To sum up how this game went, here is a GIF:
That is Jayhawks' quarterback Peyton Bender getting leveled by three Ohio defenders as a result of all five offensive linemen diving on the ground, aiming for the low cut block.
Kansas (1-2) did not get off to a promising start, trailing the entire game. Ohio (2-1), the home team, decisively won the contest 42-30 after defeating Kansas 37-21 in Lawrence in the prior season. The Bobcats jumped out to an 18-0 lead early after two Nathan Rourke touchdowns (one run and one pass), leaving the Jayhawks far behind in the dust.
Rourke earned his first career start on Saturday morning, tossing two touchdowns on 11-of-16 passing. He has relied less on his run game, opting to favor the air instead. Sophomore quarterback Quinton Maxwell checked in briefly throughout the game, completing all 5-of-6 passes for 102 yards — his lone misfire was snatched by the Kansas defense.
Ohio scored on four of its five complete first half possessions, jumping out to a 25-14 halftime advantage. Kansas' first touchdown came via a big play — running back Khalil Herbert sprinted 56 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. The Bobcats responded with a Maxwell touchdown pass on the quarterback's first possession of the day to lead 25-7. But Kansas launched a long possession to cut the Bobcats' advantage back to 11.
After halftime, Maxwell threw an interception by the goal line, but the Bobcats defense forced Bender to hand back the turnover to the home team. Ohio capitalized on the free possession, as running back A.J. Ouellette bullied his way to the end zone. The power back's number was called by Frank Solich four consecutive plays. Ouellette (10 carries, 102 yards) cashed those four carries in for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Rourke threw his second touchdown pass of the day to extend the lead to 39-14 toward the end of the third quarter. By then, the game was all but over. In 15 minutes of garbage time in the fourth, the Jayhawks scored 16 points compared to the Bobcats' three. Herbert (19 carries, 137 yards) scored his second rushing touchdown of the game as time expired. As a result of the event's final period, final score appeared much closer than the game actually was.
Both teams posted very similar stats. Kansas out-gained Ohio in total yardage, 451-450. Both teams committed seven penalties and one turnover. But Ohio's defense looked strong in the beginning, forcing the Kansas offense to play desperate nearly the entire 60 minutes.
With the loss, the Jayhawks fall to 0-2 against the MAC this season after getting blown out by Central Michigan in Week 2.
The reigning MAC East champion Bobcats improve to 2-1 overall, rebounding nicely over a Power Five program after falling to Purdue 44-21 on the road the previous Friday night. Ohio begins conference play next Saturday in Ypsilanti against the 2-0 Eastern Michigan Eagles.