Saturday, November 25, 2017

Jayhawks thumped by Oklahoma State in season finale, 58-17

Oklahoma State wide receiver Dillon Stoner (17) celebrates his 76 yard touchdown with offensive linemen Aaron Cochran (78) and Johnny Wilson (72) during the first half of an NCAA college football game with Kansas in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

Oklahoma State wide receiver Dillon Stoner (17) celebrates his 76 yard touchdown with offensive linemen Aaron Cochran (78) and Johnny Wilson (72) during the first half of an NCAA college football game with Kansas in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.


Similar to many of the other Big 12 games this season, the Kansas football team fell into an early deficit and didn’t produce nearly enough offense to keep up in Saturday’s 58-17 loss to Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens Stadium.

In the final game of the 2017 season, the Jayhawks trailed by as many as 31 points in the first half as they struggled to contain the Mason Rudolph-led Oklahoma State offense. Five of the Jayhawks’ first six possessions ended in three-and-out punts.

Junior quarterback Peyton Bender earned his first start in five weeks, completing 17 of his 32 passes for 172 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He tossed a 33-yard score to Evan Fairs in the final minute of the first half and a 2-yard touchdown pass to Steven Sims in the third quarter. Sims had eight catches for 66 yards.

Playing without a few members of the secondary, Kansas had trouble slowing down Rudolph, who was 31 of 43 for 438 yards and two scores. Rudolph added two touchdown runs. Receivers James Washington, Dillon Stoner and Marcell Ateman all had more than 100 receiving yards.

Kansas ended the 2017 season, its third year under David Beaty with a 1-11 record and an 0-9 mark in Big 12 play. The program’s road losing streak was extended to 46 games, dating back to 2009.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

The game turned when: On the ensuing drive following Kansas’ field goal at the end of the first quarter, the Cowboys quickly responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 12-yard touchdown run by Justice Hill.

The Jayhawks couldn’t afford to trade field goals against touchdowns against one of the top offenses in the country. Oklahoma State (9-3, 6-3 Big 12) took a 17-3 lead and only increased its lead from there.

OSU scored on six of its seven first-half possessions.

Offensive highlight: Fairs, a sophomore receiver, has emerged as one of the team’s top targets in recent weeks. He had another chance to prove himself in the final seconds of the first half when Bender looked his way on a fade pass.

With the ball aimed toward Fairs’ back shoulder, the receiver spun around for the catch, kept both of his feet inbounds and secured the grab next to the pylon for his first touchdown reception of his career. It was a 33-yard touchdown catch, giving the Jayhawks their first touchdown of the day.

Defensive highlight: The Jayhawks didn’t force any turnovers and only had two sacks, but did force two punts. Yes, it is hard to find a highlight when an offense scores 58 points.

Key stat: Yards per passing attempt. Rudolph and the rest of the Cowboys’ offense thrives on big plays and Saturday was no different.

Rudolph, likely a first round pick in next year’s NFL Draft, averaged 10.2 yards per attempt against KU’s banged up secondary. He was aggressive and wasn’t afraid to dial up a big passing play.

By comparison, Bender averaged 5.4 yards per attempt with more throws around the line of scrimmage.

Up next: The Jayhawks concluded the 2017 season with a 1-11 record and will enter the offseason. Besides the upcoming spring game, Kansas will play its next game on Sept. 1 against Nicholls State at Memorial Stadium.



12:05 — Mason Rudolph 1 run . Matt Ammendola kick. Seven-play drive for 74 yards, in 2:55. (OSU 7, KU 0.)

6:22 — Amendola 43 field goal. Six-play drive for 16 yards, in 1:39. (OSU 10, KU 0.)

1:36 — Gabriel Rui 50 field goal. Twelve-play drive for 46 yards, in 4:46. (OSU 10, KU 3.)


13:40 — Justice Hill 12 run. Ammendola kick. Ten-play drive for 75 yards, in 2:55. (OSU 17, KU 3.)

10:41 — Dillon Stoner 76 pass from Rudolph. Ammendola kick. Two-play drive for 78 yards, in 0:31. (OSU 24, KU 3.)

4:28 — Ammendola 36 field goal. Thirteen-play drive for 59 yards, in 4:31. (OSU 27, KU 3.)

2:00 — LD Brown 1 run.

0:07 — Evan Fairs 33 pass from Peyton Bender. Rui kick. Nine-play drive for 73 yards, in 1:53. (OSU 34, KU 10.)


14:00 — James Washington 30 pass from Rudolph. Ammendola kick. One-play drive for 30 yards, in 0:06. (OSU 41, KU 10.)

5:41 — Steven Sims 2 pass from Bender. Rui kick. Seven-play drive for 41 yards, in 2:20. (OSU 41, KU 17.)

2:12 — Rudolph 1 run. Ammendola kick. Eight-play drive for 75 yards, in 3:29. (OSU 48, KU 17.)


10:43 — Ammendola 49 field goal. Twelve-play drive for 60 yards in 4:32. (OSU 51, KU 17.)

4:58 — Brown 1 run. Ammendola kick. Seven-play drive for 65 yards, in 4:16. (OSU 58, KU 17.)

More news and notes from Kansas vs. Oklahoma State


Richard Duran 4 years, 7 months ago

58-17. 250 yards of offense. 46 game road losing streak. NoQB. 3-33. 3-33!!!!!!!! Negative offensive yards at TCU through 3 quarters. Anyone still think Beatty is the guy? Brett Bielma and Mike Riley are available! hahahahahahahahahahaahahahaha!

Brett McCabe 4 years, 7 months ago

Watching other games on T.V. this weekend and wondering what it would be like to have a Chancellor and a University that actually cared about football. It really looks like being a football fan can be fun but, ironically, you have to get serious is you want to have fun.

If these results aren't enough to force a change, then I'm with other guys who say we might as well give up. Forfeit the season next year, release the players and try again after Zenger and Beaty's contracts expire. It would be better than watching this train wreck and all of the rationalizations. If Girod can't make this move, our university is in grave danger.

David Kemp 4 years, 7 months ago

I guarantee without some miracle players not currently on the roster we r looking at 1-11, or 0-12. Face it Beaty and his assistants can’t coach. Will next year be enough or does he have to keep getting do overs.

Matt Gauntt 4 years, 7 months ago

This season is supremely frustrating, but no-one that has thumped his chest and said we need to just abandon football has been able to articulate what the benefits of doing so are and how we would be attractive to the Big 12 since football is always what pays the bills.

After you get done thumping your chest, give some solid reasons.

Mark Bowers 4 years, 7 months ago

This is literally the definition of insanity! Keep dong things the exact same way and expect different results. I'm dumbfounded and livid over Zenger's statement today. Zenger pretty much gave the middle finger to every fan that has suffered through this biblical plague that's KU football. Brett do you know Zenger, Beaty, and Girod's email addresses? I enjoy your posts, I think what you say is pretty spot on.

Bill Kackley 4 years, 7 months ago

Brett, like all your budies you are full of horse manure.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 7 months ago

Horse manure contains a high level of nitrogen. Nitrogen is used in the construction of both Kevlar and Super Glue. So......what bounces off me, sticks to you.

Bill McGovern 4 years, 7 months ago

buddies* You must be a good friend of Zenger or Beaty to be making that kind of statement.

Matt Gauntt 4 years, 7 months ago

ESPN is reporting that Zenger issued a statement today that Beaty is coming back next year.

Another long season to look forward to in 2018.

David Kemp 4 years, 7 months ago

What else is Zenger going to say since to fire Beaty he needs to be fired also

Bill McGovern 4 years, 7 months ago

Finally the season is over! Now I don't have to watch the team get pummeled again until next year! Fire Beaty and fire Zenger. There are much better replacements available now. Even Liberty with Turner Gill at the helm beat Baylor! I'm tired of the excuses and sorry performances. Beaty is soft, Zenger is out of his mind and Girod is ready to give them more time to go nowhere!

Gerry Butler 4 years, 7 months ago

DAMN -- here is a news flash. - -You have NEVER had to watch from day one, and here is another little something - No one making you watch NEXT YEAR either lmao. - Damn someone put a gun to your head and tell you if you didn't watch they was going to put a hole right between your eyes? - -Statement of the Decade - -OH I had to watch - -Holy crap

Marc Frey 4 years, 7 months ago

What we have seen this year and the last 8 seasons is: We have no front 5 on either side of the ball. When the other teams can line up walk ons, 3rd and 2nd string QBs and they look like Heisman Candidates, that is all I need to know where we lack talent and depth. I know Beaty started with 38 scholarship players which is less than even D2 levels, we have failed to develop our players.

David Kemp 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes on 2 different occasions today a 3 man rush sacked the qb without even being slowed down. This front five stands 0 chance of getting better next year. It is bad coaching. Any 300lb Rufus should be able to get in someone’s way.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 7 months ago

These guys are 4 sophomores and a freshman trying to block much more experienced DLines.

These guys shouldn't be playing right now because they are undersized and under developed but they have to play because Weis didn't recruit HS linemen and his JuCo guys either were worse than what we have now or never made it to the season vefore leaving the program.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 7 months ago

Why is this even a story. KU football lost 58 to 17 it's not a story anymore, same thing week after week after week. Except for Beaty hallucinating during his postgame press conference about the positives that he saw during the game.

Press " Coach Beaty. What positives can you take away from a game like this?"

Coach Clueless, "Well lm really proud of our Seniors they played every down hard and didn't quit. I think that they laid the foundation for this program. They set the example of what this program will be in a couple of years. Next year we are a bowl team for sure!" Sniff sniff wipe away tears.

If anyone on this board thinks another 1-11 next year isnt possible is nuts. They are for worse than Baylor and every other Big 12 team has far superior talent. KU was barely competitive in most games this year and that's being nice.

Robert Brock 4 years, 7 months ago

Zenger and Beaty should resign immediately.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 7 months ago

And, unfortunately, Zenger issues his statement, and KU football becomes even more irrelevant than it was at 3pm today.

My best wishes to the ticket sales department.

When the history of KU is written, the Zenger football era will have it's own chapter, focused on an almost intentional ineptitude that would not be tolerated at any other university in the country.

If KU doesn't care about football, why should we?

Gerry Butler 4 years, 7 months ago

So does this mean none of you will be on here reading about KU football next year? - OR none of you will be listening or going to the games? - - -We can only hope that's the case. - -lmao - Please - - Please don't come or bother to write your feeble thoughts on here next year - -I mean why? - -The program is warm doo right? - So you like reading and writing about warm doo - -I'm sorry for your limited train of thought - -Have a great day

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 7 months ago

Beaty is trying to cover the stench of this program with more JUCO guys. Bender, Hasaan (NO) Defense are not shining examples of his evaluation of Juco talent. If Frost at UCF, or other coaches can turn around bad programs in just a few years that says something that this program is no better then when he took over. So when next year they are losing by double digits , losing to a MAC team again and getting blown out by the worst team in the Big 10 Rutgers then what?

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 7 months ago

UCF was not a bad program. They sucked in 2015, but guess what, this senior class of theirs will likely have played in a BCS bowl (beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl in 2013) and will likely play in a New Year's 6 bowl this year. 2015 was the anomaly for them just like 2007 was KU's anomaly season.

Barry Weiss 4 years, 7 months ago

3 years in to the Beaty era and we are not even competitive, not one bit. We don't lose by one or even two scores. We get absolutely throttled by 5 scores. I call BS on this theory you need to give someone more than 3 years, especially when the program is getting worse. To keep his job, Beaty should have gotten at least 3 wins this year. No doubt in my mind we will be lucky to get one win next year, and thus the turnaround of our program has been delayed yet again. Pathetic.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 7 months ago

The problem with waiting until next year is that the list of coaches or the openings available may not have the names that this year's openings have. Any coach with a name or experience is going to get taken by another program this year ie Chip Kelly (not that he was coming here anyway) and if Kansas finally decides to let Beaty go next year there may not be any big names or any coaches available because they will have already been takien this year. And the board will lament who we could have had by this time next year lol.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 7 months ago

What big names are available this year worth going after? Mike Riley is a west coast guy and would be a terrible fit at Kansas. Bilema was the caretaker at Wisconsin, not the architect and when he was asked to be an architect at Arkansas, well we saw what happened yesterday. None of the retread coaches are worth going after because if they couldn't succeed at vetter places than Kansas, why would they be able to win at Kansas?

A coordinator looking for a shot or an FCS coach looking to move up are the two choices for a place like Kansas.

Mike Barnhart 4 years, 7 months ago

Competitive against one FBS team and totally, utterly demolished by the rest.

Not progress... not good enough!

If “the coin toss snub” isn’t the final straw, this administration has no pride!

David Kemp 4 years, 7 months ago

Can’t wait for the Beaty like guy to call be from tickets dept. I will unload on him.

Sf Boggsz 4 years, 7 months ago

Can we play next season without the name KANSAS on the jersey? KU is now the national laughing stock of a program. If the administration thinks that continued continuity is going to bring this "program'' back from below the ashes, have their proverbial heads buried in the sand. Not only do we have incompetent coaches and AD, it's grown to the President who's bought into the BMD demand we keep these worthless employees. Upvote0

John Brazelton 4 years, 7 months ago

Obviously, almost none of you gentlemen were very good at sportsmanship while students at KU. KU has only had a few pockets of football success through their history (Rogers/Fambrough/Mason/Mangino) and it took all coaches a while to achieve success. Rogers recruited 125 recruits his first season, you can't do that any more. Next season will be a better season with more wins and fewer losses. 20+ seniors and 15+ juniors will want to achieve a winning record if humanly possible. And because of this season's injuries, we will have some experienced backups for a change. We've had tons of players playing hurt this season. Our starting LT will have both shoulders operated on in the next couple weeks, as others. Success will come to those fans who have the patience to wait.

Chuck Baldwin 4 years, 7 months ago

Headline should read.. “Jayhawks thumped all season long again. Another coach and his staff thumped again.”


Terry Leibold 4 years, 7 months ago

John Brazelton: I disagree. I was here for Mason and Mangino’s tenures. They both showed improvement by their second years: Mason went 1-10 in his first year and 4-7 in his second. Mangino went from 2-10 to 6-7 in his second year. Both showed progress. Besides their improvement in the W-L columns, their teams showed immediate improvements in playing disciplined football. Beaty has failed to show any progress in either W-L column or in playing disciplined football. His team continues to make mistakes that having nothing to do with talent.

Bj Cassady 4 years, 7 months ago

One word on the present state of the football program: Regression. One word on the future state of the program: Hopelessness Several words to fix it: Fire the AD, Fire the Coaches. It will take 6 years to fix it, but hire an AD that puts a priority on winning, Hire a coach that wants to win.

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