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Kansas Jayhawks Football vs TCU Horned Frogs: A (Semi) Statistical Recap

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44 in a row!

Kansas v TCU Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Let’s get started right away with this week’s updated Zenger Watch:

Zenger Football Hires: 10-57

David Beaty: 3-28 overall, 1-27 vs FBS

It’s been 1,082 days since Kansas beat an FBS team not named Texas.

Kansas has now tied the NCAA record road losing streak at 44 games. Kansas has two more road games this year, at Texas and at Oklahoma State, so I am comfortable saying that streak will reach at least 46 games.

You thought it was bad last week against Iowa State? Hoo doggie, the Jayhawks were just getting warmed up! I mean, at least KU crossed midfield once against Iowa State. They couldn’t even get that far against TCU. Shoot, Kansas only crossed its own 40-yard line once, and that was because they started with the ball on the 35-yard line - and still went three-and-out.

The Kansas offense hummed along to the tune of 0.4 yards per play.

That’s not a typo.

In more conventional terms, KU had 21 yards of total offense, apparently led by Peyton Kinder. He must be a walk-on or something, because it was bad, you guys. That’s the lowest in Big 12 history, and the lowest in the last 20 years by an FBS program.

TCU picked up 6.8 yards per play with some of the most vanilla play-calling you’ll see all year.

Kansas was 2-15 (13.33%) on third downs. TCU was 8-15 (53.33%). A week after picking up just five first downs, KU got even lower than that against TCU with four first downs (two came via penalty).

But hey, no turnovers! Not even on special teams! PROGRESS!!

The Good

We’re one week closer to Sheahon Zenger being the former athletic director at the University of Kansas.

The Bad

As already mentioned, the defense was pretty bad in this one, getting chewed up by a fairly bland play-calling game from Sonny Cumbie and TCU.

The Ugly

0.4 yards per play?

The Stats

Peyton Bender went 7-16 for 38 yards. But hey, no picks! Oh yeah, there’s the -23 yards rushing on five “attempts.”

Carter Stanley threw just two passes, completing one for eight yards. Stanley added two rushes for 9 yards. #TeamStanley

Taylor Martin led the Jayhawks in rush attempts with 7, gaining 2 yards.

Khalil Herbert added six carries for 8 yards.

Deron Thompson had five carries for 10 yards.

Steven Sims was a non-factor yet again, with one reception for -2 yards and two rushes for -11 yards.

This is two games in a row that either A) KU hasn’t tried to get the ball to its best receiver, or B) the opponent has completely taken away the option for KU to get the ball to its best receiver. Either way, that’s on the coaching staff.

Ben Johnson had 35 yards on four receptions.

Kerr Johnson had one catch for 8 yards.

Quan Hampton had two catches for five yards.

Daylon Charlot didn’t catch a pass - I’m not even sure if he ever lined up at receiver - but did return a couple of kickoffs.

Joe Dineen had 11 tackles with 1 TFL.

Dorance Armstrong had 5 tackles with 1 TFL and forced a fumble.

Tyrone Miller added 6 tackles with 1 TFL.

Bryce Torneden had 5 tackles, 2 TFLs, 2 QB hurries, and KU’s only sack.

Mike Lee added 7 tackles.

Cole Moos is earning that scholarship - 11 more punts this week for a 43.2 yard average.