MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — — Jalon Daniels threw three landing passes, together with one in time beyond regulation, and cornerback Jacobee Bryant returned an interception for a rating on the ultimate play as Kansas beat West Virginia 55-42 of their Big 12 opener on Saturday evening.
Kansas (2-0, 1-0 Big 12) has received its first two video games of the season for the primary time since 2011.
“For us to get off to a 2-0 begin and hold stacking (good) days the perfect we are able to, it says lots,” Kansas coach Lance Leipold stated. “But it’ll solely imply lots if we exit and play effectively once more.”
West Virginia rallied from an 11-level deficit within the fourth quarter to ship the sport into time beyond regulation tied at 42.
After Daniels discovered Quentin Skinner with a 4-yard scoring go in time beyond regulation, Bryant stepped in entrance of JT Daniels’ go supposed for West Virginia’s Bryce Ford-Wheaton and ran 86 yards untouched into the top zone to finish the sport.
The Mountaineers (0-2, 0-1) have misplaced their first two video games for the primary time since 1979.
Jalon Daniels had one other environment friendly passing recreation and was particularly elusive along with his legs. He ran for a profession-excessive 85 yards, eclipsing the 45 yards he had in a win over Texas final 12 months.
“I’m not anyone who’s gonna flip down any type of contact,” he stated. “I play quarterback however on the finish of the day, we’re making an attempt to maneuver the sticks. The recreation of soccer is to have the ability to hold getting yards, transferring the sticks, and get into the top zone. I’m gonna do what I’ve to do.”
In his final six begins, Daniels has accomplished 70% of his passes. He completed 18 of 29 for 219 yards on Saturday.
Devin Neal had two dashing touchdowns and a 17-yard TD catch from Daniels. Daniel Hishaw had a pair of scoring runs, together with a 30-yarder early within the fourth quarter to place Kansas forward 42-31.
Down 42-34, the Mountaineers received the ball again on a punt with 2:17 left. Kaden Prather caught a tipped go and ran 25 yards to the Kansas 23. JT Daniels discovered a sliding Ford-Wheaton with a 21-yard go to arrange CJ Donaldson’s quick TD run with 35 seconds left. Daniels and Ford-Wheaton attached once more on the tying 2-level conversion go at the back of the top zone.
In time beyond regulation, Kansas received the ball first and seemed to be going nowhere when Torry Locklin was tackled for a 6-yard loss on third-and-5 from the 20. But West Virginia’s Taijh Alston was flagged for roughing the passer to offer Kansas a primary down on the 10. Three performs later, Jalon Daniels discovered Skinner for a 49-42 lead.
On West Virginia’s possession, Daniels was hit by Kansas defensive lineman Malcolm Lee on second down. The ball got here free and a evaluation confirmed that Daniels’ arm had moved ahead for an incomplete go. On the following play, Bryant intercepted JT Daniels’ go supposed for Bryce-Ford Wheaton.
“I feel that nook did a very good job. He jumped it,” JT Daniels stated. “You give credit score the place it is due. That’s the secret. It’s a loopy sport. You can play actually, very well till the top, then one play can actually determine a recreation.”
JT Daniels had first-half TD tosses of 59 yards to Sam James and 67 and 5 yards to Ford-Wheaton. Daniels completed 28 of 40 for 355 yards. Ford-Wheaton completed with 11 catches for 152 yards.
It marked the second straight recreation that Bryant scored a landing. He returned a blocked area objective 61 yards for a TD final week in opposition to Tennessee Tech.
Leipold stated he yelled at Bryant from the sideline to fall to the bottom after the time beyond regulation interception.
“He listens actual effectively, would not he?” Leipold stated.
Kansas: The Jayhawks refused to stop after trailing 21-7. Kansas transformed 11 of 15 instances on third down in profitable for simply the second time in 12 conferences with West Virginia. After Kansas rushed for 297 yards per week in the past, that they had 200 yards in opposition to the Mountaineers, a mean of 5.6 yards per run.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers outgained Kansas 501-419 however didn’t take benefit. Donaldson, a freshman who ran for 125 yards on simply seven carries in a loss at Pittsburgh per week in the past, had bother discovering holes in opposition to Kansas and was restricted to 48 yards on 13 carries.
Kansas performs at No. 25 Houston subsequent Saturday.
West Virginia hosts Towson subsequent Saturday.