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Jayhawks' squandered opportunities are costly

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.

Missouri's going to keep scoring, and running back Kendial Lawrence answered with a 31-yard touchdown run that has Missouri up 21-0 in the second quarter.

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.