'He's a stud': QB Carter Stanley and KU's offense regroup to beat Tech

Kansas football Les Miles, right, greets Carter Stanley (9) after Stanley threw for a touchdown in the second half of KU's 37-34 win against Texas Tech.

A little more than an hour after the entire Kansas football team celebrated its last-second victory over Texas Tech with a swarm of fans on the turf Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, quarterback Carter Stanley tried his best to recall the “blur” of the frenzied scene to reporters when a shout from the hallway interrupted him.

“He’s a stud!” offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon shouted in the direction of Stanley, following the senior’s 415-yard performance in a 37-34 KU win.

Stanley wasn’t feeling worthy of much acclaim early on against the Red Raiders. The Kansas offense that looked so modern and explosive a week earlier at Texas was nowhere to be found for much of the first half.

“I’d say 90% of it was me,” said Stanley of KU’s flat start, as Tech built a 17-0 lead. “I felt great before the game, felt great in warmups.”

All of that changed for the 6-foot-2, 198-pound QB from Vero Beach, Fla., on the first snap of the night.

“I’m just kind of pissed at myself for not moving on on that first play,” Stanley said of throwing an interception on KU’s opening snap, instead of setting a tone in the opposite direction.

Stanley, who would go on to finish 26-for-37 through the air, with three touchdowns, said he failed to go into a second progression as he locked in on junior receiving target Andrew Parchment.

“It was kind of a force there,” Stanley said.

It took some time and assistance for him to recover.

“Something just kind of felt weird,” the QB said of the early stages, before KU rallied, and finished with 527 yards of offense, averaging 7.6 yards per snap. “It’s not that the looks were different that they were giving us. But I just felt kind of a little bit off. My teammates helped me get back into it, my coaches helped me get back into it, and we played some great team ball tonight.”

Even though Tech (3-5 overall, 1-4 Big 12) mostly kept KU running back Pooka Williams Jr. contained, the Jayhawks kept handing him the ball early.

After four uneventful offensive possessions, the Jayhawks (3-5, 1-4) found themselves down 17-0. It was at that time that KU had committed enough to Williams and the run that Dearmon finally was able to modify the play-calling and expose a weakness.

“It’s a great feeling when every time we go to the sidelines and we talk about adjustments and one of them is just chuckin' bombs,” a grinning Stanley said after hitting Stephon Robinson Jr. for chunk yardage gains of 53, 48 and 65 yards, and connecting with Andrew Parchment on a 70-yarder. “That’s pretty sweet. So that’s cool. This offense just has so many different components to it, which is incredible.”

According to Parchment (seven catches, 109 yards, TD), KU’s receivers viewed it as their responsibility to help Stanley recover and get the offense rolling.

“Receivers have got to go out there and make plays,” Parchment said on a night that Kwamie Lassiter II (75 yards) led the Jayhawks with eight catches and Robinson torched Tech for six receptions, 186 yards and a pair of long TDs. “We don’t look for Carter to be Peyton Manning. We don’t look for Carter to be Tom Brady. We just ask him to put it in our area, and it’s our job to come down with the ball. That’s the type of pressure that we want on us as receivers. Anytime the ball’s in the air, it’s our job to go attack the football. I feel like we keep doing that we’ll be in good position.”

Though always confident, KU’s receivers had to practice some patience as the offense settled in. Parchment said Tech’s secondary forced KU to run the ball early.

“They were playing deep, I feel like sometimes they were double, triple teaming, me, Steph, as well,” Parchment said. “We really couldn’t do anything down the field, so we were forced to run the ball. I’m just happy that we ran the ball enough for them to change it up and we could attack the ball deep again.”

The recovery and clutch victory pleased KU’s head coach, Les Miles, who said the rush of fans during the postgame hysteria on the field nearly left him “squished.”

“There was a pack of people out there. Great fun,” a beaming Miles added.

“We've got a good team,” Miles went on to say. “We've just got to play consistently that way for the length of time of the game, and we will be very happy.”

In the midst of a very different postgame vibe seven days earlier, several Jayhawks spoke optimistically about the remainder of the season, following a 50-48 loss at Texas. The B-word — bowl — was even brought up, with five games left on the schedule.

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Now that KU is down to four and began the stretch with a dramatic victory, the Jayhawks must win three more times to attain automatic postseason eligibility.

Stanley was asked late Saturday night whether a bowl appearance was realistic for the Jayhawks.

“One hundred percent. Yeah,” Stanley replied.

“I mean, this team, we’re more than capable of being a bowl team. We’ve known that since before these coaches got hired,” Stanley said. “I can’t have more confidence than I do right now in the guys in that locker room. They’re a special group. These coaches are incredible. And really, it truly comes down to, the saying is pretty cliche, but it’s about us. If we execute, if we play our best ball and get out there and execute these last four games, we’ll be in a bowl.”

KU hosts rival Kansas State (5-2, 2-2) next Saturday.

In the weeks that follow a Nov. 9 bye, the Jayhawks travel to Oklahoma State and Iowa State, before wrapping up the schedule in Lawrence against Baylor.

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Joe Ross

If the bounce goes right for Kansas against Coastal Carolina and Texas, the Hawks would only have been one game shy of bowl eligibility. If I were a betting man I’d wager against making the postseason, but we were close.

This Kansas team is starting to put it together. Don’t you doubt it!

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Dale Rogers

Bowl eligibility this season is a long shot but this team seems to thrive on the long shot. Boston College, 21 point underdogs. Texas, 31 point underdogs. Texas Tech, 6 point underdogs. K-State, you're next. Bring it on!

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Steve Corder

Agree.

This is "the Miles Affect" we're witnessing.

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Brian Wilson

LOLOLOLOL......And all you naysayers were saying we would only win 1 game!!!!!<br><br>
I called 4 wins early on with a hopeful for 5. One game a way from my prediction! Now it looks like, 1 of the next 2, if we scrounge up another 5 and 6. If we go 6 and 5 maybe we get a post season game who knows. <br><br>
And....all you naysayers saying how Beatty left KU in worse condition than Weis....Give me a break, own up to it, what are you, a bunch of Democrats! Beatty did exactly what he was supposed to do. he rebuilt the roster! And now, we finally have the best coaching staff since Mangino, probably the best coaching staff KU has ever had to lead the team. RCJHKU, the future is looking brighter.

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Len Shaffer

Brian, Brian, Brian, you were doing so well and then you had to go and inject politics into the discussion.

You're spot on about Beaty leaving the team in decent shape; as we all know, the biggest problem Beaty had was that he had no clue how to actually coach in a game.

And as for being a bunch of Democrats, call me crazy, but I actually BELIEVE in the rule of law (something the Republicans have always supposedly stood for). I do like the Trump administration's defense, though: sure we committed the crime; get over it! I think that would be a great defense for EVERY criminal to use.

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Gerry Butler

Agree , do we realize just how close this team is to being 6-2 instead of 3-5 ? - - Coastal Carolina ? - ( we win this game with Pooka ) - -right there with West Virginia 29-24 , -- Should of beat Texas - -you have 6-2 - -instead of 3-5 .- -

Hell of a lot more fun actually looking forward to a Saturday College football game - these guys have been very competitive other then the TCU game. - - Les is getting the pieces in place. - -With the recruits he has coming in next year , the Big 12 best take notice. - -The time of a automatic win when playing us? - - -Those days are over. -- were coming were on our way back

How Sweet is it to have a competent OC making play calls. - - Carter has 1,900 passing for the year - - - Carter has right at 720 yards the last TWO GAMES - -translating meaning in the other 6 games he had right at 1200, really picked it up - - Carter is like Night and day difference with the new OC

It's nice to know as a player that you have Coach's that believe in you - -they got your back - -helps you believe in yourself - -ok people hope on the wagon now - -were leaving this wagon taking off - -no time for bandwagon fans. - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

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Bee Bee

If Dearmon had started as the O C on day one, K U would have at least two more wins. Maybe three.

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Michael Leiker

“Something just kind of felt weird.”

Yeah what felt weird was running into a stadium on homecoming after that performance at Texas to 30000 empty seats. We don’t deserve a winning football team

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Bee Bee

There weren't 30,000 empty seats. Not even close.

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Robert Brown

There were at least 20,000 empty seats because the official attendance was 31,000 and the seating capacity is about 51,000. The 31,000 was probably tickets sold and you have to assume that not everyone who bought a ticket showed up. The stadium looked about half full on TV

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Dale Rogers

The Home side was nearly full. The visitor side about half full. End zones mostly empty. But at this point last season we were averaging less than 20,000 fans and most of them left by half time. It's progress. After Boston College the team performance wilted. Now that we've seen two games in a row with the Dearmon Effect, we'll see how attendance does. And it's encouraging we didn't lose the fans at half time.

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Gerry Butler

Your right the Stadium holds right at 50,100 - -it was est at 31,000 so there was only 20,000 empty seats - -hope that makes you feel better - -sad

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Bee Bee

It's basic math.

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Barry Weiss

Great win for these kids and coach Miles. He really has changed the culture.

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Ryan Mullen

Haven't been to a game yet. I'm buying tickets for the next one and bringing the whole family. Go Hawks!

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Dale Rogers

I hope you're getting your tickets before the kitty fans buy them up! We'd go if we could but it's a 1500 mile drive one way. Ain't gonna happen. FS1 for us.

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Dirk Medema

I’ve seen a couple turn arounds before this and both times the attendance lagged behind the change. The casual fans have already made weekend plans. Keep playing well and the attendance next year will be up 10k; capacity in 2021 unless 2020 brings the stadium rebuild/expansion.

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Karen Mansfield-Stewart

Congratulations Jayhawk football team! A heck of a win after an exceptional game and close loss at Texas. Keep the faith.

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Andy Godwin

Love Stanley’s moxie and the receiving core as a whole. This big play ability has not been seen since Reesing was at the helm. Everyone of them contributed in different ways, whether it was a long catch or a tough grab in traffic. So nice to see the receivers run a 10 yard route when it was 3rd and 9. It didn’t look good earlier, but this team, both the offensive and defense showed resilience and we must thank the football spirts for taking pity on KU’s special team. I had predicted on another story that KU would lose 38 to 37 on a missed extra point. Nearly came true, but was so happy that TTU gave KU life when it looked like the place kicking team would again cost them the game (please fix the blocking schemes, low kicks, and poor kickoffs). I had West Virginia and TTU as the most likely potential Big 12 wins for KU (did farcically predicted KU would beat Texas 48 to 24 since the lack of respect was reminiscent of how KU was viewed prior to the BC game) but it will be fun to see how they battle against the better half of the Big 12. Would be nice if KSU does not fill 1/3 to 1/2 of our stadium. Show some pride and bring some friends next week. Rock Chalk.
P.s Dearmon, don't forget your freshman running back, he can flat out run. Made TTU players look slow.

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Layne Pierce

For the Beatty got us ready people, why wasn't Carter starting before? It's a painful question. Did he suddenly just get good. No. He was always the guy that this team played hard for.

What a waste.

RCJH

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Brian Wilson

As previously stated. Beatty did what he was supposed to do. But he was a terrible game day coach not to mention not really ready to be a head coach. I'm not sure why but he had a real hard time recognizing player performance and then making a decision and sticking with it. But KU couldn't find anyone exceptional to take the job. So, it was a death trap, anyone was sure to be fired in 4 to 5 years. At the time, the roster and the scholarship situation was really really that bad. <br><br>
So....KU hired a patsy. And Beatty was happy to do it. He is set for life and paid a bunch of money to build up the roster for four years while stringing the fans along. This gave KU time to get a new AD, and once roster and scholarships situation was fixed, a new AD hired, it was time for KU to hire in the real deal.<br><br.

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John Fitzgerald

It's absolutely mind boggling that people are still talking about David Beaty. smh

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Brian Hosfelt

Carter started the last 3 games his freshman year. Lost a close game to ISU, beat Texas, and played his tail off against KSU in a good game to close out the year....he should of been the man ever since.

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