Kansas Jayhawks Sep 24, 2022; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. (20) runs the ball as wide receiver Steven McBride (19) blocks against the Duke Blue Devils at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

For several years, the Kansas Jayhawks were widely considered the laughingstock of the college football world. But that is no longer the case as the Jayhawks beat the previously unbeaten Duke Blue Devils by a score of 35-27 to remain undefeated on the season and improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2009.

The play of the game for Kansas came early in the second quarter when the Jayhawks’ star running back Daniel Hishaw broke off a 73-yard run, throwing off multiple defenders on his way to the end zone to give Kansas a 14-7 lead.

After taking the lead on that play, Kansas never relinquished the lead. Duke made a push and attempted to make a comeback, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter to pull within one score of the Jayhawks. But ultimately, the lead was just insurmountable and Kansas pulled off a 35-27 win.

College football fans are not used to seeing Kansas unbeaten this far into the college football season, and they had plenty to say about it on Saturday.


For Kansas, this marks the best start since the Jayhawks began the 2009 season 5-0 under then-head coach Mark Mangino. However, Kansas won’t be looking to repeat that season as the team lost its next seven games and finished the season with a losing record.