Most but not all KU football numbers bad in 2017


Kansas running back Khalil Herbert (10) tries to break away from the West Virginia defense during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back Khalil Herbert (10) tries to break away from the West Virginia defense during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

You hang around a sports department office long enough and you’re bound to hear some interesting numbers and not all of them have dollar signs in front of them.

Some of the more compelling statistics produced by the Kansas football team during a 1-11 2017 campaign:

Scott Chasen pointed out on the KU Sports Hour that Khalil Herbert rushed for five more yards (291) against West Virginia than any teammate gained for the entire season. Taylor Martin rushed for 286 yards.

Bobby Nightengale noted that Kansas finished 130th (last) with an opponent punt-return average of 18.3 yards.

True freshman Earl Bostick, who started the season at offensive tackle and converted to tight end, had as many catches as Alabama transfer Daylon Charlot, who started the season at receiver and converted to safety.

Charlot caught one pass for no gain. This was one example of hype for which coaches can’t be blamed. The coaches consistently threw water on the media’s excitement, but we didn’t listen.

Bostick made his first and only catch a memorable one. Bostick’s 8-yard touchdown reception from Carter Stanley cut Texas’ lead to two touchdowns early in the second quarter.

Four schools surrendered more than the 296.8 passing yards per game allowed by KU and one school might come as a surprise: 130 - UConn (333.9); 129 - Kansas State (310.3); 128 - Louisiana-Monroe (308.5), Texas State (297.3).

Stanley had a hand in K-State’s ranking by throwing for 418 yards against the Wildcats.

Another indictment of the KU secondary: Tied for 123rd with four interceptions. KU ranks 128th with a -1.42 turnover margin and 126th with a 28.86-percent success rate on third down. Opponents were successful on 40.11 percent of their third-down plays.

KU averaged 3.1 yards per rush and 5.91 yards per pass attempt. Opponents averaged 4.2 yards per rush and 9.32 yards per pass.

The longest stretch of offensive ineptitude didn’t come in a 38-9 loss to Baylor, which lost its other 11 games, rather in a nine-and-a-half quarter streak that started midway through the third quarter of the 65-19 loss to Texas Tech and dragged on in back-to-back shutouts against Iowa State and TCU. The Jayhawks were outscored 118-0. They gained 129 yards in nine quarters.

On the positive side, Kansas ranked 15th in the nation with 7.42 tackles for loss per game.

Gabriel Rui was responsible for the team’s biggest area of improvement. He made 17 of 20 field goals and nailed a career-high 50-yard kick, one of 10 field goals of 40 or more yards.


John Fitzgerald 1 year, 3 months ago

Finding positive stats for this years football team is liking trying to catch a fart in a hurricane. Good for you, Tom.

Pius Waldman 1 year, 3 months ago

I realize results of our team were not very good. But why not try to find reasons for improvement next season. Dilly Dilly One look how much we saved by not changing coaches and AD. Another is the improvements in facilities. More dilly dilly.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 3 months ago

Ok now l feel better about the season and feel hopefull for next year after reading this. We will definitely be a bowl team next year!!! Sarcasm included.

Joe Norgay 1 year, 3 months ago

Please contribute to this GoFundMe calling for the firing of Sheahon Zenger via newspaper ads and a billboard on I-70. This is the group behind the airplane banner so you know they put their money where there mouth is.

John Brazelton 1 year, 3 months ago

KU football will start winning before Tom Keegan loses 50 pounds of lard off his sorry butt.

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 3 months ago

I know you think you’re defending Beaty with your hateful and tasteless comments but I hope you know if he were to see them he’d be embarrassed for you. And I’m sure he’d agree that he’d do just fine without your poisonous support.

Lawrence McGlinn 1 year, 3 months ago

Your character is really coming out. It feels good to disagree with you on just about everything.

Richie Wilson 1 year, 3 months ago

Don't get the personal insults on Tom, John. He is only speaking the stats. I guess you can't handle the truth.

Adam Engelbrecht 1 year, 3 months ago

Brazelton needs to be banned. I don't care if he thinks KU is gonna be amazing next year and says that, but almost every single article that is up on this site about football he says something incredibly rude and personally attacks part of the staff. Whoever is running that account needs to go and whoever admins this site needs to do it now.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 3 months ago

Embarrassing that a coach and AD are still here after these numbers. #earnit

I noticed we don't get the #neatdeal from recruits either.

I wonder if zinger or beaty was the first to realize they wouldn't be successful here?

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