Kansas was not able to move the ball on offense and the Jayhawks were embarrassed at Oklahoma State Saturday. Oklahoma State scored on two of its first three possessions and led 24-0 at the half. Kansas started the second half with Manny Miles at quarterback for the first two series before putting Carter Stanley back in the game. Nothing made a difference. The offense was bad for a second straight week.
The defense actually wasn’t too bad. Oklahoma State scored 31 points but that’s not terrible these days. The Jayhawks have to be able to make it a game at that point level.
For some unknown reason the Kansas offense which had so much success running the RPO in three games this season has changed back to a more traditional offense and the results have been ugly. There was nothing done to slow down the defense. In the good offensive games for Kansas QB Carter Stanley would show handoff on just about every play and the defense had to hesitate not knowing if it was a run or pass. That didn’t happen on most plays in this game. Kansas has to get back to that style of offense to compete.
Room for Improvement
Offensive Coordinator Brent Dearmon has to improve his play calling. The last two games have been terrible. The Jayhawk offense has to keep the defense guessing and it hasn’t been doing that recently. There shouldn’t be any consideration of making a change. Kansas needs stability to improve the program. Dearmon has shown that he can run an offense. Kansas needs to improve the talent level of the payers on the team but it will likely never match the best Big 12 teams on talent. They must be creative on offense to win. The past two weeks have lacked the offensive attack necessary.
Les Miles decided to try a field goal on 4-and-2 from the Oklahoma State 25 instead of going for the first down. Kansas was likely to need to score a lot of points to win this game so a field goal probably wasn’t going to help. Plus, the opportunity to hold on to the ball and keep it away from the OSU offense would have helped. Unfortunately, Miles decided to kick and Liam Jones missed the field goal.
Brent Dearmon ran a play that had QB Thomas MacVittie set up out wide. He was given the ball on a pitch after a previous handoff and then threw right to an OSU defender. Kansas doesn’t need to run trick plays. If they do run a trick play that’s not the one to run. It was just one of many poor offensive calls by Dearmon on the day.
It doesn’t get any easier for Kansas. Next week they travel to Iowa State to play the Cyclones at 11:00am.