Midway through the first quarter, defensive lineman Daniel Wise came back to the play and reached out to grab a Rhode Island ball carrier, which gave Damani Mosby time to poke the ball out and force KU’s second takeaway of the day.
Playing two quarterbacks all season might not be the obvious recipe for success. But it certainly did not hurt the Jayhawks on Saturday night in a 55-6, season-opening victory over Rhode Island.By Matt Tait
Over the past several months of training and preparation, and the more recent weeks of preseason practices, the football players at Kansas put in enough work to convince themselves this season wouldn’t resemble the historically inept campaign that preceded it. Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, in front of an announced crowd of 26,864, the Jayhawks got their first chance to prove it. By Benton Smith
Second-year Kansas football coach David Beaty couldn’t help himself Saturday night. After losing all 12 games in his debut season a year ago, the ever-enthusiastic coach with the Texas accent had to stop himself and gain his composure while discussing his Jayhawks’ 55-6, season-opening victory over Rhode Island at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith
After a 55-6 victory over Rhode Island in the 2016 season opener, Kansas coach David Beaty discusses the win (his first as KU coach), offense and quarterback situation in his post-game press conference.
The last time the football team at the University of Kansas won, Michael Cummings played quarterback and Clint Bowen served as the Jayhawks’ interim head coach.
That was Nov. 8, 2014 — 665 days ago — against Iowa State. KU has since added a permanent head coach in David Beaty, of course, but after a winless 2015 the Jayhawks’ losing streak stands at 15 games entering tonight’s season opener against Rhode Island.
Beaty chose not to reveal who will start at quarterback for Kansas in the team’s debut, but either sophomore Ryan Willis or redshirt junior Montell Cozart (or even unproven redshirt freshman Carter Stanley), should be able to navigate the offense to more than enough points to win comfortably.
As difficult as last season proved to be for KU, the visiting Rams, who went 1-10 in 2015, can relate. Given URI’s significant struggles while playing in the NCAA’s FCS division — a rung below the FBS — the Jayhawks are favored to put an end to their winless streak, with ease.