Friday, November 23, 2018

Quick recap: KU football falls to Texas in final game of 2018 season

Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender (7) has blockers as he throws deep during the second quarter on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender (7) has blockers as he throws deep during the second quarter on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.


Kansas was unable to get its storybook ending for head coach David Beaty and the senior class.

The Jayhawks, who made a late push, struggled to get much going on the offensive end through the first three quarters in the final game of the 2018 regular season. Texas, meanwhile, made enough plays to pull off a 24-17 victory over KU Friday afternoon in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The Longhorns (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) scored on their first offensive drive of the contest and never looked back, punching a ticket to the Big 12 Championship game.

With the loss, Kansas (3-9, 1-8) wrapped up its 10th consecutive losing season. Beaty finished off his four-year career as the KU head coach with a 6-42 overall record, including just 2-34 against conference foes.

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

• The game turned when: Texas took a two-score lead with 8:40 left in the third quarter.

After a sluggish first half by both teams, the Longhorns broke the game open midway through the third quarter. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger connected with tight end Andrew Beck for a 5-yard touchdown pass to give the visitors a 14-0 advantage.

The play capped a six-play drive, in which the Longhorns needed less than two minutes to go 52 yards for the score.

• Offensive highlight: Freshman running back Pooka Williams has shown off his incredible talent on the weekly basis.

Late in the first quarter, Williams managed a big gain on a play he had no business getting positive yardage. Quarterback Peyton Bender flicked a pitch to Williams, who ran left before facing multiple Texas defenders.

Williams then cut to the other side of the field, breaking a pair of tackles before getting the edge and gaining nine yards on the play. He then added another long run on the very next play.

None by Shane Jackson

In the fourth quarter, Williams scored KU’s first points with a 57-yard touchdown run.

None by Shane Jackson

• Defensive highlight: It was nearly a perfect moment for linebacker Joe Dineen on his Senior Day.

Dineen dropped a sure-fire interception in the first quarter on third down, which would have given the Jayhawks really good field position. Still, it marked KU’s first stop on third down after Texas picked up two such conversions earlier in the drive.

None by Shane Jackson

Dineen finished with just one interception in his career, which came against Central Michigan in the second week of the 2018 season.

Late in the first half, Najee Stevens-McKenzie actually recorded an interception on Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger. On third down, Ehlinger misfired on a curl route and it resulted in his first interception since the season opener.

None by Shane Jackson



8:35 — Collin Johnson 26 pass from Sam Ehlinger. Cameron Dicker kick. Eleven-play drive for 98 yards, in 5:08. (UT 7, KU 0.)


8:40 — Andrew Beck 5 pass from Ehlinger. Dicker kick. Six-play drive for 52 yards, in 1:59. (UT 14, KU 0.)

1:02 — Ehlinger 3 run. Dicker kick. Ten-play drive for 60 yards, in 4:33. (UT 21, KU 0.)


14:44 — Pooka Williams 57 run. Gabriel Rui kick. Five-play drive for 75 yards, in 1:18. (UT 21, KU 7.)

10:57 — Dicker 34 field goal. Five-play drive for 41 yards, in 1:41. (UT 24, KU 7.)

3:26 — Daylon Charlot 31 pass from Peyton Bender. Rui kick. Nine-play drive for 70 yards, in 3:31. (UT 24, KU 14.)

1:42 — Rui 45 field goal. Eight-play drive for 30 yards, in 1:44 (UT 24, KU 17)


Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 6 months ago

So frustrating. Totally winnable game. Hopefully with Miles we win these type of games next year. Smh.

Doug Stahler 3 years, 6 months ago

That was a boring game. All cat no mouse. All x's no O's. One player chess.

David Kemp 3 years, 6 months ago

Was counting the days til Bender was gone!

Joe Ross 3 years, 6 months ago

Yes, maybe. But aren't you excited, at a minimum, that a team ranked in the top 15 only beat us by ONE TOUCHDOWN?!

I mean a cup filled to the mid-way point is both half empty and half full.

Eric Eakins 3 years, 6 months ago

We have some talent. Have 15 more slots for new talent and a proven coach who can get them and coach them up. No excuses next year. Might even start with sell out stadium. Something to look forward to.

Micky Baker 3 years, 5 months ago

You won't see a soldout stadium with KU fans. Not loyal enough football fans yet. Some aren't even loyal in basketball... yeah, figure that out!

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 6 months ago

Again Beaty has set the bar so low, that we celebrate getting within a score late, not actually winning a game.

Joe Ross 3 years, 5 months ago

This is KANSAS! Duh!

...and AGAIN. This was a top-ranked team in a P5 conference. Why are you so hell bent on not seeing progress?

Micky Baker 3 years, 5 months ago

Joe, he can't swallow his pride. He would rather have a lead until late, then lose so he can criticized that! This is one of the reasons why I kept calling him out for moving the goal post. He wanted competitiveness, then he got it, but didn't like the way he got it so the goal post was moved 30 feet to the left after the ball was kicked.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 6 months ago

Feel bad for the players and coaches. A lot of work and not a lot to show for it.

Kit Duncan 3 years, 6 months ago

Texas didn’t play as “clean” a game las the announcers proclaimed. KU deserved the penalties they were called for, but UT easily committed a half dozen fouls that could have affected the outcome of the game.

Sims was clearly held on a third down play in the first half in which he just missed a catch for a big gain. Wise was held on the play in which he sacked Ehlinger. Sims was tackled out of bounds on the first half kickoff return. Instead of starting from the twenty-five (it was ruled he signaled for a fair catch), had the foul been called, Kansas would have started from the forty. Those are a few of what I believe were blatantly bad no-calls by the officials!

Eric Eakins 3 years, 6 months ago

Almost like the expectation is to have OU and Texas play next week. Probably didn't lose us the game but it is discouraging to be running up hill all the time

Dane Pratt 3 years, 6 months ago

Not a conspiracy theorist but the B12 conference definitely wants OU and UT to meet in the title game. OU winning out is the only chance of a conference representative in the playoffs so I have to root for the Sooners. But I would really rather WVU claim the title.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 6 months ago

I don’t know if 5 wins would have saved Beaty’s job but 5 wins were within his reach. Add respectable losses to the top three teams in the conference and it would have made for a decent year.

David Kemp 3 years, 6 months ago

The reason he didn’t get those five wins is WHY he isn’t still the coach.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

Dane, I think that five would have saved him because that would have meant 3-0 out of the gate plus 2 Big 12 wins. He lost the fan base with the loss to Nichols and I think that it cost him his job. After that, it would have taken a miracle.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 6 months ago

Nichols was definitely a must win but I believe it was year 3 that cost him his job. That’s when Zenger was canned and pretty much sealed his fate. A win over Nichols and KSU would have made for a difficult decision by Long.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 6 months ago

He should have been terminated last year. 6 and 42...two of those wins are against FCS, he lost his job because he didn't win.

Joe Ross 3 years, 5 months ago

RE: "He lost his job because he didn't win."

...well! That's news!

Micky Baker 3 years, 5 months ago

I for one hope you are fired after you never win after coaching any sport at any level after just one season.

W Keith Swinehart II 3 years, 6 months ago

I enjoyed this year. We progressed, and became competitive. We showed heart and desire. We had athleticism and personality. We still have some outstanding athletes, a new, high-level coach and reason to have high hopes.

Thanks to our coaches and players who left it all out on the field. Those who will not be returning to KU we will miss you and wish you good luck. For those returning and our new players and coaches we are excited and profoundly hopeful for great things.

To new beginnings and high hopes.

Rock Chalk

Dane Pratt 3 years, 5 months ago

Well put Keith. Totally agree, this was a competitive team and hopefully something to build on for next year.

Steven Haag 3 years, 6 months ago

Looking back, I think it was a blessing in disguise that we lost to Nichols State. I agree, if we had won that one, Longmay have given him some extra time. Say we beat K-State (very winnable game) and we keep Beaty. I truly like that man and wish him nothing but success elsewhere, but he was not the right one to take KU to the next level. Now we have Miles......jury is still out until he performs, but things look brighter. That opening loss was a blessing in disguise

Dane Pratt 3 years, 6 months ago

Kind of agree with you Steven and even though I think Miles is a good hire I find it agonizing to keep starting over with a new coach, not knowing if we hired the right one. I’ve gotten used to losing, it’s the patience fans are being asked to show year after year that is so difficult. Find someone and stick with him even if it doesn’t translate into the type of success we are looking for at the rate at which we want it. Even though Gill-Weis-Beaty did not work out I believe the program overall would be better off if for the last 9 seasons only one of them was our coach. We would likely be a mediocre football program but that would be an improvement.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

Interesting idea. Beaty-lovers would say that he needed to learn how to coach football at $1 million per year in order to know how to do the job that he applied for and was hired to do.

People keep talking about KU football as if we never get it right but Glen Mason and Mark Mangino would both beg to differ. Instead of lowering the bar, maybe we can hold administrators responsible for making good decisions because that's what they are paid 7-figures to do. Without reservation, I can name 1,000 people who could have won 6 games in four years.

This isn't as difficult as everyone makes it out to be. Be smart. Hire smart. Compete. The loser mentality is more than I can take.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't think it's fair to categorize them as Beaty-lovers, they are simply KU supporters. I think he should have been fired after his third season but that doesn't mean I want him to fail. I think your obsession with him is a bit too personal. Get over it.

Micky Baker 3 years, 5 months ago

Brett always does this then blames you when you call him out for being a prick, like misspelling your name wrong or using a completely different name that you've never had.

Micky Baker 3 years, 5 months ago

And you're not one of those 1000! But you can make a list right now... since you said you can name them. Do it. Don't just say it, but DO IT!

Eric Eakins 3 years, 6 months ago

It's great to be competitive but frustrating to know we have the talent to win and play conservative ball for three quarters and then prove our talent in the fourth after we are down to much to come back. Coach lost his job, not the kids, the system, or the fans. I do Appreciate his heart to the end. He never gave up nor the kids. Wish they had more to show for it but pride in effort. They leave the program in better shape, both coach and players. Wishing you the best.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

Listening to the post-game and Dave Lawrence's chastising of the fans. This seems to be a KUAD thing now. After 10 years of the worst football performance in the United States, Dave and Jeff and the Williams Fund all think that the fans are the problem.

To David Lawrence, why don't you call out the real problem? Step up. Instead of using the mic to criticize people who are tired of incompetence, why don't you question the incompetence?

I've purchased two season tickets for next year but not because of this childish badgering from a group of people who think that 6 wins in 48 attempts deserves our appreciation. Maybe the Big 12 will start giving out Participation Medals and David can be the the guy to hand them out to everyone....if he can stop talking before the next play is snapped. Doubtful.

The problem with KU football is that everyone involved with KU football is a numbskull. Period. Exclamation Point. This is why we lose. Can you define insanity?

Micky Baker 3 years, 5 months ago

The fans at KU are incompetent. That is not a false statement.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 5 months ago

There are certainly numbskulls around though I question whether there are many people that would even attempt the job with half a roster and half a personnel budget. It is encouraging that Long and Miles both recognize that significant part of the puzzle.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm already over it. Let's start recruiting!

Kit Duncan 3 years, 5 months ago

There are sixty or so student athletes, twenty plus cheerleaders and 300 marching band and flag members who show up for every home game. It is unconscionable that a large portion of the student body is unwilling to spend three hours over six or seven Saturdays in the Fall supporting those fellow students who spend HUNDREDS of hours each Fall preparing for those home games, AND the away games as well. With a little more support don’t you think KU football players might have had a little more incentive to win a couple of the close losses they suffered at home over the last four years? Don’t refuse to believe it’s not demoralizing to see more of the opponents’ fans in the stands for a home game than one’s own school!

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