Minutes after the Kansas Jayhawks walked off the field at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan., head coach Turner Gill met with the media and offered up an honest assessment of his team.
“I’d say right now we’re not a very good football team,” he said. “That’s the reality at this time.”
Really, what more needs to be said at this point? Fans were stunned when the Jayhawks were routed by an almost unfathomable score of 55-7 by the Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas two weeks ago, but it’s a safe bet nobody saw Thursday night’s debacle coming.
With an extra bye week to prepare and the thrill of a rivalry game in their veins, most believed Kansas would fight tooth and nail with Kansas State. Though the Wildcats were 4-1 heading into the Sunflower Showdown, they were coming off a dismantling at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the perception was they were much closer to Kansas in the talent department than was Baylor.
Call it lack of talent, lack of preparation or lack of execution. Whatever the reasoning, the Jayhawks’ 59-7 loss � at home no less � is hugely disappointing for everyone associated with the program.
“These ones are hard to take,” said junior wide receiver Daymond Patterson. “It’s a rivalry game, you just came off a tough loss two weeks ago. To come out there and play like this in a big game against K-State, it hurts.”
Through a combination of their own miscues and a potent Wildcats rushing attack, the Jayhawks found themselves in a 31-0 deficit at halftime, and by then the approximately 45,000 Kansas fans in attendance had started to file out of the stadium, leaving a loud and boisterous contingent of the Kansas State faithful to celebrate.
Now, Gill said, it’s back to fundamentals.
“Our offense has to get better and execute some plays,” he said. “We have to find some plays that our players can execute better.”