GAMEDAY College Football

Kansas 35, Duke 27

By CODY FRIESEN
Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Jalon Daniels accounted for five touchdowns to lead unbeaten Kansas past Duke 35-27.

Daniels' 3-yard run gave the Jayhawks a 34-20 lead with 4:42 remaining.

It is the first time since 2009 the Jayhawks have started 4-0. They also completed their first undefeated nonconference schedule since 2013.

"It feels amazing to be 4-0," Daniels said. "To see the amount of excitement in the locker room and in the stadium, we love it."

Daniels went 19-of-23 passing for 324 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He led the team in rushing with 83 yards and a score.

"Jalon had another great performance," Kansas head coach Lance Leipold said. "He doesn't get rattled. ... He put the ball where he needed to, threw into some tight windows and made some plays with his legs. He just doesn't let the moment get to him."

The Kansas offensive line should get credit for the performances of their backfield this early in the season. The line gave up one sack today, its first this season.

The Jayhawks led 21-13 at halftime thanks to three touchdown passes from Daniels.

Kansas went 3-for-4 in the red zone, getting receiving touchdowns from Luke Grimm and Trevor Kardell and Daniels a rushing score. The Jayhawks entered play leading the Big 12 in red zone offense where they are 22 of 24 with 20 touchdowns.

Lawrence Arnold scored on a 36-yard pass play and Daniel Hishaw scored on a 73-yard run when he spun out of a tackle and sprinted the end zone. The Jayhawks outgained Duke 529-463 yards offense.

"Hats off to Kansas," Duke head coach Mike Elko said. "I thought they did a great job today and earned the victory and gave us a hard time with what they did on offense. We got ourselves out of a hole and had a chance to tie, but we're not looking for moral victories around here."

Riley Leonard went 24-of-35 passing for 324 yards, including a 24-yard score to Jalon Calhoun. Jaylan Colman and Jordan Waters scored rushing touchdowns for the Blue Devils (3-1).

THE TAKEAWAY

Duke: The Blue Devils entered the contest leading the nation in fumble recoveries. The Duke defense tried to punch the ball out rather than wrapping up in the open field, which allowed the Jayhawks to get extra yardage after contact. The offense struggled to execute on third down, going 5 of 15.

Kansas: The Jayhawks continued to prove its offensive weapons are legit and were efficient in the red zone.

KU: A FOOTBALL SCHOOL?

The Jayhawks entered the contest receiving votes and could enter the Top 25 next week. Kansas, a basketball powerhouse, won the men's national championship last April.

PARTY LIKE IT'S 2009

Kansas announced a sellout at 47,273-seat David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. It is the first sellout since Nov. 2, 2019, and the second in 13 years. It was also the first win for the Jayhawks in a home sellout since 2009 against Duke.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter DukeKansas
Kansas TD 5:25 Trevor Kardell 6 yd pass from Jalon Daniels (Jacob Borcila kick) 0 7
Duke TD 3:40 Jaylen Coleman 5 yd run (Charlie Ham kick) 7 7
Second Quarter DukeKansas
Kansas TD 12:35 Daniel Hishaw Jr. 73 yd pass from Jalon Daniels (Jacob Borcila kick) 7 14
Duke FG 6:17 Charlie Ham 22 yd FG 10 14
Kansas TD 1:04 Luke Grimm 19 yd pass from Jalon Daniels (Jacob Borcila kick) 10 21
Duke FG 0:03 Charlie Ham 37 yd FG 13 21
Third Quarter DukeKansas
Kansas TD 8:25 Lawrence Arnold 36 yd pass from Jalon Daniels (Jacob Borcila kick) 13 28
Fourth Quarter DukeKansas
Duke TD 8:54 Jordan Waters 3 yd run (Charlie Ham kick) 20 28
Kansas TD 4:42 Jalon Daniels 3 yd run (Jacob Borcila kick) 20 35
Duke TD 2:40 Jalon Calhoun 27 yd pass from Riley Leonard (Charlie Ham kick) 27 35
Team Stats
  Duke Kansas
First downs 23 23
  Rushing 6 8
  Passing 12 14
  Penalty 5 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-15, 33% 6-10, 60%
4th down efficiency 2-4, 50% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 35-139 39-204
Passing Yards 324 324
Return Yards 76 20
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-36-0 19-23-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--6 1--4
Punts 3 2
Punts-Average 51.3 39
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 5-34 7-83
Time of Possession 30:28 29:32
Duke Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Leonard 24 35 324 1 0
Kansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 19 23 324 4 0
Duke Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Leonard 10 54 5.4 0
J. Waters 13 41 3.2 1
J. Coleman 10 34 3.4 1
J. Moore 2 10 5.0 0
Kansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Daniels 11 83 7.5 1
D. Hishaw Jr. 10 61 6.1 0
D. Neal 9 54 6.0 0
S. McBride 1 4 4.0 0
S. Morrison 2 3 1.5 0
T. Locklin 2 2 1.0 0
J. Bean 1 1 1.0 0
Duke Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Calhoun 5 93 18.6 1
J. Moore 7 68 9.7 0
E. Pancol 3 62 20.7 0
J. Robertson 2 40 20.0 0
J. Coleman 1 26 26.0 0
J. Waters 3 20 6.7 0
S. Hagans 1 12 12.0 0
N. Dalmolin 2 3 1.5 0
Kansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Arnold 4 84 21.0 1
D. Hishaw Jr. 1 73 73.0 1
L. Grimm 5 63 12.6 1
T. Kardell 3 44 14.7 1
J. Casey 2 24 12.0 0
Q. Skinner 2 19 9.5 0
T. Scott 1 13 13.0 0
D. Neal 1 4 4.0 0
Duke Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Duke Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Wilson 3 154 51.3
Kansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Vernon 1 45 45.0
J. Daniels 1 33 33.0
Duke Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
O. Burroughs 2 20 10.0
Duke Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Robertson 2 59 29.5
J. Stinson 1 17 17.0
Kansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Duke Missed FG
Player Length
Kansas Missed FG
Player Length




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