Matt Tait: Outlook for Kansas football season gets a lot prettier with wild OT win in Morgantown

The path to an unbelievable 3-0 begin to the season for the Kansas football staff turned actually reasonable due to a 55-42 additional time street win at West Virginia on Saturday evening.

And if you wish to get much more carried away, in the event you squint simply a little, you would possibly be capable of see 4-0.


Yeah. That simply occurred.

After falling behind 14-0 and searching fairly uninspired whereas doing it, the Jayhawks (2-0 total, 1-0 Big 12) got here roaring again and outscored the Mountaineers (0-2, 0-1) 42-17 to go forward 42-31 halfway by the fourth quarter.

During that run, the West Virginia protection appeared prefer it had no reply for the Kansas offense. And each groups knew it.

One of essentially the most encouraging features of Saturday’s sport was the play of Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels, who continues to appear like the actual deal.

He’s assured, in command, hardly ever gets rattled and, maybe most significantly, actually seems to get pleasure from enjoying the sport and the place.

That form of power so usually is contagious and might convey comparable confidence and pleasure to the whole offense. Daniels’ teammates like enjoying with him — and for him — due to the best way he performs the sport.

He’s all the time optimistic, celebrates his teammates after good performs and picks them up after not-so-good ones. Without fail. Every time. Guys like that. And they know it is real.

KU coach Lance Leipold summed it up completely in his postgame interview on ESPN+.

“He’s such a gritty competitor,” Leipold stated of Daniels. “Nothing’s going to rattle him and he is the chief of this football staff.”

Daniels additionally has legit expertise. And he is aware of the right way to use it.

Last week, he did not need to do a lot to search out success. His bodily instruments and KU’s superior expertise throughout the board made the sport straightforward towards Tennessee Tech.

On Saturday, issues had been rather more equal, and Daniels stood out anyway. In reality, he appeared nearly as good as a runner as he did a passer, utilizing his legs on a number of possibility runs early — and all through the sport — to assist the Kansas offense settle in after which thrive.

There’s a little gunslinger in Daniels, but it surely’s of the fashionable selection. He carries himself with the swagger of a film star and performs football like a prized fighter. Just maintain slugging and slugging till one thing good occurs.

Part of the explanation for Daniels’ effectiveness to this point this season is his fast resolution making. Daniels stated final week, after a robust opening sport towards lower-level competitors, that he views his job in a quite simple method: Get the ball to the open receiver, transfer the chains and put up factors. Kansas has now finished that in a huge approach in back-to-back weeks, scoring 56 in Week 1 and 55 in Week 2.

So now, Daniels, alongside with his confidence and a surging 2-0 staff behind him, will head to Houston subsequent weekend with a likelihood to maneuver to 3-0.

This situation wasn’t fully unpredictable earlier than the season started. In reality, a number of the most die-hard Kansas football followers I do know stated it might occur.

But now that it has — go forward and say that once more simply to be sure you totally perceive it and consider it — the Jayhawks will head to Houston with a likelihood to go 3-0.

Houston will enter that one on the heels of back-to-back a number of additional time contests — a triple-overtime win over Texas-San Antonio in Week 1 and a double-overtime loss at Texas Tech on Saturday.

At this level, whether or not the Jayhawks win or lose subsequent week, you are wanting on the potential for David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium to be hopping when Duke involves city in two weeks.

At that time, it is beat Duke and transfer to 4-0 at greatest or 3-1 at worst.


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