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.
LaQuovionte Gonzalez’s touchdown grab midway through the second quarter showed that the KU junior is much more than just a burner as he leapt and reached back over the defender to snag an under-thrown ball from Ryan Willis.
Tyrone Miller’s pass interference penalty early in the second quarter not only negated a Tevin Shaw interception, but also kept alive Rhode Island’s first scoring drive. Later in the quarter, Miller was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following a Bazie Bates interception.
Montell Cozart spoiled a great night with one bad decision late in the third quarter. With the Jayhawks knocking on the door for more points, Cozart tried to force a throw to an open receiver in the back of the end zone by rifling it between two Rhode Island defenders. It didn’t even get by the first and was easily intercepted.
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