Daniels leads Kansas over Duke 35-27, going to 4-0

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Jalon Daniels went for five touchdowns Saturday afternoon to lead undefeated Kansas past Duke 35-27.

Daniels’ three-yard run gave the Jayhawks a 34-20 lead with 4:42 to go.

It’s the first time the Jayhawks have started 4-0 since 2009. They also completed their first undefeated non-conference schedule since 2013.

“It feels great to be 4-0 up,” Daniels said. “We like seeing the excitement in the dressing room and in the stadium.”

Daniels passed 19 of 23 passes for 324 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He led the team in rushing for 83 yards and a score.

“Jalon put in another great performance,” said Kansas head coach Lance Leipold. “He can’t be bothered. … He put the ball where he had to, threw into some narrow windows and made some plays with his legs. He just doesn’t let the moment get to him.”

The Kansas offensive line should be getting credit for their backfield’s accomplishments this early in the season. The line gave up a sack today, its first this season.

The Jayhawks led 21-13 at halftime thanks to three touchdown passes from Daniels.

Kansas went 3-for-4 into the red zone, receiving touchdowns from Luke Grimm and Trevor Kardell and Daniels a rushing score. The Jayhawks entered the game leading the Big 12 on offense in the red zone, where they are 22 of 24 with 20 touchdowns.

Lawrence Arnold scored on a 36-yard pass play and Daniel Hishaw scored on a 73-yard run as he spun from a tackle and sprinted into the end zone. The Jayhawks passed Duke with 529-463 yards of offense.

“Hats to Kansas,” said Duke head coach Mike Elko. “I thought they did a great job today and deserved the win and made life difficult for us with what they did on offense. We got out of a hole and had a chance of a draw, but we’re not looking for morale wins here.”

Riley Leonard went 24-of-35 for 324 yards, including a 24-yard score for Jalon Calhoun. Jaylan Colman and Jordan Waters scored quick touchdowns for the Blue Devils (3-1).

THE TAKE AWAY

Duke: The Blue Devils entered the competition that led the nation in fiddly recoveries. The Duke defense attempted to knock the ball out rather than wrap up in the open field, allowing the Jayhawks to rush for extra yards after contact. The offense struggled to get into third place, going 5 of 15.

Kansas: The Jayhawks continued to prove their offensive weapons were legitimate and efficient in the red zone.

KU: A FOOTBALL SCHOOL?

The Jayhawks entered the contest and received votes and could be in the top 25 next week. Kansas, a basketball powerhouse, won the men’s national championship last April.

PARTY LIKE 2009

Kansas announced a sell out at the 47,273 seat David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. It’s the first sell-off since November 2, 2019, and the second in 13 years. It was also the Jayhawks’ first win in a sell-off since 2009 against Duke.

NEXT

Duke opens the ACC home game against Virginia on Saturday.

Kansas hosts the state of Iowa on Saturday.

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