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Easy Pickens: Jayhawks set more records for futility in 70-28 loss to Oklahoma State

Kansas cornerback Greg Brown lays out to force Oklahoma State receiver Hubert Anyiam out of bounds after a long reception during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Kansas cornerback Greg Brown lays out to force Oklahoma State receiver Hubert Anyiam out of bounds after a long reception during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at Boone Pickens Stadium.

October 8, 2011

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Turner Gill

Kansas coach Turner Gill talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-28 loss to Oklahoma State on Oct. 8, 2011.

Toben Opurum on OSU loss: 'It's embarrassing'

Kansas outside linebacker Toben Opurum talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-28 loss to Oklahoma State on Oct. 8, 2011. Enlarge video

KU cornerback Greg Brown defends coach Turner Gill

KU cornerback Greg Brown defends coach Turner Gill following the Jayhawks' 70-28 loss to Oklahoma State on Oct. 8, 2011. Enlarge video

— At this point, it almost has become a carnival-like atmosphere around the Kansas University football team. Come one, come all, schedule the Jayhawks and set a school record. Find the magic combination and you may be able to rewrite your entire record book.

That's basically what Oklahoma State did Saturday in front of 58,030 at Boone Pickens Stadium, where the Cowboys drubbed the Jayhawks, 70-28, and, in doing so, tied or set multiple school records on offense.

OSU's 70 points, 10 touchdowns, most points in a half (56) and most points in a quarter (35 in the first) all were modern-era records. The Cowboys' 494 yards through the air established a Kansas record for passing yards allowed. And the total came from two different guys, marking the first time in OSU history that two quarterbacks had passed for 200 or more yards in the same game. Oklahoma State starter Brandon Weeden was 24-of-28 for 288 yards and five TDs before being relieved late in the second quarter. His replacement Clint Chelf closed out the victory with marks of 14-of-21 passing for 206 yards and two TDs.

"When you lose, you lose," KU coach Turner Gill said. "Numbers, records and all those things, that's part of it, and I understand that. But I'm trying to make sure we do some things better, defensively, offensively, special teams, in all those areas."

Saturday, that did not occur, and the double-dose of humiliation made a bad day worse for the Jayhawks, who fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 play.

"It's just an extra blow knowing that a team's going out there and setting records on us," junior cornerback Greg Brown said. "They played a good game, but a record-setting performance against us doesn't sit too well."

Each week, the KU coaching staff claims improvement is taking place. Yet, each week, the Jayhawks' performance on the field fails to show it. Sure, Kansas played hard to the end and even outscored OSU, 21-14, in the second half. But the 56-7 halftime score made that fact irrelevant.

Consider these crippling numbers from Saturday's game.

• Oklahoma State scored touchdowns on all eight of its first-half possessions, with each of its first five drives taking less than 1:50 off the clock. That included three drives that took less than a minute, and one that took 30 seconds.

• Weeden's stellar passing numbers, which included a school record for completion percentage (85.7), came in just 11 minutes. After his fast start, Weeden was given the rest of the day off with less than three minutes to play in the first half. Two plays after Weeden replaced his helmet with a baseball cap, Chelf hit Isaiah Anderson with a 24-yard touchdown pass that gave OSU its highest-scoring first half since 1973.

"That's not a good feeling at all, knowing that he played basically just one quarter and he can go hang it up like that," Brown said.

• KU turned the ball over a season-high four times, giving the potent OSU offense short field after short field.

"We're not at that point in our program where we can turn the ball over like that and still be competitive in the ballgame," Gill said.

• The Cowboys totaled 600 yards of offense, making them the third straight KU opponent to go over 530 yards and the second this year to break 600. They did so in 11 fewer minutes and five fewer plays than the Jayhawks, who finished with 478 yards, 316 of which came through the air from QB Jordan Webb.

"We're not at a point where we're able to compete in all phases against that kind of an offense," defensive coordinator Vic Shealy said. "All we can do is go back to work. That may be cliche, but I do believe that the only way you do get better is by going back to work."

Perhaps that's been the most frustrating part of the awful stretch that has landed KU's defense at the bottom of the NCAA's statistical rankings. It's not so much a lack of effort that's plaguing the Jayhawks as it is a lack of preparation, instinct and execution. Asked why he thought the KU defense again struggled so mightily on Saturday, Gill provided two answers.

"We have to give credit to the opponents, No. 1," he said. "No. 2, we have to make sure our guys are able to make the plays they need to make."

Why aren't they?

"I think we're still thinking and reacting instead of, when you see something, just reacting to it," Gill added.

Part of that, at least this week, was due to the performance by Oklahoma State.

"They have a prolific quarterback," KU offensive coordinator Chuck Long said. "The guy's going to the NFL. They're very mature, they have a mature offense and you know going into the game that they're going to move the ball and score. Our issue was we didn't want to compound that by turning the ball over, and that's something we need to get cleaned up."

Despite just about everything going Oklahoma State's way, more than half the stadium cleared out by the middle of the third quarter because of a driving rain that came down as fast as the Cowboys lit up the scoreboard. It must have felt like a home game for KU.

So now the focus shifts to next week, when No. 3 Oklahoma comes to Lawrence. Your move, OU. If Oklahoma State can do this to the Jayhawks, what are the Sooners going to do? It's a fair question — one that will be answered in front of a national television audience courtesy of ESPN2.

At this rate, one has to wonder if even the complimentary tickets the KU athletic department is planning to give away for students can help fill Memorial Stadium. Full stadium or not, Shealy said the coaching staff would use the loss to OSU as motivation to get ready for the Sooners.

"That will be reiterated to them throughout different conversations throughout the week," Shealy said. "Our players need to be psychologically strong, and we'll find out what we're made out of."

Comments

KYOU 2 years, 10 months ago

What would a loser say. "It's only a game". ha ha What my friend is not a game.

Play to win. Or, don't play.

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George_Braziller 2 years, 10 months ago

It's kicking around some inflated pig skin.

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Alabamastreet 2 years, 10 months ago

The low point in KU football in modern times was Brian Bosworth signing autographs for the KU cheerleaders in the second half of an OU 70-0 blowout in Lawrence in the 80s. History may repeat itself next week.

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irvan moore 2 years, 10 months ago

if the coaching staff is seeing improvement every week i'd like to know where they buy their glasses.

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avanloen 2 years, 10 months ago

I am sick, we will start hearing "almost time for basketball" --- poor KU, need to do something to have pride in football season and not talk all the time about basketball during football season (lawrence Journal World is part of the problem, sports front page on basketball during football season??), Basketball season will not be what a normal BB season is for KU this year either!!!! Need to lower the darn season ticket prices for both football and basketball -- no chance with the debt that Perkins left!!!! Because of Perkins KU can not even consider firing Coach Gill, paid him to much and can not get out of Perkins contract with coach Gill. Women's basketball coach is another Perkin's great hire. KU will be in trouble for football and women's BB for next few years because of former chancellor's former athletic director hire!! Yea I will continue to support KU athletics but it is not an easy thing to do, season ticket holder football and men's BB for over 30 years and Williams Fund member.

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onewillow 2 years, 10 months ago

OK State could have put up 150 points on our defense yesterday. 3 years ago we won a BCS bowl. Now, we couldnt beat Rockhurst High School. Why in the world do we think anything will change? Our defensive players all of a sudden get better? Will it take a 30 point loss to ISU, MU or K-State? WHat does Coach Gill need to do to get fired?

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kujayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Nah, we'd score at will against Rockhurst.

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onewillow 2 years, 10 months ago

Ha, the only way KU beats Rockhurst is if they win the flip of the coin and get the ball first.

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woodscolt 2 years, 10 months ago

It would almost be hard to believe how it would be possible for a defense to be worse. georgia tech 66, osu 70. Makes those 40 pointers look like relief. I remember thinking how bad it was to have 50 plus put on the hawks last year but predicted it would be better than 70's that would come this year. If you look at the rest of the schedule, the only hope for staying under 50 would be isu. Kstate plays a slow grind it out control offense but they will put over 50 up. Texas A&M is still rebuilding but KU will be a welcome game for them and over 50. Texas is rebuilding but it will be a turkey shoot in Austin, 70's there. If Oklahoma plays their practice squad, we might hold them to 70 but look for something close to 100 unless Stubbs is going to have his guys hike the ball and play lets "all fall down".Baylor and Missou play real fast on offense and boast hot hot hot young qb's, look for 80's from those two. Jeeze, you have to re establish the default mode to "Give Gill and the Hawks credit for having the guts to even show up". We got a football team that causes a track meet. At least those guys get to wear masks. think of the predicament Gundy and all these coaches have when they play KU. They don't want to embarrass by pulling their starters, embarrass by not pulling them, and can't coach their kids to "just don't really play very hard guys. KU is going to be the butt of the country.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 10 months ago

I've always defended Gill but his team wasn't even vaguely competitive yesterday. Keep in mind though that you win with juniors and seniors. The fact that there are none (that can play) is on Mangino.

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mcontrary 2 years, 10 months ago

As long as Turner Gil is head coach, don't expect any more. Thank Lou Perkins for his parting shot that saddled KU with Gil. Perkins fired the first coach with a winning season in 20 years because of a contrived charge that said coach pushed and yelled at one of his players. The sad thing is that Perkins was allowed to get away with it and allowed to saddle us with Turner Gil whom he had met through Gil’s daughter and whom he described as a "nice" guy. A nice guy who unfortunately had little coaching experience and a less than sterling win record. Somehow, lack of experience and a rotten record doesn’t seem to be much of a recommendation for head coach, no matter how nice a guy you are. To seal the bad deal, Perkins made sure Gil was paid an exorbitant salary with an all but unbreakable contract. Where was and is KU’s chancellor in this fiasco? Where is our new athletic director who is allowing this fiasco to continue? Enough is enough,

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Randall Uhrich 2 years, 10 months ago

I bet they're sorry they got rid of amark Mangino now, huh? He had a winning record at least. And we weren't continually getting embarrassed like the KU football of old

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Tom Wilson 2 years, 10 months ago

KU dropped wrestling as a competitive sport when I was an undergraduate at KU....because it could not compete. For that same reason, it is time to give up football.

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boknowssports 2 years, 10 months ago

we suck, plain and simple. I'm tired of heaing about our offense has improved. It does not matter if the head coach knows nothing about the other side of the ball. Gill was below average at Buffalo and he is record setting bad at KU. ya, ya, ya give him more time, but I don't think it will help one bit. he needed more time in a non BCS conference.

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