THE FINAL SCORE:
KANSAS JAYHAWKS 13, LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS 10
IT WAS OVER WHEN: Sophomore place kicker, Matthew Wyman, drilled a 52-yard field goal between the uprights as time ran out, breaking a 10-10 tie.
In a game in which the Jayhawks overwhelmingly underwhelmed, especially on offense, special teams and fourth quarter turnovers by the Bulldogs were the big story. Kansas capitalized on 2 Louisiana Tech fumbles inside the the Tech 5 yard in the fourth quarter by marching down field in both instances to score points.
After an interception by the Bulldog defense within the first minute of the last stanza, Tech freshman quarterback, Ryan Higgins, motored 27 yards toward the goal line. As he was being forced out of bounds at the two, he reached out with the ball for the goal line. As he stretched out, he lost possession of the ball, fumbling out of the end zone, resulting in Kansas getting the ball on the 20.
Kansas marched down 80 yards on 8 plays, scoring on a 22-yard catch and run by tight end Jimmy Mundine, to score the game at 10. Both teams suffered through stalled drives, then Tech went 80 yards on 10 plays, but the Bulldogs’ fine sophomore running back, Kenneth Dixon was stripped of the foot ball at the five yard line while he fought toward the end zone in the final two minutes of the game.
Kansas went 60 yards in 8 plays in a little over a minute and a half to set up Wyman’s heroics.
JAYHAWK PLAYER(S) OF THE GAME: Matt Wyman for his booming, game winning kick, and to punter Trevor Pardula, who averaged 57.6 yards per boot, including a beautiful 78-yarder. Three of Pardula’s 5 punts pinned the Bulldogs within the 20.
NOTES: Kansas struggled all day running the football, averaging just 3.5 yards a carry on 33 rushes. The Jayhawks’ offensive line had problems opening holes in the trenches. The two teams combined 101 pass attempts and 568 yards.
The Kansas defense was a bend-but-do-not-break unit all day, giving up 443 total yards but just the 10 points.
Kansas is off next week before hosting the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Jayhawks’ first Big 12 match up of the season on Saturday, October 5th. The game time has not yet been announced. No television broadcast information has been released at this time.