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Jake Heaps, Kansas offense falter in a crushing defeat to TCU

By Jay Yeomans

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Oct. 14 2013 7:30 p.m. MDT

Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps (9) rolls out of the pocket under pressure from TCU defensive tackle Terrell Lathan (90) in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU won 27-17.

Tony Gutierrez, AP

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On a day where the Kansas defense made big plays all game long, quarterback Jake Heaps and the offense couldn’t capitalize in a painful 27-17 road loss to TCU.

Heaps was back under center for the entire contest after sharing time for much of last week’s game against Texas Tech.

Early in the game the Jayhawks looked to establish the ground game with running back James Sims. Sims is off to a slow start this season, however, after carrying the ball for more than 1,000 yards a season ago.

Sims had more touches Saturday than any other week this year and played well with 81 yards on the ground and another 40 through the air. Unfortunately for Sims and Kansas, he didn’t have much help.

The Jayhawks were short-handed in the passing game without the services of wide receiver Tony Pierson, and his loss was very apparent.

The Kansas offense put together two scoring drives for 10 points. Both scores came on very short fields, thanks to TCU turnovers. Kansas' other score came on a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown by JaCorey Shepherd midway through the second quarter to tie the game at 10-10.

The Jayhawks' only offensive touchdown of the game came after a muffed punt gave them the ball at the TCU 27-yard line. After an incompletion on first down, Heaps found Jimmay Mundine for a 27-yard score.

The Kansas offense couldn’t muster anything else. Turnovers and a sack killed the Jayhawks' only other promising drives. On the day, the KU offense only registered 198 yards of total offense and seven first downs.

As for Heaps, completed 50 percent of his passes for 152 yards to go along with the touchdown to Mundine and an interception. Even though the pick he threw wasn’t his fault, Heaps was lucky he didn't have three or four more. The Horned Frog defense had a number of Heaps throws hit them right in the hands but no one could hang on.

For the year, Heaps has completed only 52.6 percent of his passes for 887 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions. Not exactly what he was hoping for when he left BYU for a fresh start.

The 2-3 Jayhawks are back on the field Saturday when they host Oklahoma.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer on the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com

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