Sep 22, 2012; DeKalb, IL, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims (29) rushes the ball toward Northern Illinois Huskies defensive back Jimmie Ward (15) during the second quarter at Huskie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Sims Returns to Field in Jayhawks Loss

Kansas running back James Sims returned on Saturday after missing the first three games of the season due to being suspended. Sims was arrested in April on suspicion of drunken driving. On Saturday, Sims rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas’s 30-23 loss to Northern Illinois.

With Sims back in tow, the Jayhawks went away from the rushing duo of Taylor Cox and Tony Pierson who have been enjoying success this year. Pierson did go over the 300-yard mark on the ground as he rushed for 30 yards on 10 carries. Cox made three rushes for 19 yards in the game.

The story of the game was Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. The junior went for 235 yards passing with two touchdowns and 134 yards on the ground. Running back Leighton Settle added 68 yards including the game-winning touchdown with 4:33 left in the game.

Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist continued to struggle as passed for just 147 yards on 10-26 passing. The quarterback had no touchdown passes or interceptions.

Now Kansas has the week off before facing rival Kansas State on Oct. 6th. The Wildcats also have the week off after defeating sixth-ranked Oklahoma last night.

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