KU football’s season ends with cancellation of Texas tilt

Matt Galloway
Les Miles and Kansas football finished the 2020 campaign with an 0-9 record, just the third winless season in program history.

LAWRENCE — Kansas football’s season is over.

The Big 12 conference on Thursday announced that the Jayhawks’ season finale against Texas, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, has been canceled due to the Longhorns’ inability to meet minimum player thresholds established by the conference before the season. Texas has paused its football operations due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The decision means the Jayhawks will finish head coach Les Miles’ second season with an 0-9 record, losing all eight of their conference matchups.

“I am very disappointed our team won’t get another chance to compete this season, but unfortunately that is out of our control,” Miles said in a news release. “Our team played very hard last week on the road (at Texas Tech), and I know they were eager to get back on the field and face a very good Texas team this week.”

KU’s campaign was a forgettable one, just the third without a victory in program history (1954, 2015).

The Jayhawks fell into a four-touchdown hole in the first half of their opener, an eventual 38-23 home defeat to Coastal Carolina on Sept. 12, and were unable to build positive momentum for the vast majority of the remainder of their schedule. Miles’ squad lost its nine games by an average margin of 30.2 points, with last Saturday's 16-13 defeat to the Red Raiders the team’s lone competitive contest.

To make matters worse, KU lost arguably both its best offensive and defensive players early in the season to opt outs, as running back Pooka Williams and linebacker Dru Prox both left the program to tend to personal matters. Williams announced last Sunday that he will enter next spring’s NFL Draft, while Prox’s future with the team hasn’t been publicly revealed.

The Jayhawks, who have now dropped 17 of their last 18 contests, will enter the 2021 season on a 13-game losing skid.

“With our season complete, I would be remiss not to recognize our student-athletes and staff for diligently following the medical guidelines set for them this year,” Miles said. “I am very proud of their efforts and proud to be the head coach of this football team.”