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Notebook: West Virginia Mauls Kansas

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Kansas News

KU football's Defense (and defense) responds to Dana Holgorsen
"That's the Rutgers factor," Holgorsen reportedly said, per 247Sports' Chris Anderson. (In doing so, Holgorsen appeared to be downplaying the Jayhawks' turnover margin and takeaway numbers since they had six interceptions in the game against Rutgers, a program considered arguably the worst in a Power 5 conference.)

A last stand? Beaty, KU take aggressive approach in loss to WVU
"We didn't win, so it's hard to be just ridiculously proud of anything," a still-fired-up Beaty remarked after the game. "We grew, but we didn't win. We've got to win these games. We expected to win that one."

Former KU coach Mark Mangino hints at return to sideline
"Watched a lot of college football today," Mangino wrote on his @KeepSawinWood Twitter account. "Some was really great...but the bad was really bad. In fact, I saw things that were outright disappointing and makes me consider to get back on the sideline. I'm thinking?" [sic]

KU football grades: Reviewing the loss to West Virginia
KU’s offense put up 22 points, but eight of them came on a meaningless drive at the end of the game. Carter Stanley got the start but was replaced by the end of the first quarter. Peyton Bender looked decent at times, but he also looked poor on others, such as when he threw one of KU’s two interceptions on the day right to a West Virginia defender.

Hasan Defense leads ratings in 38-22 loss at West Virginia | Lunch Break |
At halftime Defense had more interception return yards (88) than Kansas had total yards of offense (78). Defense returned his two picks 28 and 60 yards.

Quick recap: Kansas falls to No. 9 West Virginia |
WVU led the entire contest during a 38-22 home win over KU Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) created four takeaways on the defensive end, while holding the Mountaineers (5-0, 3-0) under its scoring average of 43.2 points per game. Kansas has dropped the previous five meetings with West Virginia

Notebook: Kansas continues QB rotation against West Virginia |
After the Kansas football offense went four-and-out on its first series and followed that up with a three-and-out and a Stanley interception, the Jayhawks’ first in 2018, David Beaty replaced the redshirt junior with former starter Peyton Bender with more than 47 minutes left in what turned out to be a 38-22 loss at No. 9 West Virginia.

Jayhawks fail to capitalize in a 38-22 defeat |
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” blared over the speakers at Milan Puskar Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon as West Virginia defensive lineman Reese Donahue proposed to his girlfriend, Sarah Moore, the scene playing out on the video boards above the end zones on either end of the venue. Donahue’s teammates and the WVU fans in the stands unleashed a cheer of jubilation as Moore accepted and the couple embraced.

Other Sports News

Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide coach, not happy with defense vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
"I don't think that you really beat the other team when you give up 31 points, like we did today," Saban said, "at least on the defensive perspective."

Gus Malzahn’s unbelievable buyout shows Auburn ain’t firing him -
Pretty much every year that Auburn doesn’t beat Alabama (and sometimes, those same years at different times), Tigers fans get restless about their head coach. Malzahn’s been in charge on the Plains since the 2013 season, and other than that year, when he went 12-2, he’s had people calling for his job at regular intervals.

J.R. Smith and Marcus Smart are fighting and trolling in midseason form already -
Smith and Aron Baynes got into a scrap in the first quarter of the Celtics and Cavaliers preseason game on Saturday night. The two were battling in the low post and got tangled up and had to be separated after Smith shoved Baynes across the chest.

UFC 229 results: Khabib Nurmagomedov beats Conor McGregor, sparks post-fight melee - MMA Fighting
Khabib Nurmagomedov scored an incredible victory in what many considered the biggest fight in the history of mixed martial arts, and then immediately marred what should have been his crowning moment.

Other News

Used SpaceX Rocket to Launch Satellite, Try Historic Landing Tonight: Watch Live
A two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped by Argentina's SAOCOM-1A satellite is scheduled to launch from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 10:21 p.m. EDT (7:21 p.m. local California time; 0221 GMT on Oct. 8). If all goes according to plan, less than 9 minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9's first stage will come back to Earth safely at SpaceX's "Landing Zone 4" facility at Vandenberg. You can watch the launch live here at, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly via SpaceX. Coverage will start about 20 minutes before liftoff.

Marijuana damaged teenagers' brains more than alcohol, study finds
Researchers looked at four cognitive functions: Problem solving, long-term memory, short-term memory manipulation and the ability to stop a habitual behavior when needed. Marijuana had "significant" negative effects on all four, while the study could not tie alcohol to negative effects, Conrod said.