Kansas did not end its five-year road losing streak on Saturday. In fact, they didn’t even come close. Duke quickly raced to a 17-0 lead through one quarter before running away from the Jayhawks in a 41-3 rout at Durham’s Wallace Wade Stadium.
The Jayhawks (1-1) struggled through the game’s entirety, failing to record at least 100 yards of passing. Quarterback Montell Cozart was 11 of 27 for 89 yards. As a team, Kansas rushed 208 yards, led by freshman running back Corey Avery, who tallied 87 yards on the ground.
“At the end of the day, two things stood out to me,” head coach Charlie Weis said. “I know we can run the football, but if we don’t throw the ball better than that, it's going to be a problem as we move on. Number two, I'm not making excuses for the defense because you can't give up big plays and allow long runs on zone pressure, but at the end of the day, the defense was out there a whole bunch in the first half and I think that led to them being a little bit worn out in the second."
The Blue Devils (3-0) torched the fatigued Kansas defense for 511 yards of total offense, led by freshman running back Shaun Wilson, who rushed for a school record 245 yards on just 12 carries. He also scored three long touchdowns of 69, 68 and 45 yards.
"I believe that multiple times we were in zone pressure to try and get some heat on them,” Weis said. “And if one guy in a zone pressure, if you're slanting the wrong direction because you're playing linebacker, the only person left is the guy deep in the secondary."
Kansas will try to pick itself off the mat when they host Central Michigan next Saturday in Memorial Stadium at 2:30.