Sunday, November 18, 2012

KU football following a perplexing pattern

Deflated Kansas defenders Greg Brown (5) and Bradley McDougald (24) make their way off the field following the Jayhawks' heartbreaking 21-17 loss to Texas on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.

Deflated Kansas defenders Greg Brown (5) and Bradley McDougald (24) make their way off the field following the Jayhawks' heartbreaking 21-17 loss to Texas on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.


After a sluggish start to the season in which the Kansas University football team opened with a 1-4 record and lost two games to non-Big 12 Conference opponents, the rest of KU’s season has followed a distinct pattern.

Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, that pattern has been consistently inconsistent.

Beginning with a 56-16 loss at Kansas State on Oct. 6 and continuing through last Saturday’s 51-23 drubbing by Iowa State at home, the Jayhawks (1-10 overall and 0-8 in Big 12 play) have become an every-other-week ballclub, getting rocked one week and taking a team to the wire the next.

“I would point out the fact that we haven’t performed well on the road,” said senior Toben Opurum when asked about the pattern. “But then we came back home and laid an egg. It’s just inconsistent football, guys having a difficult time finishing and executing their plays. Staying consistent throughout the game, that’s really our biggest issue.”

In the Big 12, where the Jayhawks have faced nationally-ranked teams and high-powered offenses nearly every week, inconsistency has been a killer.

With one game remaining — Dec. 1, at West Virginia — KU’s up-and-down pattern has unfolded like this: The 56-16 loss at K-State was followed by a near-victory at home against Oklahoma State; a 52-7 beating at Oklahoma was followed by a home loss to Texas in the final 12 seconds; a 41-14 loss at Baylor was followed by a 41-34 double-overtime loss at Texas Tech; and that close call produced Saturday’s struggle versus Iowa State.

Logic, or perhpas mathematics, would suggest then that the Jayhawks are due for a close call in the season finale against West Virginia. KU coach Charlie Weis, however, does not see it that way.

“First of all, at home there haven’t been too many lopsided (games),” Weis said. “But I only look at one week at a time. I never ever tie weeks together. I live in one-week entities.... It hasn’t just been hot and cold every other week. The players know that each week there’s gonna be a newness to the gameplan. We might do hardly any of that stuff we did this week against West Virginia because West Virginia’s a whole different defense and a whole different mentality.”

Jayhawks land oral commitments from Juco LB, WR

In case you missed it earlier, two junior college prospects orally committed to the Jayhawks over the weekend, bringing the total number of commitments in KU's current recruiting class to 13. Weis said last week the Jayhawks could sign as many as 27 players in this year's class.


Boouk 9 years, 9 months ago

The WR who committed is 6'1 205lbs and runs a 4.4 40. Great job by Rob Ianello to land this diamond in the rough.

741hawk 9 years, 9 months ago

Tall enough. Fast enough. But does he have "hands"?

vd 9 years, 9 months ago

We brought in a "proven" college (juco) receiver last year. He is a great special teams player. Doesn't sniff the field as a receiver.

Sayers44 9 years, 9 months ago

Why is it that an Iowa State is willing to play a 3rd team Quarterback who had not thrown a pass all season, and then against Kansas completes 23 of 27 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns?

That is a sign of a good coach, one who is willing to make adjustments. If current personnel is not performing then try somebody else.

I suggest if current KU players are not performing --then you have to move on to others on the team and give them a chance.

Boouk 9 years, 9 months ago

Who said Ford was "proven"? He may start next year when he knows the playbook though.

Kyle Sybesma 9 years, 9 months ago

Matt - You've been the best at Conference Realignment chatter. Hoping you can give an update on what you know or have heard. And what it means for KU.

Michael Luby 9 years, 9 months ago

itll be nice when you start writing about the basketball team again.

Sayers44 9 years, 9 months ago

Turner Gill has won 5 of his last 6 games and he is 5 -1 in his conference for Liberty.

KU did not want to give Gill a chance - only two years, even though his recruiting class was ranked 34 best.

Who is to blame now ?

Gill has shown he can coach --- that is a fact.

Also first game of the year Liberty only lost to Wake Forest by 3.

txjhawk77 9 years, 9 months ago

It's not on the big stage and that's the difference. Gill wasn't ready to be at Kansas or any FBS school and maybe never will be. Just one of many coaches that are in that category.

kellerman411 9 years, 9 months ago

For the record, I was on the Gill train all the way to the very end. My posts defending him are still out there somewhere. He proved here that he can recruit at the skill position but lacked a strong staff to impliment discipline and make adjustments.

Boouk 9 years, 9 months ago

Gill also showed he can't coach in the Big 12. Weis has shown he can compete way more often than Gill with little talent.

John Thomas 9 years, 9 months ago

Weis is competing with Gill's players who were freshman last year...Where has Weis ever won when he was the HEAD COACH?

John Thomas 9 years, 9 months ago

Oh yeah, Gill won 6 of his last 7 games this year with a redshirt freshman QB... but I still get your point Sayers44.

Boouk 9 years, 9 months ago

Who cares about what he's done in the past? Which loss is worse: North Dakota State 6-3 or Rice 25-24? That's not even mentioning the 42, 30, 42, 38, 43, and 54 point losses when teams often began to show mercy in the 2nd or 3rd quarters. Our worst losses this year: 40, 45, 27, and 28. The Big 12 is better this year too.

John Thomas 9 years, 9 months ago

The Big 12 is better this year? Weeden, RG3, Blackmon...Iowa State playing a 3rd string QB, TCU with several loses and only 2 teams in the conference in the top 15....yea right.

Boouk 9 years, 8 months ago

Every team is better but OSU and Baylor.

Nic Andrews 9 years, 9 months ago

Would you rather have a win vs. NIU last year (with their good QB) or a loss this year that you gave away after a double-digit lead in the 4th? And Rice,,,,,what a disappointment....again, a game that should have been won---lead in the 4th given away....ridiculous to rewatch that game. Would you rather have a 3 point loss to Iowa State last year or a thumping like this year in your own house? Would you rather have an OT battle with Baylor (with RGIII and Wright) 31-30, or a blow out in the 2nd half like this year? Kstate 59-21 last year, OU 47-17- last year. This year Kstate 56-16, OU 52-7..... Also upset ranked GA Tech the first year and had a come from behind win against then conference team Colorado. Can go on and on trading numbers. I'm not saying Gill was good for KU or the Big 12, but let's not kid ourselves as if what we have now is that much better. This year is better-- marginally---improvement on both sides of the ball, but I still say if Gill had just hired a proven DC, he would have been in a much better position to deliver more. He was a great recruiter, and the offense was coming together regardless of the coach. It was just a matter of time with the RB talent. He just didn't have the other pieces in place. All that said, the main issue with Gill was his lack of discipline with the players, which is unacceptable.

squawkhawk 9 years, 9 months ago

Compete? Yes, in two conference games perhaps but competing is not winning and winning is what it is all about. Weis competed at ND and it got him fired. Weis will be the first coach in KU history to go 1 -11. But at least they competed.

Boouk 9 years, 9 months ago

We've been competitive every game this year but OU, and the second halves of KSU and Baylor. What more can you ask than to compete when you're facing great offenses every week with no QB, K, or WR's?

Nic Andrews 9 years, 9 months ago

could ask for a W against Rice and NIU, giving us 3 wins at least. And a pick up of one or two more winnable games.... we're fooling ourselves if we think KU didn't underperform this year, even with the lack of talent--- that's on the players and the coaches alike. Easily should be sitting on 4 or 5 wins.

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