Kansas Jayhawks Vs West Virgina Mountaineers: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims (29) . Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports



The Kansas Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6) finally ended their cursed 27-game Big 12 losing streak Saturday with a 31-19 victory over the West Virgina Mountaineers (4-7, 2-6). The streak covered more than three calendar years, and parts of four football seasons.

Long suffering Jayhawk fans celebrated at mid field after the game with players and coaches alike, not because beating West Virginia was such an upset, but because of the joyousness of the the occasion.

As fans think fondly back to yesterday, they can relive the…


JAMES SIMS: The Jayhawks offense has struggled this season in an unexpected way. After last season, few expected Kansas to become a team that just airs it out all over the field, but most thought the Jayhawks running game would at least as good as last season’s. That hasn’t been the case. The loss of three experienced, talented offensive linemen, and the ineffectiveness of Tony Pierson carrying the ball caused a step back for the running game.

Through it all, James Sims has been the rock of this offense. For whatever reasons, he hasn’t been quite as impressive as last year, though still good. That changed Saturday. Sims was a beast, cranking out 211 yards on 22 carries, including a pair of second quarter 68-yard scampers. The second came with a half minute to go in the first half when it looked like Kansas was just trying to run out the clock. Sims broke through the line and outran the defense for one of his three touchdowns of the day.

BEN GOODMAN: Sophomore Ben Goodman barely made a blip in the box score a week ago against Oklahoma State. No tackles, nothing but one pass defensed. That was not the case yesterday. Goodman recorded 6 tackles, blocked a field goal attempt in the final minute of the first half, which set up Sims’ big touchdown run, and snatched a pass out of the air, which he promptly returned for 54 yards, and set up another Sims score.

THE RUNNING GAME: Kansas accumulated 315 yards on the ground against the Mountaineers. Freshman quarterback Montell Cozart ground out 60 yards, and Brandon Bourbon added 48 on the day.

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