Kansas showed the best defense it has played this season early in Saturday’s game. The game ended as many expected but it was a game into the second half. Remember, the Jayhawks are developing with all high school recruits and some of their best players are freshman. It will take a couple more years to see the progress desired before we can really judge Les Miles.
West Virginia 38, Kansas 17
Sporting 2, Chicago Fire FC 2
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KANSAS SHOWS SIGNS OF DEFENSE EARLY BUT NO OFFENSE AT ALL
Kansas got off to it’s best start of the season putting up 10 points in the first six minutes but then allowed 38 straight points to West Virginia in a 38-17 loss.
The Kansas defense had its best game of the season and still allowed 38 points. Don’t blame the defense for all of that though, because the Kansas offense could not get first downs to help out.
The Kansas defense entered the game without forcing a single turnover yet this season. They had two in this game including one on West Virginia’s third play from scrimmage. The turnover set up the Kansas offense for a field goal.
The defense then forced a punt on the next West Virginia possession to set up the offense inside Mountaineer territory again. This time the offense scored a touchdown in a Miles Kendrick pass that should have been intercepted but instead popped up and right into the hands of WR Andrew Parchment. The Jayhawks were up 10-0, their biggest lead in any game this year.
After that the offense did nothing. It’s frustrating for everyone involved. What happened to the dynamic offense we saw at times last season? Was it all Carter Stanley? Are none of these quarterbacks able to do what Dearmon is asking them to do?
And how is the offense supposed to move the ball if Dearmon won’t call down field pass plays? Is the offensive line so bad that they can’t call a play that give the quarterback time to throw down field?
The West Virginia defense was really good. There is no doubt about that. But Kansas didn’t seem to have any answer. The Mountaineer interior defensive line was getting great push up the field and Dearmon asked his offense to hand the ball off for a run up the middle on third and four when even a yard was impossible. What was the thinking behind that?
This game leaves a lot of questions. We understand that the talent on this team is primarily in the freshman class. It’s going to be rough for the next year or two before Les Miles’ recruits become upper class men.
Is Kansas going to waste the time they have Pooka Williams on the roster? He had a nice first season and a decent year last year at times, but to have a dynamic running back like Williams and not be able to move the ball is hard to fathom.
So, Kansas either has no talent whatsoever on the offensive side of the ball or Dearmon can only teach one system and it requires players Kansas currently doesn’t have on the roster. Either way, things have to improve next season or Dearmon won’t be around much longer.
CHIEFS NEWS AND NOTES
- The Chiefs have ruled Sammy Watkins and Kelechi Osemele out of the game on Monday. Mitchell Schwartz is questionable. Osemele was placed on injured reserve.
SPORTING 2, CHICAGO 2
Erik Hurtado scored the first goal of the game in the 35th minute by reaching for the ball just ahead of the keeper meeting it and kicked it with his toe just to the right of the keeper. Chicago then tied the game in first half extra time.
Gali Kinda put Sporting up 2-1 in the 83rd minute but once again Sporting was not able to close out a game as Chicago tied it in second half extra time to end the game in a 2-2 tie.
The win puts Sporting temporarily in a first place tie but has played one more game than Portland and two more than Seattle.
NATIONAL NEWS AND NOTES
- The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-1 to send the NLCS to a seventh game on Sunday. Ian Anderson is scheduled to pitch for Atlanta. We don’t yet know the pitcher for the Dodgers.
- The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Houston Astros 4-2 to win the ALCS four games to three. Charlie’s Morton started on the mound for Tampa Bay and allowed just two hits and walked one in 5 2/3 innings until manager Kevin Cash made a controversial decision to remove him from the game. The move worked out and the Rays are going back to the World Series for the first time since losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. That is their only World Series until this year.
- With the return of QB Drew Lock, the Denver Broncos released QB Blake Bortles.
- University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen tested positive for COVID Saturday. The team is off until October 31 when it plays Missouri.
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