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LaQuvionte Gonzalez sidesteps multiple TCU defenders for a 67-yard gain
- Updated: October 9, 2016
Kansas Jayhawks wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez looked like he was running an obstacle course during Saturday’s game against the TCU Horned Frogs.
On 3rd and 7 with 7:04 remaining in the 3rd quarter, the Jayhawks were looking to swing the momentum to their side – being down 14-13 at the time. Kansas quarterback, Ryan Willis received the snap and threw a quick underneath pass to Gonzalez. Once the 5-foot-10 pass catcher received the ball, you could tell that he was trying to go the distance. Gonzalez proceed to sidestep TCU defensive back Nick Orr, safety Denzel Johnson, and defensive end Josh Carraway en route to a 67-yard gain that would lead to a field goal and a 16-13 lead for the Jayhawks.
This play was spectacular but it wasn’t a momentum builder for the Jayhawks, with the Horned Frogs scoring a late TD and field goal to win this one, 24-23.
LaQuvionte Gonzalez accounts for 112 of the total 240 receiving yards as #kufball leads TCU 23-21 with 9:25 to play
— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) October 8, 2016
Gonzalez basically carried the offence in this matchup, catching 8 passes for 131 yards (16.4 yards per catch). He also finished with 131 receiving yards, which accounted for 60% of his team’s total receiving yards (217). He didn’t end up finding the end zone, but he consistently made big plays down the field to put his team in a solid position. The junior transfer from Texas A&M has had a solid season for the Jayhawks, catching 31 balls for 349 receiving yards and a TD. Behind Steven Sims Jr. (26 rec, 413 yards, 5 TDs), Gonzalez will look to continue to make plays as a solid no.2 wideout on this Kansas team.
The loss moves the Jayhawks to a 1-4 record. They’re 9th in the Big 12, and it’s safe to say that they won’t be making any noise any time soon. Kansas isn’t known for their football program, but it’d be nice to see some improvement from a team that’s been outscored 70-159 so far this season. It won’t get any easier for the Jayhawks, considering that they’ll be taking on the 5-0 Baylor Bears next Saturday at McLane Stadium; with kick-off scheduled at 3:30 p.m. EST.
All stats for this article are from sports-reference.com and NCAA.com
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