Postgame Notes

Dec. 1, 2012

Recap | Final Stats |


  • Kansas is now 0-2 against West Virginia all-time

CAPTAINS: Dayne Crist (QB), Tanner Hawkinson (OT), Toben Opurum (DE/LB)


  • Kansas won the toss and deferred to the second half. It marked the third-straight week that KU has won the toss and deferred.
  • Senior OL Tanner Hawkinson made his 48th consecutive start. His 48 starts are the most ever by a Jayhawk.
  • Senior QB Dayne Crist started at quarterback for the first time since the Oklahoma State game on Oct. 13.


  • Junior HB James Sims gained 57 yards on 18 carries in the game to finish the season with 1,013 yards rushing.
  • Sims became the 11th Jayhawk to rush for 1,000 yards (Tony Sands and June Henley both had two 1,000-yard seasons), and the first since 2007.
  • Sims scored KU’s first touchdown on a one-yard run, his 27th career rushing touchdown and ninth of the season. He is now one rushing touchdown behind Tony Sands for second-place all-time at KU.
  • In the first quarter, Dayne Crist connected with sophomore Andrew Turzilli on a 41-yard pass play, which is KU’s longest since the Oklahoma game. It was Crist’s longest completion since the TCU game.
  • Later in the game, quarterback Michael Cummings hit Tony Pierson on a 42-yard pass. It was the longest reception of Pierson’s career.
  • Cummings set a career high with 42 rushing yards in the game.


  • West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith completed 22-of-23 passes. His 95.7 percent completion percentage which is the highest by an opponent against the Jayhawks all-time.
  • Junior CB Tyler Patmon made an interception in the first quarter, his first since the Northern Illinois game.
  • Senior DE/LB Toben Opurum recorded a sack in the second quarter, his first since the Rice game.
  • Sophomore LB Ben Heeney finished with eight stops for a team-best 112 tackles this year.
  • Senior S Bradley McDougald recorded 12 tackles in the game, his third game of the year with double-digit stops.


  • Senior KR D.J. Beshears set KU’s all-time record for kick return yards in the first quarter, passing Marcus Herford (2,076).
  • Freshman K Nick Prolago made a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Prolago is 5-for-6 on field goal attempts this season.