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Kansas sophomore wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of the season with 101 yards on nine catches against TCU. Sims’ three 100-yard games mark the most for a Jayhawk since 2009 when Dezmon Briscoe had seven 100-yard games and Kerry Meier finished the season with five.   


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  • Senior defensive end Cameron Rosser recorded four total tackles in KU’s near upset of TCU, with all four stops being for a loss. Among his four TFLs were three sacks—the most sacks in a game for a Jayhawk player since 2008 when James Holt also recorded three sacks in the Insight Bowl win over Minnesota. Rosser now has 4.0 sacks and 7.0 TFLs on the season.
  • Senior wide receiver Shakiem Barbel had a breakout game against TCU as he posted career bests in receptions with nine and receiving yards with 94. Barbel established an early connection with sophomore quarterback Ryan Willis, hauling in four of Willis’ first eight completions in the game.
  • Willis completed 31-of-45 passes against TCU. Willis’ 31 total completions were the most by a Jayhawk quarterback this season and rank as the ninth-most completed in a single game at KU. It was the most completions since he completed 35-of-50 pass attempts against Texas Tech last season, tied for fifth-most in a single game at Kansas. Willis’ 348 yards passing were a career best and put him inside the top-20 for a single game, between a pair of Todd Reesing performances, at No. 19. After setting a freshman passing record in 2015, Willis continues to pile up yards with his Saturday total giving him 2,441 for his young career and moving him into 13th on KU’s career list. Willis also scampered 21 yards into the end zone with 29 seconds to play in the third quarter for his first career rushing touchdown.

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