Quarterback Montell Cozart. His voice was so gravelly, his nose so plugged from the flu after the game that he had trouble making himself heard. He didn’t start the game, but when Deondre Ford went down with a thumb injury, Cozart entered and completed 13 of 18 passes for 193 yards and did not throw an interception.
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KU football coach David Beaty breaks down Kansas' 27-14 loss at Rutgers, Saturday, Sept. 26 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
The Kansas football team trailed throughout a 27-14 loss at Rutgers Saturday, a defeat that marked the program’s 34th setback in a row away from Memorial Stadium.
The Scarlet Knights (2-2) utilized the running back tandem of Josh Hicks (21 carries, 113 yards, two touchdowns) and Robert Martin (17 carries, 102 yards) to control the game, while quarterback Chris Laviano (18-for-25 passing, 201 yards, two touchdowns) kept the offense moving.
RU finished with 513 yards of offense to KU’s 342, as the Jayhawks (0-3) couldn’t match the kind of ground success their competitors enjoyed.
Junior Kansas running back Ke’aun Kinner, who had rushed for 100-plus yards in each of his first two games, was limited to 23 yards on 15 runs at High Point Solutions Stadium. Kinner, however, did come up with both of KU’s touchdowns in goal-line situations.
Though No. 1 Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart didn’t start the game due to an illness, he came in for Deondre Ford in the first half after the temporary starter sprained his thumb.
Cozart looked better than one would expect out of a QB recovering from the flu and completed 13 of his 18 throws for 193 yards in the loss.
Tre’ Parmalee finished with 64 yards on five catches, while Tyler Patrick had a team-best 70 receiving yards on three receptions.
The Jayhawks open Big 12 play next Saturday at Iowa State.