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A (semi) statistical recap of West Virginia

Not good.

NCAA Football: Kansas at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas hung around for a half, but the second half was an unmitigated disaster - at least offensively. Sure, Kansas covered a 22-point spread, but the Jayhawks had 8 yards of total offense in the second half.


For the game, Kansas had six 3-and-outs in 16 possessions. No drive went more than 45 yards, no drive lasted more than 7 plays, and four drives went backward.

The Kansas defense actually played pretty well, considering. They held West Virginia to 17 points per half, and gave the offense every opportunity to make this a game early. The Mountaineers only scored on one of their first five possessions, which included an interception and three punts.

While WVU averaged 5.9 yards per carry on the day, even with that number you have to look at it a little more closely. Take out Leddie Brown’s 87-yard TD, and the Mountaineers picked up just 3.8 yards per rush.

But eventually, things broke down, West Virginia pulled away, and KU’s biggest play on the day was a 92-yard punt return by Pooka Williams that came with just 1:45 left in the game.

All told, Kansas managed just 2.9 yards per play, while West Virginia picked up 6.6 yards per play. The Jayhawks got their first defensive turnovers of the year, one INT and one fumble, but West Virginia picked off Miles Kendrick twice, so the net turnover difference was zero.

KU was just 2-13 (15.3%) on third down, while WVU picked up 6-16 (37.5%).

The Good

Again, the defense was more than serviceable on Saturday. They flew around, hit hard, even caused a couple of turnovers. Dru Prox looked healthy, and outside of a couple of blown coverages that allowed big plays, as a unit they were generally disruptive.

The Bad

The offensive line was, yet again, a sore spot for KU. West Virginia lived in the KU backfield, picking up 11 TFLs, 5 of which were sacks.

The Ugly

No idea what was going on with the offense. Just no clue.

The Stats

Miles Kendrick started and played the entire game for KU (because apparently both Jalon Daniels and Thomas MacVittie are still injured). Kendrick struggled all day long, completing just 14-23 passes for 95 yards, with 1 TD and 2 INTs. Kendrick was credited with negative-2 yards rushing on 9 attempts.

Velton Gardner led the Jayhawks in rushing with 43 yards on 11 attempts.

Pooka Williams also had 11 carries, but netted just 21 yards. Pooka added 7 more yards on 3 receptions.

Andrew Parchment had a big game, hauling in 6 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Takulve Williams was the only other Jayhawk with more than one reception; he had 2 catches for 8 yards.

Davon Ferguson led Kansas in tackles with 9.

Dru Prox had 8 tackles, including a sack and 3 TFLs.

Kenny Logan racked up 8 tackles as well.

Deuce Mayberry had 3 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Malcolm Lee also had 3 tackles, as well as an INT.

Jacob Borcila hit his only field goal attempt, a 41-yarder.

Kyle Thompson had yet another busy day, booting 10 punts for a 42.5 yard average.