A key to victory every single week for the Kansas Jayhawks is to run the football. Kansas has rushed for over 2,000 yards this season and that attack has been led by running back James Sims.
Coming into the game against Texas Tech, Sims had rushed for 100-yards in five straight games. That trend did not change as he ran for 127 yards on 30 carries against the Red Raiders. He also scored two rushing touchdowns. One was in the first quarter to tie the game and the other was in the first overtime period.
However, Sims was not the only big rusher for the Jayhawks this Saturday. Tony Pierson also had a nice game on the ground. Pierson ran for 202 yards on 16 carries. He averaged 12.6 yards per carry for Kansas, but had zero touchdowns.
As a team, the Jayhawks ran for 390 yards in the game against Texas Tech. They had a total of 57 attempts and averaged 6.8 yards per carry. The Kansas run game came to play this weekend.
On the other side of the offense, the Kansas passing attack did not look as good as their running attack.
The Jayhawks threw for a total of 29 yards and averaged 1.9 yards per pass. Michael Cummings played quarterback for Kansas and went 6-for-15, but threw two touchdowns (one of them to James Sims).
The Kansas Jayhawks did everything they needed to do to win against Texas Tech, but just could not get it done in the end. The offense ran the ball with purpose and never turned away for the game plan.
The defense might have let Seth Doege throw for 476 yards and three touchdowns, but forced a turnover and kept the Jayhawks in the game.
If Kansas wants to win again this season, they will need to play just like they did on Saturday. The loss doesn’t mean the game plan didn’t work.
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