Just when you think Kansas has reached rock-bottom, the Jayhawks fire up the backhoe and dig a little deeper.
The statistical particulars for this game don’t really matter much, other than the final score: FCS Nicholls 26, FBS (for now) Kansas 23. The two teams were tied at 10-all at halftime, then 20-all at the end of regulation. A field goal on the Jayhawks’ first possession of overtime was trumped by quarterback Chase Fourcade‘s four-yard touchdown run on the Colonels’ first possession of the extra period to hand the FCS team the win.
The loss was the Jayhawks’ 12th straight, but the ineptness extends much deeper than that.
- Kansas has won 15 games combined since the beginning of the 2010 season.
- Kansas has won three games combined since the beginning of the 2015 season.
- Kansas’ only win in its last 14 games came against FCS Southeast Missouri State in 2017.
- Kansas’ last win against an FBS team came against Texas in Nov. of 2016.
- Kansas has won nine games combined since the beginning of the 2010 season if you take away wins vs. FCS teams.
- Kansas has lost three games to FCS teams since the beginning of the 2010 season.
- Kansas has two seasons in its last eight in which its only win came against an FCS team (2012, 2017).
“It’s time to break the cycle. It’s not going to be easy. We’re going to need all of your help to do it. Coach [David] Beaty is our coach, and we all need to support this program, and we all need to support the young men who play the game.”
That was Jeff Long on July 11 of this year, less than a week after he was announced as KU’s new athletic director.
How much Long’s opinion of David Beaty (now 3-34 as KU’s head football coach) evolves as the Jayhawks hurtle toward yet another winless season remains to be seen. Then again, with Texas coming up on the schedule in late November, there could be a glimmer of hope that that inexorable march toward another 0-fer might be halted.