Kansas football: Turnovers the main culprit in loss to Coastal Carolina

Kansas football suffered a loss at the hands of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers earlier this morning. Turnovers are the reason the Jayhawk came away with the L.

In nearly every game, the team with the least amount of turnovers gets the win. It’s hard to overcome two or three turnovers especially when you don’t force any of your own, and Kansas football can attribute their loss to Coastal Carolina earlier this morning to their three first-half turnovers.

Of course, there were other factors. Coastal Carolina was more physical in the trenches, there were some questionable calls by officials, but at the end of the day, you can’t shoot yourself in the foot and expect to be able to run to the finish line.

For those of you that didn’t watch the game or those that would like a quick refresher, here is the result of each Kansas drive in the first half:

  • Interception
  • Fumble
  • Punt
  • Missed FG
  • Interception
  • Made FG

The first interception thrown was tough to watch. Starting quarterback Thomas MacVittie actually led Kansas down the field into Coastal Carolina territory and the Jayhawks were looking good. That’s when MacVittie threw a pass that should have been caught to freshman Lawrence Arnold, who tipped it, leading to the INT.

On the next drive, MacVittie threw a screen pass to Takulve Williams who caught the pass out in the flats. Williams fumbled, and the Chanticleers recovered and scored with their great field position. Finally, quarterback Miles Kendrick tried to hit Kwamie Lassiter II on an out route, but the pass was knocked into the air at the line and intercepted.

Halftime score: Coastal Carolina 28, Kansas 3. The Chanticleers capitalized on the Jayhawks’ mistakes, scoring 21 points on drives that immediately followed a Kansas turnover.

Kansas football came out in the second half and looked a lot better on both sides of the ball. The Jayhawks outscored Coastal Carolina 20-10, but it was too late and not enough at that point as the Jayhawks fell 38-23.

The bottom line is that Kansas cannot go into the locker room down 28-3 at the half with three turnovers. It’s unacceptable, and Kansas football is really going to struggle against Big 12 competition this season if this is a norm. Hopefully, it was just a fluke though, or the game against Baylor on September 26 might get ugly in a hurry.