- Kansas Football -
Seven days after a 41-3 debacle at Duke, the Jayhawks responded with a victory that, for now, could be crucial for Weis’ immediate job security. The Jayhawks were hardly dominant or impressive — the defense carried the day in a slugfest — but they managed to survive the afternoon. Weis improved to 3-21 against Bowl Championship Subdivision teams at Kansas.
You are Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart. It’s third-and-9 at your own 40 early in the fourth quarter, game tied, your team desperately needing a big play in a so-far disappointing season. The snap comes and you look to your left. The safety chases tight end Ben Johnson to the flat. With your peripheral vision you can see Central Michigan’s strongside linebacker moving to the inside, meaning receiver Nick Harwell is being double-teamed on his curl route...
The game was still up for grabs late in the fourth quarter when CMU took over on its 26 yard line after a poor Jayhawk punt. With momentum on the Chips' side, Cooper Rush and the CMU offense went into a shell. A long pass to Jesse Kroll was broken up by Jayhawk defensive back Dexter McDonald. The Chippewas went in reverse on the next two plays and were forced to punt.
Kansas surged past Central Michigan with fourteen unanswered points in the fourth quarter, both on touchdown throws from Montell Cozart, en route to a 24-10 final score at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. Cozart threw for a career-best 226 yards and completed 23-of-33 passes.
Kansas played without starting right guard Mike Smithburg and starting right tackle Damon Martin in its 24-10 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday.
"We just wanted to prove that we could play physical," KU cornerback JaCorey Shepherd said. "Last week, we felt like there was a lack of physicality out there and we also wanted to prove that we can bounce back."
A first-half game plan by John Reagan designed to rebuild Cozart's confidence resulted in a 15-of-22 passing performance and allowed the quarterback to feel comfortable enough in the second half to try some throws with a higher degree of difficulty.
"We had called a blitz, I was supposed to blitz off the edge and I blitzed late and then I was like, 'This looks familiar,'" Love recalled. "I smelled it and made the play."
The Jayhawks (2-1) closed the game with two additional big plays for scores — a 60-yard pass from Montell Cozart to Justin McCay and a 30-yarder from Cozart to Corey Avery.
Kansas’ defense ought to keep it in games: At the beginning and the end of their 24-10 victory over Central Michigan, the Jayhawks produced some big plays offensively. But the defense was the reason Kansas ultimately prevailed, as its offense endured some shaky stretches over the second and third quarters. Led by linebackers Ben Heeney and Jake Love, the Kansas defense forced three turnovers, sacked Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush three times and limited the Chippewas to just 279 yards of offense. Wins haven’t been easy to come by at Kansas, but the defense should give the Jayhawks a chance to win again this season while the offense attempts to harness semblances of consistency.
WR Justin McCay, Kansas: His numbers aren't staggering. His impact was. The Jayhawks receiver changed the game with his 60-yard catch and run for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. McCay finished with two receptions for 66 yards and the score but KU might not have defeated Central Michigan, 24-10, without McCay's big play.
- Kansas Sports -
Behind a career-best 20 kills from freshman outside hitter Madison Rigdon, Kansas powered its way past Arkansas Saturday night inside the Horejsi Family Athletics Center, 25-16, 25-11, 27-29, 25-18. No. 24 Kansas will open the Big 12 Conference season on the road when the Jayhawks travel to Norman, Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, Sept. 27. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Kansas defeatead Cleveland State on Friday night with a well-balanced performance. Center stage, however, went to head coach Ray Bechard. In his 30th season overall, and his 17th as the leader of the Jayhawks, Bechard chalked up career win No. 1,000.
The Jayhawks, who were enjoying their best start in program history, fell to 8-1-0 on the year, while Marquette moved to 3-5-1.
In this week's Freshman Friday, KUAthletics.com is excited to share some insights into the life outside the pool for the freshman from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- College Football Saturday Highlights -
This will probably be the last weekend all year where KU football wins, and MU and KSU both lose (at home no less)!
Indiana entered the game as a double-digit underdog after losing 45-42 at Bowling Green last week, prompting coach Kevin Wilson to want his team to ''play with our hair on fire.'' The team gained 493 total yards but finished just 1 of 14 on third-down conversions.
The Hoosiers finished 2 of 2 on fourth-down conversions, though, and were helped by a pass interference penalty on Missouri's John Gibson during the final drive. Facing fourth-and-6 at his own 29-yard line, Sudfeld attempted to find Dominique Booth across the middle of the field, but Gibson wrapped his arms around the receiver before he could make the catch.
You know Desmond Howard is watching his Michigan Wolverines against Utah, and Utah returner Kaelin Clay had a special message for him. After Clay returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown to give Utah an early 10-3 lead he paid tribute -- or trolled, depending on how you want to look at it -- to Howard by striking the Heisman pose in the end zone just like Howard did 23 years ago.
Check out two of the more ingenious tailgating devices on display outside Tiger Stadium Saturday.
SMU receiver Der'rick Thompson was pushed out of bounds near the goal line during a play and was sent on a collision course with A&M's mascot, Reveille. The collie was napping on its bed, totally unaware of what was happening, but luckily for the pooch, a Texas A&M cadet stepped up and delivered a key block.
The win improved Arizona to 4-0, and broke Cal hearts after the Bears looked poised to move to a surprising 3-0 -- when you lead 31-13 entering the fourth quarter and score two more touchdowns, losing isn't easy.