As of Saturday morning, the University of Kansas football team had lost to conference opponents 27 times in a row.
But when the clock expired in the Jayhawks’ match against West Virginia University, that streak was finally over — and credit for morale-boosting victory went in significant part to true-freshman Montell Cozart, the 2013 Bishop Miege graduate who made his first start for the Jayhawks just nine months after signing his commitment to play there.
While Cozart’s numbers weren’t flashy — he ran for 60 yards and threw for 61 — he brought a poise to the position that had been notable lacking for the Jayhawks early in the year, helping running backs James Sims and Brandon Bourbon power the team’s offensive drives.
Unlike at KU, at Miege, Cozart didn’t play football his freshman year. But in two years as the Stags’ starter, he amassed 5,207 career passing yards with 56 touchdown passes and 1,160 career rushing yards with 13 rushing touchdowns.