The Kansas football team had two potential touchdowns taken away by questionable officiating calls during Saturday’s 24-23 home loss to TCU.
KU coach David Beaty, when asked about those specific plays Monday, said they weren’t the reason for the loss.
“We’re not going to sit here and harp on ‘Woe is me’ when it comes to things that don’t go our way,” Beaty said. “I think that’s the great thing about our guys, is they try to stay focused moving forward. We’ve got to finish with touchdowns when we get in the red zone, and we didn’t do that.”
The first controversial call came early in the third quarter. Ryan Willis rolled right and found Taylor Martin, who sprinted down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown.
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The play was called back because of a holding call on right tackle D’Andre Banks, who executed a cut block on the player in front of him. Banks said the official told him that he’d wrapped his arms around the defender’s legs and tackled him.
“I was shocked. I thought it was a clean cut,” Banks said after the game. “Obviously, once he throws that flag out, there’s not much arguing you can do with him. You’ve just got to take it on the chin and go to the next play.”
After watching film, Beaty labeled Banks’ play as “a really nice block.”
“He really did a good job. The kid didn’t deserve to have a penalty thrown to him,” Beaty said. “But, you know what? It happens. It’s part of the game.”
Willis completed a 32-yard pass to Shakiem Barbel on the next play, but KU later had to settle for a field goal.
On KU’s next possession, Ke’aun Kinner appeared to come close to falling into the end zone during a second-down run. Officials ruled him short of the goal line, and the play stood as called after an official review.
On the ESPNU broadcast, announcers Eamon McAnaney and John Congemi both spoke about how they believed Kinner had broken the plane of the goal line for a touchdown.
The next play, KU’s Taylor Martin was tackled for a 2-yard loss, and the Jayhawks had to settle for another field goal.
“We had several opportunities to win the game, and we didn’t convert on any of those opportunities,” Beaty said. “We don’t get to whine, moan and complain about it. We have to go to school on what happened.”
Beaty had a few people call and text him after the game to say that his team deserved to win. He disagreed with those friends.
“They made enough plays to win the game, and we didn’t,” Beaty said. “The thing is, that scoreboard at the end of the day is the only thing that matters, and we weren’t able to get that done.”