2019 Kansas Jayhawks football team

The 2019 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Jayhawks 130th season. The Jayhawks were led by first-year head coach Les Miles. They were members of the Big 12 Conference. They played their home games at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

2019 Kansas Jayhawks football
University of Kansas athletics (logo).svg
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2019 record3–9 (1–8 Big 12)
Head coachLes Miles (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorBrent Dearmon (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorD. J. Eliot (1st season)
Home stadiumDavid Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 50,071)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 7 Oklahoma y$^   8 1         12 2  
No. 13 Baylor y   8 1         11 3  
Oklahoma State   5 4         8 5  
Kansas State   5 4         8 5  
Iowa State   5 4         7 6  
No. 25 Texas   5 4         8 5  
West Virginia   3 6         5 7  
TCU   3 6         5 7  
Texas Tech   2 7         4 8  
Kansas   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Oklahoma 30, Baylor 23 OT
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The Jayhawks attempted to end two major losing streaks, but instead extended the streaks. They extended their consecutive losses on the road to Big 12 teams to 45 games. They also extended their streak of consecutive games lost to teams ranked in the AP poll to 38. With a 48–24 win over Boston College, KU ended a 48 game road losing streak against power five conference teams.[1] With the Jayhawks seventh loss of the season to Oklahoma State, they became ineligible for a bowl game for the eleventh consecutive season, the last time they were eligible was the 2008 season. They finished the season 3–9, 1–8 in Big 12 play to finish in last place.

On July 8, 2019, Kansas announced that 1st team All-Big 12 running back Pooka Williams Jr. will be suspended for the first game of the season against Indiana State as discipline for his arrest for domestic battery December 2018.[2]

On October 6, 2019, Miles fired offensive coordinator Les Koenning. Senior offensive analyst Brent Dearmon was promoted to replace him. Additionally, Dearmon was named quarterbacks coach.[3]

PreseasonEdit

Big 12 media pollEdit

The 2019 Big 12 media days were held July 15–16, 2019 in Frisco, Texas. In the Big 12 preseason media poll, Kansas was predicted to finish in last in the standings.[4]

Big 12 media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Oklahoma 761 (68)
2 Texas 696 (9)
3 Iowa State 589
4 TCU 474
5 Oklahoma State 460
6 Baylor 453
7 Texas Tech 281
8 West Virginia 241
9 Kansas State 191
10 Kansas 89

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3111:00 a.m.No. 16 (FCS) Indiana State*FSNW 24–1732,611
September 76:00 p.m.Coastal Carolina*
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
ESPN+L 7–1233,493
September 136:30 p.m.at Boston College*ACCNW 48–2432,848
September 213:30 p.m.West Virginia
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
ESPN+L 24–2935,816
September 2811:00 a.m.at TCUFS1L 14–5141,960
October 511:00 a.m.No. 6 Oklahoma
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, Kansas
ABCL 20–4534,402
October 196:00 p.m.at No. 15 TexasLHNL 48–5097,137
October 266:00 p.m.Texas Tech 
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
FS1W 37–3431,036
November 22:30 p.m.No. 22 Kansas State
FS1L 10–3847,233
November 1611:00 a.m.at No. 22 Oklahoma StateFS1L 13–3155,388
November 2311:00 a.m.at No. 22 Iowa StateFSNL 31–4158,210
November 302:30 p.m.No. 9 Baylor
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
ESPNL 6–6122,531
Source:[5]

Game summariesEdit

All-time records for each opponent do not include the results for 2019 and are only for prior to the 2019 season.

Indiana StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 (FCS) Sycamores 0 3 0 14 17
Jayhawks 7 3 6 8 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 Sep. 27, 1986 W, 20–6

Coastal CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chanticleers 0 6 6 0 12
Jayhawks 7 0 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Boston CollegeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 7 21 13 7 48
Eagles 17 7 0 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

The Kansas Jayhawks came into the game as a three touchdown underdog, but performances by quarterback Carter Stanley (238 yards passing) and running back Pooka Williams (121 yards rushing) combined with other efforts to give the Jayhawks their first road win against a "power 5" team in almost 11 years.[6]

Boston College scored first and had the lead 10-0 until the Jayhawks scored on six straight possessions. Kansas took the lead 28-24 at the half thanks to an 82 yard run with 40 seconds remaining before the break to set up a 3-yard score just two plays later. Kansas continued to score in the second half but Boston College could not match the effort. The final score was Kansas 48, Boston College 24.[6]

West VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 7 3 10 9 29
Jayhawks 0 7 10 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–7 Oct. 6, 2018 L, 22–38

Kansas started conference play having just rolled off a win against Boston College, but West Virginia was expected to take advantage of observing the Jayhawks offensive performance the prior week.[7]

When the game rolled around, the Jayhawk offense made two specific mistakes that impacted the game: A lost fumble and a fourth quarter interception. On the positive side, KU averaged 7.4 yards per play. It also appeared that KU kicker Liam Jones faked an injury after a field goal to make way for Jacob Borcila to "replace" him at the next kickoff to execute an onside kick—which they recovered but then lost due to a penalty. West Virginia won the game 29-24.[8]

at TCUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 0 0 14 14
Horned Frogs 21 17 0 13 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–22–4 Oct. 27, 2018 W, 27–26

Texas Christian scored 21 points in the first quarter against Kansas and led 38-0 at halftime, with Max Duggan making his second consecutive start at quarterback. However, Alex Delton still was on record as a team captain and he saw play time in the second half. Headed into the fourth quarter with no score, Kansas had only managed 55 yards on 34 plays. Quarterback Carter Stanley finished 12-29 in passing with 84 yards, but the Jayhawks managed to score in the fourth quarter to avoid being shut out. The game ended with TCU scoring 51 to the Jayhawks 14.[9]

OklahomaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Sooners 7 14 14 10 45
Jayhawks 7 0 0 13 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–76–6 Nov. 17, 2018 L, 40–55

Oklahoma traveled to Lawrence for what resulted in an "easy victory" for the Sooners, but Kansas "outplayed" the sooners for the bulk of the first quarter. Kansas even scored first with a touchdown after forcing Oklahoma to punt. Kansas then gained 98 yards for their touchdown and led 7-0 in the first quarter. Oklahoma then took control and led 21-7 at halftime.[10]

Oklahoma managed 29 first downs and converted 6 of 9 times on third down, with 545 total yards of offense. Oklahoma also threw an interception for the only turnover of the game. Kansas only managed 18 first downs with 6-14 on third down. They also attempted 2 fourth-down conversions but both were unsuccessful, with a total of 360 yards of offense. Kansas did manage a little more clock time of offense with 30:29 time of possession compared to Oklahoma's 29:31. The final score was Oklahoma 45, Kansas 20.[11]

Oklahoma completed their 22nd straight true road win, which was the second longest streak since at least World War II in major college football when Coach Bud Wilkinson led the sooners to 25 wins from 1953 to 1958.[10]

at TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 3 14 7 24 48
No. 15 Longhorns 14 7 3 26 50
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–15 Nov. 23, 2018 L, 17–24

The underdog Kansas Jayhawks stayed with the #15 Texas Longhorns for four quarters of play. In the last minutes, Carter Stanley was succsefful with a 22-yard scoring pass to Stephon Robinson. The following 2-point conversion throw to Daylon Charlot put the Jayhawks ahead by one point. With 1:11 left to play when Texas took over and put together an offensive drive that ended with a game-winning field goal for the Longhorns.[12]

Even with the loss, several of the Kansas players gave great performances: Pooka Williams rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns; quarterback Carter Stanley threw 310 yards and four touchdowns for the Jayhawks. For the Longhorns, Sam Ehlinger rushed for 91 yards and managed 399 yards passing with four touchdowns. When everything was complete, Texas won by a score of 50-48.[12]

Texas TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 7 10 10 7 34
Jayhawks 0 14 6 17 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–19 Oct. 20, 2018 L, 16–48

Texas Tech and Kansas traded points in a close game that came down to just a few moments remaining. With the score tied 34 each, Texas Tech blocked a field goal attempt—but when Douglas Coleman of Texas Tech fumbled during an attempt to return the field goal it gave the Jayhawks a second chance. Texas Tech successfully blocked the first 40-yard field goal attempt and Coleman caught the ball, who then tried to lateral the ball to another teammate. However, the lateral went in the direction where no Red Raider player was and Kansas recovered the ball. Kicker Liam Jones then got another chance to win the game and was successful. The final score was Texas Tech 34, Kansas 37.[13]

The Kansas offense scored on four of its last five possessions to overcome a 17 point deficit. The win was the first Big 12 Conference victory for Les Miles while as the coach at Kansas, and the first Homecoming victory for Kansas since October 10, 2009.[14]

Texas Tech's coach Matt Wells praised Jayhawk coach Les Miles after the game: "I think Coach Miles brings credibility to that program. I mean, the job that he obviously did at Oklahoma State and did at LSU speaks for itself. He's had success everywhere he's been. And those kids played hard on Saturday. They really did. They went out and, man, they did. They emptied the tank and had every right to win and deserved to win."[15]

Kansas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Wildcats 7 10 7 14 38
Jayhawks 3 0 0 7 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
65–46–5 Nov. 10, 2018 L, 17–21

Both Kansas and Kansas State came in to the 2019 Sunflower Showdown coming off wins: Kansas State defeating Oklahoma and Kansas defeating Texas Tech. Both teams come in after solid growth and improvement through the season and enter the game excited for their rivalry.[16]

Kansas State scored a touchdown on its first possession and held the lead for the remainder of the game. Kansas State's offensive line was praised for their control of the line of scrimmage to help the Wildcats rush for 342 yards and five touchdowns. On Defense, Kansas State held their rival Jayhawks to just 10 points.[17] Defensivley, Kansas State also pulled two interceptions and sacked Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley four times. Stanley's passing production was 13-for-23 with 123 yards, a far cry from the over 400 yards against Texas Tech and over 300 yards he put up against the Texas Longhorns in recent play.[18]

The Kansas Jayhawks entered the game with high hopes and expectations--"convinced" that they would win largely based on performance in their previous two games. However, the Jayhawks only managed a field goal in the first quarter and did not score again until they managed a touchdown in the fourth quarter. That touchdown was the final score of the game: Kansas State 38; Kansas 10.[19]

at Oklahoma StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 0 0 13 13
No. 22 Cowboys 14 10 7 0 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–37–3 Sep. 29, 2018 L, 28–48

at Iowa StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 6 3 15 7 31
No. 22 Cyclones 7 7 7 20 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–42–6 Nov. 3, 2018 L, 3–27

BaylorEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 9 Bears 21 13 14 13 61
Jayhawks 0 0 6 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–14 Sep. 22, 2018 L, 7–26

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position
Les Miles Head Coach
Brent Dearmon Offensive coordinator/Quarterbacks
D.J. Eliot Defensive Coordinator
Todd Bradford Linebackers
Mike Ekeler Special Teams
Emmett Jones Wide Receivers
Tony Hull Running Backs/Associate Head Coach
Chevis Jackson Defensive Backs
Clint Bowen Safeties
Kwahn Drake Defensive Line
Luke Meadows Offensive Line
Zac Woodfin Director of football strength & Conditioning

All-Big 12 selectionsEdit

  • Hakeem Adeniji, T, 1st team
  • Hasan Defense, CB, Honorable mention
  • Azur Kamara, S, Honorable mention
  • Mike Lee, S, Honorable mention
  • Ben Miles, FB, Honorable mention
  • Andrew Parchment, WR, Honorable mention
  • Kyle Thompson, P, Honorable mention
  • Pooka Williams Jr., RB, 1st team

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Pooka Williams reinstated by KU football will miss season opener". KUSports.com.
  3. ^ "Kansas fires OC Les Koenning, promotes analyst Brent Dearmon". ESPN.com.
  4. ^ "Sooners Picked First in Media Preseason Poll". big12sports.com. Big 12 Conference. July 10, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "2019 Kansas Jayhawks Football Schedule". KUAthletics.com. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Jayhawks break 48-game road skid vs. Power 5". ESPN. September 13, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Smith, Benton (September 20, 2019). "Game day breakdown: KU football vs. West Virginia". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  8. ^ Newell, Jesse (September 22, 2019). "Grades from KU football's 29-24 loss to West Virginia and looking ahead to TCU". Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "Duggan leads TCU to easy win over Kansas 51-14". ESPN. September 28, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Hurts provides 4 TDs as No. 6 Sooners beat Jayhawks, 45-20". Sports Illustrated. October 5, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "Oklahoma Sooners vs Kansas Jayhawks (team stats)". ESPN. October 5, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "No. 15 Texas beats Kansas 50-48 on last-second FG". ESPN. October 19, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "Late field goal propels Kansas to victory over Texas Tech". ESPN. October 26, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  14. ^ Newell, Jesse (October 26, 2019). "KU football beats Texas Tech ... on its second game-winning FG try in final seconds". Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  15. ^ Hofeditz, Jordan. "What Texas Tech football coach Matt Wells has to say about Kansas". Abilene Reporter News. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  16. ^ Barber, Hayden (October 30, 2019). "'Pound the stone' to be tested as K-State forgets OU, shifts aim to Sunflower Showdown". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  17. ^ Black, Ryan (November 2, 2019). "SAME OLD STORY: No. 22 Kansas State stomps KU 38-10 in Sunflower Showdown". Manhattan Mercury. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  18. ^ Collins, Sean (November 2, 2019). "Wildcats neutralize Carter Stanley in dominant 38-10 Sunflower Showdown". Manhattan Mercury. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  19. ^ Smith, Benton (November 2, 2019). "Jayhawks stunned in lopsided loss to Wildats in front of sellout crowd". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved November 3, 2019.