Saturday, October 8, 2016

KU football drops heartbreaker against TCU, 24-23

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) tears down the field as he is trailed by the TCU defense after a catch during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) tears down the field as he is trailed by the TCU defense after a catch during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.


After leading for most of the fourth quarter, the Kansas football team suffered a 24-23 loss against TCU on Saturday at Memorial Stadium when TCU junior kicker Brandon Hatfield made a 37-yard field goal with 1:21 left.

The Jayhawks (1-4) drove down the field in the final minute, setting up a 54-yard field goal attempt for kicker Matthew Wyman, which went wide right.

Kansas led by as many as nine points, 23-14, when sophomore quarterback Ryan Willis — who made his first start of the season — ran for a 21-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter.

But the Horned Frogs (4-2) dodged an upset when Jaelan Austin caught a 25-yard touchdown pass at the beginning in the fourth quarter to set up Hatfield's game-winning kick in the final minutes.

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Postgame: David Beaty on 24-23 loss vs. TCU

Kansas football coach David Beaty answers questions following his team's 24-23 loss against TCU, which moved the Jayhawks to 1-4.

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Willis, who played the entire game at quarterback, finished 31-of-45 for 348 yards and three interceptions. Steven Sims Jr. had nine catches for 101 yards, Shakiem Barbel had nine receptions for 94 yards and LaQuvionte Gonzalez made eight receptions for 131 yards.

Wyman was 3-of-6 kicking, missing three attempts in the fourth quarter. He made a 50-yard attempt in the second quarter.

Defensively, Brandon Stewart grabbed two interceptions, Greg Allen snagged another interception, and Cameron Rosser recorded two of the team's three sacks.

The Kansas defense held TCU to 366 yards of offense.



6:02 — Taylor Martin 1-yard run. Matt Wyman kick. Nine-play drive for 44 yards, in 2:34. (KU 7, TCU 0.)


9:59 — Kyle Hicks 3-yard run. Brandon Hatfield kick. One-play drive for three yards, in 0:05. (KU 7, TCU 7.)

3:48 — Wyman 50-yard field goal. Six-play drive for 19 yards, in 2:31. (KU 10, TCU 7.)

1:31 — Kenny Hill 18-yard run. Hatfield kick. Six-play drive for 64 yards, in 2:10. (TCU 14, KU 10.)


10:02 — Wyman 29-yard field goal. Six-play drive for 36 yards, in 2:16. (TCU 14, KU 13.)

5:01 — Wyman 21-yard field goal. Seven-play drive for 69 yards, in 3:17. (KU 16, TCU 14.)

0:29 — Ryan Willis 21-yard run. Wyman kick. Two-play drive for 25 yards, in 0:44. (KU 23, TCU 14.)


13:54 — Hill 25-yard pass to Jaelan Austin. Hatfield kick. Six-play drive for 75 yards, in 1:35. (KU 23, TCU 21.)

1:21 — Hatfield 34 field goal. Eight-play drive for 59 yards, in 2:24. (TCU 24, KU 23.)


Michael Lorraine 5 years, 8 months ago

As a fan, not disappointed. KU played 4 quarters of D1 caliber football. Sad for the players though. They deserved to walk away with a win.

David Kemp 5 years, 8 months ago

No u don't deserve to win when miss 3 fgs and have 4 tos . Beaty lost this game with bad play calls. Defense played good enough to win.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 8 months ago

Last couple of games fans here were decrying Beaty's calls because he gambled. This game I have read a few who complain because he was conservative with his calls. Sure sounds to me like to some it's always the coach's fault. The guys played a good game and almost beat a team favored by more than four touchdowns. Pats on the back are deserved.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 8 months ago

Beaty has never gambled so, therefore, no one complained about him gambling.

Micky Baker 5 years, 8 months ago

Some won't ever be happy unless they can have it both ways.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 8 months ago

You just said 3 missed field goals and 4 turnovers. How does that translate to bad play calling.

Joe Ross 5 years, 8 months ago

Excellent take, Michael! KU started the game with the focus needed to win. The first quarter was a huge improvement, meaning the coaching staff has addressed some issues. The second quarter we fell apart a little, but all game long I had to be impressed with the defense. Our offense put a lot of pressure on our defense by putting them on the field more than they should have been (considering the turnovers, etc.), but even the offense had some brilliant moments. Id say two of Willis's turnovers were not his fault necessarily. One could pick that opinion apart, but clearly the move to Willis is the shot in the arm this team needed. Some dumb calls from the playbook, but the hook and ladder call is a credit to the coaching staff. Inches determined this game. The touchdown stretch at the pylon when we stepped out at the 2. The rush attempt for the TD that was spotted at the 6-inch mark (ultimately we didn't get it in). The missed field goal at the end of the game. Any of those plays go our way and we win. So I agree with you: there was fight in this team from the start until the very last play of the game. I disagree with only one part: I AM disappointed as a fan, but not in the effort. Im disappointed precisely because of your last sentence.

Eric Bur 5 years, 8 months ago

Could not agree more. It was an exciting, competitive D1 football game to the very end. I want a W (and eventually bowl games) as much as anyone. A lot goes on in a sixty minute game and we regularly made plays when it mattered, particularly on defense. No doubt this is a particularly gut-wrenching stretch of progress, where the W is still elusive. I'm very eager to see how we do next week.

Chuck Wagstaff 5 years, 8 months ago

I think we had more missed tackles than points.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 8 months ago

Hmmm. My initial response is you're wrong but I'll have to watch the replay. The defense played great in large part because the offense didn't keep them on the field all day. Biggest mistake they made was the face mask which was a very unfortunate call given they did their job and stopped the offense on 3rd down. But I could be wrong.

David Kemp 5 years, 8 months ago

Agree this seemed like play calling was exactly that. Playing to lose by alittle not to win.

Joe Ross 5 years, 8 months ago

I dont know, man. Moral victories at least mean you competed and were in the game. As a tortured fan, even moral victories feel good to me right now considering the history of what we've had to witness as fans...recent history included. I actually had fun watching a KU football game.

Can't remember the last time I said that.

David Kemp 5 years, 8 months ago

We have had these games every year only to get blown apart the next week. Willis is taking on the same role as last year, serviceable by default but has reached his ceiling. You can't U teach tunnel vision and slow feet. I do think with the right qb thi s team wins.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 8 months ago

The beginning of his Sophomore year is his ceiling?


Rob Byrd 5 years, 8 months ago

This is a game that should be in the win column for Kansas. That call in the third quarter was horrible! The ball clearly crossed the plane of the goal line and should have been ruled a touchdown.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 8 months ago

Even the announcers said after review that they disagree with that call.

Daniel Kennamore 5 years, 8 months ago

The guys played their heart out and did nearly everything they could do to win.

Play calling and coaching lost us this game. Willis took sacks he likely wouldn't have if he had been more prepared by having more reps early this season over Cozart as well.

Jack Hoff 5 years, 8 months ago

What? Completely unrelated. High school QB's know not to take those sacks in that situation. Cmon now, how can you blame the coaches for a QB takingg sacks?

David Kemp 5 years, 8 months ago

Agree Willis easily could have thrown those balls away. But must say beTy as an off coordinator is an idiot.

Jack Hoff 5 years, 8 months ago

Beaty definitely has room grow, I can't argue there. Perhaps he has a system he wants to implement and will hand the duties over next season and focus his attention on the group as a whole. Maybe he gets more playmakers and looks like art briles all of a sudden. I still think it's too quick to judge. While I do agree he has made some head scratching calls, I feel he is in the same boat as Bowen was. Players make coaches look good more often than not, KU doesn't have the players rightt now and mistakes are magnified. Bowen doesn't get harped on anymore cuz he finally has playmakers on defense.

Daniel Kennamore 5 years, 8 months ago

Did you not see the plays they called on the last three drives? What do you need explained?

Ryan Woods 5 years, 8 months ago

Is there a reason Ben Johnson didn't play?

Jack Hoff 5 years, 8 months ago

My takeaway from the game is that the defense is certainly the strength of this team and that's a product of havin good players that highlight Bowens skills. Something he hasn't had since being here. The offense also looked good, they just need to finish drives. Two TDs were robbed by poor officiating and the missed FG definitely hurt. Beaty did a nice job in some areas and made mistakes in other areas. He's shown the ability to assess himself objectively and improve going forward. Tough game to gauge because ku has done this the past 3 years. Do this on the road or against another foe and I'll buy in. We asked for improvement and we're seeing it. Sucks to lose a game you control but his team still has that losers mentality. Too many blown chances. All things considered though... way more positives than negatives. But certainly a lot to improve at including coaching.

John Joseph Gorski 5 years, 8 months ago

If I remember right didn't Mangino build up the Defense before the offense? Semi like he was known as a offensive minded coach but had a better defense early on and then the offense came around. Maybe Beaty is doing it the same way, just has less personal at this point.

Omari Miller 5 years, 8 months ago

Willis had 3 interceptions (bad ones) and a fumble. There's only so much an OC can feel comfortable doing with your QB is a snap away from giving the game away. Not sure it's fair to hang this on playcalling exclusively, I'd imagine that they're using only about half of the playbook.

Sean Kelly 5 years, 8 months ago

Both QBs are incredibly careless with the ball. Willis just loves taking sacks, don't understand it. No way in hell KU should have lost this game.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 8 months ago

One was a tipped ball at the line - that's not a terrible interception. Twice, he got baited by the safety - those were bad.

Imagine if he had actually been allowed to play in previous games so he could have worked through some this stuff before the Big 12 season got into full swing.

Literally the worst job of handling QB's I've seen in 30 years.

Jack Joiner 5 years, 8 months ago

One int was tipped and his fumble was caused by a teammate He outplayed the opposing QB. .

Jack Hoff 5 years, 8 months ago

The guy that tipped it was quite a few yards off the line of scrimmage. Bad QB recognition. A pick is a pick and a fumble is a fumble. Counts as a turnover regardless.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 8 months ago

Then don't label them bad or good. Those are unnecessary adjectives.

Jack Hoff 5 years, 8 months ago

Statistically KU dominated this game. Yardage, first downs, possession, etc. Certainly should have won on the scoreboard as well. I also agree with the assessment above when your 1st and 2nd string QB's both like giving the ball to the other team then you almost have to be conservative as a coach. Granted you can be conservative to a fault and maybe Beaty is guilty of that. But Willis throws some careless passes down field from time to time and has a knack for fumbling so you probably have to limit what you run. Also if Wyman hits from 37 and 41 and the refs don't negate two clear touchdowns, KU probably wins comfortably. Obviously the coaching was below par but player execution offensive and officiating were also below standard.

Kevin Robert Fest 5 years, 8 months ago

My Kingdom for a kicker. I knew before the season started that at some point a game would come down to our kicker and that this would be the result. A 50-yarder for the win with no time left is a big kick for any kicker but he missed a couple of short ones earlier in the game which put him in that position in the first place so I don't feel too bad for him. Fortunately at least for one game we seem to solve our quarterback problem(Sort of) for now if we can find a kicker and an offensive line we might be onto something. Unfortunately Beaty is still calling the plays man is this guy bad. The three run plays after the Gonzalez catch-and-run at the 3-yard line were the worst I've seen. He still goes to those passes to the long side of the field (when short side was working) those things were a disaster today even after the other four games where they didn't work either. Having Willis dropping back on a pass at the 5-yard line was definitely a run call on that first-down play where he was hit and fumbled. I think this team might have a chance if Beaty could actually get out of his own way. He definitely doesn't play to win he just plays not to lose by 50 points.

On the positive side we had a lot of new faces out there both on offense and defense and more then once these new guys were coming up big on plays whether it was big catches or tackles so I'm encouraged on someone. So many ways we could have lost this game but even more chances we could have won so it's disappointing

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 8 months ago

Really proud of this team. They showed tons of spirit and fight. If we can continue to play like today the rest of the season, it will be all anyone can ask for. We will win a game this year if they do.

These guys are young and are showing sign of being a good football team.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm with you Suzi. This team played better than anyone expected.

Joe Ross 5 years, 8 months ago

Im liking our chances against Iowa State a lot better now.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 8 months ago

ISU had BU beat last week and are giving OSU all they want now.

Joe Ross 5 years, 8 months ago

Come on Suzi. Even with that knowledge, you cant argue that watching todays game didnt inspire you to believe that Kansas is more competitive on Saturday night than they were Saturday morning.

Jack Hoff 5 years, 8 months ago

On the bright side at least people are passionate about a KU football game! Even if it's albeit for this week, haven't seen so much interest in the outcome of a game for a while. Maybe it's because the program is getting better and we're GASP expecting to win games.

Kevin Robert Fest 5 years, 8 months ago

At least everybody on the board is not complaining about another huge blowout we're still complaining and disappointed by another loss but at least we were in it the whole game.

David Kemp 5 years, 8 months ago

Doesn't matter, loss a loss. Paint it anyway u want, moral victories are just that. We will see how next game goes. I am betting a blowout.

Joe Ross 5 years, 8 months ago

Watching a quarterback move the offense goes a long way to making the game enjoyable to watch, mistakes notwithstanding.

Kevin Robert Fest 5 years, 8 months ago

Willis scares me he makes a lot of risky passes, has tunnel vision, holds onto the ball way too long takes too many sacks doesn't recognize to throw the ball away. Big arm but thats it so far as far as I'm concerned as bad as he is a huge upgrade over Cozart. Beggars can't be choosers

David Kemp 5 years, 8 months ago

I don't care if Willis is better than cozart he has shown he as no ability to see the field and will not be better even if he starts the next 2 years. He has reached his ceiling.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 8 months ago

Could not disagree more. Willis has shown tons of ability, potential and composure. If the coach hadn't fiddled with him for 4 games, he would have been much cleaner today. He'll get better and better as the season progresses.

Joe Ross 5 years, 8 months ago

QBs dont come ready-made knowning how to "see the field". All of the issues you brought up are coaching issues.

Bill Kackley 5 years, 8 months ago

My biggest disappointment in this game is our fickle fair feather fans. Where were you? We wouldn't have had 20,000 in the stands if it wasn't for the TCU fans there. I have a 5 hour drive to get to Lawrence but I am almost always there. I guarantee you this team is a lot better than my freshman year in 1956. If you don't come to the game hen at least have the decency to eat your ticket rather than sell it online so the opposition can sit in the good seats. My tickets are between the 45 and 50 yard line 8 row u I should have KU fans around me not TCU or whoever we are playing. I am extremely proud of the players. They played their hearts out. Yes they made some bad mistakes but these are 18 to 22 year old kids for the most part. I think the much aligned Clint Bowen did a fantastic job as the defensive coordinator but the head coach has got to either hire a offensive coordinator or put his trust in the guy he hired to do the job in the first place. I'm not talking about being to conservative or aggressive either one. When we had the ball third and a short one and the QB was up under center and the coach called a time out and they came back out with QB not up under center, he told the world he was not going to drive it up the middle. Moving the QB back was a rookie mistake.

Micky Baker 5 years, 8 months ago

If KU played a mistake free game today, KU wins this game by at least 2 TDs, but I will take this kind of competitiveness. The defense was a big positive as we all know how explosive TCU's offense can be with Hill. These kids played hard today and I feel sad for them that they didn't get this win, but it was appropriate for the fans to give the standing ovation at the end today. The team deserved it.

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 8 months ago

I for one am not going to say anything negative because we played well enough to win and there were improvements. It was our heart breaker. Hats off to players and coaches. Keep it up!

The play where hill picked up the ball and made a long run was just a fluke, and this game and it's outcome another test. Keep your heads up. You were competitive, hungry and were certainly no conference doormat. I was proud of the effort.

Terry N Tom Denner 5 years, 8 months ago

Coach Beaty please explain to every one why in the HELL being just inches from the coal line you call for a shotgun formation instead of just letting Willis push it over center for the possible winning score ? TCU did not beat the Hawks !! You and Wyman did. Tom

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