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'Unreal': Freshman RB Pooka Williams ignites rare KU football road win

One man and one result might not prove capable of changing a program’s fortunes. But for one sunny Saturday afternoon at Kelly/Shorts Stadium the Kansas football team, losers of a major college football record 46 consecutive road losses, finally left an opponent’s stadium victorious. And it seemed one new Jayhawk in particular deserved as much credit as any. By Benton Smith

Kansas ends road losing streak with win over Central Michigan

The streak is over. After an overtime loss in the season opener, the University of Kansas football team ended its infamous losing skid on the road with 31-7 victory at Central Michigan Saturday. The Jayhawks (1-1) had dropped the previous 46 straight road games, which was the longest such streak in college football.

Gameday Breakdown: KU football at Central Michigan

In the Jayhawks’ season-opening loss, running backs Khalil Herbert and Dom Williams actually finished with solid numbers in terms of average yards per carry. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: RB Pooka Williams cleared for debut ‘late, late’ Friday night

Exactly what kept Pooka Williams out of the Kansas football lineup a week earlier remained unclear following the freshman running back’s debut Saturday, which sparked a 31-7 road win at Central Michigan. Following KU’s victory at Kelly/Shorts Stadium seven days later, head coach David Beaty did not offer many specifics when asked how it was determined Williams could suit up and participate in the game at CMU.

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Tom Keegan: KU football's nightmarish road losing streak ends at 46

In sports, long streaks of futility tend to end on a fluke play. Many a hitter has broken his batting slump with a swinging bunt single. A tipped ball that leads to an interception returned for a touchdown or a blocked punt is how football teams are supposed to score their first wins in a long time. That’s not how it went down for the University of Kansas football team Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on the campus of Central Michigan University. By Tom Keegan

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'Unreal': Freshman RB Pooka Williams ignites rare KU football road win

One man and one result might not prove capable of changing a program’s fortunes. But for one sunny Saturday afternoon at Kelly/Shorts Stadium the Kansas football team, losers of a major college football record 46 consecutive road losses, finally left an opponent’s stadium victorious. And it seemed one new Jayhawk in particular deserved as much credit as any. By Benton Smith

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Kansas ends road losing streak with win over Central Michigan

The streak is over. After an overtime loss in the season opener, the University of Kansas football team ended its infamous losing skid on the road with 31-7 victory at Central Michigan Saturday. The Jayhawks (1-1) had dropped the previous 46 straight road games, which was the longest such streak in college football.

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Notebook: KU wideout Steven Sims Jr. 'tough' on himself after TD drop

The play happened early in the second quarter of his team’s season opener, with more than 43 minutes left in regulation. All the same, Kansas senior receiver Steven Sims Jr. had a hard time forgiving himself for dropping what looked like a sure touchdown in the end zone. By Benton Smith