Rhody Falls to Kansas in Season Opener

Rhody Falls to Kansas in Season Opener

How it Happened
Early turnovers put Rhode Island in a deep hole that it never dug out of as the Rams fell 55-6 at Kansas Saturday night.

A pair of fumbles by Rhode Island (0-1) led to 13 first quarter points for Kansas (1-0). After the Rhody defense forced a Kansas punt, Harold Cooper muffed the punt at his own 13-yard line. Five players later, Montell Cozart threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Ben Johnson to put the Jayhawks up 7-0 at 9:51 of the first quarter.

The lead was pushed to 13-0 following Rhode Island's second turnover of the first quarter. Quarterback Wesley McKoy was hit while scrambling and fumbled at his own 46-yard line. Three plays later, Ryan Gonzalez hit LaQuviote Gonzalez for an 18-yard strike. The Jayhawks botched the snap on the extra point. A 35-yard touchdown pass from Cozart to Steven Sims in the second quarter pushed the score to 20-0.

Rhode Island got its first points of the season when McKoy hit wide receiver Aaron Parker for a 23-yard touchdown pass at 10:36 of the second quarter. The score pulled Rhody within 20-6 after the extra point was blocked. The momentum was short-lived, as Kansas responded on its next possession with an eight-play, 77-yards drive to make it 27-6 midway through the second quarter.

Kansas salted the game away with a pair of third quarter touchdowns that gave the Jayhawks a 35-point lead.

Inside the Box Score

Stat of the Game
570 – Kansas finished the game with 570 total yards on offense. The Jayhawks passed for 399 yards and rushed for 171.

What's Next

Rhode Island heads home to host UAlbany in the CAA Football opener for both teams Saturday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.