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Sims sets career high with 211 rushing yards in KU win

Updated: 2013-11-16T22:59:02Z

By BLAIR KERKHOFF

The Kansas City Star

— James Sims rushed for 211 yards in Kansas’ 31-19 win over West Virginia on Saturday, the most by a Kansas running back since Reggie Duncan went for 227 against Texas Tech in 2001.

Sims’ previous best had been 176 against Texas last year.

His 68-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the team’s longest run of the season, topping his 62-yarder earlier in the quarter.

• Montell Cozart became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Kansas since Adam Barmann in 2003. Cozart became the eighth quarterback (of 17) to win in his starting debut since 2000.

• West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was none too pleased that his team won’t be going bowling. The Mountaineers dropped to 4-7 and its streak of 11 straight postseason appearances will end.

“I apologized to the 12 seniors for not getting to a 13th game,” Holgorsen said. “I warned them this is different than the Big East … You can’t just show up and be average. I don’t care who it is.”

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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