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Victory over Houston keeps Kansas unbeaten

Field Level Media
18 Sep 2022, 10:55 GMT+10

Jalon Daniels passed for three touchdowns and ran for two scores in his latest dynamic performance for unbeaten Kansas, which went on the road to defeat Houston 48-30 on Saturday.

Daniels finished 14 of 23 for 158 yards without an interception and racked up a team-high 123 rushing yards for the Jayhawks, who improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2009. Eleven different players caught a pass for the visitors, although no one on Kansas finished with more than three receptions.

Clayton Tune went 22 of 31 for 272 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Houston (1-2). He added a team-high 63 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Ta'Zhawn Henry accumulated 163 total yards and two scores - one rushing and one receiving.

Kansas, which entered averaging a national-best 55.5 points per game, went three-and-out on its first two possessions before scoring touchdowns on six of its next seven trips. The only non-touchdown drive during that stretch was a 15-second possession at the end of the first half.

Trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, Daniels scored on a 12-yard run to begin a stretch of 28 straight points for the visitors. Daniel Hishaw added a rushing touchdown of his own late in the first quarter before Daniels threw TD passes of 5 yards to Luke Grimm and 60 yards to Torry Locklin to create a 28-14 advantage just before halftime.

Each team scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. The Jayhawks' scores came on a 9-yard rush by Daniels and an 8-yard pass from Daniels to Jared Casey. Those TDs made it 42-21 before Tune found the end zone on a 14-yard rush on the final play of the third quarter to restore a two-score deficit.

After the teams combined for 10 touchdowns and no field goals through the first three stanzas, Kansas kicked a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, sandwiched around one for Houston, to complete the scoring.

--Field Level Media

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