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Notes & Numbers: KU 38, BYU 27

Jayhawks move to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 play

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The Kansas offense huddles up during its 38-27 win over BYU on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. [Chance parker photo]

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

For the Kansas football team, some of them are starting to feel eerily similar to 2022, when they raced out to a 5-0 start and were one of the stories of college football.

Here’s a quick look at some of the more interesting and noteworthy facts and stats from KU's 38-27 win over BYU at home on Saturday.

At 4-0, Kansas, which could very well be ranked when the new polls come out, will head to Austin, Texas, next week to take on the Texas Longhorns for the last time as members of the same conference.

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

Team Notes

• Kansas is now 601-675-58 all-time, including 12-17 in the Lance Leipold era.

• The Jayhawks have now won their Big 12 Conference opener in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2008-09.

• With the win, Kansas is now 4-0 for the second consecutive season. Prior to 2022, KU’s last 4-0 start was in 2009. The last time Kansas started 4-0 in
consecutive seasons was a stretch of three-straight years from 1913-15.

• For the first time this season, Kansas trailed at the half as BYU kicked a late field goal to lead 17-14 at the break. The Jayhawks are now 2-14 under head
coach Lance Leipold when trailing at halftime.

• Since the start of the 2022 season, Kansas has a record of 7-2 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Prior to Leipold’s arrival, the Jayhawks won seven
home games over the course of the previous five years, with an overall home record of 7-23 during the 2016-20 seasons.

• For the fourth time under Leipold, the Jayhawks played in front of a sold-out crowd at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. KU is now 3-1 in those
games, with victories over Duke and Iowa State and a defeat against No. 17 TCU last season.

Offensive Notes

• Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels finished the game 14-of-19 for 130 yards and 3 touchdowns, while also rushing for 60 yards. It was the sixth career game
with 3+ touchdown passes for Daniels, who became the fifth player in Kansas Football history to surpass 30 career touchdown passes and passed Bill
Whittemore and Frank Seurer on KU’s all-time list. Daniels currently ranks fourth in Kansas history with 31 career touchdown passes.

• Daniels’ first touchdown of the game went to Trevor Kardell, who he found for a 15-yard score late in the first quarter. It was the third reception of the year
and first touchdown for Kardell, who now has scored two receiving touchdowns in his time at Kansas.

• Luke Grimm converted both of his receptions for touchdowns, hauling in a five-yard strike in the back of the end zone late in the third quarter and a 13-
yard reception from Daniels early in the fourth. Those were the only catches of the day for Grimm, who finished with two receptions for 18 yards and two
scores. Grimm continues to climb KU’s all-time rankings, moving into a tie for eighth place on the career touchdowns list with 14 (Brandon Rideau) and up
to a tie for 12th in career receptions with 106 (Charles Gordon).

• Running back Devin Neal rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries and added three receptions for 14 yards. He’s now averaging 98.5 yards per game and 6.9 yards
per carry for the season. This was the first game this season in which Neal did not score a touchdown.

• Junior Jared Casey recorded a season-high 27 yards in the first half. He doubled his season total of 25 yards to 52 yards, and he now has a total of 351
career receiving yards.

• Daniel Hishaw Jr. averaged 7.5 yards per carry on eight carries and totaled 60 yards in the game. He now has 33 attempts for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns
on the ground this season.

Defensive Notes

• Kansas held BYU to 9 rushing yards on 22 attempts in the game, an average of 0.4 yards per attempt. It’s the fewest rushing yards allowed by the
Jayhawks since Sept. 12, 2009, when KU held UTEP to 4 rushing yards.

• On BYU’s first offensive drive, KU cornerback Cobee Bryant recorded his first career forced fumble and second fumble recovery. He recovered the fumble
and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown, his first of the season and the fourth of his career. Bryant has also returned 2 interception returns and a blocked
field goal for a touchdown. Bryant added an interception in the second half and totaled three solo tackles with 1.0 tackle for loss. He became the first
Kansas player since Nov. 6, 2010 (Tyler Patmon vs. Colorado) to have an interception, a fumble recovery and a fumble recovery touchdown in the same

Kenny Logan Jr. added a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter. It was Logan’s second career touchdown — first on defense — and his first since a kick return touchdown against Iowa State on Sept. 31, 2020. This is Kansas’ first pick six since Cobee Bryant’s at
West Virginia in 2022.

• Saturday’s game marked the first time Kansas has scored two defensive touchdowns since Sept. 16, 2018 vs. Rutgers.

• Austin Booker recorded a career-high and team-leading 7 tackles, with four coming in the first half. Booker added 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks,
including the longest sack of his career for 14 yards in the 3rd quarter as BYU faced second and goal. He now has 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks for the season.

• O.J. Burroughs recorded a season-high six tackles, with five of them coming in the first half. He also added one-half tackle for loss to his stat sheet.
Burroughs started the first play of the second second half by breaking up a BYU pass.

• Junior Cornell Wheeler recorded his career first forced fumble midway through the second quarter. He matched his career high of three tackles, which he
previously set last week at Nevada.

Special Teams Notes

• Seth Keller was 5-for-5 on extra point attempts and he iced the game with his 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Keller is now 6-for-6 on field goal attempts and 18-for-18 on extra points this season.

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