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Last nine-and-a-half quarters: Opponents 118, Kansas 0

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Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham glances up at the video board during the fourth quarter, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham glances up at the video board during the fourth quarter, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. by Nick Krug

After a while, the numbers of futility produced by the Kansas football program begin to blend together, numbing the reader of them. Nothing sticks. Life goes on. Basketball salves the wounds.

And then there is KU's current nine-quarter scoreless streak. It seems to have resonated with everyone who follows Kansas football. A nine-quarter scoreless streak? In the Big 12, a conference known more for up-tempo offenses and great quarterbacks than for stout defenses.

Remarkable.

During the streak that started with the fourth quarter of a 65-19 loss to Texas Tech in Lawrence, continued with a 45-0 loss to Iowa State in Ames and grew in Fort Worth with a 43-0 loss to TCU, opponents outscored Kansas, 105-0. Take it back another half of a quarter and it's 118-0.

During those nine quarters, opponents have outgained the Jayhawks in total yardage, 951-139.

School
Pts in last 9 quarters
Scoreless quarters in last 9
1 - Iowa State
90 1
2 - West Virginia
77 1
3 (tie) - Oklahoma State
76 2
3 (tie) - TCU
76 1
5 - Oklahoma
73 1
6 - Texas Tech
65 3
7 - Baylor
59 2
8 - Kansas State
44 3
9 - Texas
37 3
10 - Kansas
0 9
Totals 597 26

Comments

Drew Matthews 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Ok, I have said this three years in a row and three weeks in a row...but it cannot possibly get worse can it? Let's hope for an ACTUAL fast start on saturday. Rock chalk!

John Fitzgerald 3 weeks, 2 days ago

I'm guessing Girod will wait until the Baylor game to let anyone go. If we get stomped by Baylor, a team that has zero wins, then it's very clear this coaching staff and AD are not making progress. Although it is very sad that he has to wait that long to figure something out most fans already know; AD Zenger and HC Beaty are not the answer.

David Kemp 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Agree and I think Meacham facial expression in that picture tells it all. No more following Custer into the little big horn

Pius Waldman 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Well true but don't abandon the ship. No saying lets abandon football need it for a Power 5 conference. Just maybe something stirs up the troops and play a decent game. Yes some want to fire everybody but will a new outfit ring the bell. Recruiting is a must no matter who the coaches are. I realize patience is a virtue. But lack of patience definitely causes problems. Lets give encouragement and after the season reviews will be made and if necessary changes will happen.

Brett McCabe 3 weeks, 2 days ago

The chart is most meaningful in the "scoreless quarters column". There are four levels: 1 quarter, 2 quarters, 3 quarters and Kansas. Interesting how those rankings mimic the current standings.

This is also clear evidence that we aren't improving under Beaty. Improvement might see us 8th, 9th or 10th in scoring and in the 3-quarter group or, at worst, our own 4-quarter group. But we've created our own "group" - way off in the distance where no one can see us.

Lucas Town 3 weeks, 2 days ago

KU scored 38 points in the first game of the year and won against SE Missouri. If KU scores 38 points in every game this season, we still have a record of 1-6 based on where every opponent finished each game. This defense has got to be changed.

I was looking back at a couple of reasons why Beaty was hired. Improve recruiting and build up the roster were a couple of the areas of need. I would say the recruiting has been better and KU still doesn't have a full roster. I have been hard on Beaty, but its been said changing coaches every 2-3 years is not going to work. I think he needs to change out the defensive coordinator and continue to build the roster. As he was hired December 8, 2014, Beaty has really only had 2.5 years in his 3 seasons to recruit. Time will tell but he will need a full recruiting cycle plus a year or two (5-7 years) to get the roster at full strength.

Michael Sillman 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Iowa State has been held up as example of a fast turnaround but I don't think that is really fair. Iowa State actually had significant stability at the head coach level that I believe translated to a reasonable depth in their talent pool. As we all know there was no such stability in the coaches office at KU.

In fact I think an argument could be made to hold off on firing Beaty until it is seen whether he can continue to recruit despite this season's implosion. If he continues to pull in decently rated recruiting classes, then give him more time. If the coming year's class crashes and burns, then let him go and move on.

Chris Browning 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Recruiting is one thing, coaching is another...you must do both

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