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Kansas defeats McNeese State, 42-24

  • 6 p.m., Sept. 3, 2011
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: KU rushing attack shines in 42-24 victory over McNeese State

The Kansas football team showed off its revamped rushing game on Saturday, posting 55 carries for 301 yards (5.5 yards per carry) in a 42-24 victory over McNeese State at Memorial Stadium.

It was the first time KU surpassed 300 yards rushing since the 2008 season.

James Sims led KU, carrying it 19 times for 104 yards and a touchdown.

In their first collegiate games, Tony Pierson added five carries for 73 yards and a score, while Darrian Miller had 13 rushes for 63 yards.

Jordan Webb was efficient at quarterback, completing 7 of 10 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

Two of those scores went to true freshman JaCorey Shepherd, who had three catches for 107 yards.

Defensively, Steven Johnson had 15 tackles, while Toben Opurum had 11.

After the game, KU coach Turner Gill said that receiver Daymond Patterson had a groin injury and, at this point, was doubtful for next week's game.

KU (1-0) will play host to Northern Illinois at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10.

KU coach Turner Gill press conference audio

Join the post game discussion

Opjayhawk in reply to Mangino_maniac

And lost, 49-26.

Cshjhawk

Sheely has to come up with some better D schemes on 3ed down! Need to play Patmon more.

Aviebs51

Grapes won 10-7

Lcjayhawk in reply to Mike Kendall

They got lucky and won 10-7. Dammit.

Mike Kendall

Defense has to improve, for sure.

Opjayhawk

Embarrassing defense.

Jayhawkinnebr in reply to Waywardjay

Doesn't take much to please you, does it?

Andrew Bary

This year won't be terrible... but gosh, with these freshmen I can't wait to see what we do in 2 or 3 years.

Mike Kendall

K-State was losing in the fourth quarter---anyone hear if they lost? Please say that they lost!!!!

Atljaybird

We have some work to do, but Congrats on an important win. Now can we stop talking about North Dakota State?

FINAL
McNeese State 24
Kansas 42

Jesse Newell

The Jayhawks start the season 1-0.

Jesse Newell

KU completes the 42-24 win with kneeldowns.

Devilhawk

Got the W. Time to prep for game 2.

Waywardjay

I wanted 30 Points. They gave me 42..... I'm mostly pleased.

Mike Kendall

How 'bout those freshmen!!!!! OMG.

Jayhawkinnebr

You would have thought that gill would have learned that from last year.

Chuckberry32

I'll take the W! RCJH!

Kirkhinrichflow

rock chalk

Waywardjay

Fire Turner. LOL

Mangino_maniac

Army had 331 yards rushing against Northern Illinois... we can do the same next week.

John Myers

Nite everyone. Rock Chalk!!

Kirkhinrichflow in reply to Ahpersecoachingexperience

you would drink wine you beeotch

Adamjhwkfan

Congrats boys. You played a nice game.

David Leathers

Great Game Hawks... See you next week!

Jesse, It's been fun, thanks!

Rock Chalk!

John Myers in reply to Tophawk87

That's frightening. If we don't make some adjustments and learn to tackle, they may put up 1000 yards on us..

Kgphoto in reply to Ahpersecoachingexperience

And every night gutter slut!

Runningbeakers84

Rock Chalk! Lets play them one at a time. 1-0 is a good start,

Waywardjay

Rock. Chalk. Jayhawk. K. U.

Waywardjay

Coaching game. W. Great play by the offense.... AND Coaching for the defense.

Tophawk87

(Know your opponent) Sept. 3, 2011 DEKALB, Ill. - Behind the offenses 509 yards of offense and Chandler Harnish's five touchdowns through the air, the Northern Illinois Huskies defeated the Army Black Nights, 49-26. Head Coach Dave Doeren also collected his first career victory at Northern Illinois against Army.

Phoggin_loud

303 yards rushing. 449 total.

John Myers in reply to Kureignman

As am I.. Such a sad, pathetic excuse he is..

Jhawk2003

Rock Chalk 1-0!

Jayhawkinnebr

Everyone please chip in for a pay raise for gill.

Chuckberry32

i think we covered the spread

J.B.

Yay for the Rock Chalk Chant!

J.B.

Finally got a huge tackle on a key fourth down play. :)

Waywardjay in reply to John Myers

They got two, no worries.

Kureignman

I'm happy we won a game that we should have. I'm crazy excited that Aherpes lost the spread.

Ahpersecoachingexperience

Ouch. There's the point spread. Looks like it's boxed wine for me tonight

John Myers

I think we may have just killed their QB.. lol

Waywardjay

I disagree the fumble would have made a big difference.

Chuckberry32 in reply to Whoisjohngalt

i'm not arguing they need to get better, just saying they've been out there longer than normal (hopefully)

Jayhawkinnebr

Where did gill recruit all these good players?

J.B. in reply to Phoggin_loud

Scored 42 against New Mexico State in Game 4 of last season. I was wrong earlier when I said KU never had a double-digit lead on any opponents in 2010: They led NMSU 42-16.

Sawman3333

I'm all for looking at the positive, BUT, this just might be the only W we get. I wish I could be more positive...

Tophawk87

LSU 16 ORE 13 3rd qt

Whoisjohngalt in reply to Chuckberry32

No, the biggest problem is that they've given up countless 3rd and 4th down conversions. 42 points on the board should be plenty. The defense needs to help their OWN cause.

Whoisjohngalt

TACKLE SOMEONE FOR CHRIST SAKE

Chuckberry32

our defense has been on the field a lot tonight, i'm sure they are tired. hopefully we can maintain some longer drives in future games and keep them off the field a little more.

Atljaybird in reply to Tophawk87

Absolutely right Tophawk87. A "W" is a "W". We have allot to work on, but we knew coming into this game that MCN was no chump. There is hope.

Whitechocolate in reply to Kirkhinrichflow

Probably one: Vic Shealy

Fcjayhawk

LaMichael James is hurt.

Whoisjohngalt

Have I mentioned our defense is pathetic?

Ahpersecoachingexperience in reply to Kirkhinrichflow

Easy turbo

Kirkhinrichflow

how many hoes Turner gonna bang tonight?

Sawman3333 in reply to Nuleafjhawk

I'll give you that!

Got2win

D line needs to get better...when is the guy with the foot injury due back?

Nuleafjhawk in reply to Sawman3333

not against K-state!

Kirkhinrichflow in reply to Phoggin_loud

Deleted.

Tophawk87

After watching alot of good teams lose their first game today, great to see us start the season with a W

Got2win

Make them take time off the clock..and this ones in the bag

Mangino_maniac

McNeese receivers are open all the time...

Jesse Newell

A lot of McNeese receivers getting past the last KU defenders. Not a good sign for future weeks.

Fcjayhawk in reply to Whoisjohngalt

Stamn and Gill are buddies from their Corncob days.

Chuckberry32

in terms of conference movement, every win this year is huge... good start.

Inteldesign

I think we need some of that speed on special teams.

Fcjayhawk

If Rice beats Texas tonight, they will receive an automatic qualifying bid to the Big 9.

Whoisjohngalt

Why does Stamn still have a job?

Jesse Newell

No pressure on that four-man rush by KU. Dodge had all day.

Waywardjay

great Gcoaching game. If we can see a similiar upgrade from game 1 to game 2 that we did last year... we should be in great shape.

Ahpersecoachingexperience in reply to Jaydocmd

That's wheat

Sawman3333

We're gonna give up 60+ in our conference games!

Joshua Hatcher

Think there's enough time for one of the other backs to join sims in the 100yd club?

Chuckberry32

well, lots of positive takeaways but a lot of negatives to work on.

Jesse Newell

Dexter Linton does a horrible job of keeping contain on that kickoff return, letting the McNeese returner get to the sideline. Bad error there.

Chuckberry32

and then we do that...

Waywardjay

That drive just boosted Webb's ratings a weee bit.

Roger Tobias in reply to Kirkhinrichflow

I hope this isn't one of those "you can't hurt it any worse, so you might as well play on it" deals.

Phoggin_loud

How many games did it take last year to score 42 points??

06:30 left in Fourth Quarter
McNeese State 24
Kansas 42

Jesse Newell

KU must have seen some tendency from the booth there.

Shepherd runs wide, wide open, and Webb lobs it to him down the sideline for a 48-yard score — Shepherd's second tonight.

Jaydocmd

Texas struggling with Rice (please no Celiac/Gluten jokes.) Only up 13-9 halfway through 3rd quarter

Waywardjay

Webb 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles.

Atljaybird

Wow!!! Nice throw. There's that arm and there's that speed!

Mangino_maniac

More suh-weetness! Speed at the wideout.

Waywardjay

Beeeeeeea utiful.

Chuckberry32

now that is what you call "wide open"

Whoisjohngalt

Shepherd looking good so far...can he play on both sides of the ball?

Kirkhinrichflow

THIS KIDS A GAMER!

David Leathers

ok ill eat my words...!!! Touchdown!!1

Coldcoffee

HECK YEAH!!! WEBB - Nice throw!!

Waywardjay

YES !

Phoggin_loud

TD!!!

Kirkhinrichflow

J-webby back in

John Myers

YEAH!!!!!!

Jesse Newell

Snap with 18 seconds left on the play clock there. KU could have burned 30 more seconds.

Webb back in.

Kirkhinrichflow

be happy we are winning people....jesus jones

Waywardjay

Kudos Webb.

John Myers

Webb back in

Whoisjohngalt

WTF are we doing?

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