Yesterday, the Kansas Jayhawks opened up the season with a strong 31-14 victory over South Dakota in Lawrence. Here are three things we learned about the team.
1. Kansas will win with the rushing attack: James Sims nearly eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground to go with two touchdowns, while Darrian Miller added 86 yards on just 14 carries. Tony Pierson, and Taylor Cox also added positive yards for the team, even Brandon Bourbon got into the action with a late touchdown. Kansas has a slew of talented running backs and this game showed this fact.
2. The rushing defense needs work: Josh Vandermaten, South Dakota’s quarterback rushed for 78 yards on 19 carries, Jordan Roberts added 73 and Trevor Bouma 52 yards. The Kansas rushing defense needs to improve before conference play begins.
3. Jake Heaps needs time: The Jayhawks quarterback looked rusty at times yesterday, but this was in fact his first start in over a year after sitting out after transferring from BYU. Heaps completed just 10-20 passes for 110 yards in the win while being sacked twice. Heaps needs more time to get acclimated with the team’s offense.
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