Big defensive plays key Kansas victory over BYU

Kansas turned two big defensive plays into 14 points and spoiled BYU’s Big 12 debut by beating the Cougars 38-27 on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.Kenny Logan Jr. brought back an interception 30 yards for a touchdown that vaulted the Jayhawks (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) ahead 21-17 on the third play from scrimmage in the third quarter.At the outset, on BYU’s first possession since joining the conference this summer, Kansas cornerback Cobee Bryant delivered a jarring upper-body hit on Parker Kingston, who fumbled in the backfield. BYU (3-1, 0-1) wanted targeting called, but Bryant recovered and went 22 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.The Jayhawks’ Jalon Daniels threw for three touchdowns, and the second one, a 5-yard play to Luke Grimm, extended the lead to 28-20 with 4:53 left in the third quarter.BYU’s Kedon Slovis completed 30 of 51 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off twice. The Cougars had only 9 yards rushing on 22 carries.The second interception came on fourth-and-7 from the Kansas 34 late in the third quarter. The Jayhawks took full advantage, as Daniels again went to Grimm, this time for 13 yards, to end a seven-play drive and push the lead to 35-20.BYU closed to within 35-27 with 8:02 left to play on Keelan Marion’s 6-yard run, but Kansas chewed 6:26 off the clock before getting a 23-yard field goal from Seth Keller to ice the victory.