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Kansas defeats Southeast Missouri State, 38-16

  • 6 p.m., Sept. 2, 2017
  • Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

David Beaty talks Peyton Bender's debut, 38-16 win over SEMO

Following a 38-16 season-opening home victory over Southeast Missouri State, Kansas football coach David Beaty discussed Peyton Bender's strong debut, his defense and what he hopes improves heading into next week.

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Box score: Kansas 38, SEMO 16

Box score: Kansas 38, SEMO 16

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Matt Tait: Harrell's acrobatic catch showcases KU's potential

Let’s say you spend the next four months watching nothing but college football on Saturdays. 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. By Matt Tait

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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. By Benton Smith

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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. By Benton Smith

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KU honors, learns from 2008 Orange Bowl team in first game

A day before being inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame, Mark Mangino sat at a table in the Chancellor’s Lounge of the Anderson Football Complex, some 40 feet away from the windows overlooking Memorial Stadium. He had one piece of advice for the current team, though it wasn't something that could be spoken. By Scott Chasen

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Game blog from Memorial Stadium: KU football vs. SEMO

The third season of the David Beaty era finally is here, as the Jayhawks kick off 2017 against Southeast Missouri State.

As an added bonus, former KU coach Mark Mangino, and a couple of his star players, Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins, will be inducted into KU's Hall of Fame, as well as the entire 2008 Orange Bowl champions.

— Follow along before, during and after the opener with our live updates.

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