Kansas Falls in Season Finale at West Virginia, 59-10
Dec. 1, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith completed 23-of-24 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns as the Mountaineers downed Kansas, 59-10, at Milan Puskar Stadium Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Jayhawks were limited to just 274 yards of total offense and closed the season at 1-11. WVU completed its first year in the Big 12 with a 7-5 mark and a 4-5 conference record.
Junior halfback James Sims gained 57 yards on 18 carries in the game to finish the year with 1,013 yards. Sims became the 11th Jayhawk player to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season and first since Brandon McAnderson in 2007.
Sims scored KU’s first touchdown of the afternoon, a one-yard run in the second quarter, which cut the Jayhawk deficit to 21-7 but the Mountaineers were rolling on Senior Day. Behind Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, West Virginia scored touchdowns on five of their six first-half possessions, including each of their last four to open a 35-7 lead at the intermission. Smith completed 14 of his first 15 pass attempts of the game and completed a school-record 21 passes in a row at one point.
Smith’s only incompletion was a Tyler Patmon interception in the first quarter, which set the Jayhawks up at midfield trailing 7-0. Senior quarterback Dayne Crist made his first start since the Oklahoma State game on Oct. 13 and put KU in position for the equalizing touchdown when he hit Andrew Turzilli on a 41-yard bomb to the West Virginia 16 yard line. However, two penalties and a Karl Joseph interception on a tipped pass at the one ended the threat.
Michael Cummings played the majority of the game for Kansas, logging 42 yards on 11 carries and he threw for 76 more. Defensively, the Jayhawks were led by senior safety Bradley McDougald, who tallied 12 tackles including 1.0 tackles for loss in his final game as a Jayhawk. Ben Heeney tied Tyler Patmon for second among Jayhawks with eight total tackles and each recorded a sack. Heeney finished the season with a team-best 112 tackles.
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