Scores

Final

West Virginia 19

(4-7, 2-6 Big 12)

Kansas 31

(3-7, 1-6 Big 12)

12:00 PM ET, November 16, 2013

Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS), Lawrence, KS

1 2 3 4 T
WVU 7 0 0 1219
KU 3 14 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: P. Millard (WVU) - 242 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Sims (KU) - 22 CAR, 211 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. Alford (WVU) - 3 REC, 76 YDS

Kansas beats West Virginia to snap 27-game Big 12 losing streak

Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- James Sims rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns and Kansas snapped a 27-game Big 12 losing streak Saturday with a 31-19 victory over West Virginia.

Thousands of fans stormed onto the field embracing players and coaches and eventually tearing down the south goalpost.

Sims, who recorded a career-high on 22 carries, broke runs of 62 and 68 yards while Kansas (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) ended a Big 12 drought that had lasted more than three years. Winds gusting near 50 MPH kept plastic bags and autumn leaves tumbling across the field as the sparse crowd witnessed Kansas' first conference victory since a come-from-behind win over Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010.

It was just the second Big 12 win in 40 games for the Jayhawks, who had fired two coaches and plunged back into deep mediocrity after winning the 2008 Orange Bowl.

West Virginia (4-7, 2-6), which wasn't even a Big 12 member when Kansas notched its previous conference win, took a 7-0 lead on its first possession, a long drive against the wind. But the Mountaineers were unable to generate anything more until two meaningless touchdowns with less than 5 minutes to play.

The Jayhawks, who came into the game 117th in the NCAA in total offense and 116th in scoring, rushed for 315 yards against a Mountaineer unit ranked No. 100 in total defense.

With the Jayhawks trailing 7-3 midway through the second period, Sims broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and fled 62 yards down the sideline to the 10. A minute later, he went over from the 3. Then with 28 seconds left in the first half, the 6-0, 200-pound senior bolted through a big hole and went 68 yards virtually untouched, giving him 14 100-yard rushing days, No 2 on the school's all-time charts. At 17-7, the Jayhawks had their first halftime lead since the season opener.

When Sims powered his way into the end zone from three yards out to make it 24-7 following a West Virginia turnover in the third period, it was Kansas' biggest lead over an FBS opponent since mounting a 21-point advantage against Baylor in 2011.

Paul Millard was for 23 for 42 for 242 yards and two touchdowns in his third start for the Mountaineers but also threw two disastrous interceptions.

On a first down from the Kansas 30, he fired the ball right into the arms of Ben Goodman standing near the line of scrimmage. Goodman rambled 54 yards until Millard pushed him out at the 14. After Montell Cozart went around right end for 7 yards, Sims scored his third TD. Then Ben Heeney intercepted Millard's pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 28 yards to the 1, setting up Brandon Bourbon's touchdown plunge.

The Mountaineers, who were making their first trip to Lawrence, drove 75 yards with their first possession and scored on Charles Sims' 12-yard catch-and-run from Millard. Millard threw a 3-yard touchdown to Kevin White with less than 5 minutes to play. With 28 seconds left, Charles Sims scored on a 6-yard run for the Mountaineers.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WVU
KU
1st Downs2014
Total Yards389376
Passing24561
Rushing144315
Penalties6-509-90
3rd Down Conversions6-155-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers21
Possession28:5731:03

Passing Leaders

West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Millard24/432455.722
KansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cozart5/12615.100

Rushing Leaders

West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sims16996.2127
Smallwood7334.709
KansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sims222119.6368
Cozart13604.6016

Receiving Leaders

West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Alford37625.3046
Smallwood24221.0030
KansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Turzilli11919.0019
McCay11717.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWVUKU
TD12:08Charles Sims 12 Yd Pass From Paul Millard (Josh Lambert Kick) 70
FG07:16Ron Doherty 25 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERWVUKU
TD06:12James Sims 3 Yd Run (Ron Doherty Kick) 710
TD00:28James Sims 68 Yd Run (Ron Doherty Kick) 717
THIRD QUARTERWVUKU
TD10:11James Sims 2 Yd Run (Ron Doherty Kick) 724
FOURTH QUARTERWVUKU
TD06:24Brandon Bourbon 1 Yd Run (Ron Doherty Kick) 731
TD04:54Kevin White 3 Yd Pass From Paul Millard (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1331
TD00:28Charles Sims 6 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1931