University of Kansas

September 11, 2011

Jayhawk report

First quarter

Key play: Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb hit D.J. Beshears for a 15-yard touchdown to give the Jayhawks a 7-0 lead.

Key stat: KU threw 10 passes in the quarter — the same amount as it threw in its first game.

Second quarter

Key play: With Northern Illinois leading 21-14, NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish looked to have completed a 29-yard pass on fourth-and-6 from the KU 30 to put the Huskies at the 1. But the call was overturned, giving Kansas the ball.

Key stat: The Jayhawks converted eight of 10 third downs.

Third quarter

Key play: Kansas running back James Sims rushed for a 1-yard touchdown — his second of the quarter — to give the Jayhawks a 35-28 lead.

Key stat: KU held the ball for nearly 10 minutes in the third quarter.

Fourth quarter

Key play: On fourth-and-goal from the NIU 6, Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb hit Beshears for the game-winning touchdown with nine seconds left.

Key stat: The Jayhawks achieved the balance they were hoping for with 253 rushing yards and 281 passing yards.

Report card

Offense: A. Webb looked like a veteran out there, completing 21 of 30 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns. His maturity showed when he found Beshears, his third option, on the game-winner. KU's running backs were dynamite once again.

Defense: D. The Jayhawks didn't improve from week one to week two. They didn't record a sack or force a turnover and gave up 462 yards. KU was playing a great offense with a great quarterback in Chandler Harnish, which keeps it out of the 'F' range.

Special teams: A. D.J. Beshears had 197 yards on kickoff returns and had a 51-yard return to give the Jayhawks great field position on their game-winning drive. Alex Mueller made a key 27-yard field goal that ended up being the difference.

Coaching: A-. Turner Gill has his players believing, and KU offensive coordinator Chuck Long is making all the right calls in the booth. He's "third and Long" no longer. Vic Shealy is going to need to be creative with this young defense as the season moves on.

Player of the game

Jordan Webb. His performance will finally make KU fans start to forget about Todd Reesing. Well, at least for a week.

Reason to hope

KU's top four running backs continued to impress behind a very dependable offensive line.

Reason to mope

KU's defense had just four tackles for loss for the day.

Looking ahead

The Jayhawks travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech at 11:30 a.m. next Saturday.


"It's definitely a feeling that I won't ever forget."

—KU quarterback Jordan Webb on his game-winning touchdown pass with nine seconds left

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