Kansas Jayhawks offensive linesman Gavin Howard (70) pours water over Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis late in the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Memorial Stadium. Kansas won the game 31-19. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - James Sims rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns and Kansas snapped a 27-game Big 12 losing streak Saturday with a 31-19 victory over West Virginia.
Thousands of fans stormed onto the field embracing players and coaches and eventually tearing down the south goalpost.
Sims, who recorded a career-high on 22 carries, broke runs of 62 and 68 yards while Kansas (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) ended a Big 12 drought that had lasted more than three years since a come-from-behind win over Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010.
West Virginia (4-7, 2-6), which wasn't even a Big 12 member when Kansas notched its previous conference win, took a 7-0 lead on its first possession, a long drive against the wind. But the Mountaineers were unable to generate anything more until two meaningless touchdowns with less than 5 minutes to play.