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Kansas defeats South Dakota, 31-14

  • 6 p.m., Sept. 7, 2013
  • Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: Special teams highlight of KU's 31-14 victory over South Dakota

James Sims ran 16 times for 94 yards with a pair of rushing touchdowns, and the Kansas football team displayed an improved special-teams unit in a 31-14 victory over South Dakota on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

After having one of the worst special teams in the nation last year, KU received contributions in almost all areas from its specialists Saturday. Connor Embree had four punt returns for 92 yards, while Trevor Pardula had three touchbacks in six attempts (KU had seven touchbacks total in 2012) and Matthew Wyman knocked through a 45-yard field goal (KU's longest a year ago was 37 yards).

Justin McCay also ended a sour streak for KU, as his five-yard TD catch in the second quarter was the first TD catch for a KU receiver since October of 2011.

Though haunted by some drops, Jake Heaps was solid in his KU debut, completing 10 of 20 passes for 110 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

Tony Pierson added 89 all-purpose yards, while Darrian Miller rushed 14 times for 72 yards and Keon Stowers chipped in an interception on defense.

Quarterback Josh Vander Maten led USD (1-1) with 78 rushing yards and a TD.

KU (1-0) will play at Rice at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14.

• Box score

HOW THEY SCORED

First Quarter

2:18 — Drew Potter 2 pass from Josh Vander Maten. Miles Bergner kick. After being stuffed on its first two drives of the game, South Dakota rode the legs of quarterback Josh Vander Maten to a 55-yard, nine-play drive that took 3:54. Vander Maten ran for 24 yards and also completed three passes on the scoring drive that began with a holding penalty and also featured a 15-yard pass and catch on third-and-13. (USD 7, KU 0).

Second Quarter

14:28 — James Sims 1 run. Matthew Wyman kick. The Jayhawks appeared to have scored on a strong second effort by wide receiver Josh Ford but replay ruled that Ford was down at the 1-yard line and the wait for a KU touchdown reception by a wide receiver continued. Two plays later, Sims took it in for the score. The drive covered 75 yards and 10 plays in 2:50 and also featured a deep pass from Jake Heaps to Tony Pierson. (USD 7, KU 7).

1:28 — Justin McCay 5 pass from Jake Heaps. Wyman kick. After a KU fumble gave the Coyotes the ball inside their own 5 yard line, the Jayhawks' defense held USD to a three-and-out and a punt. A good return by Connor Embree set KU up with first-and-goal at the 9 yard line and, two plays later, Heaps found McCay all alone in the back of the end zone over the middle and ended KU's wide receiver drought. (KU 14, USD 7).

Third Quarter

7:34 — Sims 6 run. Wyman kick. After forcing a three-and-out on the first possession of the second half, Kansas marched 71 yards in 12 plays and 5:55 to push its lead to two scores. All 12 plays were runs, with Darrian Miller picking up 50 yards on five carries in the middle of the drive and Sims starting it and finishing it. (KU 21, USD 7).

Fourth Quarter

12:24 — Matthew Wyman 45 field goal. KU's fourth scoring drive of the night was, by far, its shortest, but it was capped off by a pretty big moment for this team — a made field goal. Connor Embree's 42-yard punt return set the Jayhawks up in USD territory and four players later Wyman knocked a kick that KU probably would not have even tried a year ago through the uprights for the first field goal of his college career. (KU 24, USD 7).

7:36 — Josh Vander Maten 9 run. Bergner kick. South Dakota kept its hopes alive by converting a third-and-19 early in the drive when Vander Maten hit Tyson Graham Jr. with a 37-yard pass behind the KU defense. A few plays later, the elusive quarterback rumbled in from nine yards out untouched to pull the Coyotes within 10. (KU 24, USD 14).

7:34 — Brandon Bourbon 8 run. Wyman kick. Kansas needed just 1:30 to regain a comfortable margin on the scoreboard. This one, like KU's first scoring drive of the second half, was all runs, as Pierson and Sims each carried once and Bourbon twice. The drive covered 73 yards in four plays. (KU 31, USD 14).

Join the post game discussion

Live coverage (Ended September 14, 2013 at 9:15 p.m.)

FINAL
South Dakota 14
Kansas 31

Jesse Newell

KU wins.

Jesse Newell

Test 1,2.

Jesse Newell

Test 1,2,3.

Boulderhawk

I gotta give Setherick credit for sticking with the game even when his vision is impaired.

Windmillgiant

The final outcome is underwhelming, but I wouldn't be surprised if KU breaks out in their second game.

Darin Bradley

Position group with most to improve = WR

Fortesque Beagleton

Let's play sound, assignment defense. We've shown that we're vulnerable when we blitz. The O looks good, we just need smart play calling and WRs who will sack up.

RXDOC

Well It wasn't pretty but we won. Night all. Rock Chalk! Thanks Jessie for the feed.

Jjinks

How do you IMPROVE to 1 and 0? It's just one and 0 that's it Jesse. Glad they won good going.

Mojayhawk

Offense looks pretty impressive. Our Defense scares me.

MDL/kuae99

Well, hey, this means I watch at least 2 more games. See y'all next week against the geeks on the bayou (my hometown). I need some serious revenge this year.

Darin Bradley

We've got pieces. I like where we're going. It's gonna be a fun year.

RXDOC

Are you blind? He threw the ball very well tonight. We didn't catch it very well but can't blame him! He looked pretty sharp!

Fortesque Beagleton

This game would have been closer if not for Weis. Hope he was just having some fun against an opponent he was confident he could beat. SD looks fundamentally sound. They'll win some games this year.

Pepper_bar

Switching to the SMU game... congrats Hawks.

Darin Bradley

Baby steps. Rock Chalk!

Micky Baker in reply to Setherick

You're kidding, right?

Setherick

Well, congrats, boys. If you don't play better, that's the only game you win this year.

Kgphoto

Honest to god, I just lost my radio feed to a commercial. Complete nightmare.

Zenger! Get with the radio stations and fix it!!

Windmillgiant in reply to Setherick

You've haven't been watching the same game I have apparently. Heaps has been poised, smooth, and has largely been laser accurate, especially on the short and intermediate throws.

FINAL
South Dakota 14
Kansas 31

Jesse Newell

KU runs out the clock and improves to 1-0.

Danr

Baby steps, but I'll take it

Jesse Newell in reply to Darin Bradley

About 60 percent of them. Roughly 85 percent after halftime.

Fortesque Beagleton

well, meh

Darin Bradley

Jesse - did the students stay?

Jesse Newell

Miller with 14 more yards. He's at 12 carries for 86.

Setherick

Heaps with another terrible pass. WRs need to catch the ball better, but Heaps hasn't looked like a D1 QB tonight either.

Danr

Break one more run...

Fortesque Beagleton in reply to Danr

wow. good eyes

RXDOC in reply to Darin Bradley

+1

Danr

Looked like a cramp

Pepper_bar

I'm impressed with the students for staying so long.

Azhawk97

And there's Cox's medical hardship redshirt.

Jesse Newell

KU's offensive line just punishing USD now. Big block by Smiley on that Miller run.

Darin Bradley

Please let it just be cramps

RXDOC

It's very sparse on the vistor's side and the student section looks about half full.

Jesse Newell

Big run by Cox, but he pulled up lame at then end. Maybe a hamstring?

03:22 left in Fourth Quarter
South Dakota 14
Kansas 31

Jesse Newell

This punt rolls out of bounds. The bettors who took KU -23.5 will be interested in this drive.

Pepper_bar

So next we'll see if Weis can beat a D-1A opponent.

Fortesque Beagleton

give it to Bourbon and we'll get that last TD

Azhawk97

Is that sack number two? Watch out record books!

Setherick

Someone needs to ask Tait what the over/under on sacks for the season will be. I'm putting my money on 8.

Steve Reigle

Any fans still in the stadium?

Windmillgiant

Not going to happen now because of time, but I was hoping we'd get a chance to put up one more score.

RXDOC in reply to Micky Baker

I hope you're right. But I'm not very confident. We'll see. This hasn't been an impressive win by any measure.

Windmillgiant

Penalties have been really costly, not just yards, but lost TD, lost first down, extended drives for the opponent.

Jesse Newell

Costly penalty there. Twelve men gives USD a first down when it was trying to punt.

Fortesque Beagleton

Jeebus

Darin Bradley

Seriously!?!?!

RXDOC in reply to Danr

He does but man he's so injury prone!

Colreader

So........roughly how many yards rushing vs. how many yards passing?

Kgphoto

Dear Charlie:

There are two parts to a passing game. Throwing and catching.

Let’s not focus SO hard on the throwing and give catching a chance.

MDL/kuae99

I think that was a lateral.

Danr in reply to MDL/kuae99

Exactly. Bourbon plays With the kind of attitude we need

Jayhawkfantoo

Looks like the running game just shifted to overdrive...

Darin Bradley

Touchback would be nice.

Micky Baker in reply to RXDOC

We'll beat Rice by 17

Windmillgiant

The weird thing is that most aspects of the team have looked better: passing, kicking, penetration by the D-Line, coverage and tackling by the D-backs. Penalties, the fumble, dropped passes in the first half, and some unnecessarily "creative" play-calling has slowed the offense down.

Bryce Landon

Way to go, Jayhawks!

MDL/kuae99 in reply to Pepper_bar

That's an accurate statement. I couldn't agree with the previous one, but that's true. HCTG was worse at both.

Jmfitz85 in reply to RXDOC

South Dakota, La Tech, Iowa St, and I think we have a chance at beating KSU because its a home game.

Fortesque Beagleton

well hopefully we can get a 3 and out and score another quick td for some respectability

Setherick

That's what the offense should have looked like all game. Now, defense, your turn to not suck.

Azhawk97

So arguably the two best drives of the game involved no passes.

Danr in reply to RXDOC

Weak football ducking out of bounds like a precious flower

MDL/kuae99

Notice Bourbon didn't duck out of bounds like Pierson did.

Pepper_bar

Nice recovery... if KU wins four this season it will be because of Weis's recruiting ability, not his coaching ability.

05:59 left in Fourth Quarter
South Dakota 14
Kansas 31

Jesse Newell

KU answers with a four-play, 73-yard drive. All four plays were runs.

Jesse Newell

Impressive drive for KU. Brandon Bourbon scores on the eight-yard run. Great block on the outside by Josh Ford.

Darin Bradley

That's how you answer

RXDOC in reply to Danr

I'm fine with Pierson ducking. We need his speed and big play ability! Nice run Bourbon!!

Fortesque Beagleton

time for a shot of BOURBON

MDL/kuae99 in reply to Jennifer Nikkila Pressgrove

Kerry Meier used to be on ST. Want to win? Put your best athletes on the field.

Jim Roth in reply to Peter56321

Peter56321, this Firefox add-on is brilliant! ESPN now thinks I'm within the US and isn't blocking the stream.

Jesse Newell

KU's offensive line opening some holes now.

Danr

Like bourbon

Joe Ross

All in all a very disappointing performance given the level of competition. I have great cause for concern for what lies ahead the rest of the way.

RXDOC in reply to Fortesque Beagleton

I chugged it all summer. I'm not drinking this crap anymore. I'll make my own observations.

Danr

Hit the defender instead of ducking out of bounds Pierson. Man up

Windmillgiant

A quick scoring drive would go a long way to improve KU spirits.

Jennifer Nikkila Pressgrove

I think I just saw Jablonski on the kickoff team. Is he really one of the best athletes on the team to be on special teams?

RXDOC in reply to Jmfitz85

Then where do the 4 wins come? We won't beat Rice no way. They gave A&M a game.

Windmillgiant

Defense has seemed confused at times trying to keep up with some of the misdirection and option offense.

Fortesque Beagleton in reply to Windmillgiant

Tait pours on the Kool-Aid by the gallon

Bryce Landon in reply to Pepper_bar

You are insane. Gill would be losing this game by two touchdowns.

79ictjhawk in reply to Pepper_bar

Short memory.

Jmfitz85

I retract my previous prediction of 7 wins ... I'm thinking 4... If we're lucky. But that's still an improvement. Hard to believe there are any teams in the big 12 worse than usd.

RXDOC in reply to Pepper_bar

A turd is an upgrade from Gill.

Chijayhawk

Someone will need to set HCCW down and have a little talk about play calling and when to take a penalty and when to pass. That really is a bone headed call and this team can not afford Brain Farts by its head coach.

Fortesque Beagleton in reply to Pepper_bar

He just has to try and be cute about his scheming. He refuses to make decisions by the book

Stupidmichael in reply to Pepper_bar

Not possible, dude.

Kgphoto

Honestly, I’m embarrassed right now. This should NOT be a competitive game. The K-Sate morons have all the material they need. Charlie you are on the clock.

Windmillgiant

Tait said the only outcome that would make him rethink his expectations for this season based on the first game was if it was a close game, so....curious what his reaction will be.

David Davison in reply to Kidmarc

That is just to get around the blackout right? Because you are still going to need an ISP from this list: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/affList?device=videosub

RXDOC in reply to Michael Wattai

No I wondered the same it would have been 4th and like 4.

Michael Wattai

onside kick anyone?

Darin Bradley

Weak effort by J.Love on that TD play.

RXDOC

Whahoo we're up by 10. I'm really concerned about big12 play.

Pepper_bar

Weis was a downgrade from Turner Gill, period

Setherick

Easy TD. No back end contain at all. The DBs look lost and the LBs are slow. Long year against real competition if SDSU is doing this.

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