Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Why Carter Stanley Evoked Memories of Todd Reesing in KU Football Defeat to K-State

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Why Carter Stanley Evoked Memories of Todd Reesing in KU Football Defeat to K-State

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LAWRENCE -- It wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement, but it was likely the best a coach with the catchphrase "earn it" could ever muster.

On the heels of quarterback Carter Stanley's 418-yard passing performance in Saturday's 30-20 home defeat to Kansas State, David Beaty was asked whether the sophomore had done enough to earn a second consecutive start in Kansas' next game, an 11 a.m. Saturday tilt with winless Baylor at Memorial Stadium.

The third-year coach offered his best vote of confidence.

"You know, you're only as good as your next day around here, but I thought he had a pretty good day," Beaty said. "I thought he took care of the ball for the most part pretty well, which is good. I thought he used his legs really well. I thought he played a really smart game, which is what we wanted to see out of him.

"I would see no reason why we wouldn't stay with him this week, but if a guy takes a couple days off, then we're not going to tolerate that, obviously. But I know he won't do that."

Stanley certainly didn't take Saturday off.

Replacing junior signal-caller Peyton Bender under center, Stanley completed 23 of 48 pass attempts with one touchdown and one interception, the latter coming on a desperate heave on the game's final play. His 418 passing yards was the most since KU legend Todd Reesing's 498-yard effort in his final college game, a 41-39 defeat to Missouri on Nov. 28, 2009.

Stanley's effort stands as the fifth-highest single-game passing yardage total in KU history.

"It was a great experience, no doubt," said Stanley, who started the final three games of the 2016 season but lost the starting role to Bender in fall camp. "Obviously wish we would've come out on top, but it was nice to see some offensive production. I'm proud of the guys for how hard they worked all week."

Stanley's day was a mixed bag, but the good far outweighed the bad -- especially when considering the Jayhawks' 21 total yards of offense the previous week against TCU.

The 6-foot-2 native of Vero Beach, Fla., finished with nine 15-plus-yard completions and accounted for three of KU's four 10-plus-yard rushes. Stanley's 441 combined passing and rushing yards accounted for 91.5 percent of the Jayhawks' total yardage on offense.

One of Stanley's five 30-plus-yard completions came on a dime dropped into the chest of a streaking Steven Sims, who broke away from his defender for a 60-yard touchdown that brought the Jayhawks (1-7, 0-5 Big 12) within seven with 6:51 to play. …

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