The 2007 college football season is officially underway and Kansas football fans finally received some answers to their questions. Just how would Todd Reesing perform after earning the starting QB job? And would the Kansas defense bounce back after a season that ranked them dead last in the country on pass defense?
It was back to business as usual this weekend for Colby Wissel and the KU mens and womens cross country teams. For the third consecutive year, bot teams swept the competition at the Bob Timmons Invitational.
Tying up the loose ends from KU's 52-7 opening night thrashing of Central Michigan.
Hawaii exploded for three second-half goals and spoiled Kansas University's season soccer opener with a 4-0 victory early Saturday.
Auburn didn't win it with talent, style or grace. "We gutted it out. That was a gut win," Tigers coach Tommy Tuberville said. Brandon Cox threw a touchdown pass to Gabe McKenzie with 2:01 remaining, and Antonio Coleman returned a fumble for a score moments later to give No. 18 Auburn a 23-13 win over Kansas State on Saturday night.
Chances are, most of the 110,000 fans at the Big House had no idea exactly where Appalachian State is located. By the time they saw a blocked field goal in the final seconds, this much was certain: The little Mountaineers pulled off one of the greatest upsets in college football history. Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32.
Ray Bechard became the winningest coach in Kansas University volleyball history Saturday night following a 3-1 victory over Missouri State at the Michigan State Invitational. KU prevailed 30-22, 30-21, 22-30, 32-30.
Call him a worry wart, but Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was a bit stressed about game-planning for Central Michigan's offense. "I was really concerned earlier in the week that we were asking our defense to do too much," Mangino said. Don't sweat it, coach.
Rim Rock Farm is a special place for Kansas University cross country runner Colby Wissel. Saturday, the senior conquered the course - and the competition - one last time in winning the Bob Timmons Invitational. Prior to this weekend, the last time Wissel had raced Rim Rock was the 2006 Big 12 Conference cross country championship. He won that race, too.
If Kansas University's football team is plagued with any glaring weaknesses this year, they'll have to be exposed another time. Because what 46,815 fans witnessed during Saturday's season opener was a shiny new team, a superior product that did little wrong and a performance that had the supporters dreaming of what might come to be over the next three months.
Heisman campaigns must start somewhere. Why not right here in your hands? The life-size posters, the wallet cards, the glossy literature : all that will arrive in voters' mailboxes later. For now, this must do. Todd "Sparky" Reesing was that impressive Saturday evening against a bad defense in a 52-7 blowout victory against Central Michigan.
Dan LeFevour summed up Central Michigan's opening loss succinctly enough. "They made plays and we didn't," LeFevour said. "That's about it."
Brandon and Sarah Warner, 2003 Kansas University graduates, had a party divided on Saturday during KU's first game of the season against Central Michigan University. The couple, who live in Lenexa, tailgated this weekend with CMU fans, including Sarah's father, a CMU professor; her brother, a CMU graduate; and his girlfriend, a CMU senior, outside Memorial Stadium before watching the game, the first time the teams have competed against each other.
Willie Pless, the 14th Kansas University football player inducted into the Ring of Honor, earned it largely because he was the leading tackler in school history. What made Pless, honored at halftime of KU's 52-7 victory over Central Michigan, such a superior tackler?
A seemingly safe 24-point lead in hand, Missouri nearly self-destructed over the final 20 minutes of Saturday's season opener against Illinois. It took a leaping interception by Cornelius Brown at the one-yard-line with 51 seconds to play to salvage the Tigers' 40-34 win.
Colt McCoy threw two first-quarter touchdown passes and No. 4 Texas stumbled through a sloppy 21-13 season-opening win over Arkansas State on Saturday night, narrowly avoiding yet another huge upset on the day.
Raimond Pendleton fielded the punt and moved into a clearing and ran as fast as he could. At the last instant, he slowed down to execute a horizontal leap into the end zone. KU coach Mark Mangino then removed his headset and sprinted as fast as he could down the sideline, and it wasn't to congratulate the sophomore receiver out of Garland, Texas.