There was hope for improvement for Kansas football in 2012 and fans will have to settle for improvement in many areas except the win column, at least for now. That was verified on Saturday, as the Jayhawks fell at West Virginia 59-10 to conclude the first year under coach Charlie Weis.
Kansas finishes at 1-11 and 0-9 in the Big 12. It’s the second straight year they fail to win a Big 12 game. The 1-11 record is the program’s worst since Glen Mason’s first season in 1988.
The Mountaineers finish 7-5 and will head to a bowl game in their first year in the Big 12.
The Jayhawks were competitive in almost every game, except for two, but none of that mattered in Morgantown, as West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, lit up the KU defense, completing 23 of 24 passes for 407 yards in his final home game, including 21 straight completions at one point.
West Virginia racked up 650 yards of total offense and didn’t punt until less than two minutes remained.
Dayne Crist started at quarterback in his final game as a Jayhawk. Crist went one of five for 41 yards, before being replaced by Michael Cummings, who completed six passes on 11 attempts for 76 yards. Cummings also rushed for 41 yards on 11 carries.
The lone Kansas bright spot once again was running back James Sims. In only his ninth game of the season after missing the first three to suspension, Sims surpassed 1,000 yards rushing, becoming the first Kansas back to accomplished that feat since Brandon McAnderson did it in the Jayhawks Orange Bowl winning season of 2007.
On Saturday, Sims rushed 18 times for 57 yards and a touchdown.