KU football remains undefeated, beats Duke 35-27 to move to 4-0

Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 2:17 PM CDT
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas football is now 4-0 for the first time in over a decade.

In the first sellout at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium since 2009, the Jayhawks beat Duke 35-27 on Saturday.

Duke kept it close throughout the whole day and had a chance to tie the game at 35 with less than two minutes left in the game, but couldn’t convert a 4th & 7 on the KU 31 yard line.

Junior quarterback Jalon Daniels continued to shine as the centerpiece of a potent Kansas offense that entered Saturday as a top-10 unit in the country, averaging 51 points per game. He was dynamic in every facet of the game, picking apart the Blue Devils defense in the air and on the ground. Daniels accounted for all five of the Jayhawks touchdowns, finishing with over 300 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. He also added another 83 rushing yards and tacked on a rushing touchdown.

Daniels was sacked for the first time this season late in the third quarter and by the start of the fourth quarter, he had more touchdown passes (four) than incompletions (three).

Star running back Devin Neal left the game in the second quarter after he landed awkwardly on his shoulder while recovering a fumble, but he returned to the field in the third quarter. Backup running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. replaced Neal and immediately delivered. He broke tackle after tackle on the way to an impressive 73-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to put KU up 14-7.

Lance Leipold’s squad is now 4-0 on the season with a 1-0 mark in Big 12 Conference play. The Jayhawks get to stay in Lawrence for the next two weeks, beginning with their conference home opener against Iowa State next Saturday at 2:30.