Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS
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Last Saturday was something of a big day for the Kansas Jayhawks. Not so much for the Ohio Bobcats, who now travel to Kansas to meet a Jayhawks team that is . . .
Ohio, considered a serious contender for the Mid-American Conference East crown in 2016, fell to the Texas State Bobcats 56-54 Saturday.
It was the first triple overtime game for OU, which seemed to have secured victory in regulation when Papi White scored on a 75-yard pass play with 38 seconds remaining. Texas State, however, quickly moved down the field and tied the contest with a 27-yard field goal as time expired.
Kansas, which went winless in 2015, ended a 15-game losing streak with a victory in its opener. The Jayhawks thrashed Rhode Island, 56-6.
Here’s a look at this week’s matchup:
Kansas Jayhawks (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
● Kansas returns 16 starters (eight on each side of the ball) and 49 lettermen off a team that went 0-12 last season. The 49-point margin of victory last week was the largest since Kansas defeated Florida International, 55-3, back in 2007. The ix passing TDs were the most since six against Nebraska that same year.
● KU utilized three quarterbacks against Rhode Island. Junior Montell Kozart connected on 18 of 25 for 199 yards with three TD tosses and one interception. Ryan Willis and Carter Stanley combined to go 10 of 13 for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
● Seven Jayhawks carried the football. Ke’aun Kinner picked up 69 yards and a score on seven carries to lead the way for a ground game that produced 171 yards and two TDs.
● Kansas held the Rams to 49 yards passing (1 TD) with just six completions on 23 attempts. Rhode island did manage 170 yards rushing on 40 carries (4.3 ypc).
● DT Daniel Wise recorded five tackles. Bazie Bates had four stops and an interception.
Ohio Bobcats (0-1, 0-0 MAC)
● This is the second meeting between the schools, with Ohio winning the first encounter.
● Ohio scored just six points before intermission last week, but erupted for 32 points in the remaining two periods of regulation. It added 16 more in overtime play.
● Senior QB Greg Windham completed 28 of 46 tosses for 393 yards and four touchdowns.
● Nine Ohio players caught passes. Papi White (6 catche) and Jordan Reid (5 catches) led the way with 128 yards and 93 yards, respectively. Reid owned two of four OU receiving touchdowns.
● Ohio racked up 630 yards of total offense. Of that total, 237 were rushing yards. Dorian Brown (18 carries) and Malek Irons (14 carries) combined for 126 yards to lead the way. Brown also returned four kickoffs with a long of 54 yards.
● Sophomore Kylan Nelson recorded two interceptions.
● Freshman Louie Zervos made 4 of 5 field goal attempts with a long of 45 yards.
● Safety Toran Davis collected 17 tackles, while DL Tony Porter owned seven stops and two tfl.