When you are at rock-bottom, there’s no place to go but up. When you’re like Kansas and have been at rock-bottom for the better part of a decade, though, you do nothing but further entrench yourself in the losing malaise.
Trailing 25-14 in a first half that featured one of the oddest offensive line plays you’ll ever witness, Kansas would get no closer until no time was left on the clock as Ohio pulled away for an embarrassingly easy, not-as-close-as-it-looks 42-30 win.
With the loss, the Jayhawks have now lost an astounding — and embarrassing — 42 straight games on the road. Their last win away from Memorial Stadium came in September of 2009 against UTEP. The last road win against a Power Five foe? In October of 2008 against Iowa State.
Looking ahead, KU will face No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 20 TCU, Texas and Iowa State to close out the road portion of their 2017 schedule. In other words, it looks like the Jayhawks will head into the 2018 season looking to snap a 46-game road losing streak.
Kansas already owns the longest road losing streak in FBS history. The longest such streak at any level of NCAA football? 44 games in a row by Div. II Western Colorado State University from 1926-36.
Look out, Mountaineers; the Jayhawks are coming for you and your record.