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Kansas Jayhawks Football at Ohio Bobcats: A (Semi) Statistical Recap

KU road losing streak reaches 42 games.

Pittsburgh Panthers v Ohio Bobcats Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Things continue to look bad for Kansas football. There’s just no other way to say it at this point.

Ohio scored on its first three drives while Kansas struggled to get going, putting the Jayhawks in an 18-0 hole early.

Coaching woes continue for Kansas both offensively and defensively. On offense, the line and quarterback were often on different pages of the playbook. Compounding the matter is Bender’s indecisiveness in the pocket, especially when under pressure (which is often). Bender got sacked five times.

Defensively, Ohio gashed Kansas repeatedly, averaging 7.0 yards per play, and even added a two-point conversion on a swinging gate, which should NEVER happen. That’s on the coaches. The Bobcats only faced nine 3rd-down attempts, and converted five of those.

Turnovers were even at one apiece.

I’m not seeing any progress, and things only get tougher from here. But I’ve already talked at length about that. I guess I don’t recall any muffed punts by Kansas, so hey, progress!

The Good

Um. Do I have to pick something? I guess I’ll wimp out and take the easy pick here with Khalil Herbert, who averaged 7.4 yards per carry on 19 carries.

The Bad

Come on, defense. You’re better than this.

The Ugly

The offensive line continues to unimpress, giving up five sacks and getting pushed around all afternoon.

The Stats

Peyton Bender went 30/47 (63.8%) for 343 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT. He was also sacked five times.

Carter Stanley took three snaps, all in the second quarter. He handed off once and ran two times for two yards. I don’t understand.

Khalil Herbert was the most impressive Jayhawk on Saturday, picking up 140 yards on just 19 carries and 2 TDs. Herbert added 18 yards on two receptions.

Dom Williams had just four carries for six yards.

Evan Fairs led KU in receiving yards with 77 on just three receptions.

Steven Sims led KU in receptions with six, picking up 60 yards.

Jeremiah Booker added 4 catches for 59 yards and a TD.

Chase Harrell had 5 catches for 58 yards and a TD.

Quan Hampton saw extensive action, getting 6 receptions for 39 yards.

Ben Johnson caught just two balls for 25 yards.

Joe Dineen was credited with 11 tackles and 2 TFLs.

Mike Lee added 9 tackles, 1 TFL, and an INT.

Dorance Armstrong picked up 9 tackles and 2 TFLs.

Daniel Wise had 6 tackles with 1 TFL.

JJ Holmes had KU’s only sack.

Cole Moos punted four times with a 43.2 average.

Gabriel Rui converted his only field goal attempt, a 34-yarder.