Kansas head coach David Beaty hopes to build off his team’s 41-38 loss to South Dakota State in the season opener, Saturday. The harsh reality is that they will almost certainly not be favored in any of their remaining 11 contests, beginning with next Saturday’s matchup with Memphis at Memorial Stadium.
However, some would argue that an 0-12 season could be a bigger possibility if Kansas continues to contribute to the cause. With the margin of error ever so small, the Jayhawks didn’t do themselves any favors, turning the ball over twice, which led to 14 Jackrabbits’ points. In addition to several bad penalties, they failed to force any mistakes for themselves and in a game, where the final outcome was decided by a freak mistake, it was the collection of little things that led to Kansas being in that position to begin with.
“Yeah, I think the big thing is that we've talked about the three things that we wanted to focus on to get better faster was turnover margin, which we did not win today. We gave the ball away twice and it turned into, I believe, 14 points,” Beaty said. We did not play a clean game. And we've talked all week about making sure that we were playing penalty-free, and we had some penalties that cost us throughout the night that made a difference in the end of the game. We've got to keep learning from that.”
“Obviously, it came to fruition,” Beaty continued. “Those things will hurt you. Don't give your opponents anything. As good as they were, we gave them some things that made their job a lot easier. But in addition, we also played pretty good on special teams. So we've got one of the three going in the right direction. We just need to make sure we maintain that and really continue to work on getting better at those other two, and I think we can get closer to where we want to be.”