After kicking off the season with a huge 49-point win over Rhode Island the Jayhawks fell short against the Ohio Bobcats 37-21.
“Offensively, we’ve got to do a better job early in the game to be able to help our defense out,” Head Coach David Beaty said. “You know they played over 40 plays in the first half and I think we played like 15.”
After a slow start, which left the Jayhawks down 21 points at the half, quarterback Montell Cozart and wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. made two huge connections bringing their team back in the game. In the end, it wasn’t enough to pull out a win.
Several players said the team needs to come out stronger initially to avoid playing catch-up in the second half.
“It’s a short term memory so whatever happens the play before, you brush it off and there’s a new play. Yes, the first half kind of got us in the hole, but I think we came out the second half and were ready to go,” sophomore defensive tackle Daniel Wise said. “We really weren’t down to focus on what happened the first half, it was a new play, new drive.”
Sophomore wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. agrees with Wise.
“We just got to start fast. I think if we start fast, we’ll compete with anybody. We just can’t get down like that, like we did today. That’s our biggest thing,” Sims said.
Next up for the Jayhawks will be a trip to Memphis to take on the Tigers this Saturday at 11 a.m.