Game Preview: Kansas vs Rutgers

By EFN Staff
Published: 09/23/2015

Kansas Jayhawks (0-2) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-2)

In a matchup of two teams that may be struggling more than any in the FBS, Rutgers looks to protect home field against a Kansas squad that has not won on the road in more than six years. The meeting will be the first between the two programs. Rutgers will be playing its second game without head coach Kyle Flood, who was suspended three games for improper contact with a faculty member in regard to a Scarlet Knight player’s eligibility.

Players to watch

  • Despite not playing this past weekend (the Jayhawks had a bye), junior running back Ke’aun Kinner still leads the Big 12 Conference in rushing with 270 yards. The 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year has rushed for three scores on the young season.
  • Sophomore Chris Laviano has earned the starting quarterback role for Rutgers this season and has found some success, completing 54-of-75 passes for 593 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Key stats

  • The Jayhawks have not defeated a Power 5 Conference team on the road since knocking off Iowa State 35-33, Oct. 4, 2008.
  • Kansas is allowing 48 points per game this season.
  • Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart is ranked eighth of 10 in the Big 12 in passing yards per game (204.5), and last in passing efficiently (111.6).
  • In a 28-3 loss at Penn State last week, Rutgers wide receiver Carlton Agudosi set career-highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (80).
  • After averaging 17 points per game a year ago, through two games this season the Jayhawks are putting up 30.5 points per game.
  • The Scarlet Knights will be without the services of leading wide receiver Leonte Carroo who leads the Big Ten in yards per receptions (25.9), is tied for second in touchdowns (three) and 11th in receiving yards (181), due to a second suspension this season.