Senior wide receiver Rob Licursi suffered a broken collarbone after catching a pass in the first quarter and has been lost for the season. It's possible Licursi will qualify for another season, however, under NCAA hardship rules. He hasn't had a red-shirt season.
Three starting offensive linemen sat out the second half. Center Dan Schmidt (ankle), guard Scott Imwalle (leg cramps) and tackle Keith Loneker (ankle) were replaced by Dave Marcum, Russ Bowen and Kris Booth respectively.
Tony Sands rushed for 105 yards. That put him over the century mark for the third straight game. No KU ball-carrier has recorded the hat trick since Kerwin Bell in 1980.
Sophomore Robert Vaughn plucked his first career interception in the second quarter, but the Jayhawks failed to take advantage when Chaka Johnson fumbled on the next play. Vaughn was also KU's leading tackler with seven stops.
Penalized 10 times for 119 yards in the opener at Toledo, KU was flagged just once for 8 yards on Saturday.
KU's 54 points were the most since a 57-6 win over Wichita State in 1983.