Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Numbers Not Pretty for KU Football Defense through Week 3

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Numbers Not Pretty for KU Football Defense through Week 3

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ATHENS, Ohio -- Cut up and diced for a second consecutive week, Joe Dineen minced no words in describing the lastest outing for the work-in-progress Kansas defense.

"Hats off to them," the KU linebacker said of Ohio's 42-30 victory over the Jayhawks on Saturday at Peden Stadium. "They prepared well, and they came out and whupped us."

The numbers aren't pretty for the KU defense.

The Jayhawks (1-2) surrendered 450 total yards to Ohio one week after another Mid-American Conference foe, Central Michigan, tallied 590 yards in a 45-27 victory over KU.

Ohio's two-quarterback offense produced two 100-plus-yard passers and a combined 72.7 completion percentage.

The Bobcats averaged 9.1 yards per play in their meaningful first-half drives en route to a 25-14 lead at the break.

The KU defense notched one sack Saturday and has only two sacks through three games.

Opposing quarterbacks have now thrown 10 touchdowns compared to only one interception against KU, and the Jayhawk defense has two takeaways on the season.

KU allowed six plays of 20-plus yards against Ohio -- five in the first half -- and 12 plays of 15-plus yards.

That last fact about surrendering long plays -- particularly in the passing game -- is what KU coach David Beaty said has stood out to him most through three games.

"I mean, that's not something you're not going to be able to see if you look at the tape," Beaty said. "We've got some young safeties that are playing and they've just got to grow up fast. They've got to grow up fast, and we've got to find some other guys that can help us back there just to stabilize that."

The Bobcats also converted 5 of 9 third-down attempts, another outcome that left Beaty perturbed.

"You know, we had a chance to get off the field several times there and (Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke) would slip out of it," Beaty said. "We just didn't tackle well down there in those situations."

Tackling, Dineen said, was the Jayhawks' biggest issue in Week 3. …

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