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As the clock hit 00:00 in the 112th all-time meeting between Kansas and Kansas State, a sigh of relief, Kansas coach David Beaty’s first season is over. Across the field the exhale represented extending the Bowl hope tease one more week for those who adorn the purple in the form of a 45-14 victory.

At 0-12, Kansas becomes the 18th team on the heals of this year’s UCF team to go winless in FBS football since the year 2000.  The writing on the wall for 0-12 potential went up following the opening game of the year where FCS South Dakota State went up 31-7 early and held on to a 41-38 victory. The Jackrabbits, limited to 63 scholarships with their FCS status, had more scholarship players than the Jayhawks 60 that day. Coach Beaty will have to flex his recruiting muscle with steroids this off-season in order to help balance those numbers gifted by former Coach Charlie Weiss, and the departure of their seniors.

Jayhawk miscues were the exact fuel Bill Snyder teams feed off of. When the opposition makes the mistake, Snyder teams make them opportunities. After winning the toss and deferring, Kansas State forced a three and out on the initial drive of the game. Forced to punt, Kansas punter Matthew Wyman mishandled the snap, and Kansas State recovered at the 12 yard line. First play from scrimmage fullback Winston Dimel ran it in for six.

Though the Jayhawks found a way to respond to the first Wildcat touchdown in six plays (79 yards) to tie the game up at sevens, the game would never take on a competitive look again. The Wildcats would respond with a healthy touchdown drive of their own, and follow it up with more special teams magic. The same two individuals involved in the game’s first score, Backup linebacker Sam Sizelove and starting cornerback Morgan Burns, once again pressured the punter, this time blocking a punt and recovering it in the end zone on their way to a 28 point first quarter.

This game marked the first time all year that the Wildcats committed to the rushing attack scoring all five of its offensive touchdowns on the ground between two fullbacks and quarterback Joe Hubener from 12, 1, 8, 2 and 22 yards out. Hubener ended up with 88 yards on 17 carries out of the team’s 226 and starting tailback Charles Jones added another 70. The Wildcats eventually had rushes from seven different players on the day including second and third string tailbacks Justin Silmon and Dalvin Warmack.

Hubener added 133 yards through the air going 10/17 on passing. Two of the biggest receptions on the day once again involved fullbacks Dimel and Glenn Gronkowski connecting on passes of 44 and 31 yards respectively. Starting wide out and backup quarterback Kody Cook got a few snaps in behind center, as well as what would  have been the season’s beginning sixth string quarterback redshirt freshman Zach Davidson.

This marked the seventh straight victory for Head Coach Bill Snyder in this series since his comeback tour but only the fifth win on the year. The Governor’s Cup  will stay in Manhattan another year, though a new trophy replaces the previous version. Sitting at five wins, the Wildcats have the opportunity to knock off West Virginia in next week’s tilt on Senior Day at Bill Snyder family stadium to close out the regular season.

Key Point in the Game

As if the second botched punt turned six points was not enough of a sign of the typical play a winless team, the following series for the Jayhawks likely solidified the 0-fer status. Down 21-7, after three plays Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis was intercepted on a deep ball by cornerback Morgan Burns. The interception marked only the fourth interception on the year for the Wildcats, and the first by a defensive back. in 2015. The turnover was one more way to suppress any sign of a comeback.

GAME STATS

K-State

Kansas

1st Downs 22 17
3rd Down Eff 5-12 8-17
4th Down Eff 2-2 0-3
Total Yards 363 315
Passing Yds 137 215
Pass Comp 11-20 19-35
Yds Per Pass 6.8 6.1
Rushing Yds 226 100
Rush Att 49 35
Yds Per Rush 4.6 2.9
Penalties 1-5 6-50
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost 0 0
Picks Thrown 1 1
Final Score 45 14
1st Qtr 28 7
2nd Qtr 7 0
3rd Qtr 3 0
4th Qtr 7 7

 

Emptying the Notebook

5 – Total number of different Kansas coaches that have lost to Kansas State in Snyder’s seven game win streak. This includes interim head coach Clint Bowen in 2014.

13 – Combined total sacks (four) and tackles-for-loss (nine) for the Wildcats, a season high for regulation games (a 14 composite from the Louisiana Tech Overtime Game).

31.4 – Average yards per punt for Wyman, when he did get them off. Short fields help explain the relationship of Kansas State’s 45 points to their 363 yard total.

33 – Number of first time starters on the Kansas roster.

61 – Number of years that have passed since Kansas’ first winless season, 1954.

Should we not find 80 bowl eligible teams, can we pair Kansas and UCF up in one? This Kansas Student agrees.

Though Head Coach David Beaty is known for his positivism, the weight of zero wins and punter problems ultimately finds a way to get to him.

A look at the new Governor’s Cup Trophy in the hands of Offensive Lineman and Scott City, Kansas native Luke Hayes.

 

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