CFN Take: Kansas Run D Lit Up By Perine

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Posted Nov 22, 2014


Kansas Jayhawks 2014 ... Head Coach: Clint Bowen

Kansas Jayhawks

2014 Schedule
Record: 3-8

Sep. 6 SE Missouri St W 34-28
Sep. 13 at Duke L 41-3
Sep. 20 Central Mich W 24-10
Sep. 27 Texas L 23-0
Oct. 4 at West Virginia L 33-14
Oct. 11 Oklahoma St L 27-20
Oct. 18 at Texas Tech L 34-21
Oct. 25 OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 at Baylor L 60-14
Nov. 8 Iowa State W 34-14
Nov. 15 TCU L 34-30
Nov. 22 at Oklahoma L 44-7
Nov. 29 at Kansas State
Nov. 22 at Oklahoma 44, Kansas 7
And You Care Because … Samaje Perine started running and didn’t stop until he broke Melvin Gordon’s one-week old single-game rushing record tearing off touchdown runs of 49, 33, 34, 66 and 27 yards on the way to a record-setting 427-yard day. Kansas was never in the game, finally getting into the end zone in the third quarter on a fumble recovery in the end zone. Kansas managed just 103 yards of total offense.
What Else? Oklahoma QB Samaje Perine ran 34 times for 427 yards and five touchdowns, and caught a pass for 19 yards
- Kansas ran 36 times for 19 yards
- Oklahoma QB Cody Thomas completed 3-of-13 passes for 39 yards
- Third down conversions: Oklahoma 4-of-14 – Kansas 2-of-16
Game Rating: C-

Nov. 15 TCU 34, at Kansas 30
And You Care Because … TCU got all it could handle from a game Kansas team, getting down 27-17 in the second half and needing Aaron Green’s second touchdown run of the game, a 69-yard punt return for a score from Cameron Echols-Luper, and a Jaden Oberkrom field goal as TCU finally took control late. Kansas kept fighting with Matthew Wyman’s 23-yard field goal making it a four-point game, but the Horned Frog D hung on in the final few minutes. Michael Cummings ran for a touchdown and threw for two scores, finding Jimmay Mundine for a 13-yard touchdown and Nigel King for a 78-yarder as Kansas played one of its best games of the year, but TCU stopped making mistakes and took over in the second half.
What Else? TCU QB Trevone Boykin completed 26-of-36 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown with a pick, and ran 11 times for two yards
- Kansas QB Michael Cummings completed 19-of-37 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and ran eight times for ten yards and a score
- TCU RB Aaron Green ran 19 times for 128 yards and two scores
- Total yards: TCU 463 – Kansas 418
Game Rating: B+

Nov. 8 at Kansas 34, Iowa State 14
And You Care Because … Kansas exploded for 24 first half points getting up on touchdown runs from Corey Avery and Tony Pierson along with a 20-yard Jimmay Mundine catch. Iowa State tried to come back with two Grant Rohach touchdown passes to E.J. Bibbs and D’Vario Montgomery, but Michael Cummings ended the threat late in the third on a one-yard Jayhawk touchdown run.
What Else? Kansas RB Corey Avery ran 17 times for 103 yards and a score, and Tony Pierson ran 17 times for 101 yards and a touchdown
- Iowa State QB Grant Rohach completed 25-of-50 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns with an interception
- Total yards: Kansas 514 – Iowa State 373
- Iowa State WR D’Vario Montgomery caught eight passes for 130 yards and a score
Game Rating: C+

Nov. 1 at Baylor 60, Kansas 14
And You Care Because … Everything worked for Baylor as Corey Coleman caught touchdown passes from 72 and 49 yards out and Chris Callahan hit four second quarter field goals on the way to the easy win. Kansas made it 13-7 BU with a 28-yard Nick Harwell touchdown run, but the Bears held a 39-7 first half lead and got up 53-7 after Levi Norwood scored from ten yards out. Devin Chafin and Shock Linwood each added one-yard touchdown runs.
What Else? Total yards: Baylor 669 – Kansas 304
- Baylor QB Bryce Petty completed 15-of-27 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns, and ran seven times for 11 yards
- Kansas QB Michael Cummings completed 21-of-30 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns
- Baylor WR Corey Coleman caught three passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns
Game Rating: D+

Oct. 18 at Texas Tech 34, Kansas 21
And You Care Because … Texas Tech got up 17-0 helped by two of Davis Webb’s three touchdown passes, but Kansas, helped by a few Webb mistakes, fought back with Michael Cummings throwing two touchdown passes and running for another to pull within six going into the fourth. The Red Raiders were able to stay ahead for good on a 21-yard Justin Stockton run early in the fourth.
What Else? Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 28-of-44 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns with a pick
- Kansas QB Michael Cummings completed 20-of-32 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and ran 11 times for 20 yards and a score
- Total yards: Texas Tech 507 – Kansas 363
- Texas Tech RB DeAndre Washington ran 23 times for 164 yards, and caught two passes for 21 yards
Game Rating: B

Oct. 11 Oklahoma State 27, at Kansas 20
And You Care Because … Oklahoma State avoided a disaster after Kansas tied it at 20 on a 35-yard Matthew Wyman field goal with a Tyreek Hill kickoff return for a score with under seven minutes to play. The Oklahoma State offense was stuffed for most of the game, but Desmond Roland ran for a 33-yard score and Jhajuan Seales caught a seven-yard touchdown pass for a 20-7 first half lead. That was it for the O, and Kansas pulled back into the tie with two Wyman field goals and a 23-yard Corey Avery touchdown run, but then Hill struck for the win.
What Else? Total yards: Kansas 288 – Oklahoma State 161
- Kansas QB Michael Cummings completed 20-of-37 passes for 288 yards and an interception
- Oklahoma State QB Daxx Garman completed 17-of-31 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown with an interception
- Oklahoma State WR Ryreek Hill caught four passes for 52 yards, returned two punts for 19 yards, and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score
Game Rating: B

Oct. 4 at West Virginia 33, Kansas 14
And You Care Because … In the first game of the post-Charlie Weis era, Kansas spotted West Virginia for the first 26 points of the game as Josh Lambert hit field goals from 42, 25, 43 and 53 yards out, and Kevin White scored on a 63-yard touchdown catch. Nick Harwell returned a punt for a touchdown for the Jayhawks, and Corey Avery ran for a four-yard score
What Else? West Virginia QB Clint Trickett completed 20-of-35 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown with a pick
- Kansas quarterbacks combined to completed 13-of-28 passes for 111 yards
- West Virginia RB Rushel Shell ran 21 times for 113 yards and a touchdown
- Penalties; Kansas 11 for 101 yards – West Virginia 5 for 45 yards
Game Rating: D+

Sept. 27 Texas 23, at Kansas 0
And You Care Because … The Texas defense came up with four takeaways and the offense got two touchdown passes and a seven-yard scoring run from Tyrone Swoopes. M.J. McFarland scored from one-yard out in the first, and John Harris put the game away on a 16-yard catch in the fourth. Kansas managed 313 yards of offense, having problems with Duke Thomas, who came up with two interceptions and a late broken up pass in the end zone.
What Else? Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes completed 19-of-34 passes for 218 yards and two scores, and ran for seven yards and a touchdown
- Kansas QB Montell Cozart completed 12-of-31 passes for 140 yards and four picks
- Texas WR John Harris caught six passes for 89 yards and a score
- Kansas RB De’Andre Mann ran 17 times for 83 yards
Game Rating: D+

Sept. 20 Kansas 24, Central Michigan 10
And You Care Because … Kansas woke up just in time to get past Central Michigan for its second win of the season. The game was tied at 10 entering the final quarter, but Jayhawk QB Montell Cozart sealed the victory on a pair of touchdown passes. The Chippewas’ attempts to mount a comeback were stifled by their own ineffectiveness and the play of the Kansas D.
What Else? For Cozart, it was a career-best day in Lawrence, highlighted by 226 yards passing and those critical fourth-quarter scoring strikes.
- Central Michigan’s offensive struggles continued in Week 4. Against an average defense, QB Cooper Rush couldn’t stretch the defense, and the runners averaged less than three yards per carry.
- Kansas LB Jake Love lived in the Central Michigan backfield on Saturday. He only had five tackles, but four of them were for minus yards.
- As is often the case lately, LB Justin Cherocci was the best Chippewa on the field. He had a game-high 18 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, helping keep the Kansas backs under wraps.
Game Rating: C-

Sept. 13 at Duke 41, Kansas 3
And You Care Because … Duke jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead with a 36-yard Max McCaffrey touchdown catch and a 69-yard scoring dash from Shaun Wilson. Kansas came up with a 34-yard Matthew Wyman field goal late in the first quarter, but then it was all Duke scoring 24 unanswered points including Wilson touchdown dashes from 68 and 45 yards out and a ten-yard McCaffrey catch.
What Else? Duke RB Shaun Wilson ran 12 times for 245 yards and three touchdowns averaging 20.4 yards per carry.
- Kansas QB Montell Cozart completed 11-of-27 passes for 89 yards and two picks. He also ran eight times for 30 yards.
- Kansas P Trevor Pardula averaged 51.8 yards per punt on his eight attempts putting two inside the20.
- Duke outgained Kansas 511 yards to 297.
Game Rating: D

Sept. 6 at Kansas 34, SE Missouri State 28
And You Care Because … Kansas appeared to be on its way to an easy win with a 34-7 advantage in the fourth, but SEMO came roaring back with Kyle Snyder throwing three touchdown passes with a 37-yarder to Spencer Davis and passes to Paul McRoberts from 68 and 26 yards away to pull within six, but the Jayhawks held on. Nick Harwell caught two touchdown passes for KU and Corey Avery ran for a 10-yard score on the way to a 24-0 lead, but Tony Pierson had the big moment, taking a pass 67 yards for a score in the third.
What Else? Miami University transfer, at least for one game, was exactly what the Jayhawks needed. He only caught four passes for 46 yards, but he scored twice.
- In his first game under center, Montell Cozart struggled, completing just 12-of-24 passes for 196 yards, but he threw three touchdown passes. He was under way too much pressure.
- It was a penalty-filled game with SEMO getting flagged 14 times for 100 yards and KU getting nailed nine times for 80 yards.
- As expected, Kansas LB Ben Heeney led the way with 11 tackles, but there wasn’t much of a pass rush
Game Rating: C+

2014 Preview 

It’s only fair to give a coach a little bit of time to rebuild a program, but three years should be enough.

There was a time when a coach was able to put in place a five-year plan to have an honest chance and to get through an entire recruiting cycle to make a program his, but that doesn’t work anymore. There are too many coaches doing too many big things to be patient and wait to see if something might work, because if it doesn’t, then all of a sudden comes another rebuilding job.

Bill Belichick disciples haven’t exactly lit up the coaching world after going out on their own, but Charlie Weis was supposed to be something different. This was the guy who turned “Tommy” into Tom Brady. This was the coach who would’ve been the head man at Buffalo if a pesky run to the Super Bowl didn’t get in the way. This was the one who was supposed to turn Notre Dame into a superpower again, and even with all that Brian Kelly did, set the foundation for a run to the BCS championship game.

And to be fair, he started down a few laps after the disastrous-but-brief Turner Gill era and he’s trying to do what he can to make the program relevant and strong again in a ten-team league that doesn’t have any major duds now that Baylor has started to play college football and with Iowa State a not-that-bad also-ran.

However, if you’re looking around the table trying to figure out who the bottom-feeder is, it’s probably you.

Weis gave it a shot to get the offense going by bringing in one-time BYU super-recruit Jake Heaps, but that hasn’t worked out, and he’s trying to instill the right attitude on both sides of the ball, but the Jayhawks haven’t even been close. Wins over Louisiana Tech and West Virginia last season seemed more like aberrations than indications that things are improving – no, you don’t loss to Iowa State 34-0 the week after beating West Virginia – and while there’s always pressure on, this really is a produce-or-else year for Weis.

And by producing, that doesn’t necessarily just mean going to a bowl and going back to 2007 again. It just means taking a big step forward to make it look like the program is starting to come together. Kansas can’t look like Kansas anymore.

The defense has no excuse to not be the best in Weis era by a long, long shot. There’s talent and experience with potential all-stars in several key spots. The offense lost RB James Sims, but it has hope with Montell Cozart appearing to be ready to finally settle the quarterback situation.

Yes, Charlie Weis really can coach, but now he can show he can win.


What to watch for on offense: Can the offense complete a forward pass? James Sims was everything for the offense, running for 1,110 yards and seven touchdowns, but now he’s done and the attack will utilize a few different backs in a rotation to pick up the slack. The biggest key to the season is the passing game that hasn’t shown up in the Weis era – a shocker considering he made his name as a top offensive mind. The passing game was abysmal with Jake Heaps and Montell Cozart failing to complete half of their passes and combining for eight touchdown passes and 12 picks. A big part of the problem was the leading receiver – James Sims. The offense needs a dangerous wide receiver, the line has to provide the time, and the quarterbacks have to be able to make something happen. Kansas can’t start to compete in the Big 12 until it’s better than 121st in the nation in passing efficiency. With Heaps transferring to Miami, there are fewer options at quarterback to play around with.

What to watch for on defense: The defense is coming together a lot faster than the offense. There are signs of improvement on the offensive side, but the defense is where the real change should come. It’s a veteran group with nine of the top ten tacklers back and now, unlike the last few years, there’s reliable depth to work with. There were some coaching staff changes, but defensive coordinator Clint Bowen is back for his third year, and while the success hasn’t quite been there, the failures on offense to have been part of the problem – it’s hard to play D when the offense is scrambling all the time. The back seven is full of veteran hitters in a modified 4-2-5 alignment, and the results should start to come.

The team will be far better if … everything else is done right. Yeah, it would be nice if the offense could score more than 15 points a game, and yes, the defense has to hold up tougher to give the O a little more to work with, but for a team like Kansas to win, there has to be improvement on both sides of the ball and everything else needs to be sound. How does Kansas State keep winning? It doesn’t screw up. Meanwhile Kansas averaged over seven penalties a game. The defense was able to take the ball away, but the offense gave up 23 turnovers and almost never did much of anything once the D provided the big play. The offense has to start converting its third down chances – hitting just 28% of the time – and it has to come away with points every time it’s inside the 20 – scoring just 70% of the time in the red zone.

The schedule: Normally, a non-conference game against Duke would be chalked up as a must-win, but not anymore. Starting out against SE Missouri State is good, facing Central Michigan at home is a positive, but if the Jayhawks can’t win at Duke, it could be next to impossible to finish up bowl eligible.

Starting the season on September 6th is a problem – there’s only one bye week. There isn’t a break until late October, starting out with seven straight games, and it’s going to be a rough run with back-to-back road games at Texas Tech and Baylor wrapped around a week off, and it stinks to close out the year on the road at Oklahoma and Kansas State. There are only two home games from October 11th on, and the KU has to take advantage of dates against Iowa State and TCU.


Best offensive player: Senior TE Jimmay Mundine. The hope is for QB Montell Cozart to grow into a star, and guard Ngalu Fusimalohi should be an all-star for a potentially decent line, but Mundine could be the key to the offense as a top blocker and a good receiver, leading the team with five of the team’s nine touchdown catches. He’s a good short-range target and is used more like an H-back – the versatility is key for an offense that needs a little bit of everything.

Best defensive player: Senior LB Ben Heeney. Not just the leading tackler, he was also one of the team’s best defenders in pass coverage and did a decent job of getting behind the line. He doesn’t necessarily need everything to be funneled his way, and he holds up well even though he’s not that big and has logged a lot of miles. The stars might be in the secondary, but the hope is for Heeney and the front six/seven have to get the job done to keep the defensive backs from making so many plays. Heeney will do his part.

Key player to a successful season: Sophomore QB Montell Cozart. He has a good tight end in Mundine to work with, and he has a new weapon in Miami University transfer Nick Harwell to throw to, but he has to start producing. Jake Heaps was supposed to be the main man when he came in from BYU, but that didn’t work out and now he transferred to Miami after Weis anointed Cozart the starter - it's sink-or-swim time. Can Cozart start to throw a bit better? More of a runner so far, he failed to throw a touchdown pass in his limited time, but he finished third on the team in rushing. If he fails, there will be a new coaching staff in 2015.

The season will be a success if … the Jayhawks win five games. After winning five games over the last three years, getting to the five-win mark of 2009 would be a huge step forward. There isn’t enough talent to come up with a winning season without a slew of big breaks, and it’s going to take a few upsets just to get to five wins, but it’s a goal the coaching staff needs to hit. Beating SE Missouri State and Central Michigan are a must, and coming up with a home win over Iowa State and at least one other Big 12 win are needed to get close, and then it might all come down to the road date at Duke and generating one other shocker.

Key game: Nov. 15 vs. TCU. The Duke game could be the key to a successful season overall, and there has to be a road win over a West Virginia or a Texas Tech thrown into the mix, but closing out the home part of the schedule against TCU might turn out to be the biggest part of the season. With road games at Oklahoma and Kansas State to finish up the year, the hope is to have a good base of wins already banked, and then come through against the Horned Frogs.

2013 Fun Stats:
- First Quarter Scoring: Opponents 91 – Kansas 23
- Penalties: Kansas 88 for 713 yards – Opponents 63 for 554 yards
- Third Down Conversions: Opponents 73-of-179 (41%) – Kansas 53-of-190 (28%)

-  2014 Kansas Preview - What You Need To Know & Top Players


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