Both the Jayhawks and the Huskies kept streaks alive after their game in DeKalb, Illinois. The Jayhawks are now on a three game losing streak going into their bye week while Northern Illinois has a winning streak at home of seventeen games.
Going into today’s game, head coach Charlie Weis said the Jayhawks were going to try to run the ball more against the Huskies this week, especially with the return of James Sims. Sims had 91 yards on 18 carries and two rushing touchdowns. Overall, the Jayhawks ran for179 yards on the day.
The first half was a closely contested battle as Kansas trailed Northern Illinois by three at the half. However, the second half was a completely different story. Kansas pulled out to a 23-13 lead in the fourth quarter, but lost that lead quickly. The Huskies came back to tie the game before taking a 7-point lead with 4:33 left in the game on a Leighton Settle touchdown run.
After the Huskies took the lead in the fourth quarter, the Jayhawks could not do anything on offense. They went four and out and gave the ball right back to the Huskies, who ended the game.
This sparked the biggest question about Kansas’ offense. Can Dayne Crist be an effective quarterback this year? On the final “four and out” by the Jayhawks, Crist looked nervous and did not look like a quarterback that was ready to lead his team down the field and tie the game. His throws during that series were extremely inaccurate.
Crist threw for 147 yards on ten completions. He had zero touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The Jayhawks have a bye week next week before they start Big 12 conference play. The Jayhawks next opponent will be their biggest rival and cross-state foe, Kansas State. Dayne Crist will need to figure out what him and the offense will need to do in order to get Kansas back on track.
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