DURHAM, N.C. — Kansas’ first play from scrimmage went for a 13-yard loss.
For the Jayhawks, it only got worse from there.
Duke routed Kansas 41-3 on Saturday, turning this matchup of basketball bluebloods into a rout behind a record-setting 245 yards rushing from Blue Devils freshman Shaun Wilson.
Montell Cozart was 11 of 27 for 89 yards for Kansas (1-1) but threw two interceptions that Duke turned into field goals.
The Jayhawks didn’t advance farther than the Duke 17 and lost their 25th straight road game. This was the 15th defeat in that stretch by at least 20 points.
They struggled to get out of their own way while slipping into a deep early hole they couldn’t escape, falling behind 17-0 in fewer than 10 minutes.
Kansas’ only points came on Matthew Wyman’s 34-yard field goal late in the first quarter.
Coach Charlie Weis said the first play of the game — a snap sailed over Cozart’s head — “set the tone.”
“I knew ... that Duke’s point of emphasis this week was the first quarter,” Weis said.
His team also couldn’t stop Wilson.
Not when the game was in the balance, and certainly not in garbage time.
Wilson scored on runs of 69, 68 and 45 yards while breaking Robert Baldwin’s 20-year-old single-game record for the Blue Devils (3-0).
“Get the ball, and if you see green, you’ve got to just go,” Wilson said. “So I was running as fast as I could.”
The freshman from Charlotte didn’t even show up on the depth chart — Shaquille Powell was listed as the starter with Josh Snead as the top backup — yet he entered averaging nearly 10 yards per carry.
“The coaches said they were looking for me to come in and play,” Wilson said. “I came in just looking at Josh Snead and Shaq Powell and just doing what they do and just trying to make myself better and prepared.”
On his first carry, he burst through the line and raced untouched through the left side on his way to a 69-yard touchdown run — his first college TD — that pushed the lead to 17-0.
His second college score was only slightly shorter — a 68-yarder in the final minute of the third quarter made it 34-3.
Wilson then scored from 45 yards out to make it a 38-point game and bring him to 237 yards rushing — a yard shy of the mark Baldwin set against Maryland in ‘94.
After the defense forced a stop with 5 seconds remaining, Wilson broke the record with an 8-yard run on the game’s final play.
Anthony Boone threw two TD passes to Max McCaffrey for Duke, which scored the first three times it touched the ball, built a 511-297 advantage in total yardage and cruised to its first 3-0 start since 1994.
Boone finished 19 of 33 for 180 yards in three quarters with scoring passes to McCaffrey covering 36 and 10 yards. He improved to 13-0 as a starter in regular-season games.
It marked the return trip of a series that started when these teams were on opposite ends of the college football food chain. Back in 2009, Kansas wasn’t far removed from its Orange Bowl run when the Jayhawks earned a 44-16 rout of a doormat Duke team.
Five years later, and the roles have reversed drastically. It’s the ACC Coastal Division champion Blue Devils who are conference contenders while the Jayhawks face a long road to respectability.
Boone capped Duke’s opening drive by finding McCaffrey over the middle and the receiver broke two tackles on his way into the end zone to make it 7-0.
The two hooked up again on the second drive of the third quarter, with McCaffrey’s shorter scoring catch making it 27-3.
“I got hit on the 5 about each time and just thought, ‘I have to get in there,’” McCaffrey said.
At Durham, N.C.
Duke 41, Kansas 3
Kansas 3 0 0 0 — 3
Duke 17 3 14 7 — 41
Duke—McCaffrey 36 pass from Boone (Martin kick), 11:33.
Duke—FG Martin 20, 7:13.
Duke—Wilson 69 run (Martin kick), 5:32.
KU—FG Wyman 34, 2:18.
Duke—FG Martin 27, 10:32.
Duke—McCaffrey 10 pass from Boone (Martin kick), 5:23.
Duke—Wilson 68 run (Martin kick), :44.
Duke—Wilson 45 run (Martin kick), 3:57.
First downs 17 23
Rushes-yards 47-202 36-331
Passing 95 180
Comp-Att-Int 12-29-2 20-35-0
Return Yards 0 99
Punts-Avg. 8-51.8 5-37.6
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-74 5-41
TOP 32:34 27:26
RUSHING—Kansas, Avery 16-87, Mann 12-65, Cozart 8-30, Dineen Jr. 6-28, Fink 2-4, Cummings 2-1, Team 1-(minus 13). Duke, Wilson 12-245, Snead 5-23, Powell 6-22, Ajeigbe 7-21, Sirk 6-20.
PASSING—Kansas, Cozart 11-27-2-89, Cummings 1-2-0-6. Duke, Boone 19-33-0-180, Sirk 1-2-0-0.
RECEIVING—Kansas, Mundine 3-17, Pierson 2-17, Harwell 2-9, Avery 2-8, McCay 2-8, Mann 1-36. Duke, McCaffrey 7-79, Blakeney 4-38, Snead 2-27, Crowder 2-14, Wilson 1-7, Powell 1-6, Barnes 1-5, Reeves 1-4, R.Smith 1-0.