Everything Lance Leipold said after Kansas football's road loss to Baylor – 247Sports

  • October 23, 2022

KU football dropped its third straight game on Saturday, falling to Baylor on the road 35-23. For the fourth time this season, KU fell behind by two scores before it even scored a point. The Jayhawks fell behind 14-0 before it tacked on a field goal. Things got worse for KU before the half, as Baylor extended its lead to 28-3 at the break. In the second half, KU scored 20 unanswered points as the team clawed its way back to within one score. A late touchdown from Baylor put the game out of reach for the Jayhawks, though. 
In the end, KU was out-gained by Baylor, 437 yards to 288. Baylor rushed for 273 yards on the ground whereas KU rushed for only 56 yards, a season low amount for the Jayhawks. Defensively, Marvin Grant led KU will 11 tackles, the most he’s recorded since he arrived at KU over the offseason. Mello Dotson and Craig Young also came up with interceptions and Jereme Robinson forced a fumble. On offense, Jason Bean completed 16 of his 27 passes for 232 yards and one passing touchdown. Quentin Skinner, Lawrence Arnold and Trevor Wilson all notched over 50 yards receiving during the game. Devin Nead led KU with 32 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Postgame, Lance Leipold met with the media to discuss the game. Here’s everything the KU head coach said…
On the momentum of the game and how things changed for KU in the second half…
“Yeah, I think it turned in on both sides of ball for us. I just challenge them not to worry about the scoreboard at this moment because we weren’t executing how we needed to, as physical as we needed to and all things. But sometimes it just takes the first down or two or a big conversion on third down or something. And we got it and I think we started to get some rhythm and some confidence. Now maybe the score had something to do with that and they’re playing a little softer. But nonetheless, I thought we started generate some of that offensive that we needed.”

On Jereme Robinson‘s forced fumble, recovery and run…

“Yeah, that was a heck of a play by Jereme for him to do that. He has those abilities. We’ve been saying that since the spring, I think he’s made a lot of strides. And I was happy for him because he’s battled some things just in staying healthy and consistent and to see him make a big play like that. I’d say that probably the fourth down stop were the two biggest plays in the second half.”
On third down…

“There’s a lot of things in that first half that weren’t good. We didn’t get much of a rhythm, we didn’t convert on third down. But we’re probably in that third and long range again. We didn’t punt the ball very well. And they pretty much dialed up what they needed to run and play action off of that that made it very difficult for us. Even when Mello got the interception, we go three and out. And then we punt it to the one and then they go right down score again. So that’s a disappointing part of the game right now that we’ve got to find that we were making some of those early in the year we’re not right now.”

On the bye week and how much the team needs it…

“A lot. I mean, this is, I don’t know this so I’m making it up but I would say it’s one of the later open weeks in the country. But at the same time, we had a conference game Week 2, I would rather have it coming up rather than Week 2 of the season. There’s a lot of guys who didn’t play today. You look at where we were at the beginning of the year and guys that we used to talk about in these in other places whether it be Jalon Daniels or Daniel Hishaw or Luke Grimm or Cobee Bryant making huge plays. But it is what it is and that’s the way it is across country. Let alone the guys who have played a lot of snaps. But it’s not an off week, okay, and we’ve got a lot of work to do in a lot of different areas and things that we talk about and have to get better at.”

On Luke Grimm and why he didn’t play…

“He barely even did anything last week, we were hoping that we could get through. It’s some minimal things and maybe he’d be able to give us something today but he wasn’t able to.”

On Jalon Daniels and Cobee Bryant if they’ll be back in time for the Oklahoma State game…

“I don’t know at this time but they’re both moving in a good direction.”

On the run/pass splits…

“I don’t even know what ours was right now to be honest but obviously when you’re down more than three scores, 28-3, you’re gonna you’re gonna have to try to close the gap a little bit. We struggled running the ball at times today anyway so I think we had to. I think you’re probably alluding to that we had a lot more passes than runs today. And again, here late in the game you got to try to make that happen as well. So yeah, it’s score related but also matchup related sometimes too.”

On the impact the wind had on Saturday…

“I don’t know if we handled it very well in some areas today. They punt into the wind and the guy nails one. We didn’t handle that and I don’t know if [Vernon’s 14-yard punt] has more to do with the drop than it does with the actual [punt]. We didn’t handle it as well. I thought Jason, all in all, threw the ball pretty well. I mean, the catch by Trevor down at the one was into the wind. I couldn’t sit there and say that part. But it’s usually when the ball gets up a little bit more or in stadiums that causes issues.”
On his commnets after the half that the defensive line needed to be more physical…

“I thought we did [play more physical]. And when I saw D-line, that’s not fair. It’s it’s really front seven. I mean you can watch some things and you watch Kenny who plays extremely hard go jump up around and as he makes plays that second first level, you watch everyone, we’ve got to continue to play confidently downhill. And that’s what it appeared like in the first half. They do a really good job with their zone scheme and things like that, and how they are able to add gaps at times, but also their stretch play and then the play action off of it we’re running laterally a lot, but we’re also running where you’re losing ground, sometimes you can see on replays. We’ve got to be able to be better there. But you know that’s a good football team. Just like you see in this league every week. We continue to learn more about ourselves as we go and we have to be able to recognize that, address it and continue to have the burning desire to get better and find a way to win football games. The part I’ll take away from today is really the first 25 minutes or so of the second half I mean when Jason scored and there’s about five or six minutes to go and we were right there now. I don’t want to put it on our defense because they gave us so many more opportunities to even keep us there when we’re struggling at other times.”
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