At least KU had more than 110 yards of total offense this time.
The location may have been different from last year, but Iowa State still played in front of a pro-Cyclone crowd in Lawrence on Saturday. True freshman QB Brock Purdy completed 16-23 passes for 263 yards and 3 TDs as ISU rolled the Jayhawks in Lawrence.
Two of those TD passes were first quarter strikes to 6’6” Hakeem Butler, who came into the game averaging 22.4 yards per catch. That average will go up after picking up 164 yards on just 5 receptions against Kansas.
KU would not be able to recover from Butler’s first quarter explosion. The sunshine and rainbows crowd will say look, the defense got better, and ISU only scored 7 points in the second half. However, I will point out that Iowa State pretty obviously ran as much clock as possible in the second half, clearly just trying to get out of Lawrence healthy and with a win.
So don’t let the final score fool you, Kansas did not look good against an admittedly solid Iowa State club. Per the ESPN recap:
The Jayhawks (3-6, 1-5) upset TCU last week to give Beaty a week’s reprieve, but his team looked woefully unprepared Saturday. Substitution mistakes, four failed fourth downs and a myriad of other issues made for an ugly showing in front of a sparse crowd made up of about 50 percent Iowa State fans.
The fact that the Jayhawks appeared uninspired and unprepared was bad enough, but the ocean of empty seats at Memorial Stadium each Saturday has become too difficult to ignore.
Yikes. Well I guess its about time someone besides RCT started tooting this horn.
David Beaty has got to go. I don’t care if they fire him this week or after he loses to K-State next week, but it needs to happen in the next eight days or so.