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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Jayhawks crush Rhode Island for first win since 2014

Kansas wide receiver Bobby Hartzog Jr. (5) avoids a tackle from Rhode Island safety Nas Jones (27) after a catch during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver Bobby Hartzog Jr. (5) avoids a tackle from Rhode Island safety Nas Jones (27) after a catch during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

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In dominant fashion, the Kansas football team earned its first win since 2014 with a 55-6 victory over Rhode Island in its season-opener Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

It was the first career victory for KU coach David Beaty and the first time the Jayhawks scored more than 50 points in a game since 2010.

Kansas led 13-0 in the first quarter with touchdown passes from Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis, who alternated every two possessions in the first half with Cozart earning the starting nod for the third straight season.

Cozart opened the scoring with a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Johnson, following a Rhode Island fumble on a punt return.

A little more than three minutes later, Willis found junior receiver LaQuivionte Gonzalez with a 18-yard touchdown pass.

From there, the Jayhawks rolled on offense, accumulating 570 yards — 399 in the air. Gonzalez had a game-high seven receptions for 78 yards, while Steven Sims Jr. had five catches for 124 yards and two scores, including a 71-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

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David Beaty talks about KU's 55-6 win over Rhode Island

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.

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Cozart went 18-for-25 for 199 yards, three touchdown and one interception in the end zone. Willis was 7-for-9 for 144 yards and two scores.

On the ground, Ke’aun Kinner had seven carries for 69 yards and touchdown, while Taylor Martin had six rushes for 33 yards and a score.

—Check back to KUsports.com for more coverage on KU’s victory.

SCORING

FIRST QUARTER

9:51 — Montell Cozart 4-yard pass to Ben Johnson. Matt Wyaman kick. Five-play drive for 13 yards, in 2:02. (Kansas 7, URI 0.)

6:21 — Ryan Willis 18-yard pass to LaQuvionte Gonzalez. Mishandled snap led to no extra point. Three-play drive for 46 yards, in 0:24. (Kansas 13, URI 0.)

SECOND QUARTER

14:45 — Cozart 35-yard pass to Steven Sims Jr. Matt Wyman kick. Six-play drive for 62 yards, in 1:31. (Kansas 20, URI 0.)

10:36 — Wesley McKoy 23-yard pass to Aaron Parker. Justin Rohrwasser kick blocked by Daniel Wise. Eight-play drive for 75 yards, in 4:09. (Kansas 20, URI 6.)

8:08 — Taylor Martin 1 run. Wyman kick. Eight-play drive for 77 yards, in 2:21. (Kansas 27, URI 6.)

THIRD QUARTER

9:18 — Cozart 20-yard pass to Tyler Patrick. Wyman kick. Ten-play drive for 67 yards, in 2:51. (Kansas 34, URI 6.)

2:47 — Willis 71-yard pass to Sims. Wyman kick. Two-play drive for 77 yards, in 0:25. (Kansas 41, URI 6.)

FOURTH QUARTER

14:07 — Ke’aun Kinner 11-yard run. Wyman kick. Four-play drive for 38 yards, in 0:54. (Kansas 48, URI 6.)

5:57 — Carter Stanley 13-yard pass to Chase Harrell. Wyman kick. Four-play drive for 57 yards, in 1:53. (Kansas 55, URI 6.)

— See what people were saying about KU's first win of the season during KUsports.com’s live coverage


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Comments

Brian Wilson 5 years, 4 months ago

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK KU! Enjoy the win guys! Soak it up and then dig in and focus. There's a lot to learn from the game. We had turnovers, busted plays, dropped balls and still we dominated. Clean things up, play smart and hard and just maybe you can win one or two more. But let's take it one game at a time and Congratulations to the whole team!

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 4 months ago

It's a start. Something to build on. Let's find win #2 out there somewhere.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 4 months ago

Meanwhile, Iowa State lost to Northern Iowa. The Cry-Clowns look like a team we can beat!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 4 months ago

Nice scrimmage. Now.....when do you play a real football game with a real team??

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 4 months ago

That’s funny, the same question was asked to Houston fans yesterday after their game.

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 4 months ago

Great start to season. Looks like we've got some receivers. We needed the confidence builder badly. Wish we could go.back to having one more non conference game and could intersperse those with conference play.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 4 months ago

Ohio, who was favored to win the MAC East this year, lost to Texas State, who is predicted to finish near tye bottom of the Sun Belt this year, in triple OT. That suddenly looks like a winnable game for KU now. Throw in ISU still being terrible and with the offense looking like they may be capable have a couple of big games this year and 3-4 wins now looks like a possibility for KU this year.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 4 months ago

I agree. 3-9 is a perfectly reasonable expectation for this year's Kansas team. Anything less is unacceptable.

Jonathan Allison 5 years, 4 months ago

Way to go KU! Let's get some momentum now. This could be the start of a new era.

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