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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 9.3.2017

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Happy debut: Peyton Bender starts fast in opening win over SEMO |
The path that first took him through Pullman, Wash., then Fulton, Miss., eventually led quarterback Peyton Bender to Lawrence, Kansas. And although the junior transfer’s highly-anticipated debut didn’t venture into the realm of flawless, Bender proved worthy of his place atop the depth chart on a 364-yard, four-touchdown Saturday night and piloted KU’s Air Raid offense to a 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State in the Jayhawks’ season-opener.

Notebook: Tyriek Starks enters after Bender; several players make first starts |
No quarterback other than junior transfer Peyton Bender, officially the Kansas football team’s new starter, threw a pass in the Jayhawks’ season-opening, 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

KU honors, learns from 2008 Orange Bowl team in first game |
“Just take a peek at ‘em,” Mangino said, pounding on the blue tablecloth in front of him to emphasize his point. “(The Orange Bowl team) will be walking around out on the field before the game and on the sideline. Just take a glance over there and see how they carry themselves, how they’re sure of themselves, how they fear nothing. That’s the lesson these kids can learn here.”

Matt Tait: Harrell's acrobatic catch showcases KU's potential |
In all of that time, after thousands of plays, you may not find a better catch by anyone, anywhere, than the one Kansas sophomore Chase Harrell hauled in during the Jayhawks’ 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Bender throws 4 TDs, Jayhawks roll in opener |
Bender, who started his collegiate career at Washington State, finished 23-of-37 passing for 364 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in his Kansas debut. It was the first time a KU quarterback threw four touchdowns in a game since Todd Reesing in 2009.

KU volleyball coasts past Montana, wins Wolverine Invitational |
The University of Kansas volleyball team made quick work of Montana in a 25-9, 25-22, 25-16 victory over the Grizzles on Saturday, which secured the Wolverine Invitational title for the ninth-ranked Jayhawks.

Other Sports

NFL final cuts: One thing you need to know about every team's initial 2017 roster -
For the first time this season, the NFL let teams carry up to 90 players on their rosters until the final cutdown deadline on Saturday, and that change led to a flurry of activity around the league.

College football winners and losers, Week 1: Alabama rolls, Louisville avoids upset -
College football has been back for a week, but really, it came back on Saturday. It was the first full weekend of the 2017 season and no game was bigger than the matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State.

Cam Newton's brother leads Howard to biggest upset in college football history -
Caylin Newton, quarterback for Howard and younger brother of current Carolina Panthers and former Auburn Tigers star Cam Newton, led Howard to the biggest upset in college football history (based on point spread, at least) on Saturday -- a 43-40 win over home-standing UNLV.

Ezekiel Elliott testifies under oath that he liked to do drugs at Ohio State -
When Ezekiel Elliott and the NFLPA made the decision to take the NFL to court on Friday over Elliott's six-game suspension, the player's association filed several documents that hadn't previously been made public.

Brock Osweiler set to sign one-year deal with Broncos Monday, pending physical -
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has reported that Osweiler is set to sign a one-year contract with the Broncos in a deal that will take him back to the city that he once spurned. The news of Osweiler's signing in Denver came just hours after Mike Klis of reported that the Broncos were planning to "zero in" on Osweiler once he officially became a free agent.

Alabama-Florida State a dud as only one team showed glimmer of a title contender -
You better believe the overhyped G.O.A.T. -- Greatest Opener (of) All Time! -- was largely a donkey. The first-ever season opening meeting between a pair of top-three ranked teams in the preseason AP Top 25 resulted in three missed field goals, a blocked punt and a fumbled kickoff. And neither could run the ball efficiently.

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