The Jayhawks were coming off a bye-week and preparing for Homecoming when they ran into Texas Tech. After suffering a lop-sided loss on Saturday, Beaty said they have to put that behind them and get ready for Iowa State.
“Obviously not satisfied as coaches, players, or as a program with the way that game ended up last week,” Beaty said. “But the right thing to do right now is to get our mentality right, go make the corrections necessary that we see on video, move forward, because we're about to move forward.”
Iowa State was one of the games circled early in the year that Kansas would have a fighting chance. After the Cyclones knocked off Oklahoma in Norman the odds-makers have put the Jayhawks in as a 21-point underdog. Beaty said Matt Campbell has his team playing good football.
“He’s got them playing well,” Beaty said. “He took his team down there to Norman and they were down a couple times in that game by double digits and were able to bring themselves back and win the game. Very disciplined ball club.”
Starting corner not cleared, Herbert a game-time decision
The Jayhawks are still battling the injury and illness bugs. Beaty said starting corner Hasan Defense hasn’t been cleared after getting mono last week.
“He is still not completely cleared from that,” Beaty said. “We're hoping to maybe get some good news today or tomorrow with him which would be great.”
Leading rusher Khalil Herbert went out with an injury last week and there isn’t any new update on his status for the Iowa State game.
“It will be kind of a game time decision,” Beaty said of Herbert.
The running back unit has gone through their fair share of injuries. Beaty is hoping to get true freshman Dom Williams back after missing time.
“He was not completely healthy last week,” Beaty said. “I tried to use him a little bit on some special teams stuff late in the game. But he's getting close, we think he's going to be to be okay to go this week. We certainly need him to.”
QB position is a competition, not a controversy
Peyton Bender was listed as the top quarterback in the depth chart when it was released Monday afternoon. Beaty confirmed they didn’t make many changes from the previous week and Bender and Stanley are competing for that spot.
“We don't have a controversy here,” Beaty said. “We have a competition. We’re fortunate in that regard that we do have very capable guys to do it. We got two guys that actually have experience now, which is good.”
When it comes time to choose a quarterback Beaty said he talks with offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and quarterback coach Garrett Riley.
“I certainly consult with Meach and Garrett Riley all the time on that,” he said “Usually it's a group decision when we make those decisions and we never have not been on the same page.”
Beaty said defense adjusted, got better pressure on quarterback
The Kansas front four put more pressure on Nic Shimonek last week than they have in previous games. Beaty said they made adjustments during the bye week with the pass rush.
“A lot of it has to do with Clint Bowen,” Beaty said. “Clint Bowen made some adjustments defensively and he did some things that I thought were things that we needed to do and he was right. We needed to do them at the right time.
“We did it over the bye week and it definitely helped us in the passing game. It definitely helped us. He really called a nice game. There was a few of those big runs were simply guys that didn't get to the gap when they needed to get to the gap.”
The defense still gave up big runs that led to Texas Tech having their best rushing game of the year. Beaty said he isn’t happy with the outcome and they have to learn and fix the mistakes. At the same the offense didn’t produce enough against a Tech defense that entered the game ranked 110th in total defense.
“We are going to get things fixed and we're not going to let things be as heavy as they seem,” Beaty said. “We're going to put that game on us and try to learn from that one, just like we did the last one, and we're going to move forward from there.”