Missouri embarrasses Western Illinois, Kansas defensive futility continues, Tech gun-slinger Doege sets NCAA mark and Wright sets another Baylor record
Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation
Records are meant to be broken.
Plenty were in week three in the Big 12. Most were good, some VERY bad.
First, the good.
The FCS Leathernecks (1-2) gained just 44 yards and netted just one first down in the most-dominating effort I have seen in a long time.
The Tigers rushed for 428 yards and now lead the Big 12 in rushing at 257 yards per game.
Speaking of rushing leaders, Missouri sophomore Henry Josey has made the best of his playing time. Josey was one of a four-man rotation last season, and all returned this season. But because of injuries, Josey is the only one left and one of only two scholarship running backs left active. He rushed for averaged an amazing 18.8 yards per carry and rushed for three touchdowns and 263 yards in just 14 carries in the first half as the Tigers opened up a 42-0 lead. Josey, who has rushed for 357 yards on just 23 carries in the last two games, was approaching Devin West’s school-record 319 yards and would have easily broken it, but he didn’t see the field in the second half. Personally, I think it is a good thing in respect to West set the record in his All-American year in a 1998 route rout of rival Kansas, not a FCS school. Josey also leads the nation in yards per carry (13.1) and his 263 yards is a single-game high is a NCAA high this year.
The other scholarship running back Greg White got his first career carries and walk-on junior powerback Jared Culver had 11 carries for 86 yards and his first career TD.
James Franklin tossed three TD passes, going 18-of-25 for 246 yards. He played one drive into the third quarter and his night was over. Franklin faced a 3rd and 18 on the the Tigers first drive, but found Marcus Lucas for a 1st down. After that, Missouri had no troubles.
Defensively, Missouri had four sacks and one interception.
Missouri had players on the field that I never thought I’d see play—fourth and fifth stringers at times—in what was less competitive than a glorified scrimmage.
GRADES: When you win a game 69-0, its hard to not give A’s across the board. On offense, Missouri (2-1) could have handed the ball off every play and easily won. The offense moved the ball at will, no matter if it was the starters, second or third stringers. Not mentioned before is wide receiver Wes Kemp, who caught two scoring passes, and his 37-yard TD catch to in the first quarter was the most wide open receiver I’ve seen in a long time…It was also nice to see backup quarterback, fifth year senior Jimmy Costello from Liberty, Missouri throw his first career touchdown pass, a 54-yard score to redshirt freshman Jimmie Hunt, a play he’ll never forget. Costello was asked to rejoin the team after Tyler Gabbert transferred.
And defensively, whenever you hold a team to 44 yards, there are NO complaints. NONE. No matter how you get it done. I dont care if you are playing a FCS school or not, when you give up just one first down, that is a dominant A+.
If there was something to complain about it had to be the penalties. The Tigers committed nine penalties and have committed seven or more in all three games, and are amongst are the bottom in the country.
Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright is now Baylor’s all-time leading receiver in yards, catches and now TD’s as he tied the school record with his 19th career TD catch. Wright finished with 8-123 in Baylor’s easy 48-0, storm shortened win over FCS Stephen F. Austin.
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege had an incredible game, and hardly no one saw it. Doege set an NCAA record for completion percentage throwing 40 passes or more, connecting on 40-of-44 for 403 yards and five TD in a 59-13 win at New Mexico. Darrin Moore caught eight passed for 119 yards and three TD’s and Eric Ward had the other two touchdown catches as Tech (2-0) rolled up 624 yards on the hapless Spanish-speaking Wolves (0-3), who have been outscored 127-26 this year.
Deon Long had three catches for 139 yards.
Doege completed 15 straight passes at one point and after throwing an incompletion hit seven more straight.
Now, for the bad.
We all knew Kansas’ defense was bad, but I don’t think we thought they were this bad.
Georgia Tech put up video game-type yardage, gaining 768 yards, 604 rushing, both school and ACC records.
I knew it was going to be a long day for the Kansas defense when Orwin Smith went 95-yards on the Yellow Jackets (3-0) first play from scrimmage, the longest run in school history. But isn’t that what we expect out of the KU defense this year?
The Jayhawks (2-1), who came in allowing 33 points and 478 yards a game to Northern Illinois and FCS McNeese State, were not match for Tech’s triple option offense. Tech, who led 24-17 at the half, scored 42 unanswered before Kansas scored late in the 66-24 beatdown.
Smith had over 100 yards rushing and receiving, gaining 265 total yards in just seven touches, quarterback Tevin Washington was just 4-of-7 passing, but for 174 yards and two scores. Tech’s two leading rushers, Smith (5-157) and Emory Peeples (5-110) averaged over 20 yards per carry and KU’s defense gave up a NCAA record 12 yards per attempt.
Tech had five plays longer 63-yards and four that went for touchdowns, including the first three touchdowns of the second half. They also had 21 plays that went for 10 yards or more.
Like a friend told me, “If you don’t other teams to make T-shirts about how bad you are, stop someone.”
Georgia Tech also scored on their first play of the second half, a 69-yard run by Peeples, opening up a 31-17 lead and the Jackets were off to the races.
The Kansas offense is good. Better than I though they’d be. They kept the Hawks in the game in the first half.
Sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb has been very efficient.
In last week’s 45-42 win over Northern Illinois, Kansas was 12-of-14 of third downs and 14-of-19 for the game. That’s being efficient. Saturday, they were 9-of-17, but were 7-10 in the first half. In the second half, Kansas’ offense struggled and the result was fatal. If Kansas is going to win any Big 12 games this year, they are going to outscore their opponents by scoring in the 40’s because this defense will average 40, maybe 45, points allowed in Big 12 play. The Jayhawk defense is so ridiculously awful that there is so much pressure on the Kansas offense to score everytime they get the ball.
Freshman Darian Miller’s two touchdown runs, tied the game at 7-7 and 14-14 for Kansas.
Kansas has the week off before playing Texas Tech (2-0) on homecoming.
Head coach Turner Gill says the Kansas defense will “get better” and that his team will “improve.”
I guess he is right, it can’t get any worse.