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Everything Lance Leipold said after Kansas' loss to TCU – 247Sports

Kansas football lost its first game in over 10 months on Saturday, falling to TCU 38-31 at home. It was a slow start for the Jayhawks, as they fell behind by two scores in the first quarter for the third time this season. KU was able to respond before the half with a 40-yard field goal. In the second half, it was a track meet, as both teams were able to score with explosive plays through the air. In the end, KU’s comeback bid fell short as the Jayhawks turned the ball over on downs with seconds to go.
Quarterback Jalon Daniels left the game just before halftime with an injury and did not return. In his place, Jason Bean stepped up and led the KU offense to 28 points in the second half. Bean completed 16 of his 24 passes for 262 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. On the ground, Devin Neal led KU with 88 yards rushing on 15 carries (5.9 yards per carry). Mason Fairchild also came up with big catches, finishing with a career-high 80 yards receiving. Defensively, Kenny Logan led KU with 12 tackles. The Jayhawks recorded four tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and one sack. As a team, KU out-gained TCU 540 yards to 452 yards. KU averaged 7.5 yards per play compared to TCU’s 7.1 yards per play.
After the game, Lance Leipold met with the media. Here’s everything the KU coach said during his postgame press conference…
On his big picture thoughts on the game…
“I’m really proud of the way we battled. Being down, losing Jalon. Some things there but I think we left opportunities out there. I think we hurt ourselves again with penalties in the fourth quarter. And just some things where you can see whereas you rotate, it’s not as clean as it needs to be and we’ve got to be better in order to win games against good quality teams like this. That all said, I’m really proud of this football team for the way it battled and kept coming back and those things.”
On Jalon Daniels’ injury…
“It’s a shoulder it’s still under evaluation and, I just got done doing radio and you know, those things are, that’s all I was told. He’s done for the day, and that’s it. I’m sure the next whatever 48 hours will help us to go from there.”
On Jason Bean’s performance…
“Very, very impressed but again, not surprised. Because you’re here all the time and we’ve talked about how well he’s played. So that’s exactly what I told him right before we went back out. I said you’ve played well, you’ve prepared well, you’ve handled the situation extremely well. Now go out and play. I didn’t see his numbers yet. But yeah, I thought he did a nice job.”

On whether he would have gone for two if KU scored on the last drive…
“Yes, go for two.”


On Trevor Wilson and his case being dismissed…
“No, not yet. It was Friday and we’ll continue to work through that. But I’ll talk with Travis and things. Obviously, timing of that versus getting ready for everything happening here wasn’t the best but I look forward to getting him back here. It’s unfortunate took that long.”

On his message to the team after an emotional loss…
“Again, I think we showed ourselves very well that we can line up and play against people. We just got to clean some things up. And if we don’t, it can be a tough second half of the season. If we clean it up and keep battling because the one thing I think was evident today is that this team will play 60 minutes and keep battling. But again, it’s my responsibility and I didn’t a good enough job that to get us in a position. We’ve got to clean up some things and make that better and give ourselves even a better chance.”

On the defensive performance…
“Yeah that’s two nice performances. Don’t get fooled by the scores. It’s more shorter fields and things like that. I think we’re doing some good things there. We got a fourth down stop early. Obviously, it was their plan to try to jump on us early. Kind of like they did last week. We hold them to a field goal and then we get a stop. So a lot of those things kind of played our way and we continue to do some good things, but I don’t know what our missed tackles were and all that. So where does this all balance out? I mean, we get another unfortunate third-down penalty on third and long to make it third short, they convert and go down. So those are small things, that when we’re doing things really well, as I told the team, our margin of error still pretty small. Okay, that’s reality. That’s okay. We can embrace that. But we’ve got to be better in certain situations. I mean, we have five penalties to their one. I mean, when you have five times more penalties than your opponent, it’s hard to win.”
On Jason Bean’s approach toward his role and his readiness to come in…
“Well, if you’ve been around Jason, he’s pretty reserved all the time. Even when things are going really well. So he’s handled it. I mean that’s today’s world of college football and especially at the quarterback position. But again, at least upon our arrival, he decided to come earlier. We’ve talked about competition and all those different things and talked about staying ready. As you can see, he’s a fine athlete. We want to find ways to get him on the field and we have. I’m sure it’s not exactly the way he envisioned it from one year ago at this time. But instead of dwelling on that, I’d like to really commend him for the fact that the way he’s handled it to be ready, and if he has to be the starter next week. I’m very confident he’ll have a great week of preparation and take advantage of his opportunity to be the starter.”
On KU’s growth and the depth of the team…
“Our depth, I think, continues to show itself at different times with guys making plays. Ky Thomas had a couple plays, Sevion Morrison had a couple of plays, you see some different receivers, making plays. Steven McBride hasn’t had a lot a lot of opportunities, he had a chance to flash his speed a little bit and got us good field position late. Defensively, we were able to rotate guys, because it’s physical. And we’re not going to be able to hold up if we’re going to just play 11 to 14 guys on each side of the ball. So it’s good for us. BUt yeah, it creates a good competition that the gap between and some of it is obviously talent, some of it is age and maturity and strength and all the things we’re talking about. That there’s not the gap there was a year ago, just based on all the youth we had on the field in the second half.”
On KU’s resiliency in the second half…
“Yeah, I think says a lot. I mean, it was a little different halftime. I’m not going to deny that. It’s a close game but Jalon’s well liked in this program. We know what he’s done all those things. So, when nobody’s really sure, there’s a little bit of concern, obviously, losing Daniel last weekend. So it’s some of those things but you’ve got to keep them focused on what’s important. We said it’s gonna be a 60 minute game. So where we’re at and getting the ball back, I thought it was really important for us. And again, I see us with a lot different resiliency than we had a year ago because of that. Some of its confidence, some of it’s maturity, some of it’s just the experiences of playing and belief. And I think some of those games we fell behind early in the season and battled back has given this group a new sense of understanding of that much like today we’re not out of it until it’s over.”

On Jason Bean and his adjustment phase to get used to game speed…
“I thought even some of the plays we sprinkle him in early, gives them a little bit of feel for that. But I’ve said it many times in here that I think our practice model and the reps that he gets and different things that we asked him to do [Jim Zebrowski] and [Andy Kotelnicki] what they asked him to do, I think helps. I think it’s a classic example, when you talk about being mentally ready, being mentally into it at practice, mental reps and watching and put yourself through it. Because you’re always one play away.”

On Jason Bean, the way he practices and how much of an impact it has on the rest of the team…
“Yeah, I think for the most part he showed some things today. We scoreboard 28 points in the second half, I mean we scored more in the second half than the first half of the game at quarterback. So I think that’s another and he made some throws now. So I mean, there are some plays there. Now does he have things he’s got to improve on? Absolutely. I think, nine games started last year, so this group knows. The ones who’ve been behind it so it’s not totally just throwing a rookie out there so speak.”

On Tabor Allen and his kickoffs…
“Those are all strategy. We were all trying to kick it away from their guy we didn’t execute them all the way we want and we asked to do a lot of different things and that’s sometimes easier said than done, trying to place the ball away from somebody. That’s something we need to reevaluate. It’s probably an area that obviously we didn’t do as well today as we wanted because even when we did kick it away there towards the end they drop it we and we’re not closing the gap in coverage and had a chance pin them down a little bit.”

On Mason Fairchild
“I thought Mason had a big time day, made some big plays. I kind of blocked out the one where I think he had a twist the other way and he is wide open and made a heck of a play again. Mason’s a guy that’s a leader in this program, very unassuming, works hard and again there’s a time where everyone, you never know in our offense who’s gonna get that opportunity to step up. And I thought he had a big day.”

On the final play and if there was a pass interference call that was missed…
“It’s something I can’t really comment on now and get a better look at it and send it in. But can’t change it, unfortunately. I can say we have five times as many penalties as your opponents, it’s tough to win. So there but yeah, we got to play the game and find a way.”
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