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Jalon Daniels' injury overshadows Kansas' loss to TCU, its first of season

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels is sacked by TCU linebacker Jamoi Hodge during the first half of a game on Oct. 8, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan.

The Kansas football team didn't just lose for the first time this season.

It lost junior quarterback Jalon Daniels as well.

Daniels left the game with a right shoulder injury shortly before halftime, and No. 19 Kansas was defeated 38-31 by No. 17 TCU on Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

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The quarterback, whose strong performances were a large reason why the Jayhawks were looking to start 6-0 for the first time since 2007, is uncertain to be able to play in the Jayhawks' next game, Saturday at Oklahoma.

"It's still under evaluation," coach Lance Leipold said roughly half an hour after the game ended. "That's all I was told. He was done for the day and I'm sure the next 48 hours will help us (evaluate his progress) and we'll go from there."

Daniels was replaced by redshirt senior Jason Bean, who started nine games last season and finished Saturday having completed 16 of 24 pasess for 262 yards, a career-high four touchdowns and an interception while running seven times for 34 yards.

Facing third-and-6 from TCU's 17-yard line with 41 seconds remaining until halftime, Daniels scrambled right and ended up being sacked for a 5-yard loss by TCU redshirt sophomore linebacker Jamoi Hodge, who landed on Daniels' right shoulder.

After being helped to the medical tent for evaluation, and then the locker room, Daniels returned to the sidelines wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants early in the third quarter. He finished 5-for-10 for 89 yards and ran seven times for 6 yards.

Bean, who transferred from North Texas prior to last season, had been praised by the coaching staff throughout preseason camp for his performance in practices. That he didn't miss a step in leading Kansas' offense Saturday was a testament to his level of preparation, Leipold said, even though Daniels had emerged as the starter after he replaced Bean late last season.

"I'm sure it's not exactly how he envisioned it from one year ago at this time, but you know, instead of dwelling on that, I'd like to really commend him for the fact that the way he's handled it, to be ready," Leipold said. "If he has to be the starter next week, I'm very confident he'll have a great week of preparation and take advantage of his opportunity to be a starter."

TCU (5-0) took a 38-31 lead with 1:36 remaining after junior wide receiver Quentin Johnston caught a 24-yard pass from senior quarterback Max Duggan in the back right corner of the end zone.

Bean, unfazed, led his team to the Horned Frogs' 34-yard line in an attempt to answer, but the drive ended when, facing fourth-and-9, Bean couldn't connect with redshirt sophomore wide receiver Lawrence Arnold.

"I had a good game, but obviously, it wasn't good enough," Bean said. "We needed one more and we couldn't get it, so I think that's just more motivation, more reason to come back this week and work even harder."

Bean entered with the Jayhawks trailing 10-3, and he immediately set about getting them on the right track. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Tanaka Scott caught a pass and broke a tackle for a 52-yard gain, and three plays later, he connected with senior tight end Mason Fairchild on a 12-yard touchdown reception that helped tie the score at 10.

The Jayhawks then took their first lead of the game — and forced TCU to play with a deficit for the first time since its season opener — when Bean, rolling left and throwing across his body, found junior wide receiver Luke Grimm wide open in the back right corner of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown catch. TCU responded on the next drive, when wide receiver Derius Davis took a screen pass 49 yards through the goal line, to tie it at 17.

Bean was intercepted on Kansas' following drive when, on third-and-21 from Kansas' 19-yard line, he threw the ball directly to TCU's Hodges. The Horned Frogs responded by going 26 yards in five plays, with Duggan running 3 yards across the goal line and helping his team take a 24-17 lead.

Kansas tied it again after a 26-yard pass from Bean to Arnold set up a 38-yard touchdown pass to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Quentin Skinner in the back right of the end zone, but TCU clawed the lead back five plays later when Duggan threaded a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Taye Barber en route to a 31-24 lead.

Kansas' attempt to answer — a 15-play drive — ended without points when Jacob Borcila missed a 31-yard field goal try with 8:06 to play. TCU went three-and-out on its final drive, and the Jayhawks finally equalized on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Bean to Skinner.

But TCU, which took over with 4:12 remaining, went 68 yards in six plays and went up 38-31 after Johnston caught a 24-yard pass from Duggan in the end zone.

Duggan finished 23-for-33 for 308 yards, three touchdowns and his first interception of the season — an overthrown pass in the second quarter that was caught easily by sophomore safety OJ Burroughs.

Kansas finished with 540 yards compared to TCU's 452, including 351 yards passing and 189 yards rushing. Sophomore running back Devin Neal had team highs of 15 carries for 88 yards, and Grimm caught six passes for 73 yards while Skinner had four catches for 98 yards.

The defense was relentless in its pressure of Duggan, though redshirt junior defensive end Lonnie Phelps Jr. had the Jayhawks' only sack. TCU, which entered the game averaging 8.3 yards per play, the best mark in the Football Subdivision, had just 7 yards per play against the Jayhawks — though 15 went for 10 or more yards.

But Kansas committed four fumbles, though it lost just one, and had five penalties for 45 yards. And Johnston had 14 catches for 206 yards, with 110 of those yards gained after the catch.

For a team that has been historically used to losing, Saturday's performance felt like an aberration. But overcoming the loss of Daniels, Leipold said, showed resilience that may not have been there a year ago.

"As I told the team, our margin of error is still pretty small," Leipold said. "That's reality. That's OK. We can embrace that. But we've got to be better in certain situations."

How they scored

First quarter

10:46 — TCU, Griffin Kell 39-yard field goal. TCU 3, Kansas 0.

Second quarter

3:26 — TCU, Kendre Miller 1-yard run (Griffin Kell kick). TCU 10, Kansas 0.

0:36 — Kansas, Jacob Borcila 40-yard field goal. TCU 10, Kansas 3.

Third quarter

12:59 — Kansas, Mason Fairchild 12-yard catch from Jason Bean (Jacob Borcila kick). TCU 10, Kansas 10.

7:36 — Kansas, Luke Grimm 8-yard catch from Jason Bean (Jacob Borcila kick). Kansas 17, TCU 10.

6:29 — TCU, Derius Davis 49-yard catch from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick). Kansas 17, TCU 17.

3:59 — TCU, Max Duggan 3-yard run (Griffin Kell kick). TCU 24, Kansas 17.

1:50 — Kansas, Quentin Skinner 38-yard pass from Jason Bean (Jacob Borcila kick). Kansas 24, TCU 24.

0:23 — TCU, Taye Barber 25-yard pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick). TCU 31, Kansas 24.

Fourth quarter

4:21 — Kansas, Quentin Skinner 29-yard pass from Jason Bean (Jacob Borcila kick). TCU 31, Kansas 31.

1:36 — TCU, Quentin Johnston 24-yard pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick). TCU 38, Kansas 31.

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Rodney Crain

At least it was close.

Bean was solid but he can't miss that wide open swing pass in the last drive. Defense looked tired at times. How many missed tackles?

Nice to see a crowd for College gameday, nice rowdy crowd at home for a big game too.

Hope JD is not out too long!

Um does this loss slow down the $300ml pipedream? LOL Hope not.

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Ryan Mullen

Proud of the hawks! They battled and were in a good position late in the game. They should be feeling good.

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Lee Sears

With Hishaw unable to play because of the injury in the Iowa State game, and Jalon Daniels going out at the end of the 2nd quarter, KU still made a game of it. I hate to be a fan complaining about calls, but the unsportsmanlike call for a 15yrd penalty and the no-call horse collar on third down and incomplete pass on fourth (a lack of pass interference called was also questioned) made the game feel like it was stolen from us. I know we threw an interception and had some other stupid penalties that costs us, but this was a winnable game. Heart-breaker for sure.

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W Keith Swinehart II

Focus on what can be fixed.

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Micky Baker

Fumble at the TCU 1yd line and the int deep in our own territory would have made any of those other things irrelevant, and maybe they wouldn't have even happened.

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Jonathan Allison

the unsportsmanlike conduct call seemed ridiculous and should have been a no call, but I don't feel like it affected the outcome. The horsecollar that you refer to was not a foul and was a good no call. The missed PI call on the final play was a tough one. Obviously the officials are gonna miss some PI calls, but that really should have been a PI and a first and 10. Fumbles really hurt us, Jalon's fumble at the 1 was a big momentum killer. Bean played really well overall, but some fumbled handoffs and pitches were pretty rough. The INT was bad, and the missed throw to Neal in the flat on the final possession.

Overall I'm proud of the way the team fought. Both teams had some insanely good TD catches and some plays on the sidelines that were too close to call.

Good football game, we may not have won, but I think we acquitted ourselves pretty well and proved that the 5-0 start was not a fluke. Coach LL doesn't accept moral victories, I get that, but the team should have plenty of confidence that they can win in the final 6 games this year.

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Randy Bombardier

The good news. We're good enough to win this conference. I wasn't entirely sure but I am now. Just have to execute.

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Dirk Medema

Left 10 on the field. Last week was a teachable W and this week a very teachable L.

The conference remains very open based on how the games are going as well.

1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Clarence Glasse

Short and simple: PROUD OF OUR JAYHAWKS!!!!!!!

1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Robert Brock

Let’s hope JD recovers soon.

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W Keith Swinehart II

Jayhawks can win the Big-12. Just need to fix a few things. That's what Leipold and staff are doing (and players seem to be listening and responding).

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Bill French

Went to the game today. At game day by 7:51am. Great crowd on hill and in the Booth. So very Proud of KU team, Coach Lance and all coaches. Courteous to TCU fans. This is what college athletics are all about. PROUD to be a Jayhawk in Tulsa.

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Micky Baker

There were some plays where we really hurt ourselves on both sides of the ball. Two of them were obvious, fumble and int. Some of the others were a few decisions made by Bean, but he did play pretty well under the circumstances. Bean needs to work on a cut back move because he could have turned a couple of runs into big chunk plays, and maybe one of them for a score. Some were on defense, Bean doesn't run the RPO as well as Daniels, but Bean did give the guys a spark, but not more than Daniels gives.

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Doug Roberts

Special teams weren't special AT ALL. How many times did the kickoff go out of bounds, or some dumb short kick?! Missed a field goal, and since the first week I haven't seen our team try to block a punt, field goal, or even an extra point. Special teams? More like "meh" teams...

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Bryce Landon

I didn't get to listen to the game, but when I saw the score, my heart sank. And my heart sank even more just now when I saw that Jalon Daniels was injured.

The fact that I have a sinking feeling about KU's losing today says a lot about what Lance Leipold has done with this program to make me care about Jayhawk football again. In years prior, KU losses didn't hurt; they were as much a fact of life as grass being green and the sun rising in the east. Now, a KU loss hurts. I thought the Jayhawks could go 6-0 to start the year. Losing at home to TCU breaks my heart.

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Dale Rogers

Win #6 next week...

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Jonathan Allison

you missed a good game. Really was a slug fest of a second half. Bean and his receivers, particularly Skinner, were electrifying. I assume that it was a game plan by TCU to not bring pressure on Bean, but he had all day to throw. He was hitting the long ball and missing short. I think he could have helped more with his legs, but I think that coach didn't want to risk getting him hurt on a scramble.

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Brad Watson

Funny how games go...if Jalon scores and doesn't fumble...the whole sequence of events change and he doesn't get injured..because that play would have never happened and on the other side of the coin.. we would not have seen how really good Jason Bean is now...I was as comfortable with him as QB as I was with Daniels...that is how good Bean has gotten with the help of the coaches and his great work ethic...Sorry for Jalon...we all love the kid... and hope he recovers soon...but after what I saw...I have complete confidence in Jason and think he IS going to lead us where we want to go!!!

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Brett McCabe

Jason Bean showed why he started 9 games last season. He completely lifted the team to a new level, and on the biggest stage for KU since the Orange Bowl. Talk about stepping in and stepping up in a big-time situation!

Echoing others that the Hill was better than I've ever seen it. Just absolutely packed with people, tons of electricity in the air, and seeing that stadium so full was a beautiful site to see.

Next challenge? Go play at OU in a game you should absolutely win, and secure yourself a bowl game. Sounds like fun!

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Rodney Crain

BTW - I watched the WI at NW game. Leonhard had a great showing as Head Coach. It was against NW, but WI looked very different than they did against IL. Balanced, fun plays, a RB threw a td pass to another RB, out of a wildcat set. Their defense played with energy. They looked well coached.

It is only one game but I think WI has found their coach.

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Dale Rogers

Let's hope!

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Trace Stark

To Bill & Brett
Many thanks for the first person reports from the hill & game.
Sounds wonderful! We felt great happiness and contentment seeing the Jayhawk community coming together, your descriptions amplify those emotions.
RCJH onward&forever!

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David Robinett

That TCU receiver did not look like he got either foot in bounds on the go ahead touchdown.

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Jonathan Allison

If I'm remembering the one (there were so many) then his feet were down when he made the catch and then he picked them up after the catch and landed OOB. If he had baubled the ball then regathered it would be incomplete, but it looked like he had control all the way through. Skinner's last TD catch looked like an incomplete pass though. Looked like his knee came down on the sideline. I think that the officials called it a catch on the field because they thought he had gotten a foot down before his knee came down, but replay showed clearly that his knee touched first, but was inconclusive enough as to whether it actually was on the line that they upheld the call on the field.

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Blake Brown

We've got an entertaining team that is competitive and relevant. I replayed our last possession a few times and it seemed to be pretty clear there were 2 holds on our receivers not called. I guess we used up all of our breaks in the Iowa State game. Beating OU would make us bowl eligible as well as still in the race in the Big Xll- go Jayhawks!

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Lance Hobson

The fumble on the goal line was a tough mistake in such a close game. Defense needed to tackle better and the refs missed holding on that final play. Just another really frustrating close loss to TCU but overall decent showing. What could have been.

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