Jake Heaps' passing game non-existent in Saturday's rough loss to Oklahoma
Orlin Wagner, AP
Note: This post originally appeared on the JMoney34Sports blog and has been re-posted here with permission.
LAWRENCE, Kansas — A day that started out like a dream for University of Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps and the Jayhawks offense turned out to be a nightmare in a 34-19 loss.
Heaps and the Jayhawks were at home Saturday afternoon to face the 18th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners and couldn't have started out the game any better.
Thanks to an impressive performance by a newly revamped offensive line, the Kansas offense marched down the field with little resistance on its first possession early in the first quarter mostly behind the legs of running back James Sims. It capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Heaps to tight end Jimmay Mundine.
Only two drives later the Jayhawks struck again. After a huge gain by backup running back Darrian Miller, Sims was able to score the second touchdown of the day on an 11-yard run and take Kansas to a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter after a missed extra point.
From that point on the Oklahoma defense was able to make plenty of adjustments to slow down the Kansas running game and left the Jayhawks with no answers at all.
After racking up 172 yards of offense on their first three drives the Jayhawks only managed 29 yards the rest of the game.
After the Sooners finally found the end zone midway through the second quarter, Kansas decided to try freshman quarterback Montell Cozart as a change of pace. The move backfired in a big way as the Jayhawks offense lost 11 yards on three plays, which left them deep in their own end.
The Sooners got on the scoreboard again on fourth down by blocking Trevor Pardula’s punt into the end zone for a safety. Oklahoma took the lead for good just two plays later on a 49-yard touchdown reception by Sterling Shepard.
The only success the Kansas offense found the rest of the game came after a blocked punt early in the fourth gave it the ball at the Oklahoma 6-yard line. Sims scored on a 6-yard scamper just one play later.
That score cut the lead to six, but the Sooners blocked the extra point and returned it for a two-point conversion of their own.
On the day, Kansas put up 201 yards of total offense, but only 16 of them came through the air.
Heaps completed one of seven passes in the last three quarters after starting out the game by completing four of his first six passes, including one for a touchdown, to end the day 5-13 for 16 yards.
After a promising early start to the season for Heaps and the Jayhawks, the Big 12 schedule has exposed their weaknesses. Kansas is now 2-4 on the season after three straight Big 12 defeats.
For the season, Heaps has completed 51.5 percent of his passes for 903 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions.
The schedule only gets tougher as Kansas welcomes the undefeated Baylor Bears on Saturday afternoon.
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