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Kansas defeats South Dakota State, 31-17

  • 6 p.m., Sept. 1, 2012
  • Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

KU players talk following win over SDSU

KU players talk following their 31-17 win over SDSU on Sept. 1, 2012.

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Charlie Weis: Atmosphere good, but it’ll be better

So far, Charlie Weis says he’s happy with Kansas’ newest football tradition.

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Bradley McDougald stands out

For Kansas University safety Bradley McDougald, Saturday’s 31-17 victory against South Dakota State was much more than a feel-good way to kick off his final season of college football. It was a comeback.

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Jacks’ big run ‘pretty cool’

Zach Zenner accepted a handoff two to three yards deep in the end zone, busted through Kansas University’s line and 13 seconds later completed the longest touchdown run in South Dakota State football history.

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KU coach Charlie Weis

Kansas coach Charlie Weis talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 31-17 victory over South Dakota State on Sept. 1, 2012.

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Dayne Crist solid, not spectacular — yet

For so much of Dayne Crist’s debut as Kansas University’s quarterback, Peggy Lee, a late singer from a bygone era, came to mind. You could almost hear her singing, “Is that all there is?”

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FINAL: Tony Pierson, Taylor Cox lead KU to 31-17 victory over SDSU

Kansas running back Taylor Cox took over during a crucial fourth-quarter touchdown drive, helping to put the game out of reach in KU's 31-17 victory over South Dakota State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in coach Charlie Weis' KU debut.

With KU leading 24-17 with 8:39 left, Cox broke a 39-yard run to the right before finishing the drive with a three-yard score that put KU back up by 14.

Cox finished with 16 carries for 121 yards, while Tony Pierson contributed 20 carries for 124 yards and two scores.

It was the first time that KU had two running backs go over 100 yards in a game since the 2007 season-opener against Central Michigan.

Dayne Crist was inconsistent in his first game at KU, completing 17 of 36 passes for 169 yards with a TD and interception.

Kale Pick led KU in receiving with five catches for 81 yards.

KU finished with four interceptions.

KU (1-0) will play host to Rice at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 8.

KU coach Charlie Weis postgame audio

KU players postgame audio

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