University of Kansas

Game report: Duke 41, Kansas 3

Duke's Shaun Wilson scored a touchdown against Kansas' Darious Crawley in the first half of Saturday’s game.
Duke's Shaun Wilson scored a touchdown against Kansas' Darious Crawley in the first half of Saturday’s game. AP

First quarter

Key play: Duke quarterback Anthony Boone dropped in a 36-yard touchdown strike to Max McCaffrey for a 7-0 lead with 11:33 left.

Key stat: KU had just four first downs.

Second quarter

Key play: KU quarterback Montell Cozart tossed his second interception in the opening minutes, blunting some brief KU momentum after Duke’s early onslaught.

Key stat: Cozart completed seven of 21 passes for 43 yards.

Third quarter

Key play: Duke freshman running back Shaun Wilson scampered 68 yards for a touchdown, nearly matching his 69-yard touchdown earlier in the game.

Key stat: KU was scoreless in the period.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Duke’s Shaun Wilson exploded again, this time racing 45 yards for this third touchdown of the game.

Key stat: Wilson set a Duke record with 245 rushing yards on 12 carries.

Player of the game: Duke freshman Shaun Wilson

Reason to hope: KU freshman running back Corey Avery could be exciting to watch for the next four years.

Reason to mope: The Jayhawks have made little progress — on the field — since Charlie Weis replaced Turner Gill in December 2011.

Looking ahead: KU returns home to face Central Michigan, a team crushed by Syracuse on Saturday.

Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

Report card

F

Offense

For the moment, sophomore QB Montell Cozart looks like a long-term project. He’s still figuring out when to tuck and run, and he was not accurate on Saturday. The Jayhawks even struggled with center-quarterback exchanges.

C

Defense

It’s the same story. The Jayhawks surrendered 41 points, but had little help from the offense. Senior cornerback JaCorey Shepherd did a solid job shadowing Duke’s leading receiver Jamison Crowder.

B

Special

teams

Senior Trevor Pardula must be one of the best punters in the country. Unfortunately for Kansas, he’s on the field way too much.

F

Coaching

Charlie Weis faces some major questions. After a six-point win against an FCS team and a non-competitive loss against Duke, it’s worth asking: Where is the progress?

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