Year two for Kansas head coach David Beaty came to an end in Manhattan on Saturday afternoon with a 34-19 loss to Kansas State.
It was too little, too late for the Jayhawks, missing second half opportunities that could have helped Kansas work their way back into the game in the 2016 edition of the Sunflower Showdown.
“There was just way too many mistakes for us to overcome,” Beaty said. “The thing I would have loved to have seen is us to be able to punch it in the end zone after the onside kick we converted.”
Despite the chances Kansas missed Saturday, the effort Beaty saw from his team trying to crawl back on to the scoreboard did not go unspoken.
“For me, it’s a good sign for where our program is heading,” Beaty said.
And another season down means the latest class of seniors, who Beaty said are key to setting the foundation for his program, are out.
“It’s definitely on the uprise after last season with no wins, and then now we have two wins, so I definitely believe it’s going up,” senior safety Fish Smithson said. “I just believe all the players got to trust in the process and just believe in Coach Beaty.”
Since Smithson joined the Kansas football program in 2014, he saw KU go 3-9 his first year, 0-12 in 2015, and 2-10 this season.
“The foundation work that they’ve done is very difficult, and the rewards have not been very high,” Beaty said.
Beaty ends the 2016 campaign posting a total win-loss record of 2-22 as head coach of Kansas.