LAWRENCE, Kan. - The loss West Virginia's football team suffered here Saturday afternoon set none of the type of records that so many other Mountaineer losses have over the past two seasons.
The opponent didn't approach 1,000 yards of offense or seem as if it might eclipse 100 points. There was no second-half collapse of the type that led to so much frustration the past month.
Yet this one just might be worse than any of the others, if for no other reason than who it was and what it means.
West Virginia became Kansas' first Big 12 victim in more than three years Saturday. The Mountaineers scored first and then were simply dominated by what has consistently been the worst team in the Big 12 the last five years, losing 31-19 at Kansas Memorial Stadium.
Just as significantly, the loss ends two long West Virginia success streaks. The Mountaineers (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) will not have a winning or break-even record and they will not go to a bowl game. In each of the last 11 years WVU has done both.
"I guess,'' coach Dana Holgorsen surmised when asked about the depths of the loss, "this would be an all-time low.''
Almost no one argued with him.
Holgorsen was referring to a personal low. It is the first time in his 14 seasons as a Division I coach that he won't be going to a bowl game. But the loss was also a West Virginia low on so many levels. Perhaps not since losing to Temple a dozen years ago has such an unaccomplished team beaten the Mountaineers.
This is, after all, a Kansas team that had lost 27 straight Big 12 games dating to the 2010 season. The Jayhawks had also lost 37 of their previous 38 league games. They were 2-40 in their last 42 games against schools from automatic-qualifier BCS conferences.
Now they are 3-40.
"They outplayed us. It's that simple,'' center Pat Eger said. "It's the Big 12. It's not the Big East anymore. Hats off to them. But this just sucks.''
West Virginia, which plays Iowa State in two weeks at home to conclude the season, is now assured its first losing season since Rich Rodriguez's first team went 3-8 in 2001. That was also the year the Mountaineers lost a home game to Temple, which seemed to be a low-water mark that might stand forever.