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Kansas defeats Northern Illinois, 45-42

  • 6 p.m., Sept. 10, 2011
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

KU receiver D.J. Beshears said he wasn't worried that his final TD would be overturned

KU receiver D.J. Beshears said he wasn't worried that his final TD would be overturned after a replay in KU's 45-42 victory over Northern Illinois on Sept. 10, 2011.

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KU quarterback Jordan Webb describes the game-winning TD pass to D.J. Beshears

KU quarterback Jordan Webb describes the game-winning touchdown pass to D.J. Beshears following KU's 45-42 victory over Northern Illinois on Sept. 10, 2011.

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Jordan Webb shows off improvement

Players and coaches in the Kansas University football program are not allowed to answer this upcoming question. For the hundreds of thousands of the rest of you who follow KU football, a show of hands please: Who thought Jordan Webb ever would look as good at quarterback as he looked in directing his school to a 45-42 upset victory Saturday night against Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium?

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Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Northern Illinois

Candidates for game balls and gassers against Northern Illinois.

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Blitz gamble costly for NIU

The last thing Northern Illinois wanted to do was give red-hot Kansas University quarterback Jordan Webb time to throw the football.

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Kansas defense frustrated by NIU

Kansas University linebacker Steven Johnson’s first stop in the locker room was to find teammates Jordan Webb and D.J. Beshears, who combined on the Jayhawks’ game-winning touchdown Saturday.

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Matt Tait's KU football notebook: KU running game solid again

For the second straight game, Kansas University’s football team wowed its home crowd with an awesome display of running the football.

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KU coach Turner Gill

Kansas coach Turner Gill talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 45-42 victory over Northern Illinois on Sept. 10, 2011.

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FINAL: D.J. Beshears’ 6-yard touchdown reception gives KU thrilling 45-42 victory over Northern Illinois

Jordan Webb completed a six-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Beshears on fourth-and-goal with 9 seconds left, giving Kansas a dramatic 45-42 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

NIU (1-1) took a 42-38 lead with 5:03 left in the game before KU's final 11-play, 47-yard touchdown drive.

Webb led KU, completing 21 of 30 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Beshears added seven catches for 70 yards and two scores.

James Sims rushed 26 times for 110 yards and two scores, as KU finished with 253 total rushing yards.

The Jayhawks (2-0) will travel to face Georgia Tech next Saturday.

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