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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Jayhawks trying to recover from worst loss of season

Oklahoma wide receiver Geno Lewis (5) makes a touchdown catch ahead of Kansas linebacker Mike Lee (11) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Oklahoma wide receiver Geno Lewis (5) makes a touchdown catch ahead of Kansas linebacker Mike Lee (11) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

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After surrendering a season-high 56 points and scoring a season-low three Saturday night at Oklahoma, the down-and-out Kansas football team’s players and coaches couldn’t leave Norman, Okla., feeling as if they made any progress.

Doggedly positive second-year head coach David Beaty chose to find the positives in the landslide afterward, repeatedly citing a first quarter during which the Jayhawks (1-7 overall, 0-5 Big 12) picked up six of their 11 first downs.

The Kansas players, meanwhile, described the difficult mental process of dealing with such a defeat shortly after its conclusion.

“You know, it’s tough fresh off a loss,” senior safety Fish Smithson said Saturday night at OU’s Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. “So of course tonight was really difficult, because guys, we play with a lot of emotion out there and we don’t like to lose, so of course, it’ll be tough. But tomorrow we’ve gotta bounce back and watch film and fix the things, the mistakes.”

Most of KU’s blunders versus the Sooners (6-2, 5-0) came in the second and third quarters, when the OU offense ignited and outscored the visitors, 49-0.

The Kansas offense only managed 121 passing yards — another season low point — in the worst defeat for Beaty’s team since a 62-7 home loss to the Sooners a year ago.

“We’ve gotta let that go,” sophomore receiver Steven Sims Jr. said following a five-catch, 35-yard night, “and we’ve gotta prepare for West Virginia tomorrow. We’ve gotta start getting ready for them. We can’t just linger around on this loss.”

Senior cornerback Brandon Stewart echoed Sims’ sentiment and described how players at a program such as KU condition themselves for the highs and lows of weekly competition.

“I think it comes with playing football. We’re gonna have them games,” Stewart said, referring to outings when nothing seems to go right. “We’ll have a game where we’ll play really well. We were just on the back end of it tonight.”

The sports psychology side of coaching has led Beaty, whose team has lost by an average of 29.7 points a game against FBS competition this season, to emphasize the more encouraging aspects of even the least pleasant defeats.

Said sophomore defensive tackle Daniel Wise: “Coach always reminds us, no matter what the score is, no matter how good we think we played or how bad we think we played, coach says there’s always good in a game like this. We always try to find the positives to build on, and the bad stuff, we try to fix that and get ready for the next game.”

The Jayhawks hit the road again this week to face No. 14 West Virginia (6-1, 3-1). The Big 12 announced Sunday the game will kick off at 6 p.m. and air on ESPN2.

Comments

Dirk Medema 5 years, 8 months ago

Not good to get the Mountaineers in their place after their first loss. Next week could get ugly too. Just gotta keep working towards better days.

Dillon Davis 5 years, 8 months ago

If we could manage a win against ISU, I think that would help take the sting out of some of these losses. If we don't, then I think the fans will become even more apathetic.

Lucas Town 5 years, 8 months ago

I agree, ISU is a team more our caliber but I can't help but notice how they are competing against the rest of the Big 12. They played Baylor, at Oklahoma State and K-State to one score games. Outside of TCU, who we always seem to play close the rest of our games in the conference have been lop sided against us average score being 51-12.

I want to see KU move to an offense like Alabama and K-State. Huddle, shorten the game, line up and make the other team stop us. This would help our defense as well. Then we might see a change in the scoreboard to go along with the rest of the teams progression.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 8 months ago

Our match up with Iowa State has the potential of being the Bottom 10 Pillow Fight of the Week. Currently we’re 7th and they are 8th but that is likely to change when the next poll comes out.

Stephen Johnson 5 years, 8 months ago

Just remember it could always be worse. Charlie Weiss could still be our HC!

Brent Held 5 years, 8 months ago

Too be honest, that first half was actually real good football. You take away a couple lucky breaks created by their #11 and we probably have a tie football game. Cozart was making throws surprisingly but some of our receivers struggled to haul them in. Second half was a different story but I was impressed through the first half.

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