Saturday, December 1, 2012
West Virginia wins, keeps KU winless in Big 12
By David Ubben
There won't be many highlights when Kansas looks back on Year 1 of the Charlie Weis Era.
With a 59-10 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday, the Jayhawks clinched a second consecutive winless season in Big 12 play, becoming the seventh team in league history to do so.
With just one chance left, I expected KU to put up more of a fight, but West Virginia controlled the game from start to finish. Geno Smith threw 21 consecutive completions to set a school record before leaving the game with 407 yards and three touchdowns on 23-of-24 passing. It also clinched Smith's second consecutive 4,000-yard passing season.
The Mountaineers made it look easy and raced to a 52-7 lead after three quarters and were up 35-7 at the half. Stedman Bailey caught 11 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, making one last case for the Biletnikoff Award.
West Virginia did what most expected, but KU didn't show much fight in its last chance to get in the win column. Michael Cummings and Dayne Crist both earned playing time, but neither was effective, even against the Big 12's worst defense.
Not a pretty finish in a season with so many close calls for KU, though this wasn't one of them.