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A (Semi) Statistical Recap of Cincinnati


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 25 Kansas at Cincinnati Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Look, I know y’all are hyped for the UConn game on Friday night, so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.

It took a bit to get going, but once Kansas got started, the Jayhawks didn’t stop Saturday night in Cincinnati. KU trailed 3-0 at the end of the first quarter and didn’t score until 8:55 remained before halftime, but then unleashed a flurry of offense that is still probably making Cinci fans wonder what happened.

Kansas averaged 11.0 yards per play (!!!), while Cinci mustered just 4.7 ypp. KU ballcarriers averaged 9.2 yards per rush, while the ‘Cats managed a respectable 5.5 ypc. Notably, KU ran just 53 plays on offense compared to Cinci’s 73; the Jayhawks picked up 220 more yards of total offense (562 to 342) in 20 fewer plays.


KU faced just 7 total third downs, converting 3 times, while Cinci went 6-15. Keep in mind that two of KU’s third down attempts came in the 4th quarter, when the game was already decided.

The Jayhawks converted their only fourth down attempt, while Cinci went 2-2.

KU backups pushed Cincinnati’s backups around during most of the 4th quarter as well. This result is probably the most complete P5 road win KU has had since... 2021 at Texas?

I kid, I kid. But seriously though, probably since Boston College in 2019. Prior to that you would have to go back to the Mangino years, something like 2006 Iowa State. Not even the 2007 team went out on the road and dominated an opponent like what we saw Saturday night.

This program just hasn’t seen a lot of success, especially on the road. I said all week leading up to the game that we would learn a lot about Kansas on Saturday. Specifically, we were going to learn if the culture in the program really has changed. Previous teams would have come out and laid and egg, essentially letting K-State beat them twice. Totally understandable, considering that debacle.

But this wasn’t same old Kansas. Cincinnati came out fired up on senior night, and it took KU a bit to adjust, but adjust they did, and then the ‘Hawks just poured it on. Jason Bean especially had something to prove, and the entire team was with him and coach Leipold. They are not into moral victories. They are not content with just getting to a bowl game. They are not going to be pushed around, or this university pushed around, because we’re not the big spenders, we’re not the big BCS team in the league, we’re not going to put up with that.

Different coach, same energy.

I believe. And I hope you do now, too.

The Good

Holy offense, Batman. That was impressive. Jason Bean was the catalyst; he played a nearly flawless first half, going without an incompletion until the third quarter. Cincinnati simply had no answer for what Bean brought to the table, and man was it fun to watch.

The Bad

Cincinnati quarterback Emory Jones picked up 61 yards on 13 attempts, and Kansas failed to sack him. Wasn’t great containment of a mobile quarterback by the defense, still, it’s hard to complain too much considering the Bearcats put up just 16 points and less than 350 yards of total offense.

The Ugly

KU’s red zone defense continues to be awful, with Cincinnati converting both of their red zone attempts into touchdowns. KU is literally the worst team in FBS college football in red zone defense, allowing points on 97.9% (46-47) of opponents possessions, including 32 touchdowns vs 14 field goals.

The Stats

Jason Bean WENT OFF, completing 13-17 passes for 250 yards, 2 TDs, and zero INTs. Bean added another 96 rushing yards on just 4 attempts, with 2 more TDs on the ground.

Devin Neal was a beast again as well, picking up 108 yards on just 10 carries with 2 TDs.

Dylan McDuffie added 47 yards on 8 carries with a TD.

Daniel Hishaw added 26 yards on 5 attempts.

Sevion Morrison and Torry Locklin joined the party as well, with Morrison picking up 21 yards on 2 carries, and Locklin adding 22 yards on 4 carries.

Quentin Skinner led KU with 4 receptions that went for 72 yards.

Lawrence Arnold led KU in receiving yards with 74 on 3 receptions.

Luke Grimm added 21 yards on 3 receptions.

Mason Fairchild and Jared Casey each had 1 reception, and each had 1 receiving TD, which is cool.

Kenny Logan led all defenders with 10 tackles.

Austin Booker was credited with 8 tackles.

JB Brown added 7 tackles.

Cobee Bryant had 3 tackles and one of the best INTs you’ll ever see.

Seth Keller and Owen Piepergerdes combined to go 7-7 on PATs; the Jayhawks did not attempt a field goal on the night.

Damon Greaves was called upon just 3 times, averaging 33.7 yards per punt.