Oct 6, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Dayne Crist (10) makes a pass against Kansas State Wildcats defensive tackle Vai Lutui (92) during first-half action at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Football: 3 Things We Learned Against Kansas State

Yesterday, the Kansas Jayhawks played rival Kansas State well for the first half, until losing 56-16 to the host Wildcats. Here is a rundown of what went well and what didn’t for Kansas yesterday.

1. Kansas defense is improved, though turnovers from the offense hurt the group. Punt, interception, fumble, interception, punt, and another fumble keyed 28 Kansas State third quarter points, pushing their lead at halftime from 21-14 to 49-16 after the smoke cleared. The Kansas rushing defense fell apart in the quarter after a strong first half. For the game, Kansas State gained 346 yards on the ground, just 129 through the air.

2. Rushing game looked good. The Kansas running backs again did well overall as junior back James Sims totaled 115 yards on 28 carries, and Taylor Cox added 43 yards. The backs day paled to Kansas State’s rushing attack as Collin Klein and John Hubert both topped 100 yards. If Kansas didn’t turn the ball over as much, then the running game could of been exploited more as it was working.

3. Dayne Crist experiment isn’t working for Kansas. The quarterback threw three interceptions in the game on Saturday in key moments for the Jayhawks. He added a fumble midway in the third quarter. Kansas head coach Charlie Weis pulled Crist late in the game giving some snaps to backup Michael Cummings. The freshman completed two out of four passes.

Kansas now looks to recoup next week as they host Oklahoma State.

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