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The Kansas ground game has stepped up as the young offensive like continues to jell. The Jayhawks, behind running backs Ke’aun Kinner (152 yards) and Taylor Martin (83 yards), collected 244 yards rushing against Iowa State—the top rushing performance for KU since the 2015 season-opener.
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- Senior running back Ke’aun Kinner recorded his fourth 100-plus yard game for his career as he finished with 152 yards rushing against Iowa State. Kinner is the only Jayhawk since James Sims in 2013 to eclipse 100 yards in multiple games over the course of a season. Kinner also totaled over 100 twice in 2015. He fell just five yards short of tying his career-high of 157 set against South Dakota State in 2015. Kinner’s 152 yards marked the most by a Jayhawk rusher against the Cyclones in the last 10 years.
- Sophomore wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., hauled in his seventh touchdown reception of the season against Iowa State. Those seven touchdowns by Sims are the most in a single season by a wide receiver since Kerry Meier (8) and Dezmon Briscoe (9) in 2009. Sims has now snagged 60 passes on the season and his nine receptions against Iowa State gave him four games with nine catches in 2016.
- KU’s top defensive rookie, safety Mike Lee, led the Jayhawks in tackles with 12 against Iowa State. Of Lee’s 12 stops, nine were of the solo variety. He currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 22nd in the FBS in solo stops. Lee is KU’s No. 2 tackler on the season with 56 stops to his credit.