Blowout losses common theme this decade for Kansas football


Texas Tech running back Desmond Nisby (32) runs up the field past Kansas safety Tyrone Miller Jr. (22) for a touchdown during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Texas Tech running back Desmond Nisby (32) runs up the field past Kansas safety Tyrone Miller Jr. (22) for a touchdown during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

Saturday's 65-19 home loss to Texas Tech marked the 18th time, a 45-0 loss at Iowa State the 19th time this decade in the 82nd game vs. an FBS opponent that the Kansas football team has lost by a margin of at least 40 points, which translates to 23 percent of the games.

The Iowa State humiliation was third-year head coach David Beaty's eighth such loss in his 27th game vs. an FBS foe, which calculates to 30 percent. It happened under Gill six times in 22 games (27 percent) and under Weis four times in 25 games (16 percent), under Bowen once in eight games (13 percent).

Some might argue that a loss is a loss, but the hope was that this season more games would be contested closely and right-off-the-bat blowouts would not happen. KU still has six games left to grow more competitive.

A look at the 19 losses by margins of 40 points or greater this decade:

Date Opponent Score Margin
KU coach
10/10/15 Baylor 66-7 59 David Beaty
10/31/15 Oklahoma 62-7 55 David Beaty
11/19/11 at Texas A&M
54 Turner Gill
10/29/16 at Oklahoma
56-3 53 David Beaty
10/14/10 Kansas State
59-7 52 Turner Gill
11/21/15 West Virginia
49-0 49 David Beaty
12/01/12 at West Virginia
59-10 49 Charlie Weis
10/02/10 at Baylor
55-7 48 Turner Gill
10/24/15 at Oklahoma St.
58-10 48 David Beaty
11/01/14 at Baylor
60-14 46 Clint Bowen
10/07/17 Texas Tech
65-19 46 David Beaty
10/20/12 at Oklahoma
52-7 45 Charlie Weis
10/26/13 Baylor 59-14 45 Charlie Weis
10/14/17 Iowa State 45-0 45 David Beaty
at Texas
43-0 43 Turner Gill
09/17/11 at Georgia Tech
42 Turner Gill
10/08/11 at Oklahoma St.
70-28 42 Turner Gill
10/15/15 at Baylor
42 David Beaty
10/06/12 at Kansas State
56-16 40 Charlie Weis


Marc Frey 4 years, 11 months ago

What really stands out is our score. Ugh!

John Strayer 4 years, 11 months ago

But...but...but...he needs more time. #sarcasm

KU's football program is on the edge of extinction....KU doesn't have more time to give...

Daniel Kennamore 4 years, 11 months ago

Exactly this.

The Big 12 Grant of Rights expires in a mere 8 years.

If KU isn't at least respectable in football by that time, we'll find ourselves in the Mountain West at best.

Craig Carson 4 years, 11 months ago

2 things Daniel...1) the Big 12 isnt going anywhere..they should have something worked out before that benefits everyone, even Texas and OU, for the conference to survive intact....2) to humor you, ill say this..with KU being a college bbal pillar, IF the Big 12 disbanded, the Big 10 would swoop KU up in a heartbeat..the have Indiana and Rutgers for christ sake..both of them are basically a mirror image of Kansas FB

Brett McCabe 4 years, 11 months ago

The two most disappointing things to me in this loss were that we had two weeks to prepare while TTU did not, and it was homecoming. To come out that flat and ill-prepared was just depressing.

Three wins this year would have been seen as reasonable progress. Or, as Tom suggests, just generally being more competitive. Right now, we are 0'fer on both counts and it's difficult to see another win on the schedule.

Perhaps Stanley brings some sort of spark, and maybe ISU takes us lightly. More likely, they'll want to beat the daylights out of us.

There is simply nothing you can point to that suggests progress. There is nothing in Beaty's background that suggests we should be patient while he works his magic. And there is nothing in Zenger's hiring history that suggests that we should be patient with the coach.

We've hired three stinker coaches in a row. That's how you get to this point. We need to hire someone with an actual resume. Jim Leavit would take the job, Willy Fritz would take the job, Troy Calhoun would take the job. And I'm guessing many others. We aren't going to get the pick of the litter, but we can certainly find a quality guy who can build a stable program.

Danny Delgadillo 4 years, 11 months ago

Truthfully, I am not ready to get rid of Beaty. However, I am at the end of my rope with Bowen.
I would like to see what Beaty can do with his new recruits. (Lousianimals)
Yet I do wonder what it would take to get Les Miles in. Or what about a return of the Mangino. Not that I think either of those would happen, it is fun to speculate. I am going to hang tight this season. Should Beaty lose T. Hull or his recruits.... That may be the final nail for me. At this point I am still thankful they have saved me a couple grand in tix. and travel expenses. I put off buying season tix one more year. I think we should go after a top teir DC with the message..... If our team continues to struggle again in 2018 they may become head coach. (I mean top level DC's)

Michael Maris 4 years, 11 months ago

Well, here we (armchairs AD's and / or Coaches) all are with our voices of recommendations (yes, from time to time I'm guilty as well). Yet, if we're put on the firing lines (of the NCAA Head Coaching turnstiles), how long will all of us last on such a job?

I've been a Beaty supporter from the beginning. And, I like Clint Bowen. He bleeds Crimson and Blue, through and through.

But, I do believe that it's time for C. Bowen to step aside and let someone else take over the reigns of the defensive side of the ball.

And, Bowen can take over some administrative role within the Athletic Department (if some one is about to retire).

All I can say is, I sure do appreciate Coach Glen Mason and Mangino's tenure a hell of a lot more. I do my best to support all former and present coaches from the beginning. But, it's sure a damn hard pill to swallow with every losing season.

It will be interesting to see what K-State fans are going to experience, once their legendary HC decides to hang up his whistle for the last time.

Rock Chalk.

Michael Maris 4 years, 11 months ago

The displayed list shows that Beaty is credited with a 2011 Blowout loss to Oklahoma. I don't believe that is the case.

John Brazelton 4 years, 11 months ago

I for one would like to see Tom Keegan run a wind sprint, lift a weight over 5 pounds or coach even a pick-up football game at any level. What's the old saying, those who can do, those who can't teach (or write about what great experts they are).

Bryan Mohr 4 years, 11 months ago

So all sports columnists must be successful coaches that are athletic? The only people worthy to vote are politicians? Keegan is doing his job.

Mark Bowers 4 years, 11 months ago

This makes no sense? I have an opinion on Kansas football program as well, it sucks currently. I don't need to be an expert, coach, or an AD to see that.

brent flanders 4 years, 11 months ago

Seriously, this coach inherited a flaming crater

He built a tremendous coaching staff (despite Bowen, who I love, may need to be replaced)

He has recruited beyond comprehension

This is essentially year one (look at the depth chart, freshman/sophomores starting)

You have to give a D1 football coach 5 years (see Mason, Mangino)

Remember he also inherited the new rugged round robin Big 12 schedule, with no off years

Stay this course or we will not recover for years

Proud to to support (not naively) this staff and players

Brett McCabe 4 years, 11 months ago

Tremendous coaching staff? You've seen the turnover, right?

Recruited beyond comprehension? Ummm, ranked 10th and 9th in the league in his first two classes. Lost about half of his current commitments.

You don't have to give a coach five years. Mangino and Mason both needed two years to show tremendous progress. As did Campbell. As did Snyder. In fact, I think the new litmus test on any new hire would be the two-to-three-year range.

The threat of not recovering for years is just that, a scare tactic. The program is sinking. Time to call the Coast Guard.

Doug Cramer 4 years, 11 months ago

Got to get Bowen out, and I believe Beaty/Meacham can have success.

If Bowen isn't replaced ASAP, Beaty and Zinger will be replaced.

Clara Westphal 4 years, 11 months ago

I don't see Mangino's name on that list. Hmmm.

Randy Bombardier 4 years, 11 months ago

Thought those days were over. Oh sure it will happen every so often with most coaches but as mentioned that Mangino was not on that list is very telling. His teams were competitive. I do not share the view of some about how short we were on players, etc. Has Dorance Armstrong, Daniel Wise and Mike Lee been better this year? Who do we credit with that? Sick and tired of all the excuses. He should still get 5 years in my book but if he's got any sense he will move Bowen to special teams or something. Hes done a good job with that before. I do not think he's the right guy for DC. My guess is Meacham leaves after this season. Hope I'm wrong.

Craig Carson 4 years, 11 months ago

as a KU fan, I dont expect for KU to ever be a powerhouse program..but it would be nice to see them win 5-6 games a year, maybe an upset a year and every 3-4 years win 8-10 games and make a bowl...its getting tiring seeing them become EVERYONES homecoming game LOL

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