. OU out-gained KU, 268-112, in first-half yardage.

But the Jayhawks’ final series of the half helped them save some face in that department. Daniels found fellow true freshman Luke Grimm deep for a 23-yard pass, the longest play of the half for KU, late in the second quarter, and the ninth and final drive went 47 yards before KU called timeout with two seconds left until halftime. A 32-yard Jacob Borcila field goal allowed the Jayhawks to head to the locker room with some points, but a also a hefty 31-3 deficit.

The Jayhawks (0-7, 0-6) already trailed, 21-0, in the second quarter when Miles took an assertive offensive gamble on 4th-and-1, from KU’s own 27-yard line. Daniels kept the ball on an option sprint out to the right edge, and when the QB tried to hurdle a defender to gain the yardage he needed for a first down, both Tre Norwood and Shane Whitter hit Daniels, knocking him to the ground shy of a first down.

The risk didn’t bite the Jayhawks too badly, though, as the KU defense limited OU to a 40-yard Brkick field goal that made it 24-0, after Kyron Johnson delivered his second sack of the first half, with Rattler on the bench due to some hip pain.

The Sooners’ next possession, though, looked more on brand. Even though Rattler returned and moved poorly while dealing with pain on the series, OU didn’t ask much of him and two long runs helped set OU up for a four-yard T.J. Pledger TD run and a 31-0 lead.

KU senior safety Ricky Thomas said miscommunication on “a few plays here and there” led to KU’s defensive issues.

“A guy running open down the field, he picks up 30 yards,” Thomas gave as an example. “That happened like twice today.”

A wild first eight minutes of action included three interceptions and two forced fumbles between the two teams, with one snap contributing a takeaway to both the Jayhawks and Sooners.

KU’s first big play of the afternoon came on defense, as sophomore safety Kenny Logan Jr. seized an opportunity to pick off Rattler. The OU QB tried to make a difficult throw across his body while on the move, and when it went off target, Logan broke on the ball to secure an interception for the second week in a row.

The second positive play for the massive underdogs transpired, strangely enough, as the result of a KU mistake. Daniels threw his second interception of the game to end KU’s third possession of the afternoon. But before defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles stepped out of bounds on his return, KU freshman receiver Grimm raced him down from behind and knocked the ball loose. Right tackle Earl Bostick Jr. fell on the ball and after a review, KU had the ball right back.

The Jayhawks couldn’t capitalize on either of their chances at some early momentum, though. The double-turnover came five plays after Logan’s pick. And when KU got the ball back after giving it away, the offense promptly went three and out.

Despite the lopsided result, senior receiver Andrew Parchment (three catches, 25 yards) shot down the notion that the Jayhawks were overmatched at OU.

“They put on their pads the same exact way,” Parchment said. “I felt like I was winning my one-on-one battles. I’m not scared of anybody in the Big 12 or anybody in the country. Anybody can get it. We’ve just got to keep working. Everybody understands what are circumstances are. We’ve just got to keep working.”

OU built a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter. A fourth-down conversion at midfield keyed the Sooners’ second scoring drive. Six plays later, OU running back Rhamondre Stevenson stiff-armed Logan and lowered his shoulder into KU cornerback Karon Prunty on the way to the end zone.

While KU’s opening series on offense began with some promise, as Daniels converted on third down with a completion to Kwamie Lassiter II, his next third-down throw blew up in his face. Tre Brown easily jumped the pass intended for Ezra Naylor to intercept it.

Three snaps later, the Sooners took the lead for good, less than four minutes in, as Rattler spotted Austin Stogner without a Jayhawk anywhere near him on what became a 20-yard TD pass.

“I still don’t feel like that we can’t play with them,” Miles said after the loss. “I didn’t say we’d beat them, but certainly I thought we’d play with them today and give ourselves a chance to beat them late in the game. But, nah, it didn’t happen that way.”

The Jayhawks haven’t defeated OU since Oct. 4, 1997. The Sooners extended their win streak in the series to 16.

KU has its third and final bye week of the 2020 season next week. The Jayhawks return to action on Nov. 21, when Texas visits Lawrence.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

FIRST QUARTER

12:01 — Austin Stogner 20 pass from Spencer Rattler. Gabe Brkic kick. Three-play drive for 45 yards. (OU 7, KU 0.)

1:26 — Rhamondre Stevenson 13 run. Brkic kick. Ten-play drive for 59 yards, in 4:20. (OU 14, KU 0.)

SECOND QUARTER

8:13 — Spencer Rattler 2 run. Brkic kick. Five-play drive for 76 yards, in 2:49. (OU 21, KU 0.)

4:48 — Brkic 40 field goal. Five-play drive for 31 yards, in 1:53. (OU 24, KU 0.)

1:26 — T.J Pledger 4 run. Brkic kick. Six-play drive for 57 yards, in 2:26. (OU 31, KU 0.)

0:00 — Jacob Borcila 32 field goal. Eight-play drive for 47 yards, in 1:26. (OU 31, KU 3.)

THIRD QUARTER

11:17 — Brkic 50 field goal. Nine-play drive for 42 yards, in 3:43. (OU 34, KU 3.)

8:59 — Stevenson 29 run. Brkic kick. Five-play drive for 53 yards, in 1:17. (OU 41, KU 3.)

FOURTH QUARTER

14:54 — Marvin Mims 14 pass from Tanner Mordecai. Brkic kick. Four-play drive for 56 yards, in 1:07. (OU 48, KU 3.)

11:21 — Marcus Major 4 run. Brkic kick. Five-play drive for 70 yards, in 1:57. (OU 55, KU 3.)

7:50 — Chandler Morris 13 run. Stephen Johnson kick. Four-play drive for 30 yards, in 1:35. (OU 62, KU 3.)

0:00 — Will Huggins 20 pass from Miles Kendrick. No PAT. Fifteen-play drive for 75 yards, in 7:50. (OU 62, KU 9.)

Comments

Bryce Landon 5 months, 1 week ago

Another week, another loss for Jayhawk football...

In other news, the earth has seven continents, the sun sets in the west, and Joe Biden is more fit for the nursing home than the White House.

Too bad the Jayhawks can't be like the Hawkeyes. Iowa thumped Michigan State 49-7 today. The Jayhawks would be hard-pressed to score 49 points the rest of the season.

ON IOWA!

Chandler Accipiter 5 months, 1 week ago

I don't think the Jayhawks emulating the Hawkeyes is the right move. It would be way too hard to replicate the decades of racism and lawsuits from former players.

Chris Bailey 5 months, 1 week ago

I'm quite certain that's not what Bryce was referencing. And can we please stop with the racism crap? I'm 47 years old and this country is less racist now than anytime in my lifetime. It seems we have far too many who want to make all their problems about race. It's no surprise though as the Democratic Party has been beating this drum since LBJ's Great Society took poor, black, fathers from the home and increased single motherhood to nearly 80% in that demographic. Perhaps we should look at attacking this problem from a new angle as the democrats have failed and failed miserably. Perhaps if we looked at them from a new perspective and addressed those problems head on we'd soon learn what the real problems are with racism and I don't think it's what any of the youth of this country think it is today. We are a kind and compassionate country and a people that don't inherently hate. Yes there will always be those that do but you can find that everywhere including because you're tall, short, fat, thin, gay, straight, Catholic or Jew. It's not because all people are racist it's a lack of understanding and again, until we fix that problem screaming racism will never fix the issues at hand. It's funny I've traveled a lot and there are dark skinned people everywhere. Those people are kind, loving, giving, caring and wonderful people. And you know what? When I travel I never here this white guy or this black guy or this Asian guy. We're all Gods children. We are all equal and until we come to realize that this drum will never stop sounding. And guess what? There are white aholes, black aholes, Asian aholes, Mexican aholes, straight aholes, gay ahloes, Christian aholes, Muslim aholes, male aholes and female aholes. It isn't determined by any political party nor anything else. You are who you choose to be, period.

Chris Bailey 5 months, 1 week ago

I think Biden is an ok guy. I don't think he's in control though. I don't think he makes it through 1 term. I actually feel bad for him. He's said and done some dumb things, things that had Trump said them the media would have crucified him for but they don't because he's a democrat. It's a big problem when your media cannot report without bias and most of them can't seem to do that anymore. I've said this for years. Our lives may not intersect as democrats and republicans but we are all on a parallel path that should have equal say in how our government makes decisions that effect our lives. Sadly, whenever a party takes over that doesn't happen. Or in the case of the dems you throw a four year pity party for Hillary.

Brett McCabe 5 months, 1 week ago

It’s not the line. It’s not the coaches. It’s an unending, consistent and persistent level of incompetence from the AD position.

This isn’t that hard.

I read a recent post stating that we were in the beginnings of a rebuild. Wasn’t that why dumb David was hired?

Fire Girod. Fire Long. Fire Dirty Bill. Get rid of the three incompetent/unethical white guys and then maybe we can rebuild. This sh*t show needs to be burned down. Tonight. Tired of the excuses. These millionaires all suck at their jobs.

Dane Pratt 5 months, 1 week ago

Firing is the reason why we are where we are.

Layne Pierce 5 months, 1 week ago

Ku has the worst record in the major conferences over the last 13 years.

The way forward is brutal but we should play young players rest of year.

We have some players, but we can't really compete without an offensive line and a commitment to possession football. Mangino and Mason both understood that. We will never have the talent of ou, but we can be fundamentally sound and disciplined and use the clock and field position and recruit a great kicker and punter. 10 decent offensive lineman and we would be competitive next year.

Rcjh

John Strayer 5 months, 1 week ago

It's getting harder and harder to believe this rebuild path is sustainable. I fear Daniels will not survive behind this particular offensive line. In this case, inexperience is going to endanger the overall health of the team. And now...with the ease of entering the transfer portal...how many of these young freshmen will we be able to keep?

Secondly...I keep hearing about chopping wood...and working hard. Working harder isn't necessarily the path to success...working smarter is. You can work harder than the opposition...but if you're working in the wrong direction/way, you're losing ground.

Armen Kurdian 5 months, 1 week ago

Guys just playing so far out of position sometimes. I know we were depleted, and since the offense couldn't stay on the field, the defense got too tired too quickly. Sorry, I just think even with this group, I just have to question calls on both sides of the ball.

Doug Cramer 5 months, 1 week ago

We threw Mangino to the curb just like we did Trump.

A good lesson for everyone.

To most people, it doesn’t matter how you perform, it’s all about whether or not you’re likable.

Fold the program

Dane Pratt 5 months, 1 week ago

What can you do? People don't like a-holes.

Bee Bee 5 months, 1 week ago

Or compromised, career politicians with dementia who take millions from China.

Dane Pratt 5 months, 1 week ago

Whatever. But since we’re talking about football, Mangino in spite of his football prowess was an a-hole. And if we’re going to play the blame game again as Doug likes to do each week, year after year, let’s put some of it on the coach who by the accounts of some of his players deserved to get fired.

Len Fleske 5 months, 1 week ago

Looked like a hip injury? If so done for season. Lineman cannot block at all . Perhaps smaller more agile lineman needed.

Doug Roberts 5 months, 1 week ago

"We can't treat our quarterback that way". Noooooo sh*t!

Chris Condren 5 months, 1 week ago

The headline says it all, there is no reason to even read the article. You can write the same article nearly every week for the last eleven years. During these years players have come and gone. Coaches paid six figure and seven figure salaries have come and gone. Athletic Directors paid millions of dollars have come and gone. Fans after a decade of abuse and mistreatment have mostly gone. Why? A total failure of the university administration and the KUAD. The failure is horrific. Tens of millions of dollars have literally been thrown away by KU and the KUAD. Every player, families of platers and all fans for the last eleven years are owed an apology from KU.

Dennis Strick 5 months, 1 week ago

Finally, I'm hearing some voices of agreement. Now, our program could have been the cause of one player being permanently disabled or possibly killed by just being under center for this train wreck. It's not Miles fault. It goes back way before him. Now lives are at stake or at least quality of life. Shut the program down.

Layne Pierce 5 months, 1 week ago

What is right about what were doing? Well we are building on high school players instead of jucos, and that is definitely different and in the right direction.

What is wrong is that we are not maximizing the clock, field position, and on field discipline. Mangino was over the top on discipline off the field, but on the field he had it right. Do ti right,or you don't play.

Second, if we can't get behemouth lineman who have athletic abiility, then let's recruit smaller more mobiel lineman, who have athletic ability, and let's use that speed. Unless our line coach is a miracle worker, it is hard to see enough improvfement in the lineman we have to get it done. Another option would be to simply punt any time we are 3rd and over 5 yards, that way the fierce pass rush won't end up killing our qb. Also being flushed out of the pocket so many times is creating a lot of bad habits already in a young qb.

McCabe wants to blame AD, well who would he have hired for head coach, and besides KU is corrupt, corrupt, corrupt, everybody knows that.. Not!!!!

Chris Bailey 5 months, 1 week ago

Can we just wave the white flag on the season? I'm so tired of this. I don't care how talented our skilled player are we won't move the ball without an offensive line and from what we've witnessed this year not one of them should be playing FBS Football! They are so terrible! If we don't make the lines a priority we may as well just quit playing football because we will never compete. If I were a member of that front 5 I'd so ashamed of how poorly they play as a unit I wouldn't even admit I played football because really, they don't! Either block or quit! It's that simple!

Dane Pratt 5 months, 1 week ago

Can’t believe the number of people who are advocating shutting the program down. Step back from the ledge people.

Layne Pierce 5 months, 1 week ago

Article from the Oklahoman says it all:

https://oklahoman.com/article/5675676/tramel-k

The worst major conference-play stretches in college football history, minimum 60 games:

School — Years — W-L — Win%

  1. Kansas — 2009-20 — 7-95 — .069

  2. Kansas State — 1959-67 — 5-55-1 — .090

  3. Northwestern — 1974-81 — 6-62-1 — .094

  4. Oregon State — 1975-87 — 10-86-2 — .112

  5. Baylor — 1996-2009 — 14-98 — .125

  6. Indiana — 1949-66 — 18-90-3 — .167

  7. Vanderbilt — 1970-81 — 13-62 — .173

  8. Kansas State — 1971-89 — 17-85-3 — .176

NO quit, we work to get it right!!! RCJH

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