Bryant’s interception was right play at right time for KU

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Kansas cornerback Cobee Bryant celebrates with safety Kenny Logan Jr. after making an interception Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, against Missouri State.

Cincinnati — Kansas’ 49-16 victory over Cincinnati went down as its biggest margin of the season, but the Jayhawks’ victory didn’t always seem so assured.

KU’s defense could not get off the field against Emory Jones, Corey Kiner and the Bearcats’ rushing attack. The Jayhawks already trailed 3-0 early in the second quarter when they had to punt on UC’s side of the field and incurred a fourth-down holding penalty that negated any field-position advantage. Momentum was low and KU appeared headed for a late-season letdown.

Then Cincinnati brought in backup quarterback Brady Lichtenberg and he looked to throw deep.

Wide receiver Xzavier Henderson had Cobee Bryant a step behind him in one-on-one coverage heading up the left sideline and had a chance to flip the field or even score if he could haul in a catch. But Lichtenberg’s pass was underthrown.

“And all of a sudden, I don’t know, it was shocking,” Bryant said. “I had the ball, I was trying to bat it down, and then it just slid into my hand and then I realized I caught it.”