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Kansas RB James Sims: 'We see the progress as a program'

Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims says the team feels good after nearly knocking off the Texas Longhorns.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas Jayhawks lost again Saturday, falling to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in Big 12 play. But after giving the No. 23 Texas Longhorns everything they could handle in a 21-17 game, Kansas running back James Sims says the team is pleased with its progress:

"After this game of course we are down, but we see the progress as a program. That's all that really matters at this time. We have to take it week by week, practice by practice and just continue to work as hard as we can."

Sims had an impressive game against the Longhorns, gaining 176 yards on 28 carries. The Jayhawks totaled just 273 yards, but they held a late lead and had a real shot at upsetting Texas. Nick Prolago kicked a 29-yard field goal with 2:45 left in the game to give Kansas a 17-14 lead, but Case McCoy threw a one-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Grant with 59 seconds remaining to put the Longhorns over the top.

With a 1-7 record, Kansas obviously has had its share of struggles, but the Jayhawks have been competitive at times. In addition to nearly toppling Texas, KU lost by 14 to TCU and six to Oklahoma State.