Jared Casey’s parents celebrate after small town freshman comes up hero with catch that lifted KU over Texas


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Jared Casey sealed the deal for the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.

Jalon Daniels hit Jared Casey on a scrambling pass for a 2-point conversion in overtime and Kansas stunned Texas 57-56 Saturday night to snap the Jayhawks’ eight-game losing streak this season and a 56-game losing streak in Big 12 road contests that stretched back to 2008.

The small town walk-on freshman had his family watching on the road in Austin, Texas.

“Was that Jared? Was that Jared? I was yelling,” said Jerry Casey, Jared’s father.

Jerry was on the sidelines when Jared made the catch for the Jayhawks first win on the road in the Big 12 since 2008.

“Hard to express what I’m feeling right now,” said Karen Casey, Jared’s mother. “Very, very proud.”

As a walk-on redshirt, Jared has seen some playing time on special teams and kickoffs this year.

He comes from 1A school Plainville, north of Hays in Rooks County.

The Casey family considers itself a football family. Jared’s older brother actually coached him in high school as an assistant coach.

“This is the first time he got in on offense for the year,” said Justin. “Just crazy, just watching it last night. I told my wife right before the two-point conversion happened, I said I’ve got a weird feeling that Jared’s going to catch this ball.”

And he did.

“Right when the snap happened, I saw him come across the middle, and I’m like oh my gosh he’s open,” said Justin. “And he (quarterback) got flushed out of the pocket so Jared came across, and when I saw the ball released, I could tell from the trajectory that this is going to Jared.”

Justin said he video chatted/yelled with Jared on the field after the catch.

“I saw the catch, and I was confident that he was going to catch the ball because he’s got excellent hands,” said Justin. “But the hit, I was concerned about. He got smoked pretty good.”

Jared hung onto the ball after getting hit.

KU won on the road and has two wins on the year

Kansas State got win number seven on the year and likely will get a bowl nod.

“Hey, pretty good day for football in our state,” said Jerry. “All their hard work and dedication is paying off. Good things will happen to them.

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