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Jayhawk report (Sept. 23)

  • Published Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012, at 12:16 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012, at 12:31 a.m.

First quarter

Key play: Jordan Lynch’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Tommylee Lewis gave the Huskies their first lead of the game at 6-3.

Key stat: KU’s Dayne Crist completed three of his first five passes.

Second quarter

Key play: Is James Sims faster? He showed it early in the second quarter on a 26-yard touchdown run that gave Kansas a 10-6 lead.

Key stat: Lynch gashed the KU defense for 12 rushes and 80 yards in the first two quarters.

Third quarter

Key play: Crist hit receiver Andrew Turzilli on a key third-down play, keeping alive a drive that would end with KU taking a 17-13 lead.

Key stat: Christian Matthews did most of the heavy lifting on that TD drive, rushing three times for 26 yards.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Lynch executed a designed jump-pass to Martel Moore that resulted in a 65-yard TD.

Key stat: The pass-protection broke down late, and Crist ended up getting sacked four times on the day.

Report card

Offense: D+. It wasn’t a total disaster — the “Wildcat” formation was a nice addition — but KU’s offense continues to shrink in the fourth quarter. Also, Crist’s inefficiency is a major problem.

Defense: C. The defense made another big play, thanks to Tyler Patmon’s interception return. But it was also gashed for 220 yards on the ground.

Special teams: C. Tre’ Parmalee added a spark in the return game, but the penalty that resulted in a missed extra point was a cringe-worthy moment.

Coaching: D+. Charlie Weis gets credit for going to the wildcat early, and defensive coordinator Dave Campo continues to make lemonade on defense. But this team is 1-3 with two losses against teams from non-BCS leagues. That’s all you need to say.

Player of the game

Lynch was as dangerous and tough as advertised. He finished with 137 yards rushing in 22 carries and threw for 235 yards. That’s a full day.

Reason to hope

Well, it’s an off week. Seriously, the Jayhawks are still probably better than they were in 2011 — even if the record doesn’t reflect that.

Reason to mope

A 1-7 start is nearly guaranteed. KU continues the Big 12 slate with K-State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas. When does this team win again?

Looking ahead

The Jayhawks get a week off before heading to Manhattan to play K-State on Oct. 6.

— Rustin Dodd

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