Air Rage: Offense bombs, defense follows suit in 56-3 loss to Oklahoma

Sooner or later, Oklahoma seemed poised to pull away after a close first quarter with the Jayhawks. With a 56-3 final score, too many things went wrong for Kansas to record even a moral victory.

After trailing 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, Kansas seemed poised to chalk up another moral victory en route to becoming morally-bowl-eligible. Unfortunately for KU, they only (morally) won the first quarter.

Mustering up three points in the first quarter and zero points in the remaining 45 minutes proved to be a losing formula for Kansas, especially juxtaposed with Oklahoma’s 56-point offensive performance against a perpetually-gassed KU defense. Somewhere in OU’s 28-point third quarter, the Sooners’ horses were too tired to even bother running the Sooner Schooner out in celebration.

Oklahoma outran the touchdown horses.

The University of Kansas could have created a real-life embodiment of the mythical jayhawk bird to release into the skies after KU touchdowns against the Sooners, but no one would have ever known about this incredible scientific breakthrough, since the Jayhawks failed to record even one touchdown to celebrate.

One early point of contention came late in the first half, when head coach David Beaty elected to go for it on 4th and 4 past midfield with a minute left in the half. Kansas failed to pick up the first down, turned the ball over to Oklahoma, and the Sooners drove for a touchdown before the half.

This was not the biggest problem the Jayhawks faced Saturday night.

Early in the game, the Kansas defense held up its end of the bargain. But as they were continually forced back onto the field by short drives from the Jayhawk offense, Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook reminded the Jayhawks of their current standing in the Big 12: at the bottom.

Westbrook was the explosive threat of the day. His five receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown paired with his 24-yard rush and 71-yard punt return for a touchdown singlehandedly outscored Kansas and nearly kept pace with KU’s entire offense.

Quarterback Montell Cozart’s tumultuous 2016 season found no stability in the game, as he went 20-for-36 for 120 yards and two interceptions – one returned for a touchdown.

Carter Stanley came into the game with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. He did not record a statistic.

Kansas’ next game will be at West Virginia on November 5.

Joshua Brisco

Joshua Brisco is an editor and co-owner of Rock Chalk Blog/Jayhawk Nation and the host of (Almost) Entirely Sports, weekdays from 4-6 p.m. on ESPN Kansas City, 99.3 FM and 1510 AM.