Kansas struggled on its opening drive, giving up a pair of sacks and punting on a three-and-out.
But down 14 early in the second quarter, Kansas has reached Missouri territory twice. Both times it has left with no points. Kicker Jacob Branstetter pulled a 42-yard kick wide left, and quarterback Jordan Webb's pass for quarterback-turned-receiver Kale Pick fell incomplete on 4th-and-3 at Missouri's 41-yard line.
Kansas' offense has struggled for most of the year, and it has to take advantage when it gets opportunities against an offense like Missouri's. It could be 14-6 or even 14-10. The Jayhawks' failed execution instead has Kansas looking like it's on its way to a season-ending blowout loss to the rival Tigers.
That's exactly what coach Turner Gill didn't need heading into the offseason after a disappointing debut season.