RCW: Inside Football 3.3
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Number BY THE NUMBERS
Kansas sophomore wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., led the Jayhawks with 124 receiving yards in their 55-6 win over Rhode Island. Sims hauled in five receptions, including a career-best two touchdowns, on the evening. His 71-yard catch and run for a score in the third quarter marked the longest play of his career. Sims’ 124 receiving yards are the most for a KU player since Jimmay Mundine (137) and Nigel King (128) both tallied 100-yard receiving games against TCU on Nov. 15, 2014.
Notes QUICK HITS
- Kansas quarterbacks Montell Cozart, Ryan Willis and Carter Stanley combined to complete 74 percent of their pass attempts (28-of-38) in KU’s season-opening win over Rhode Island. The last time KU signal callers completed a higher percentage of passes happened against Colorado in 2010 (23-of-28, 82 percent).
- As a team, KU’s 399 yards through the air against the Rams were the most since airing it out for 498 yards against Missouri in 2009. Kansas’ 570 yards of total offense are the most since racking up 576 yards on South Dakota State in 2015. Prior to that, KU hadn’t posted more than 570 yards of total offense since 2009.
- The Jayhawks put their most points on the board since a 76-point outburst against Nebraska in 2007 with their 55 points against Rhode Island. It had been nearly five years since Kansas scored 40 or more points (45, vs. Northern Illinois 2011).
- In his first game orchestrating the plays for the Jayhawks, head coach David Beaty led KU to 70 plays, 570 yards, 399 passing yards, 171 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
- Kansas held the Rams to just 49 passing yards – the fewest by a Kansas opponent since Oklahoma threw for 39 in a downpour in Norman in 2014.