Houston wide receivers skirmish on the sidelines in Kansas loss

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Houston wide receivers Samuel Brown and Joseph Manjack IV were involved in a sideline incident during the team’s 48-30 loss to Kansas on Saturday night.

With about 11:45 remaining in the third quarter, Manjack approached the sideline and said something to Brown. He then grabbed Brown by the jersey and pushed him to the ground. The two players had to be separated.

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Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Jalon Daniels escapes a tackle from Cougars defensive lineman Nelson Ceaser en route to a touchdown on Saturday, September 1.  17, 2022, in Houston.

Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Jalon Daniels escapes a tackle from Cougars defensive lineman Nelson Ceaser en route to a touchdown on Saturday, September 1. 17, 2022, in Houston.
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“Manjack took it upon himself to go out there and face Sam, which is the wrong thing to do,” Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said after the game, via ESPN. “He was absolutely wrong and shouldn’t have done it, and he knows it and felt bad about it.”

Holgorsen said Manjack apologized to Brown and they “kissed”.

It was a tough night for the Cougars.

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Cougars head coach Dana Holgorsen coughed on his helmet during the Kansas game on Saturday, September 1.  17, 2022, in Houston.

Cougars head coach Dana Holgorsen coughed on his helmet during the Kansas game on Saturday, September 1. 17, 2022, in Houston.
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Houston opened the game with a 14-0 lead but the defense would allow 28 straight points. Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels had three touchdowns and Daniel Hishaw Jr. had another in that span.

Daniels was 14 for 23 with five total touchdowns. He had 158 passing yards and 123 rushing yards.

“I thought Jalon was excellent today,” Kansas coach Lance Leipold said. “He made big plays, scrambled, kept practices alive, saw some things, didn’t hold back. Statistically he probably didn’t get off to a great start, but I think again , a very solid day.”

Houston’s Clayton Tune was 22 of 31 for 260 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Jereme Robinson of Kansas takes the ball off Cougars quarterback Clayton Tune on Saturday, September 1.  17, 2022, in Houston.

Jereme Robinson of Kansas takes the ball off Cougars quarterback Clayton Tune on Saturday, September 1. 17, 2022, in Houston.
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Kansas moved to 3-0 with the win. Houston, which started the season ranked No. 24 in the nation, fell to 1-2.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.