Sadly, it's something Kansas football fans are all too used to seeing. One week you see a glimpse of what appears to be progress, such as KU's strong performance against Oklahoma last week, only to turn around and see them look like the same old hapless team the next week.
That's exactly what happened Saturday in Stillwater as the Jayhawks took on 15th ranked Oklahoma State. This was another game where the outcome was pretty clear early on. KU opened with consecutive 3-and-outs, and OSU, after getting stuffed on a 4th down conversion on their first possession, scored two touchdowns in the span of just over two minutes, and would end the 1st quarter up 17-0.
The second quarter would look even worse, with Oklahoma State tacking on three more unanswered touchdowns, taking a 38-0 lead into halftime. At the break, KU had yet to register a single first down, with just 49 total yards of offense to the Cowboys' 331. This was a beatdown, plain and simple.
The second half largely offered more of the same. Kansas simply couldn't move the ball whatsoever. They finished game averaging 2.8 yards per play, which frankly is borderline impossible to do. Combine that with bad defense and going -3 in turnover margin, and you have a recipe for a 55-3 beating, which is exactly where this one ended up.
Jason Bean ended up pulled from the game after going 3/10 for ten yards and two interceptions. Miles Kendrick didn't fair much better in his place, and the Jayhawks, once again, have a QB problem. Bean is the best offensive player Kansas has when his passing is even halfway effective, but far too often that just isn't the case.
But we've seen what Miles Kendrick has to offer and he simply isn't the solution to what ails the offense. Obviously issues on the offensive line are exacerbating that issue, but at the end of the day, Kansas needs far better play from the most important position on the field.
The Jayhawks drop to 1-7 on the year, and 0-5 in conference play. Next week they host a Kansas State state team that's won two in a row and all but a lock to go bowling this year.