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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Still Unbeaten: Kansas football tops Duke 35-27 to move to 4-0 on the season

Kansas running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. (20) scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Duke Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. (20) scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Duke Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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In front of its first sellout crowd in three years, the Kansas football team improved to 4-0 with a 35-27 win over previously unbeaten Duke on Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The win moved Kansas to 4-0 for the first time since 2009 and featured the Kansas offense racking up another massive day on the stat sheet.

KU quarterback Jalon Daniels was particularly impressive — once again, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for another in the win over the ACC foe.

Daniels completed 11 of his first 12 passes and finished the day 19-of-23 passing for 324 yards, with 83 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Luke Grimm, LJ Arnold, Quentin Skinner and Daniel Hishaw all caught touchdown passes for the Jayhawks, who continued to show off their depth of weapons and seemingly got anything they wanted on most drives.

The Kansas defense also delivered a couple of huge stops during the game, none bigger than Eddie Wilson blowing up a Duke rushing play on fourth-and-short on the first drive of the second half.

Kansas led 21-13 at halftime and Duke started the third quarter with possession. Wilson’s stop allowed the Jayhawks to regain possession and extend their lead back to two scores.

Duke (3-1) closed the gap to 28-20 with a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, but the Jayhawks immediately responded with a long drive that Daniels capped off with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Duke cut the KU lead to eight again later in the fourth and actually got the ball back with 2:16 to play. That drive started at the Blue Devils’ 5-yard line, 95 yards away from a touchdown that would set up a potential game-tying 2-point conversion try.

Duke reached the KU 31-yard line but the Kansas defense held up on a fourth-and-seven play with 1:19 remaining to seal the victory.

KU is now 2-0 at home and 2-0 on the road this season.

Check back with KUsports.com for more on Saturday’s win.

Next up, the Jayhawks will play host to Big 12 foe Iowa State at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday at what figures to be another loud-and-proud crowd at Memorial Stadium.

How They Scored:

1st Quarter

5:25 – Trevor Kardell 6-yard pass from Jalon Daniels. Jacob Borcila kick. The Jayhawks’ first scoring drive of the day covered 57 yards in seven plays and took 3:16 off the clock. It featured a 30-yard run by Daniels and a fourth-down conversion pass from Daniels to Devin Neal, who dragged a tackler past the sticks to keep the drive alive. (KU 7, Duke 0)

3:40 – Jaylen Coleman 5 run. Charlie Ham kick. Duke quickly answered KU’s first touchdown with a four-play, 66-yard drive that took 1:39 and featured a 49-yard pass from Riley Leonard to Eli Pancol that set up the TD run on the next play. (KU 7, Duke 7).

2nd Quarter

12:35 – Daniel Hishaw 73 pass from Daniels. Borcila kick. Hishaw did all the damage on this drive, carrying for three yards on first down and then catching a short swing pass and taking it the distance on second down. Hishaw made four Duke defenders miss and ran through another tackle on his way to the end zone. (KU 14, Duke 7).

6:17 – Charlie Ham 22 field goal. Duke’s longest drive of the day at the time covered 12 plays, 70 yards and took 6:18 off the clock. (KU 14, Duke 10).

1:04 – Luke Grimm 19 pass from Daniels. Borcila kick. After holding the Blue Devils to a field goal on defense, Kansas responded with an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive that took 5:13 and gave KU its first two-score lead of the day. Grimm caught three balls for 46 yards on the drive, including the touchdown in traffic in the back corner of the end zone. (KU 21, Duke 10).

:03 – Ham 37 field goal. After giving up the touchdown late in the quarter, Duke drove 55 yards in nine plays and 1:01 to cut the deficit to eight points at the half. (KU 21, Duke 13).

3rd Quarter

8:25 – LJ Arnold 36 pass from Daniels. Borcila kick. After a huge stop on fourth and short by the KU defense to open the second half, Daniels and company marched 62 yards in four plays to add another touchdown to the KU score. The drive featured two powerful runs by Hishaw. (KU 28, Duke 13).

4th Quarter

8:54 – Jordan Waters 3 run. Ham kick. Duke pulled to within one score with a 92-yard drive that took 10 plays and 4:44. (KU 28, Duke 20).

4:42 – Daniels 3 run. Borcila kick. Kansas responded to Duke putting a little game pressure on with an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that featured Daniels doing more damage with his legs and accounting for his fifth TD of the day. (KU 35, Duke 20).

2:40 – Jalon Calhoun 27 yard pass from Riley Leonard. Ham kick. With its hopes dwindling, Duke drove down the field 70 yards in seven plays and 1:57 to pull within a single score late. (KU 35, Duke 27).

Comments

Al Martin 2 months, 1 week ago

Before we get the whining portion of our comments, this was a highly entertaining game, and we won it. The O line still looks great, and I'm still a happy guy. Enjoy the moment.

Dale Kroening 2 months, 1 week ago

Great game and now 4-0 ! Defense and penalties need to improve , but that was a good offensive team and a solid win . Jalon was GREAT !

Brett McCabe 2 months, 1 week ago

Beat the spread, showed enough toughness to keep 'em out on the last drive. Great home win. Homecoming is up next!

Brad Watson 2 months, 1 week ago

Congrats on the win...winning is very hard....so Great Job!....that said....there were some head scratching decisions made by the coaches during the game that have left me feeling a little uncomfortable...the team played with great effort...as the team gets better...my critiques of them will get be more critical ..when I see things that just don't make sense...I will expand on those in future posts....again Great job...ENJOY THE WIN!

Rodney Crain 2 months, 1 week ago

Hope we can keep the offense rolling, our defense has some holes.

Good win, important in front of a mostly full stadium.

Time out at the end of the 2nd half was weird. I get icing the kicker, but the time out saved them from a penalty. Did not cost us the win, still shaky.

ISU at home should be good test.

Lonnie Ross Dillon 2 months, 1 week ago

I would add that taking the holding penalty when they would have been 4th and short in their own territory was also odd. It would have paid off if not for a S-T-U-P-I-D late hit on the QB who gave himself up way short of the one to go. Like you said, not costly but confusing.

Rodney Crain 2 months, 1 week ago

Yeah Lonnie a few cracks, nothing that can't be fixed.

Michael Maris 2 months, 1 week ago

What a MAJOR difference in just 15 months......

Hired late April/early May of 2021.

Still a ways to go.........

But MAN, what a difference Coach Leipold and staff have done with this football team.....

In JUST 15 Months of time.......

Bryce Landon 2 months, 1 week ago

'Tis true that KU has much room for improvement, especially on defense, which is wildly inconsistent. But they did come up with timely stops when it mattered, so they get a pass for today.

But yes, Lance Leipold has worked wonders with the offense for sure! Under previous coaches, the KU offense was as uninspiring as the corpse who currently occupies the White House. But now look at them; they play football with pizazz not seen since Todd Reesing was under center. They sound like they're having fun playing football and are a joy to listen to!

Bill French 2 months, 1 week ago

Pay the Coach. Keep him at KU. Be very proactive. Great WIN

Bryce Landon 2 months, 1 week ago

What an absolutely entertaining game of college football! The Jayhawk offense is an absolute juggernaut that abounds in athleticism and has mastered the art of what George W. Bush would call "shock and awe". It was an absolute pleasure to listen to, and had some tense moments down the stretch when it looked like Duke was going to come back, but thank goodness that the defense did just enough to preserve the win!

John Smith 2 months, 1 week ago

Just throwing this question out there for the forum. Does Les Miles deserve any credit for what we are seeing now? How many players out there were recruited by him?

Rodney Crain 2 months, 1 week ago

Credit, no not really, but a thank you is free.

Brad Watson 2 months, 1 week ago

Lets not talk about Les ever again. Les is history.

Brad Watson 2 months, 1 week ago

After seeing Coach's post game...a lot of my questions were answered...winning any game is difficult...so many variables ...injuries play a huge part...we have some depth...but there is never enough depth...it is a long season...every game from here on out is a mountain...none will be easy climbs....it will take complete and focus and buy in...now we will see what this years team is made of.. GREAT JOB GUYS and ENJOY THIS ONE!!!!

Scott Lippoldt 2 months, 1 week ago

Hey,Bryce, have you noticed the amazing accomplishments that have occurred in just two years of the current administration? Pretty amazing stuff for the corpse who currently occupies the White House, huh?! I wish you would post your unwanted political comments on a political board and keep this board about tge Jayhawks.

Awesome job, Hawks—so incredibly proud of this team!!!

Rodney Crain 2 months, 1 week ago

So, you point out politics as not necessary on here, but feel the need to point out your politics to prove your point?

I feel compelled to well repeat this - "I wish you would post your unwanted political comments on a political board and keep this board about "the" (sic) Jayhawks. - Scott Lippoldt

Sometimes you all make it too easy...

Ryan Mullen 2 months, 1 week ago

Lance is a great coach. Unfortunately we don't know how good. Jalon Daniels is playing the best in the country at the most important position. It's the Tom Brady and Bill Belichek debate. I think Jalon is a first round talent.

Ryan Mullen 2 months, 1 week ago

KU looked really bad when Bean was playing last year. Suddenly Lance looks like a genius when Jalon becomes the starter. Regardless we have to give Lance whatever he wants to keep the momentum going. If he is here next year we will have a top 20 recruiting class.

Dirk Medema 2 months, 1 week ago

Ryan - Everyone looked bad at the beginning of last year when no one had figured out what Lance wanted. Bean was also the starter when the turnaround began against OU.

Everyone is also responsible for the turnaround from Lance’s leadership through the entire staff and the players following the leadership. Everyone has a part.

Dirk Medema 2 months, 1 week ago

Loved the downfield blocking by Locklin and McBride on Hishaw’s long TD. So many people contributing even if it’s not a stat they get credit for. Coach K made a point of emphasizing that, and related to making it as a pro right around the time the season was starting. All the little details are important.

Rodney Crain 2 months, 1 week ago

That was 99% want to on Hishaw's part. You forgot to give credit to Duke's poor tackling.

Dirk Medema 2 months, 1 week ago

Addition correction - Morrison and Skinner were also downfield blocking on Hishaw’s long TD. The little things make a difference. The BB team would say they make a national championship difference.

Rodney Crain 2 months, 1 week ago

Wow. That last sentence is a reach even for you.

So we are not going to do the poem thing? Your Grammar and stuff? :)

Bville Hawk 2 months, 1 week ago

I hope we didn't tear down the goal posts yesterday, did we?

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