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Kansas destroys Rutgers in college football’s GAME OF THE CENTURY

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The Jayhawks looked like the national power they truly are.

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas Jayhawks football team beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team on Saturday in Lawrence, 55-14. KU’s rout was the first time the program eclipsed 50 points in a game since 2010 and the first time it won a second game in a row against an FBS team (having first beaten Central Michigan last weekend) since 2009.

Time will tell if this was anything more significant than Rutgers being a special kind of terrible. It probably wasn’t. But the Jayhawks looked genuinely impressive in powdering their sad Big Ten foes, who were overmatched all game. The Jayhawks possessed the ball for 34 of 60 minutes and out-gained their visitors 544-274 (7.5 to 4.3 per play).

Rutgers committed six turnovers, two of which were immediately returned for touchdowns. The game also included some moments typical of a slugfest between national powers:

And a good time was had by all, except for Rutgers.


This was a chronology of the game as it unfolded.

KU 55, RU 14

The last time Kansas scored 50-plus points against an FBS opponent was against Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010. That was the week of the first midterm elections of the Obama administration. That was also three Jayhawk head coaches ago.

KU 55, RU 14

The Jayhawks have their backups’ backups in the game, and they’ve hung 55 points on someone. Are they ... kind of decent? They may be not that bad!

This is all so very disorienting.

End of three quarters: KANSAS 41, RUTGERS 14

What a day.

KU 41, RU 14

Rutgers fumbled again, and Kansas got a field goal.

Rutgers has a gentlemanly six turnovers on offense.

KU 38, RU 14

After Artur Sitkowski tossed his third interception of the day, Kansas drove just 25 yards to score again. The rout is on in Lawrence, but this was a step forward for Rutgers, because this particular interception at least didn’t get returned for a touchdown.

KU 31, RU 14

Kansas punted. Rutgers has the ball at its 7 and needs some touchdowns.

KU 31, RU 14

The Jayhawks received the kickoff to start the half and got going from their own 25. They’re 30 minutes from their first back-to-back wins against FBS teams since 2009.

Halftime: Kansas 31, Rutgers 14

Kansas is good. Dogs and cats are living together in harmony.

The Jayhawks are averaging 7.4 yards per play to Rutgers’ 4.1. The Scarlet Knights coughed up four turnovers, including two interception returns for TDs. Yeesh.

Second quarter

KU 31, RU 14

Lol Kansas scored again. A 59-yard TD run by Khalil Herbert.

KU 24, RU 14

Rutgers has scored on a nine-play, 86-yard drive.

KU 24, RU 7

Rutgers’ defense did get a stop. The Scarlet Knights will try hard not to commit their fifth turnover of the half on this possession.

KU 24, RU 7

Kansas has its second pick six of the game. Mike Lee intercepted Artur Sitkowski and ran 31 yards for a touchdown. Rutgers is NSFW.

End first quarter: Kansas 17, Rutgers 7

KU 17, RU 7

Rutgers has just blocked another Kansas field goal.

KU 17, RU 7

Rutgers lost a fumble, its third turnover of the quarter, and Kansas is probably about to score again.

KU 17, RU 7

Touchdown, Jayhawks. Miles Kendrick tossed a leisurely 6-yarder to Jeremiah Booker. KU’s averaging 6.6 yards per play to Rutgers’ 0.6.

KU 10, RU 7

RUTGERS BLOCK SIX. RUTGERS BLOCK SIX.

Gabriel Rui’s 36-yard field goal attempt after a Jayhawk fumble recovery got swatted backward by Deonte Roberts, who picked it up and ran 64 yards for a touchdown.

The count of non-offensive touchdowns in this game: two.

The count of offensive touchdowns in this game: zero.

KU 10, RU 0

KANSAS FUMBLE RECOVERY at the Rutgers 22.

KU 10, RU 0

KANSAS PICK SIX. KANSAS PICK SIX.

Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski threw the ball to wide-open Kansas DB Bryce Torneden, who made a house call from 39 yards away.

It might be the Jayhawks’ day.

KU 3, RU 0

Field goal, Jayhawks! A crafty 49-yarder by Gabriel Rui was pure.

RU 0, KU O

Rutgers went three-and-out and punted.

RU 0, KU O

Rutgers fair-caught the kickoff and starts at Kansas’ 25.

Rutgers and Kansas are bona-fide national powers:

Kansas is a five-time national champion*, and Rutgers quite literally invented the game of football.

(in basketball)*

The buzz surrounding this matchup is not so much the game itself as it is these two teams’ individual accomplishments in recent years. Let’s roll through some highlights, shall we?

First off, they have combined records of 32-86 over the last five seasons. That’s like, only 27 games away from .500, so not too far off, people. A baseball team could make up that difference in like a month, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Scarlet Knights and Jayhawks can get it done by mid-October. Give ‘em time.

Their average S&P+ rankings for the past five years are 111th for five-time national champion Kansas and 99th for former 2006 No. 7 Rutgers, who invented football. There are roughly a thousand college football teams that we know of in the universe, and these are two of the 111 best.

If you were wondering why this posts exists, that’s why.