December 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims (29) rushes the ball against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the fourth quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. The West Virginia Mountaineers won 59-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Football: The Season Ends With a Whimper


On Saturday, the 2012 football season ended for Kansas. A season that began with optimism as a new head coach stepped into the job, ended with just one win. Lofty expectations brought down the unit.

Kansas lost on Saturday, 59-10 to West Virginia. The Jayhawks were clearly out-matched from the start against the Mountaineers offense that is beginning to catch fire again. The Kansas offense which has been using the running game to stay close, failed to get anybody going on the ground pushing West Virginia to an easy win. The 2012 season began with the Jayhawks toppling South Dakota State, 31-17. Then things slowly unraveled.

A loss to Rice 25-24 on Sept. 8th began the string of 11 straight losses. Kansas fought hard against Northern Illinois, team who finished the season 12-1, only to lose 30-23 on Sept. 22. Before the meeting with Northern Illinois, came a match-up against TCU. Kansas fought hard, but couldn’t score points in losing 20-6. TCU and all the rest of the Big 12 opponents finished with bowl game worthy records. Iowa State, who Kansas hosted on Nov. 17th came in and blasted the Jayhawks, 51-23 on Senior night. The Cyclones finished the season, 6-6 with their bowl game clinching win vs Kansas.

Big things are in store for Kansas next season as the team returns many of their key players including running back James Sims who rushed for 1,013 yards despite missing the first three games. Dayne Crist graduates but a quarterback battle between Michael Cummings, transfer Jake Heaps and incoming freshman Jordan Darling should emerge.

 

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