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Notes & Numbers: KU 31, Nevada 24

The Jayhawks are now 3-0 after their first road win of the season

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KU running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. plows over the pile for a touchdown during Saturday's win in Reno, Nevada. [Kansas Athletics photo]

Throughout each season, there are interesting notes and nuggets of information that come out of every game, win or lose.

Here’s a quick look at some of the more interesting and noteworthy facts and stats from KU’s 31-24 win at Nevada on Saturday night in Reno.

The Jayhawks will return home next week to open Big 12 play against Big 12 newcomer BYU at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Both teams are unbeaten in three tries so far this season, with BYU entering its first ever Big 12 Conference game on the heels of a road win at SEC program Arkansas on Saturday night.

Before moving on to that one, let’s take a look back at the game that was on Saturday…

Team Notes

• Kansas is now 600-675-58 all-time, including 11-17 in the Lance Leipold era.

• Kansas improves to 3-0 on the year for the second-consecutive season. Prior to last season, KU was last 3-0 in 2009 and the last time with consecutive seasons of 3-0 starts was in 1991 and 1992.

• Kansas has now won seven consecutive games played in the month of September, dating back to last season. That ties the second-longest win streak in school history for games played in September, match-ing a mark set from late in the 2002 season until 2004. The program record for consecutive wins in Sep-tember is 12, which took place across many seasons from 1912 to 1933.

Offensive Notes

• Devin Neal capped off a 9-play, 75-yard opening drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, which was his 20th career rushing touchdown. Kansas has scored a touchdown on its first drive in all three games this season.

• For the second time in his career, Neal rushed for three touchdowns (at Texas, 2021) as he had 89 yards and three scores on 17 carries, while adding a 59- yard reception in the third quarter. Neal now has 22 rushing touchdowns at KU, which is tied for 7th in school history with David Winbush.

• Luke Grimm continued to climb the career receptions list at Kansas after finishing with four receptions for 55 yards against Nevada. Grimm now has 104 career receptions, moving from 16th into a share of 14th place on KU’s all-time receptions list. He is tied with Marcus Henry on the career receptions list after passing Isaac Byrd (101) on Saturday night.

• With a third quarter completion to Quentin Skinner, Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels surpassed 4,000 career passing yards. Later in the same drive, he eclipsed former Jayhawk Bill Whittemore (4,051 yards) for 8th on KU’s career list. Daniels finished 21-of-27 for 298 yards and now has 4,167 passing yards in his career. The 298 yards is the third-highest single game total of his career and the most in a game in which he did not have a touchdown pass.

• Daniels completed a pass to seven different receivers in the game, including Tanaka Scott who hauled in his first reception of the season in the second quarter.

• Daniel Hishaw Jr. scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the third quarter, giving him three rushing touchdowns in three weeks. He finished with 48 yards on nine carries and scored his 11th career touch-down as a Jayhawk.

• Mason Fairchild finished with a season-high 5 receptions for 74 yards, marking the seventh game in his career with 4+ receptions. Fairchild finished the 2022 season with four-straight games of 4+ catches and he now has 8 receptions for 111 yards this season.

Defensive Notes

• Kansas had 10 tackles for loss against Nevada, including a game-high 2.5 from Kenny Logan Jr., who secured the victory with his final TFL on Nevada’s last offensive play. Seven other players contributed at least one TFL in the contest.

• Logan led the Jayhawks with nine tackles in the game, with six solo and three assists. He now has 310 tackles for his career, which ranks fifth among active players in FBS football. Logan also forced a fumble on Saturday night.

• Craig Young, Mello Dotson and Rich Miller had six tackles apiece and each player had at least one TFL against Nevada. Young had six solo tackles and a sack while Dotson had five solo tackles, one assist and two pass breakups. Miller added six tackles, 1.5 TFL and two quarterback hurries.

• Tommy Dunn Jr. recorded his first career solo sack with a forced fumble to end Nevada’s first drive. It’s his first sack of the season and he now has 1.5 sacks for his career.

• Kwinton Lassiter and Patrick Joyner Jr each made their first career starts in a Kansas uniform. Joyner totaled two tackles - one solo and one assist - in the game, while Lassiter recorded no statistics after hav-ing an interception in each of KU’s first two games.

• Kansas forced five fumbles in the game, including four in the first quarter. The Jayhawks did not, how-ever, record a takeaway against Nevada.

Special Teams Notes

• Seth Keller connected on a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter to move to 5-for-5 on field goal at-tempts this season. The 44-yard also represents a new season-long for Keller, who is 2-for-2 this season on kicks from beyond 40 yards.

• Damon Greaves punted three times on Saturday night, averaging 39.7 yards per attempt with a long of 47. His best punt of the night was his final one, which was downed at the Nevada 1-yard line, forcing the Wolf Pack to start its final drive deep in their own territory.

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