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North Dakota State defeats Kansas, 6-3

  • 6 p.m., Sept. 4, 2010
  • Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

Live from Memorial Stadium: Newell Post Live

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Memorial Stadium where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the North Dakota State Bison.

As you see, our setup has changed this year for our live-game updates. We’re excited about the new setting and hope it will provide an enhanced gameday experience.

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The Kansas defense spreads across the field as North Dakota State quarterback Jose Mohler drops back to pass during the second quarter, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

The Kansas defense spreads across the field as North Dakota State quarterback Jose Mohler drops back to pass during the second quarter, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. by Nick Krug

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Live coverage (Ended September 5, 2010 at midnight)

00:01 left in Fourth Quarter
NDSU 6
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

On third and 6, KU throws a pass out in the flat for a two-yard loss. More boos.

One last desperation throw from Webb, but McDougald can't hang onto it on the sideline. Webb yells for a pass interference, but none is called. Didn't look like much contact anyway.

The Turner Gill era begins with a loss to an FCS opponent.

Jesse Newell

Biere drops another pass. The fans boo him.

When Biere is taken out, the fans cheer. Wow.

00:51 left in Fourth Quarter
NDSU 6
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

After a nice open-field tackle from Keeston Terry, NDSU is stopped for a two-yard loss on third down by Justin Springer.

NDSU's punt sails to the end zone. KU takes over at the 20.

Jesse Newell

There's no other way to say this: Tim Biere's play has severly hampered the Jayhawks' chances today.

The tight end took in a pass over the middle, but he fumbled after getting hit (his second of the day). NDSU recovers, and the Jayhawks need a miracle to pull out a win.

Jesse Newell

Webb tackled for a sack and seven-yard loss. He's not making quick decision at all.

03:59 left in Fourth Quarter
NDSU 6
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

Patterson returns the NDSU punt to the 18. Looks like Webb will still be the quarterback for KU.

Jesse Newell

KU gets one final gift from NDSU, as backup tight end Garrett Bruhn drops a third-down pass that would have gone for a first down.

The Bison will punt, and KU will have its last chance to win this game.

Jesse Newell

KU bites on the play-action, and Mohler completes a sideline pass for a first down.

Time is ticking away for the Jayhawks.

06:50 left in Fourth Quarter
NDSU 6
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

Branstetter pushes a 42-yard field goal attempt wide left. KU has no way to stop the clock, either, with no timeouts left.

Jesse Newell

Biere drops a pass from Webb down the field on third down. The tight end has had a tough day to say the least.

Nick Nelson

Wide receiver Daymond Patterson (15) makes a reception near the 40 yard line for a gain in the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 in the home opener Kansas against North Dakota State at Kivisto Field.

Wide receiver Daymond Patterson (15) makes a reception near the 40 yard line for a gain in the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 in the home opener Kansas against North Dakota State at Kivisto Field. by Kevin Anderson

08:13 left in Fourth Quarter
NDSU 6
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

KU has first and 10 from the NDSU 26. I wouldn't be wanting to settle for a field goal if I were the Jayhawks.

Jesse Newell

Good play= KU rushes a snap, gaining five yards when NDSU has too many players on the field.

Bad play= Half of KU's offensive linemen move early for a false start.

Worse play = KU takes its final timeout, bringing more boos from the 48,417 fans here.

Jesse Newell

On a draw, Deshaun Sands leans ahead for five yards on a third and four.

KU has moved to the NDSU 27.

Jesse Newell

Webb slings a pass over the middle to Patterson, who is dragged down after a 21-yard gain.

The more the Jayhawks have opened it up, the more successful they have been.

Tom Keegan KUsports.com staff

Jordan Webb in the game. Necessary move, but how about Toben Opurum at running back. He's the one guy who doesn't need blockers. If he has 30 carries by now, KU has more than three points. ... It kind of feels like tide is turning in KU's direction.

Jesse Newell

Jordan Webb in at QB for KU.

Jesse Newell

What a horrible, horrible mistake for NDSU. Rojas is upended on his punt, and KU gets a free first down. Why were the Bison even rushing the punter?

Nick Nelson

Kansas receiver D.J. Beshears goes airborne as he is tripped up by North Dakota State linebacker Preston Evans on a four yard gain during the first quarter, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas receiver D.J. Beshears goes airborne as he is tripped up by North Dakota State linebacker Preston Evans on a four yard gain during the first quarter, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. by Nick Krug

11:37 left in Fourth Quarter
NDSU 6
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

Pick is hit hard on third down, and his pass goes incomplete over the middle.

Rojas is sent out for another punt. KU's defense might have to make a play if the Jayhawks want to win this one.

Jesse Newell

On second and 12, Pick throws it in the flat. More boos.

Jesse Newell

Touchback on the punt. KU takes over at its 20.

The Jayhawks take a timeout before their first offensive play. The boos rain down.

Jesse Newell

Springer drags down Mohler on third down short of the sticks. KU will get the ball back again.

Jesse Newell

Great pass by Pick over the middle. Tim Biere drops it. Rojas punt.

Is KU going to win this game?

15:00 left in Fourth Quarter
NDSU 6
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

Pick scrambles away from pressure, but his pass to the sideline isn't close to a KU receiver.

KU faces third and 9 after the break, and the Jayhawks haven't given fans much reason to be hopeful for a conversion.

Jesse Newell

If KU's offensive line is going to be a strength this year, it's not showing it yet. Another one-yard rush for the Jayhawks.

Jesse Newell

Chris Harris brings the blitz on third and 10, and he gets a finger on Mohler to trip him up for a sack. Big play for KU's defense.

The Jayhawks once again can't make a good play without a bad one, though. Barfield is flagged for a block in the back, and the Jayhawks have to take over at their own 19.

Jesse Newell

Two rushes, 11 yards for NDSU. The Bison are punishing the Jayhawks up front.

04:28 left in Third Quarter
NDSU 6
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

Wow, what a killer for KU.

Pick — the starter because of his good decision-making — makes a horrible error in the red zone, trying to force the ball over the middle into double coverage.

Matt Anderson picks it off in the end zone for NDSU, and the Jayhawks waste a great opportunity.

Nick Nelson

Kansas linebacker Drew Dudley (49) comes in to help as linebacker Steven Johnson (52) drags down North Dakota State running back D.J. McNorton (8) during the second quarter, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas linebacker Drew Dudley (49) comes in to help as linebacker Steven Johnson (52) drags down North Dakota State running back D.J. McNorton (8) during the second quarter, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. by Nick Krug

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Jayhawks abandon the run game on this drive and find that the passing game can move them down the field. Pick looks good and Patterson has made a couple of solid catches. Huge drive for the KU offense.

Jesse Newell

Patterson with a 17-yard catch on the sideline. Jayhawks down to the 8.

06:15 left in Third Quarter
NDSU 6
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

On third and 8, Pick moves up in the pocket and zips a pass to Patterson, who gains 19 over the middle. KU is in field-goal range at the NDSU 25, but the Jayhawks burn a timeout before the next play.

Jesse Newell

Beshears with a huge return, but he gets taken down by Jastram. He had a blocker in front of him, but Tyler Patmon totally ignored NDSU's kicker. Not sure why. Jayhawks take over at the Bison 46.

08:04 left in Third Quarter
NDSU 6
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

The Jayhawks' defensive line is getting pushed back by NDSU's offensive line right now. Nothing fancy, but the Bison pick up a first down by running straight into the middle of KU's defense.

The Jayhawks hold on third down, but Jastram puts through a 32-yard field goal to give NDSU its first lead.

12:11 left in Third Quarter
NDSU 3
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

Biere's fumble is confirmed after review. The Bison take over with great field position.

Jesse Newell

KU holds on third and 10, forcing an NDSU punt.

Tim Biere fumbles on the next possession, though, with NDSU recovering at the KU 45.

Jesse Newell

Richard Johnson Jr. gets penetration into the backfield, bringing down the NDSU back for a five-yard loss. Two of KU's best plays of the game come consecutively.

Jesse Newell

Touchback for kickoff specialist Ron Doherty. Good start to the second half for KU.

Jesse Newell

Halftime leaders for KU:

Passing: Kale Pick 8-for-13, 90 yards

Rushing: Daymond Patterson 2 carries, 60 yards

Receiving: Bradley McDougald 1 catch, 32 yards

15:00 left in Third Quarter
NDSU 3
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

Conservative play calling by KU. Pick's throw on third and six would have gone for four yards, but it's dropped anyway.

Branstetter tries a FG from 52 yards, but it's short.

NDSU kneels it to run out the clock. The only cheers at halftime come from the yellow and green fans in the southeast stands.

The nightmare first half ends for KU with a 3-3 score.

Nick Nelson

Kansas quarterback Kale Pick (7) scrambles for yards in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 in the home opener Kansas against North Dakota State at Kivisto Field.

Kansas quarterback Kale Pick (7) scrambles for yards in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 in the home opener Kansas against North Dakota State at Kivisto Field. by Kevin Anderson

Jesse Newell

Jayhawks get bailed out on third and long, as after Pick tosses a ball away, he gets hit late out of bounds. That gives KU a free (and much-needed) first down.

Jesse Newell

Bradley McDougald with a big kickoff return to midfield, but a block in the back on Patmon moves KU back 10 yards. KU can't have a positive play without a negative one.

03:20 left in Second Quarter
NDSU 3
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

Keba Agostinho puts pressure on NDSU's Mohler, forcing him to throw it away on third down.

That proves to be a smart play for the QB, as Ryan Jastram puts through a 44-yard field goal to tie it.

Let's just say the Jayhawks have been less-than impressive thus far.

05:48 left in Second Quarter
NDSU 0
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

Crisis averted for KU, as on third down, Isiah Barfield leaps to come down with an interception.

Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, he makes a poor decision after, running ball out of the end zone only to be tackled at the 1-yard line. Still, that play keeps the game from being tied.

Jesse Newell

Angus Quigley is stuffed on a third and 1, and Rojas' punt is blocked by Mike Sigers. NDSU falls on it at the KU 11 with its best scoring chance today.

09:27 left in Second Quarter
NDSU 0
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

KU stuffs an NDSU run on third and 1, forcing a punt.

The Jayhawks will start from their own 11.

Tom Keegan KUsports.com staff

Justin Springer well on his way to a great senior season. He's a brick wall. Great stop on third-and-1.

Jesse Newell

Rushing just three, KU gets absolutely no pressure on NDSU QB Jose Mohler. His completed pass gives the Bison 14 yards on a third and 14.

Tom Keegan KUsports.com staff

KU's running game, other than slick plays invovling slot backs, looks a little lacking. Running backs Quigley and Sands, trying in vain to find holes, have combined for 20 yards on seven carries. Could James Sims get a shot soon?

Nick Nelson

A few pregame photos from the hill ...

13:11 left in Second Quarter
NDSU 0
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

Two more unsuccessful runs for KU, and Pick is forced to throw the ball away on third and 8.

Following Rojas' punt, NDSU will start at its own 30. The fans seem to be growing a bit restless here, expecting a better effort early in the season opener.

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Kale Pick was 4-for-5 for 53 yards in the first quarter. So far he looks very comfortable, very poised and has made mostly good decisions, including buying enough time to throw the ball away on the most recent drive. Good start.

Jesse Newell

KU takes over at its own 32 after Patterson goes backwards on a punt return.

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15:00 left in Second Quarter
NDSU 0
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

On third and 10, Jake Laptad brings pressure up the middle, and Justin Springer does a nice job of recognizing a screen pass, forcing an incompletion.

NDSU will punt after the break.

01:58 left in First Quarter
NDSU 0
Kansas 3

Jesse Newell

On third down in the red zone, Pick's pass is knocked down, intended for Angus Quigley. Had the KU senior back caught it, he had the entire side of the field to himself and probably would have scored easily.

Jacob Branstetter knocks through a 25-yard field goal, giving KU its first points of the year.

Uhlrick_hetfield_iii

The entire conference is on basic cable except for KU. thanks Lew Perkins. CAn't wait for you to retire.

Jesse Newell

Daymond Patterson takes the pitch on a reverse and scoots through a huge hole for 51 yards. KU's best runs have come by receivers Patterson and D.J. Beshears.

05:20 left in First Quarter
NDSU 0
Kansas 0

Jesse Newell

KU's defense holds on third and 8, as cornerback Tyler Patmon sniffs out a pass over the middle to make the tackle short of the first down.

The Jayhawks will take over on their own 11.

Jesse Newell

NDSU having little trouble against KU's defense. On third and 2, the Bison easily picked up the first down on a run to the left. That's three first downs for NDSU, which has crossed midfield.

Jesse Newell

Kevin Young and Isiah Barfield get the starts on defense for KU.

10:00 left in First Quarter
NDSU 0
Kansas 0

Jesse Newell

Kale Pick has been impressive so far, completing a nine-yard pass to Johnathan Wilson for a first down before threading the needle to Bradley McDougald for 31 yards on third and 18.

KU's drive stalls when Kale Pick is sacked on third and 5, and Alonso Rojas comes on to punt before NDSU calls timeout.

The Jayhawks' rushing game has really struggled so far.

Nick Nelson

Kansas quarterback Kale Pick warms up before kickoff against North Dakota State University, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. Pick will be making his first start as quarterback.

Kansas quarterback Kale Pick warms up before kickoff against North Dakota State University, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. Pick will be making his first start as quarterback. by Nick Krug

Jesse Newell

North Dakota State wins the toss and defers. KU will receive.

Jesse Newell

Johnathan Wilson leads KU onto the field, as he carries the large blue Jayhawk flag. Interesting way to make an entrance.

Jesse Newell

Pre-game video starts. A crowd of about 45,000 here on a sunny late afternoon.

Jesse Newell

So what should KU fans expect from the Jayhawk football team today under new coach Turner Gill?

Below, I’ve listed a few things to watch for in today’s game.

Offense: Tempo

Don’t be surprised if, after a long play downfield, the Jayhawks rush to the line to get off another snap quickly.

Part of the gameplan for KU is to change up the tempo, and that might mean hurrying some plays to catch the defense off-guard.

“You’ve practiced for this the whole time leading up, and then the other team’s not prepared for it,” KU receiver Daymond Patterson said, “so now they’re out there, breathing hard, but it’s just another day for you.”

Defense: Changing it up

Be ready to see lots of formations and also lots of rotation with KU’s defensive players.

Part of defensive coordinator Carl Torbush’s plan is to mix things up, and he has implemented more blitzes and schemes that the Jayhawks had last season under a different coaching staff.

“We’re going to be in the 4-3, 3-4, Dime, Nickel,” KU defensive tackle Pat Dorsey said. “I mean, we’re coming with everything.”

Special teams: Block that kick!

Expect KU’s special teams to put much more emphasis on putting pressure on both kickers and punters.

Special teams coach Aaron Stamn has a reputation for getting his teams to produce blocked kicks. When he was Buffalo’s special teams coach in 2006, the Bulls blocked seven kicks. In 2007, the Bulls blocked five more.

“If you want to get a momentum-breaker, that’s a big one,” Stamn said of blocked kicks. “It’s one that I like to feed off of.”

If KU does get a blocked kick, it should be easy to find Stamn on the sideline.

“I’ve been known to kind of be the guy caught on film jumping up and down and doing some things,” Stamn said. “But it’s fun. And that’s what we want to do, is try to create those situations that are fun.”

Check back for more updates as we get closer to gametime.

New KU coach Turner Gill addresses his team at Fan Appreciation Day on Aug. 22.

New KU coach Turner Gill addresses his team at Fan Appreciation Day on Aug. 22. by Richard Gwin

Nick Nelson

Kansas fans Alex Gilkeson, Wichita sophomore, Reid Abbott, 14, Wichita, and his older brother Logan Abbott, Wichita freshman, watch a shot from Logan as the three play ladder golf on the hill before kickoff, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas fans Alex Gilkeson, Wichita sophomore, Reid Abbott, 14, Wichita, and his older brother Logan Abbott, Wichita freshman, watch a shot from Logan as the three play ladder golf on the hill before kickoff, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. by Nick Krug

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