"It's a game of intensity," Patterson said. "When you don't have that or don't play with an edge, big plays occur. You haven't seen that happen to us all year long. It happened (Saturday). Twice. In seven minutes."
Clarke was otherwise terrific with a career-best 10 tackles and two tackles for a loss defending outside runs and zone reads.
"That stuff happens," Rowell said. "Every good player has bad moments. Ray Lewis had bad moments. Steve Young had bad moments. We're not going to sit here and talk about what Will could have done."
The first run set up the first of Sims' three touchdowns two snaps later. The Mountaineers punted - actually, they punted, had a touchback erased by a delay of game and then punted again and watched the ball go out of bounds at the 32 - and tried to simply hang on for the final 39 seconds of the first half.
Kansas instead tossed a pitch outside to the right and watched Sims cut inside and run untouched and away from hobbling safety Darwin Cook for a 68-yard touchdown. Cook had been hurt twice in the first half and Patterson took blame for having Cook in the game because "obviously he couldn't play."
The score guaranteed the Jayhawks only their second halftime lead of the season and the first since the season-opener against South Dakota.
"I felt like those two running plays were the end of the game," Rowell said.
It was the first toss play in the game and the second time the Jayhawks were under center. They were in the same formation on Sims' first touchdown with a guard and two tackles lined up to the right of the center and a fullback in front of Sims in the backfield. That was a power run to the right with the guard on the left side pulling to the right and giving Sims a path.
Defensive end Kyle Rose said WVU expected the same play at the end of the half, but the way they lined up left them outnumbered on the right side of the play, which meant they were in trouble when the toss went that way.
Kansas was devious with an array of outside zone runs, quarterback reads with the running back and draws by Sims and Cozart that were effective on third down.
"Obviously it slows us down," Rose said. "We can't get a pass rush because we're always worried about them playing up and having to read blocks. We're not able to come off the ball and rush the passer like we used to or like we like to. It keeps us on our heels so we play preventive and not attacking how we should and how the defense was created for us to play. So it created a lot of problems for us."
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