TCU defeats Kansas, 43-0

  • 7 p.m., Oct. 21, 2017
  • Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX

Saturday, October 21, 2017

It was pretty bad’: Jayhawks pounded against TCU, produce 21 yards on offense

Kansas wide receiver Quan Hampton (6) has a pass broken up by TCU safety Ridwan Issahaku (31) during the second quarter, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

Kansas wide receiver Quan Hampton (6) has a pass broken up by TCU safety Ridwan Issahaku (31) during the second quarter, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.


Fort Worth, Texas — Negativity ruled the night for the Kansas football team's backpedaling offense Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

No. 4 TCU swarmed and smothered the Jayhawks with 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. The KU offense went backward so often it finished with a Big 12-record low of 21 total yards in a 43-0 pounding.

“It was pretty bad,” sophomore tackle Hakeem Adeniji said after Kansas suffered its second consecutive shutout and sixth straight loss of the season. “I don’t think there’s any way to put it.”

Things looked so bleak that KU (1-6 overall, 0-4 Big 12) entered the fourth quarter with minus-six yards of offense versus the heavily-favored Horned Frogs (7-0, 4-0).

“Obviously we’re not very good up front and not very good totally in the run game,” third-year head coach David Beaty said following an unimaginable KU rushing total of minus-25 yards. “A lot of that has a lot to do with us giving up some negative yardage plays and some sacks, for sure.”

As woeful a turnover-free first half as fathomable assured the Jayhawks of the program's 44th straight road defeat.

By the time KU closed the final 1:09 of the second quarter with three Khalil Herbert carries in a row to eat up the clock and avoid further disaster, the branded Air Raid offense had netted all of three yards, setting the stage for the 21 total yards, the fewest by an FBS offense in the past 20 seasons.

Those three harmless play calls to close out two quarters of non-productivity seemed months removed from the first series of the game, when KU picked up its lone first down of the first 40 minutes, with Peyton Bender finding tight end Ben Johnson for 13 yards. At that point, the Jayhawks had gained 16 yards on three plays.

On the next 21 snaps of the first half, though, KU typically went the wrong direction, losing a total of 13 yards before returning to the locker room at intermission with minus-30 rushing yards and 33 passing yards.

During the course of the disastrous first two quarters, which featured five three-and-outs, Bender completed five of his 10 pass attempts, often leaving misfires short, and took two sacks. Between Bender's first-half rushing total of -14 yards (thanks to the sacks), a botched Taylor Martin carry that lost 12 more yards, and play upon play of blah that went nowhere, KU averaged 0.1 yards per play in a half during which TCU totaled 305, cruising to a 24-0 lead.

Adeniji said the Frogs knocked Kansas out of rhythm, “and we weren’t able to get anything going all night.”

Meeting at halftime to regroup and adjust didn't even help the Jayhawks, who opened the third quarter with their most demoralizing series of the funk-filled thumping. A Ryan Schadler rush lost six yards, Chris Bradley and Ross Blacklock sacked Bender for a four-yard loss on second down and Ben Banugo and Blacklock sacked Bender again on third, giving KU negative-15 yards on the series and minus-12 in the game.

The pain continued for the overmatched visitors throughout the third quarter. Although TCU gifted the Jayhawks a pair of first downs in the quarter via two separate pass interference penalties, another drive went three-and-out and the hapless quarter concluded with Steven Sims Jr. losing six yards on a rush.

KU entered the fourth quarter with minus-six yards of offense.

“Obviously the goal is to move forward and go put points on the board,” Beaty said of opening the second half. “We had to do that. We had to go get some points in that third quarter to have a chance. We had to go cut that lead down, and then get it back to a two-score game. That was the goal. It didn’t happen.”

In the meantime, KU's defense didn't have much to feel positive about, either. In the second quarter, one play after Bryce Torneden sacked Kenny Hill for a loss of eight yards, the TCU quarterback bounced back by hitting John Diarse in stride down the sideline for a 67-yard score, one of Hill's five touchdown throws before watching the final quarter from the bench.

Hill completed 19 of his 26 pass attempts for 278 yards, with TD throws to Diarse (four catches, 130 yards, TD), Jalen Reagor (three receptions, 43 yards, 2 TDs), Taj Williams and Desmon White.

Horned Frogs rushers ate up the Kansas defense, too, going for 191 yards on the ground and averaging 4.5 yards per carry, led by Darius Anderson (12 runs, 62 yards) and Kyle Hicks (10 carries, 57 yards).

After making 11 total tackles during KU's humiliating prime time appearance on FOX, junior linebacker Joe Dineen described the vibe of the Jayhawks as “really disappointed.”

“I feel like we didn’t rise to the challenge at all. We played poorly on defense and poorly on offense and gave up a punt return (touchdown, 90 yards by KaVontae Turpin). So all three phases not good enough,” Dineen said.

TCU put up 475 yards of offense to KU's 21 in the beating, which featured just four Kansas first downs.

“I just know it wasn’t good enough,” Dineen replied, when asked to identify the recurring issue for the defense. “We didn’t play hard enough and it’s unacceptable.”

It was up to backup QB Carter Stanley to save the Jayhawks from complete disaster. The redshirt sophomore entered the game with 10:35 left in the fourth quarter and the net yardage sitting at minus-four. Though Stanley completed one of just two throws for eight yards and rushed twice for nine yards, he did just enough on two series to get Kansas into positive-yardage territory on the night, with the aid of some Deron Thompson carries (five attempts for 10 yards).

“We just never really got anything going offensively today,” Beaty said, “and, like I said, that goes on my shoulders to be able to figure out why and get going because that’s just not good enough.”

On a night starting QB Bender finished 7-for-16 passing for 38 yards and Johnson finished with a team-best 35 receiving yards, Adeniji said the entire offense felt frustrated in the locker room afterward.

“But that’s what you’re going to get,” Adeniji said of the raw moments after the loss. “I believe we’re going to come back. We have to keep pushing. That’s a tough one to take on the chin but we’ve just got to keep chugging.”

Asked to describe his emotions following a loss in which KU averaged 0.4 yards per play, Beaty responded: “Man, I’ve got a few of them. I think disappointed. … I know that our kids are preparing. We’re preparing well. Something’s missing. We’ve got to figure that out.”

— See what people were saying about the game during's live coverage.

More news and notes from Kansas vs. TCU


Bryan Mohr 4 years, 9 months ago

Same post from yesterday before the game:

Something more interesting than this game will be...

Here's my list to replace Beaty:

Candle, Frost, Mangino, Venables, Leavitt, Bohl, Fritz, Schiano, Blake Anderson, Calhoun, Pelini*, Littrell (a last resort), Fedora (if he becomes available)

I'm not sure why I post this stuff. Nobody important to the hiring process gives a care. I'm supposed to shut-up, buy tickets, attend games, and just "believe". Sorry, my KU education taught me to think. I've listed 13 names... please get this over with and pick one.

*I've already received negative feedback on Pelini. He's not my top choice, but I believe he would change the pathetic, soft football culture at Kansas. Apparently Youngstown St. has administrators, fans, and players that are able to tolerate him. It seems he wouldn't work for many of KU's soft fans and administrators.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

He was at football-obsessed Nebraska, and treated everyone like $#!+. He's too toxic and not worth the trouble.

But everyone else you mentioned is worthy.

And no, I wasn't trying to protect our fans and administrators; I was saying that Pelini won't be worth the trouble.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 9 months ago

The problem, to me, is who on that list would be willing to take on this job?

Adam Engelbrecht 4 years, 9 months ago

And now the embarrassment is on the front page of ESPN.

But hey, we've got to try harder and come out quick next week right? That'll solve it.

Kerby Rice 4 years, 9 months ago

Beaty will give the old fashioned "That's on me, I've got to be better." And "We've got a lot of capable guys in that room." I like the guy and wish he'd be successful as much as the next but I think it's evident he's not the answer. No reason at all a Division 1 program should be this awful, we literally just set an all time record for consecutive losses

Bill McGovern 4 years, 9 months ago

Bleak, hopeless, deflated, dead is the football program.

Andy Godwin 4 years, 9 months ago

Thanks to Gary Patterson and the officials for not making the outcome much worse. A running clock with 12 minutes to go - what an embarrassment. I loved the announcers selling it as a storm front was moving in, but it is clear that KU is so overmatched when playing quality teams that they were just trying to get the game over. A new low for KU football. Glad we could share it on prime time. I guess the Baylor game will determine who is the worst in the Big 12 and nation and based on the last two games I will give KU a big leg up.

Sean Rodger 4 years, 9 months ago

Frost will be going to Nebraska once they fire Reilly. I just don’t get how an AD can be so clueless when hiring a coach. I just don’t know who would want this train wreck of a program. How can 129 other schools be better than KU? Either he can’t recruit or coach? Maybe both. Just sad that 10 years ago we were undefeated...

Ben Kane 4 years, 9 months ago

we have reached the bottom of the national embarrassment barrel. How many coaches have we gone through in the last decade now, I don't think changing again is going to help.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 9 months ago

Remember when our offense was the strength of the team? Good times.....good times....

Willie Fritz Craig Bohl Jim Leavitt Troy Calhoun

Come on down! And bring your AD with you. (Tulane AD would be a good choice:

Seriously, it's Sunday morning. I've reflected a little bit. Not firing Beaty is the equivalent of giving up as a university on football and on the young men on the team. At least give the returning players some hope of a better future by doing right by them and getting them a staff capable of competing at this level.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

21 yards of in bleeping hell is that even possible?

Oh wait, that's right, I forgot. This is Kansas football we're talking about.

KU football is like Royals baseball in the 2000s. It's like Browns football since the Browns were reactivated in 1999. It's like Charlie Brown's baseball team that loses games by scores of 207-0.

Jerry Walker 4 years, 9 months ago

In the pursuit of sanity maybe we should adopt the way of long standing Cubs fans or fans of the expansionist Mets...rooting for our lovable losers.

But heck - this team isn't even lovable.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 9 months ago

Troy Calhoun, come on down and bring your A.D. with you. A West Point grad, graduate degree from Cornell.

David Kemp 4 years, 9 months ago

Our kids are preparing well? If that’s the case this team isn’t even fcs competitive. If this is how they play prepared I would hate to see the alternative!

Eliott Reeder 4 years, 9 months ago

The only person on the sidelines that seemed extremely distraught and upset yesterday was Meacham. He’s new enough that he has yet to accept Beatty’s demeanor of the happy-go-lucky aw shucks loser.

Adam Engelbrecht 4 years, 9 months ago

He always looks like that though. At least he shows some emotion relative to the other losers.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 9 months ago

He was probably looking at the other sideline and thinking about what could have been

Tracey Graham 4 years, 9 months ago

The coach needs to be fired. Kansas football has turned into a national joke. The players don't even seem to be trying, and that falls on the coaching staff.

If a school Iowa State can have a halfway decent team, there's no reason why KU can't. I know Kansas HS football doesn't turn out a bunch of great recruits, and it's difficult to recruit the midwest against all the other power conference teams, but this is still ridiculous. I don't expect the Jayhawks to win 10 games or challenge for conference titles in football. But they should be able to put together a program that could win 4 or 5 games in a season.. One that would at least show some competitiveness rather than just rolling over on a weekly basis.

It's not like KU had a bunch of great players under Mangino, but he managed to at least put out competitive squads every season. So why haven't any of the coaches since him been able to do it? I'm not sure this current team would win many games if they played an FCS schedule. And that's just sad. The fews (what few remain, anyway) deserve better.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 9 months ago

I thought this game would be worse in regards to the point differential, as in TCU beating us by 50 or 60. But you can tell they obviously felt bad for Meacham and just rushed through the rest of the game to get it over. Also interesting to note Baylor hung with WVU. So any KU fans hoping for a conference will win will be severely disappointed. Zenger must be fired by Monday so we can find an AD and let him find a HC replacement by seasons end.

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 9 months ago

we were down 43-0 at the 4th quarter and they ran a continuous clock (didn't stop it) for first downs out of bounds or incomplete passes. Basically what would have been 2-4 possessions for tcu turned into 1 with an entirely backup offense.

Rick Meyer 4 years, 9 months ago

Good Luck finding a coaching staff to come in to Lawrence and turn this program around knowing they have to coach 'soft'. Not gonna happen. Do you think ANY of the marque programs coach 'soft'? Nope. Face it ... the 'Mangino Effect' will haunt this program for a long, long time.

John Strayer 4 years, 9 months ago

Does any KU administrators give a sh!t? So glad Girod gave Zenger the vote of confidence publicly earlier this season. Might as well move Saturday's game to K State...there is a strong possibility that there will be more purple than blue in the stadium.

John Strayer 4 years, 9 months ago

In that ESPN story linked above...who the neck is Peyton Kinder? ESPN doesn't even care enough to get the players names correct. That is funny in and of itself.

David Kemp 4 years, 9 months ago

OMG does anybody find the players an coach comments to be just painful? "It just wasn't good enough" duh. It hasn't been good on defense for 6 games now. What magic light bulb is it gonna take to come back? No team can be this overmatched every week. The players have quit and obviously won't play for Beatty so it's time to do something different.

Austin Lopez 4 years, 9 months ago

It's no way this team shouldn't be somewhat competitive, the defense is a sh@t show, along with the offense. We have decent players the coaches just don't want to give up that damn air raid offense.

David Kemp 4 years, 9 months ago

Doesn't matter what u call the offense, when we ran we lost yards. It comes down to can u block and the answer is no

Austin Lopez 4 years, 9 months ago

quick fix to the blocking situation is either fix the scheme or bring a 6th man to the line a TE, our guys can't block because of the air raid, in that type of offense you force guys to play 1 on 1 on the line of scrimmage. scrap and throw in a offense that fits our blocking needs.

Gary Amble 4 years, 9 months ago

Have we considered dressing our water-boy?

Barry Weiss 4 years, 9 months ago

I never thought KU football could get this bad and it is getting worse each week. I feel bad for the university and the players. It just hurts to hear the jokes, the apologies, and the futility played out on national TV. I do not know what the answer is, but doing nothing is not helping. The end of our football program is near.

David Kemp 4 years, 9 months ago

We should be like the movie armadillos and have open college tryouts. We might find some kids who want to play.

Austin Lopez 4 years, 9 months ago

I think before the season starts they allow students to try out for the team?

Richard Duran 4 years, 9 months ago

Negative 4 yards at the end of 3 quarters? This is and "Air Raid" offense? You've gotta be kidding. This is worse than Bob Valesente. Worse than Charlie Weiss. WHY did they keep Bender in the game? Why not put Starks in? Poor Steven Sims. This is awful. A record day for Kansas! And now Beatty's going to go on Hawk Talk and do his best Terry Allen Impression. How many schools played true freshmen QBs yesterday and had success? How many guys are going to transfer out? Get rid of Zenger and Beatty. Before it gets worse.

We haven't been mercy ruled like that since we played Miami in the early 90s. Save our program and fire Beatty.

Mallory Briggans 4 years, 9 months ago

21 yards is 63 front yard is 70 feet wide .......they still wouldn't have scored.

Mallory Briggans 4 years, 9 months ago

Beatty just needs to recruit punters .......Have 4 on the roster after the first 3 get tired.

Mallory Briggans 4 years, 9 months ago

To add insult to injury Coach Beatty could even get into his house because it had a first down marker in front of it .

Austin Lopez 4 years, 9 months ago

lol don't spoil his imaginary bowl season.

Mallory Briggans 4 years, 9 months ago

Some have mentioned Bo Pelini ...............He was 67 - 27 in 8 years at Nebraska ......he was just good enough to get fired. How many Jayhawk faithful would love to have any coach with that record.........

Mick Dupas 4 years, 9 months ago

Fire A.D. Zenger FIRST ! cannot give him a third chance to hire a football coach...Iowa State made a great choice in hiring their football coach two years ago..

Joe Norgay 4 years, 9 months ago

Please donate to the aerial banner campaign to fire Sheahon Zenger!

Brad Watson 4 years, 9 months ago

Oh my God.....things are reaching inevitability ...Dacid Beaty tried and tried hard...problem is ...the recruiting ....we need a salesman...someone who can sell the kids of you have to have a name and been on TV a lot and someone who wants and thrives on maybe the biggest challenge ever in coaching....I personally think Gene Chizik would be a great know his face...he coached Cam Newton...he is a very positive and confident guy and he has won a national championship...and is still young enough and knows the Big most know he coached with Mack Brown at Texas...he has connections in the fertile recruiting grounds of the southeast and Texas..He seems like the kind of guy that would welcome this kind of a challenge...He was D>C> at North Carolina last year....he left ...North Carolina has struggled since he left....I know my football..I love our school....I have thought about this for a long time....he is my pick

Bryan Mohr 4 years, 9 months ago

Not sure about Chizik. He was fired by Auburn. The team got worse, not better, during his time there. He didn't do much at Iowa State, and they weren't that sad to see him go. But I'd rather have him over what we have now. I disagree on KU needing a big name salesman. That's exactly why Weis was hired. Beaty was hired because he was supposed to be a great recruiter. KU needs a disciplinarian who will demand excellence in fundamentals... Tackling, blocking, few penalties, play execution. Iowa State is doing well with a relatively unknown name from the MAC school Toledo. KU needs a guy like that, imo. Candle would be good, but he's probably going to get a better offer than KU.

Brad Watson 4 years, 9 months ago

Auburn is trying to win national championships....we just want to field a respectable team....Iowa State was Chiziks first job...he has learned a lot.....he is a tough minded guy...and he is available...and he has rings from championships that kids understand....Weis had a work ethic problem...he got lazy after the results did not happen...Chizik a winner...he is not perfect....but he is good enough ...and i think he would like Lawrence...maybe bring Cam in on recruiting weekends...we might get a few good players to build a team around...

Josh Berg 4 years, 9 months ago

I know this is very alternative opinion here but does anyone think it is possible that Meacham wants Beaty out so he could have a shot at the HC role? This TCU offense that he built just thumped us. Given that, your telling me he is not capable of scheming a gameplan that can net a first down in two straight games? I get that this is probably not the case and they are just under talented but it seems hard to fathom that this team is really that bad on offense. What's worst is that Zenger firing Beaty pretty much means Zenger's job too so we know he will hold out as long as he can.

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