The Kansas Jayhawks dropped their 26th straight Big 12 Conference game this Saturday, this time 35-13 to the Texas Longhorns. The same issues that have plagued the Jayhawks in past games, ineffective offense and a poor third down conversion rate (29%), just to name a couple, continue to hold the Jayhawks back.
Kansas is competing hard, and weren’t absolutely blown out against the Longhorns, but neither did they seriously threaten Texas after the first quarter.
Dumb mistake and penalties continue to harm the Jayhawks as well. They will have a hard time picking up an upset as long as they don’t tighten things up.
DARRIAN MILLER: The Jayhawks kind of forgot about James Sims after the first drive of the game when Sims produced 51 yards of offense. He only put 48 more total yards the rest of the day, and because Sims wasn’t as effective as he was early, Charlie Weis turned to Darrian Miller. The sophomore back rushed for 67 yards on 9 carries on the day, a healthy 7.4 yard per rush. With Tony Pierson still out, the Jayhawks desperately need another play maker to step up behind Sims. Maybe Miller can be that play maker.
RODRIGUEZ COLEMAN: The junior was all but non existent over the first 6 games, catching only 3 passes for 39 yards. Over the past two games, he has caught 4 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. That is a tidy 40-yard average per catch. Kansas has been waiting for a wide receiver to step forward all season. Maybe Rodriguez Coleman can be that guy the rest of the way.
ISAIAH JOHNSON: The defensive back picked off two passes against the Longhorns, giving him 4 on the season. Why Miller and Coleman may be emerging play makers on offense, Isaiah Johnson is stepping up a play makers for the defense. He shows a nice nose for the ball, and if he and the rest of his secondary mates can improve their open field tackling, Kansas will immediately improve.