No one could have expected the type of performance that we saw from the Jayhawks last Saturday on the road against Texas.
Brent Dearmon was named the new offensive coordinator just three weeks ago on October 6. Surely it would take more than a couple of weeks to implement his spin on the offense and really start to see results, right? Wrong.
The Jayhawks started off slow offensively in Austin down 14-3 in the first quarter, but once things got going, they could not be stopped. By the end of the night KU racked up 569 total yards (a season high) and averaged 6.6 yards per play. They even secured their first lead in Austin since 1997.
Carter Stanley was 27 of 47 for 310 yards passing (season high) and four touchdowns. Pooka Williams Jr. rushed 25 times for 190 yards.
Normally those type of performances result in a win, but unfortunately the Kansas defense was gashed even worse than Texas’ D and special teams was abysmal, as kicker Liam Jones missed one field goal, had another one blocked, and kicked multiple kickoffs out of bounds, giving the Longhorns great field position repeatedly.
The offense only got better against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Carter Stanley was 26-for-37 for 415 yards (a season high) with three touchdowns and one interception. Pooka Williams Jr. was held to just 69 yards rushing, but the Jayhawks wide receivers more than compensated for his relatively low numbers. Stephon Robinson Jr. had a career day, hauling in six catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns, while Andrew Parchment had seven catches for 109 yards and one touchdown.
What Dearmon has done in such a short amount of time with this offense is incredible. They’ve opened up the offense, they are getting the ball to their best playmakers, spreading it around, and he’s shown a trust in Carter Stanley like no one has since he’s been at KU—and it shows.
Stanley was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after his performance, and you can bet that Dearmon’s influence played a role in that.
All of a sudden this offense is exciting and this team is finally starting to look like they belong in the Big 12 now that Dearmon is the offensive coordinator. The hype surrounding Dearmon was clearly warranted, and if he keeps working his magic, it’s very possible that the Jayhawks could be looking at their next head coach in waiting.
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