When the Jayhawks locked up with Toledo last season, it was a double overtime thriller with the Rockets eventually clinching the win. But with a new year also comes new opportunity.
Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 45-13 win over Toledo, which improved KU to 3-0 on a night when playmakers were spotlighted while covering up a handful of miscues.
Aqib Talib wasn't asked about his tumbling skills. But he did shed some insight on his track-and-field days growing up. "I long-jumped in high school a little bit," Talib said. "I wasn't no good at it." Could've fooled us.
Note to the thirsty fools who left Memorial Stadium at halftime Saturday night to find entertainment elsewhere: This is not another deadly dull Kansas University football team. It has too many playmakers this season to bore audiences.
Freshman Ian Wolfe started at right tackle on Saturday, while Cesar Rodriguez was on the left side in place of Anthony Collins. After the first drive, Rodriguez moved back over to right tackle and Collins came back in at left tackle.
The Kansas University volleyball team lost its second straight match to a Big 12 foe Saturday afternoon, losing to Oklahoma in four games, 30-24, 30-20, 27-30 and 30-17.
At a time when newspaper sports pages are filled with stories of athletes and coaches engaged in crimes, arrests, foul language, violent tempers, cheating, drugs and other such actions, it is refreshing to know there are coaches such as former Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams, recently inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jalen Parmele, the hero of last year's Kansas University-Toledo football game, was victim of payback time on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. "Yes, there's a grudge all teams have after a loss," Parmele said, asked if he could tell the Jayhawks had revenge on their minds during a 45-13 romp over the Rockets. "You've got to give Kansas credit. Kansas had more intensity than we did."
Top-ranked USC ran through, around and all over Nebraska. Stafon Johnson ran for 144 yards and one of USC's five rushing touchdowns, and John David Booty threw two short TD passes in a 49-31 victory Saturday night.
After starting the season 0-2 and facing No. 11 UCLA, Utah was ready for any breaks it could get. UCLA offered plenty of chances, and Utah took advantage almost every time in a 44-6 upset on Saturday. The Utes forced five turnovers and kept the Bruins from scoring a touchdown for the first time in four years.
Kansas University defensive end John Larson wasn't playing a lot when he first joined the football team as a walk-on in 2004. But apparently he was watching.