Someone posted on Facebook right after the game that it had been a while since the famous Rock Chalk chant had been heard at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. But it sure was on Saturday as Kansas knocked off West Virginia 31-19 for their first Big 12 win since beating Colorado in 2010, breaking a 27 game conference losing streak.
James Sims was the leader offensively for KU, rushing for 149 yards and three touchdowns as the Jayhawks scored 31 straight points after West Virginia’s opening touchdown on a short pass reception by Charles Sims in the first quarter. James Sims had scoring runs of three and 68 yards in the second period as KU took a 17-7 lead at halftime, then he added a two yard run in the third quarter. Brandon Bourbon scored on a one yard run with just under seven minutes remaining to put the dagger into the Mountaineer defense. The Jayhawks kept it on the ground, putting up over 300 rushing yards behind freshman quarterback Montell Cozart, who got his first start and played the entire game. Cozart was 5-11 passing for 61 yards but he ran for 60 himself, keeping drives alive with his footwork. The KU defense stiffened after the opening WVU score, only allowing two late worthless touchdowns to make the score seem closer than the game really was.
The Jayhawks are now 1-6 in Big 12 play, the same as West Virginia. KU heads for Iowa State to meet the Cyclones next Saturday night. Iowa State is still winless in the league. Their final home game comes in two weeks against now hot Kansas State.