Kansas' James Sims (29) is tackled by West Virginia's Darwin Cook (25) during the second quarter of their NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith completed 23-of-24 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns as the Mountaineers downed Kansas, 59-10, at Milan Puskar Stadium Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Jayhawks were limited to just 274 yards of total offense and closed the season at 1-11. WVU completed its first year in the Big 12 with a 7-5 mark and a 4-5 conference record.
Junior halfback James Sims gained 57 yards on 18 carries in the game to finish the year with 1,013 yards. Sims became the 11th Jayhawk player to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season and first since Brandon McAnderson in 2007.
Sims scored KU’s first touchdown of the afternoon, a one-yard run in the second quarter, which cut the Jayhawk deficit to 21-7 but the Mountaineers were rolling on Senior Day. Behind Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, West Virginia scored touchdowns on five of their six first-half possessions, including each of their last four to open a 35-7 lead at the intermission. Smith completed 14 of his first 15 pass attempts of the game and completed a school-record 21 passes in a row at one point.
Smith’s only incompletion was a Tyler Patmon interception in the first quarter, which set the Jayhawks up at midfield trailing 7-0. Senior quarterback Dayne Crist made his first start since the Oklahoma State game on Oct. 13 and put KU in position for the equalizing touchdown when he hit Andrew Turzilli on a 41-yard bomb to the West Virginia 16 yard line. However, two penalties and a Karl Joseph interception on a tipped pass at the one ended the threat.
Michael Cummings played the majority of the game for Kansas, logging 42 yards on 11 carries and he threw for 76 more. Defensively, the Jayhawks were led by senior safety Bradley McDougald, who tallied 12 tackles including 1.0 tackles for loss in his final game as a Jayhawk. Ben Heeney tied Tyler Patmon for second among Jayhawks with eight total tackles and each recorded a sack. Heeney finished the season with a team-best 112 tackles.
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WEST VIRGINIA 59, KANSAS 10
DEC. 1, 2012 – MORGANTOWN, W. VA.
· Kansas is now 0-2 against West Virginia all-time
CAPTAINS: Dayne Crist (QB), Tanner Hawkinson (OT), Toben Opurum (DE/LB)
· Kansas won the toss and deferred to the second half. It marked the third-straight week that KU has won the toss and deferred.
· Senior OL Tanner Hawkinson made his 48th consecutive start. His 48 starts are the most ever by a Jayhawk.
· Senior QB Dayne Crist started at quarterback for the first time since the Oklahoma State game on Oct. 13.
· Junior HB James Sims gained 57 yards on 18 carries in the game to finish the season with 1,013 yards rushing.
· Sims became the 12th Jayhawk to rush for 1,000 yards (Tony Sands and June Henley both had two 1,000-yard seasons), and the first since 2007.
· Sims scored KU’s first touchdown on a one-yard run, his 27th career rushing touchdown and ninth of the season. He is now one rushing touchdown behind Tony Sands for second-place all-time at KU.
· In the first quarter, Dayne Crist connected with sophomore Andrew Turzilli on a 41-yard pass play, which is KU’s longest since the Oklahoma game. It was Crist’s longest completion since the TCU game.
· Later in the game, quarterback Michael Cummings hit Tony Pierson on a 42-yard pass. It was the longest reception of Pierson’s career.
· Cummings set a career high with 42 rushing yards in the game.
· West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith completed 22-of-23 passes. His 95.7 percent completion percentage which is the highest by an opponent against the Jayhawks all-time.
· Junior CB Tyler Patmon made an interception in the first quarter, his first since the Northern Illinois game.
· Senior DE/LB Toben Opurum recorded a sack in the second quarter, his first since the Rice game.
· Sophomore LB Ben Heeney finished with eight stops for a team-best 112 tackles this year.
· Senior S Bradley McDougald recorded 12 tackles in the game, his third game of the year with double-digit stops.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
· Senior KR D.J. Beshears set KU’s all-time record for kick return yards in the first quarter, passing Marcus Herford (2,076).
· Freshman K Nick Prolago made a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Prolago is 5-for-6 on field goal attempts this season.