Last week I predicted Kansas would allow 60 points to Oklahoma State. They almost had 60 by HALFTIME.
Kansas had to be feeling good about the way the game started. They got the ball first, drove 80 yards in a little over three minutes and scored on a 10-yard Tim Biere reception from Jordan Webb, then registered a sack on Oklahoma State first offensive play of the game.
Then Oklahoma State scored on eight straight first-half possessions — all in 1 minute, 50 seconds or less, averaging 84 seconds — and led 56-7 in the 70-28 win. Three drives took less than a minute, and one that took 30 seconds
By the end of the first quarter, Kansas was suddenly down 35-7…this was after Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) didn’t score until midway through the first quarter, a 12-yard Josh Cooper TD pass from Brandon Weeden.
The Kansas defense entered the game the worst nationally in scoring (44.3), and Oklahoma State had surpassed that with 4:02 left in the first half, when Weeden threw his fifth touchdown of the first half, a 1-yarder to stud wideout Justin Blackmon. Weeden then joined the rest of the starters on the bench.
“I’ve never been a part of anything like that,” Weeden said. “We scored every time we touched it.”
There was no doubt in my mind that Oklahoma State was going to continue to score, even with the starters out of the game. In all seriousness, OK State could have dropped 100 on KU Saturday — if they wanted to.
When Oklahoma State led 42-7 early in the second quarter, they had six touchdowns in 5:08 time of possession.
Backup quarterback Chris Relf, who finished 14-of-21 for 206 yards and two touchdowns, directed a scoring drive to end the first half, hitting Isaiah Anderson on a 24-yard pass with :12 left in the half, in a two-play drive, making it 56-7.
The Kansas defense, which also ranks near the bottom in every other major defensive category, allowed 600 yards and two 200-plus yard passers and seven passing touchdowns. Weeden had five scoring passes and 288 yards, all in the first half.
Weeden threw just four incompletions (24-28), two of which were thrown away and a third that was dropped, establishing the most accurate day in Oklahoma State history with a 85.7 completion%, surpassing Zac Robinson (85.3). Weeden, whose impressive day came in just 11 minutes, trails only only Houston Case Keenum’s in passing yards per game nationally.
The 70 points were the most scored by Oklahoma State since 1973.
The 494 yards passing allowed were the most ever for Kansas, surpassing the 481 by NC State’s Philip Rivers in the 2003 Texas Bowll.
Kansas easily has the worse defense in Big 12 history, and could potentially have the worst defense in BCS HISTORY. This begs the question, Kansas’ defense cant be THIS BAD, can it?
Maybe its the loss of defensive coordinator Carl Torbush, who had to step down because of cancer.
“Our guys didn’t tackle well (and) were not doing what they were told to do in some cases,” KU head coach Turner Gill said.
You’re halfway through your second season, coach, and your players aren’t doing what their supposed to? I’m starting to wonder if he will survive his second season
Last year Kansas’ offense struggled to score. Now the offense is much improved, yet the defense is GOD AWFUL and to win games, KU will have to score 40-plus points. Now they are averaging 34.6 points per game, and had to score 42 and 45, respectively to earn their two wins.
Kansas (2-3, 0-2) has allowed 42 or more points in four consecutive games — and 66 or more TWICE in the last three games.
The Kansas offense gained 478 yards, but committed four turnovers, all in the first half — a fumble and two interceptions from Webb. Kansas has plenty of time to rack up yards as they were on the field a lot of the game due to the explosiveness of the Cowboys offense.
Down 7-0, Oklahoma State scored three touchdown in the next three minutes, jumping out 21-7, never looking back, sending Kansas to their 11th straight road loss.
Weeden-to-Cooper tied the game with 8:45 remaining in the first quarter, barely over a minute after Kansas took the early lead. Weeden was sacked by Toben Oporum for a 9-yard loss on the Pokes first offensive snap, then completed seven straight passes to tie the game.
OSU Defensive lineman Jamie Blatnick recovered a fumble by Tony Pierson on KU’s first offensive play after tying the game, setting up quick strike 24-yard TD pass to Blackmon, who caught eight passes for 84 yards and two TD’s. Blatnick also intercepted a pass he tipped in the first half. Hubert Anyium caught two first quarter TD passes, finishing with 5-for-85 and Andrew Smith added a 38-yard run.
The 35 first quarter points were the most Oklahoma State had scored in the modern era and the 56 points first-half points ties a school record.
Joseph Randle, brother of former KU running back John Radle, scored a touchdown in his 9th straight game, with 7:19 remaining in the second quarter to extend it to 42-7, followed by the Blackmon and Anderson scores.
Kansas also scored the first touchdown of the second half, a James Sims 17-yard run two minutes into the quarter.
“That’s a positive,” Gill added.
Michael Harrison caught a 30-yard pass from Relf and Herschel Sims added a 1-yard run two minutes into the fourth quarter, opening up a 70-14 lead.
Kansas scored two mop-up touchdowns to wrap up the scoring, a Pierson 31-yard run and a JaCorey Shepherd 68-yard pass from Webb.
It won’t get any easier this week, as Oklahoma, who just rolled Texas 55-13, comes to Lawrence for a national audience on ESPN2 at 8:15.
Lawrence Journal-World: Another record setting day against KU defense
Tulsa World: OSU clobbers KU 70-28
Offense: C+: KU turned the ball over a season-high four times, giving the potent OSU offense short field after short field.
“We all know you can’t turn the ball over three or four times against a great football team like they are,” Gill said.
KU’s offense put up some yards again, as they have all season, but the four turnovers were critical, as they all came in the first half and helped fuel the fire in the blowout.
Kansas can’t afford to give teams short fields with their defense. The offense hast to score virtually every time they get the ball to keep up.
Quarterback Jordan Webb: C: Webb put together a decent day statistically (25-of-36 for 319 yards and two TD), his best passing day. But the sophomore turned it over three times in the first half (2 interceptions, 1 fumble). Webb has been a bright spot for the Hawks this year, but his three turnovers were costly in OSU’s rout.
Running Backs: C+: Tony Pierson averaged nine yards a carry (6-54) and had a 31-yard touchdown run, but a costly fumble seconds after Oklahoma State tied the game at 7-all, gave the Cowboys the ball back and the rout was on. James Sims added a TD, a 17-yarder, but combined freshman backup Darrian Miller, rushed 80 yards on 27 carries. Kansas 153 rush yards was nearly 100 yards below its season average, and they averaged just 3.5 yards per carry.
Wide Receivers: B: Tight end Tim Biere had a great day, with seven grabs for 93 yards and a TD on the games 80-yard opening drive, in which he caught three passes. JaCorey Shepherd continues to be KU’s main deep threat, but is inconsistent. He caught a 68-yard Webb TD pass in the fourth quarter and recorded 83 receiving yards in three catches. The other homerun threat D.J. Beshears had four catches for 46 yards. In all, it wasn’t a bad for the receiving, but they are still searching for consistency.
Defense: G-: One of my high school social studies teachers once gave students G’s on test because they were so pathetic they didn’t even deserve an F. The same goes for KU’s defense Saturday. Toben Opurum recorded a sack on the first play of the game, then it went DOWNHILL from there…600 yards allowed, a school-record 494 passing yards allowed, 70 freakin’ points, 35 first quarter points, 56 first half points. Do I need to say more?
“It’s embarrassing,” Opurum said.
“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.”
Gill added, “Its a temporary setback” and that his players are “resilient” and “eager to learn.”
“We have to make sure our guys are able to make the plays they need to make,” Gill added. “I think we’re still thinking and reacting instead of, when you see something, just reacting to it.
Final Thoughts: Gill may not survive past this year. KU can’t stop anybody. The defense shows no signs of improving.