Jayhawk report: Baylor 41, Kansas 14

11/04/2012 12:10 AM

11/04/2012 12:11 AM

First quarter

Key play: KU’s James Sims broke free for a 58-yard touchdown run with 7 minutes, 44 seconds left in the quarter, cutting Baylor’s lead to 14-7.

Key stat: Baylor’s offense racked up 217 yards, building a 17-7 lead.

Second quarter

Key play: KU quarterback Michael Cummings scooted into the end zone from 22 yards out, trimming Baylor’s lead to 17-14 with 5:46 left in the half.

Key stat: Sims finished the half with 116 yards rushing, the fifth straight week he has hit 100 yards.

Third quarter

Key play: With KU trailing 27-14, Cummings lofted a beautiful deep ball down the seam to Chris Omigie, who bobbled the ball into the air, allowing Baylor’s Joe Williams to make an athletic interception.

Key stat: Zero. Through 35 quarters — and beyond — Kansas’ wide receivers have yet to score a touchdown.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Baylor quarterback Nick Florence piled on with a 40-yard touchdown pass to receiver Tevin Reese that made the score 41-14.

Key stat: 91. The fast-break Baylor offense managed to run 91 plays against KU’s defense.

Report card

Offense: D. It’s been a season-long trend: The KU running game — junior James Sims, in particular — had its moments while the Jayhawks still struggled to score against one of the worst defenses in the Big 12.

Defense: C-. The Jayhawks were playing a freewheeling, athletic team. And the KU defense didn’t get much support from their teammates on offense. Still, the Jayhawks gave up yards in chunks — 666 of them.

Special teams: C-. Punter Ron Doherty had a solid day, averaging 44.3 yards per punt. But the fake field goal on fourth-and-long in the first half was baffling.

Coaching: D+. The Jayhawks stayed with Baylor for a half. But the offense was moribund in the second half, and KU couldn’t find a way to score.

Player of the game

Baylor receiver Terrance Williams is a future pro. He showed it Saturday, hauling in 11 passes for 137 yards.

Reason to hope

Junior James Sims, who finished with 126 yards rushing, might be the most underrated running back in the Big 12. He’ll be back next year.

Reason to mope

Kansas is still spiraling toward a 1-11 finish, with a home game against Iowa State the best remaining chance for a victory.

Looking ahead

Kansas is back on the road next Saturday at 11 a.m. to face Texas Tech in Lubbock.

No change at QB

Even after benching quarterback Michael Cummings in the second half of a 41-14 loss to Baylor, KU coach Charlie Weis said Cummings would continue to be the starter.

“I’m not looking to have rambling quarterbacks…,” Weis said. “When I went to Mike, it was to go to Mike. I didn’t go to Mike to play musical quarterbacks.”

•  Junior running back James Sims, who finished with 126 yards rushing, became the first KU player to rush for at least 100 yards in five straight games since Laverne Smith in 1974.

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