No one could have expected what went down in Boston, Mass. last Friday night.
The Jayhawks were down 10-0 early on the road and all hoped looked lost, especially after suffering a crushing loss the week before to a lesser talented Coastal Carolina team. Carter Stanley had already thrown his third interception in two games and the Boston College run game could not be stopped.
But then something happened…Kansas rallied. KU rallied against the Eagles and they rallied against the past nine years of inept, dreadful losing. Taking on the identity of their new head coach, the Jayhawks refused to quit and not only came back, but stomped the Eagles on their home field – bringing home their first road win against a Power 5 team since 2008.
Teams of recent years would have folded, but not this team. Not under this head coach.
After this monumental win for the Kansas program, things just started to feel different.
Seeing a good portion of the fan base travel to a road game and hearing them sing the Rock Chalk Chant is different.Seeing our team get down early but then come back and win in dominate fashion is different. Winning on the road against a Power 5 team is obviously different. Being talked about by national media figures is different.
WHO WON THE WEEKEND?
My top performances of WEEK 3
1-Kirk Ferentz Iowa
2-Chris Creighton Eastern Michigan
3-Gary Patterson TCU
4-Lyle Hemphill DC Wake Forest
5-Troy Calhoun Air Force
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 16, 2019
Just three games in under Les Miles, things feel different for this KU team and for the first time in a decade, there is a real reason for optimism and hope that things are finally changing for the better.
The next step in proving that comes Saturday as the Jayhawks face a middling West Virginia team. Before the season began, we talked about how the Jayhawks actually had a favorable home schedule with teams like West Virginia and Texas Tech coming in who were starting over with a new head coach, a new system, and could struggle in year one.
So far that seems to be the case as the Mountaineers struggled to beat James Madison in week one and then got stomped by Missouri in week two before bouncing back against NC State last week. The Mountaineers also no longer have ballyhooed QB Will Grier – who was drafted in the third round of this year’s NFL Draft.
The optimism, the excitement, and the noise around the program has never been higher these past 10 years. That will only grow louder if the Jayhawks win their second consecutive game against a very beatable West Virginia team on Saturday.
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