Saturday, November 16, 2019

Quick recap: KU suffers 31-13 loss in Les Miles’ return to Oklahoma State

Kansas head coach Les Miles, left, talks with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, right, before an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Kansas head coach Les Miles, left, talks with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, right, before an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


It was not a happy homecoming for Kansas head coach Les Miles.

Miles’ return to the place where his head coaching career began 18 years ago didn’t go as planned. Kansas started slow once again, and was never able to recover in a 31-13 loss to No. 25 Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Oklahoma State scored 31 unanswered points to begin the game en route to its third win in a row. The Cowboys improved to 7-3 overall, including a 4-3 clip against Big 12 foes. OSU running back Chuba Hubbard scored two touchdowns on the first three drives of the game. Hubbard finished with 112 yards and two scores on 23 carries.

Kansas (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) has now dropped back-to-back games since earning a 37-34 win over Texas Tech. KU’s offense has been stagnant in both defeats, scoring a total of 23 points over the last eight quarters.

The Jayhawks ended up using three different quarterbacks in their latest defeat, including senior Manny Miles for much of the third quarter.

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

• The game turned when: Different week, same story. The Jayhawks were doomed by a slow start.

Despite having two weekst to prepare, and even switching up its practice routine, Kansas had another slow start in Stillwater. That has been a familiar theme during the 2019 season, though the Jayhawks have shown the ability to rally from double-digit deficits at times.

That wouldn’t be the case this week, and perhaps a perfect illustration of what went wrong occurred on back-to-back drives in the first quarter. KU ran a pair of tosses on 3rd-and-short during consecutive possessions, which proved to be unsuccessful.

Oklahoma State loaded the box on both occasions, and stuffed both short run attempts to force KU’s offense off the field. OSU, meanwhile, scored a touchdown on two of its first three drives to remove any doubt about the outcome.

None by Shane Jackson

• Offensive blunder: This quick recap doesn’t deserve an offensive highlight, so let’s look at a key blunder by the Jayhawks in their latest loss.

Kansas began its fourth drive on its own 49-yard line, but would give the ball right back just four plays later. On first down, Kansas opted to use some trickery against an Oklahoma State defense that had sniffed out everything else up to that point. It did not work.

Quarterback Thomas MacVittie ended up receiving the pitch on a reverse, and dropped back to throw his first pass as a Jayhawk. MacVittie underthrew Pooka Williams, who actually tossed MacVittie the ball in the first place, and Oklahoma State snagged the interception.

None by Shane Jackson

• Defensive highlight: At least early on, KU’s defense didn’t play that poorly.

The Cowboys scored two touchdowns on their first three drives, but the Jayhawks made enough stops to give their offense a chance to make it a game. One play in particular stood out, when senior safety Mike Lee blew up a screen pass.

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• Key stat: Three different quarterbacks saw action against Oklahoma State.

A trio of quarterbacks — Carter Stanley, Manny Miles and Thomas MacVittie — threw at least one pass for Kansas in the lopsided loss. All three quarterbacks finished the game with at least one interception.

•Up next: Kansas will travel to Iowa State at 11 a.m. Saturday.



11:57 — Chuba Hubbard 15 run. Matt Ammendola kick. Four-play drive for 65 yards, in 1:50. (OSU 7, KU 0.)

0:03 — Hubbard 4 run. Ammendola kick. Twelve-play drive for 75 yards, in 5:44. (OSU 14, KU 0.)


5:13 — Dillon Stoner 51 pass from Spencer Sanders. Ammendola kick. Two-play drive for 55 yards, in 0:33. (OSU 21, KU 0.)

0:53 — Ammendola 44 field goal. Seven-play drive for 20 yards, in 1:49. (OSU 24, KU 0.)


3:37 — Stoner 43 pass from Dru Brown. Ammendola kick. Six-play drive for 74 yards, in 3:10. (OSU 31, KU 0.)


8:22 — Stephon Robinson 14 pass from Carter Stanley. Stanley pass to Jack Luavasa fails. Thirteen-play drive for 80 yards, in 5:47. (OSU 31, KU 6.)

1:09 — Quan Hampton 9 pass from Carter Stanley. Liam Jones kick. 11-play drive for 78 yards, in 2:15. (OSU 31, KU 13)


Dane Pratt 2 years, 8 months ago

31-13 sounds respectable but this game was never in doubt. Wins and losses aside, are we improving as the season progresses? I’ll reserve judgment after the season concludes but the last two games would suggest the answer is no.

Cora Smith 2 years, 8 months ago

Seems like the offensive line has more holes than a screen door. They can't hold their blocks, look confused at times and are a step slow to stay in front of the defense. We lost two OL prospects this past week. What are we doing to shore this up for the future?

Al Martin 2 years, 8 months ago

This is the perpetual characteristic of our more than a decade of misery. It's particularly galling to get pushed around by the team that we gave our terrific strength and conditioning coach to. Until we improve the line, we're wasting the careers of great skill players.

Jeff Kallmeyer 2 years, 8 months ago

We probably have the worst O & D linemen in Division I football. I especially feel sorry for Pooka. Manny Miles doesn't need to play another snap at QB.

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