Iowa State defeats Kansas, 45-0

  • 11 a.m., Oct. 14, 2017
  • Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mounting Miscues: KU offense shutout in road loss to Iowa State

Kansas running back Dom Williams (25) is hit by Iowa State defensive end J.D. Waggoner (58) on a run during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas running back Dom Williams (25) is hit by Iowa State defensive end J.D. Waggoner (58) on a run during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.


Ames, Iowa — On a rainy Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium, the Kansas football team’s Air-Raid-branded offense slowly drowned the Jayhawks’ chances of challenging Iowa State in a 45-0 shutout.

Somehow, over the span of four quarters, KU’s skill players accounted for a measly 44 passing yards, picked up an inadequate five first downs, failed to go more than 17 yards on a single possession, totaled just 106 yards of offense and — perhaps most disturbingly — went three-and-out on 11 of their 18 possessions.

In its fifth straight loss of the season and the program’s 43rd road defeat in a row Kansas (1-5 overall, 0-3 Big 12) averaged just 1.8 yards of production per snap versus an ISU defense that entered the weekend allowing 406.2 yards a game.

“It’s just not good enough,” KU head coach David Beaty said of the clumsy offense. “I could sit here and quantify it if I wanted to but at the end of the day it’s not going to matter. We’ve got to be able to move the football offensively to create scoring. It’s a conference that you’ve got to put the football in the end zone. We knew it was going to be an issue today in terms of scoring against this team.”

Junior quarterback Peyton Bender, who remained the starter after getting benched the entire second half a week earlier versus Texas Tech, completed just eight of 19 throws for 18 yards.

“Yeah, it was definitely frustrating today,” Bender said after 15 offensive possessions traveled nine yards or fewer. “If you don’t get the first down on one series you’ve got to go out there with the mindset that you’re going to do it on the next. We did that today. We stayed up on the sidelines for the most part.”

The morale did the Jayhawks no favors, though, in front of an announced crowd of 55,593 — especially with special teams blunders weighing them down, too. A harbinger of the calamities to come, after the Kansas defense got off the field on the game’s first series with an Isaiah Bean sack of Kyle Kempt, Steven Sims Jr. mishandled and lost a punt, giving Iowa State (4-2 overall, 2-1 Big 12) a second crack at a positive start. Even that didn’t take for the Cyclones once Osaze Ogbebor and Dorance Armstrong Jr. combined to finish a three-and-out and force another Colin Downing punt.

Even so, on KU’s first offensive snap, Bender threw the ball low to receiver Quan Hampton for a potential chunk play down the middle of the field. But as Hampton failed to bring in the pass while sliding on the wet grass, the ball bounced upward and into the arms of safety Kamari Cotton-Moya, who returned it 23 yards.

Two David Montgomery rushes later, ISU had completed its third series, with KU having run just one play on offense, and the Jayhawks trailed 7-0.

“He dove down for it, maybe tried to scoop it and just kind of flipped it up in the air,” Bender recalled of what actually was one of his better throws of the day. “I didn’t really see what all went on. Just unfortunate. We’ve had a few of those this year and it’s unfortunate it happened again.”

In Beaty’s words, “tips equal picks.” But the offense, in spite of its glaring deficiencies, never turned the ball over again. An awful day for KU’s special teams further derailed any hope for an upset road win.

After Sims’ muffed return in the opening minutes, the Jayhawks also endured a 68-yard Trever Ryen punt return for a touchdown, one uncatchable snap from Logan Klusman for punter Cole Moos that gift-wrapped an ISU TD drive, and the misery of barely getting another punt off Moos’ foot as would-be blockers came crashing in.

“That one was a great snap, definitely, by Klusman,” Moos said of a third-quarter snap that he dropped, leading to a punt that netted minus-two yards. “Hit me right in the hands and I just took my focus off of it for a second. I made the mistake that receivers sometimes make. I looked up too early. There’s no excuse for it. I just dropped it, so I tried to pick it up and get it off as quick as possible. But it didn’t really work out too well.”

Indeed, the Cyclones only needed four plays to go 27 yards and get Montgomery one of his three rushing touchdowns on the day.

The Kansas defense mostly held up its end of the bargain in defeat, surrendering only 106 rushing yards and 212 passing yards to the Cyclones, who picked up just 15 first downs while cruising.

ISU entered the second quarter averaging 1.9 yards a play on offense but up 14-0 thanks to either a comedy or tragedy (depending on one’s perspective) of Kansas blunders.

Short-field TD drives soon became the trend with KU’s offense and special teams so often doubling as buzzkills.

On each of Iowa State’s first five scoring drives, the home team didn’t even have to cross midfield en route to the end zone. The Cyclone’s longest scoring possession of the rout, in the fourth quarter, only covered 56 yards of soaked grass.

Armstrong, who made four total tackles, tipped two passes and was credited with 0.5 tackles for loss and a QB hurry, said the short fields “definitely” qualified as one of the more frustrating aspects of the team’s first point-less game since losing 49-0 at home to West Virginia, in 2015.

“When the offense only has so many yards to score, it’s a lot easier than going down the whole field,” Armstrong admitted after the KU defense came away with seven three-and-outs, while forcing nine ISU punts. “We have to watch film, see where the mistakes happened and hopefully we can come back and fix them.”

Kempt, who quarterbacked ISU to victory at Oklahoma the prior week, completed 13 of 20 throws for 122 yards and a TD. Montgomery’s longest carry went for 18 yards — better than KU’s longest play from scrimmage, a 14-yard Taylor Martin carry — but the powerful ISU back averaged just 3.2 a carry on 21 attempts.

“It’s pretty frustrating,” KU junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise (1.5 tackles for loss, two QB hurries and a forced fumble) said of a day when the defense actually looked more sound than it had all season, “but that’s the part we need to finish. We need to win a game despite the field position, despite where we are. We just need to finish the drive, finish the play.”

After the KU offense totaled its fewest yards since 2014 (103, at Oklahoma), Beaty said it “would’ve been nice” to play some complimentary football. A 13-yard drive with Carter Stanley (3-for-7 passing, 26 yards) at QB to close the forgettable affair is the only reason KU’s offense even reached triple-digit yardage.

Running backs Martin (17 carries, 53 yards), Dom Williams (zero yards, on two rushes) and Deron Thompson (one carry, no yards) didn’t help matters, in the absence of Khalil Herbert (hamstring). Beaty said ISU’s defense, led by linebacker Joel Lanning (10 total tackles), dropped eight into coverage with a three-down front “all day,” and KU failed to capitalize.

“You’ve got to be able to run the football against that. We weren’t able to do it with any consistency. We came up short on third down several times (2-for-17),” Beaty said. “I didn’t think that we pushed them around up front good enough today. They pushed us around up front better than we pushed them around, and that’s usually what it comes down to.”

How does an offense that scored 34 points against West Virginia in its Big 12 opener account for the lack of production in two blowouts since?

“I wish I had a magic answer to let you know that, but I really don’t know,” Bender said. “We just didn’t play well today, all around. All around on offense we didn’t have a good game.”

Kansas is back on the road next weekend, at TCU (6-0, 3-0). The sixth-ranked Horned Frogs won Saturday at Kansas State, 26-6.

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John Fitzgerald 5 years, 1 month ago

I think it’s fair to say the David Beaty era is over. The coaches and players have quit and the fans are disinterested. Bye, Felicia.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 1 month ago

How In the hell does your QB only throw for what was it 19 yards??

Brian Wilson 5 years, 1 month ago

I can certainly understand everyons position after this game.....but if it were my decision I would still stick wtih Beaty at least another year. We have some good Louisiana recruits coming and the Freshman and Sophomore classes should be allowed to show what they can do without having coach fired. Bowen should go.

Layne Pierce 5 years, 1 month ago

No its not good enough. And frankly, whatever were doing is pathetic. Iowa State is showing us how to get off your butt and become a football team. I got a text message hashtag, ku football, question is, is there such a thing? There used to be, and I was damn proud of it, now I have to hang my head and endure.

And no I am not just talking about the losses, I am talking about how one-sided they are, and how we look like we don't even belong in major college football.

If there was visible progress, we could hang our hat on that, but there is very little that is progress, and the only thing we can count on is mediocrity.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 1 month ago

Mediocrity?! Bro, we are looking up at mediocrity! We are so far below mediocrity we might as well be looking at the top of the Sears Tower from ground level!

John Brazelton 5 years, 1 month ago

We have 6 games left. KU wasn't playing competitive football until 4 games left in the season last year. Let's see if the players want to be competitive the rest of the year. As I wrote in another post, with the exception of TCU and perhaps, OSU, no team in the Big 12 is doing great this season. Every one is playing below expectations.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 1 month ago

The only winnable game I see on the schedule for Kansas is Baylor.

Lawrence McGlinn 5 years, 1 month ago

If there is a zombie apocalypse or some other catastrophe, I hope I run into you, John, because you can put a positive spin on anything! Almost three years into this experiment the coaching staff just does not have the answers. Our athletes are not that bad. It is poor preparation that is making us such a joke. That falls directly on the staff, unfortunately.

John Strayer 5 years, 1 month ago

I wouldn't count on any of the LA recruits making it to campus. The are KU recruits until they sign letters next February. Lots of time to have 6 more blow out losses change their minds.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 1 month ago

Just wondering what's our recruiting pitch to the Louisiana commits now? Can't use that bowl year line, or that Earn It line since our coaches don't know how to earn it, can't use come be a savior line we have one of the best DE in Armstrong and we still are struggling.

Jeff Coffman 5 years, 1 month ago

6-6 for six in the red zone...yep that is such an improvement from our defense. Short field or not, you've got to stop them at least once. Whoever thinks the defense did good, has got to help me understand that stat.

Doug Cramer 5 years, 1 month ago

Same bullsh!t as previous years.

The offense has always been so bad that its masks the failures of the defense.

The fact of the matter is, our defense hasn't been good since 2007-2008, when Bill Young was our Defensive Coordinator.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 1 month ago

So, to follow Doug logic, the offense has been so bad that it has actually masked a bigger problem? And yet you've lobbied for keeping the guys in charge of said horrible offense? Right?

Doug, are you from Salem, Mass?

Everyone's got to go, and when you come on here and post that it's only the defense, when the offense barely gained 100 yards and didn't cross midfield until mid-4th quarter, it hurts your credibility just a bit. Don't you think?

Brett McCabe 5 years, 1 month ago

I haven't actually read a single comment where someone said they played well. What they did was play better. They forced 9 punts and allowed fewer than 400 total yards. Those are good stats. Allowing the scores on the short field was not a good stat. The defense played better than in previous weeks but not well enough. Is that simple enough for you to understand?

Jerry Walker 5 years, 1 month ago

Jeff, you understood it and aren't fooled by a defense that only gave up 300yds.

If ISU hadn't had short fields all day they would have rolled up 500+ yds of offense.

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 1 month ago

What troubles me most is the squandering of really good athletes that could have a shot at the next level if they came from a winning program. Sims should have had a fabulous year. And then players who have real skill should be taking it to the next level. Armstrong, Wise, Lee appear to have taken a step back. Thats all on the coaches.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 5 years, 1 month ago

I’ve been positive about this staff and supportive of its very difficult rebuilding job. It’s tough to argue that Coach Beaty isn’t getting it done however with us taking a step back this year instead of the improvement we all expected.
The former chancellor kinda screwed us on the way out giving a contract extension to the AD and the AD giving Beaty an extension. Tougher to make changes now that it would have been a year ago.

Ryan Woods 5 years, 1 month ago

Bench Bender. His in game attitude looks like he doesn't even care. He's throwing 50% with a majority of those short yardage. Most importantly our line isn't great and he can't extend plays with the run. Carter Stanley still makes plays, runs hard, and acts like he cares. Just like last year he was the true leader of the team.

Richard Duran 5 years, 1 month ago

8 completions for 19 yards? 2.375 yards per completion. Air Raid indeed. Dayne Heaps-Bender is gonna get Beatty fired.

Bj Cassady 5 years, 1 month ago

I was hopeful things would be good this season. Hoping for 3 wins and isn't that pitiful that have such low expectations. Then the bottom fell out, the offense got worse, the defense got worse, special teams were not special. I was a big defender of Beatty, he had some raw talent. It is time to clean house starting with the AD, the coaching staff. Maybe get Les Miles. We have to realize we cannot defeat a lot of Division II teams. This is a total rebuild like what Bill Snyder did at State. There are not any quick fixes. We need to fill the stands even if you have to give away tickets and lose money for a while. We are a good 10 years away from having a 50-50 season. Build it up right. Get great coaches. Improve and build. Recruit nationally and it will work in time. BJ

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