This weekend, the Kansas cross country team kicked off their season in the Bob Timmons Invitational.
Jayhawks complete exhibition trip to Canada with victory
It took Kansas University punt returner Daymond Patterson a total of two returns to amass more return yards than last year's starter, Anthony Webb. It took him three returns to score his first career touchdown. And it took him approximately a quarter of a second to provide the team's first highlight-reel moment of the 2008 season, when, during his touchdown return, he somehow managed to hurdle a Golden Panthers defender before knifing his way into the end zone.
Johnathan Wilson grins when talking about that day last year at the movies. Right after walking in, he was stopped by a young boy. "Hey Dezmon Briscoe, No. 80!" the boy yelled out to him. Wilson just smiled, waved and kept walking.
The Kansas University volleyball team swept North Carolina State on Saturday at the VCU Invitational to earn its first victory of the season. The Jayhawks defeated the Wolfpack 25-15, 25-13 and 25-15.
Dr. James Naismith certainly would have enjoyed Saturday's exhibition basketball game between his alma mater, McGill University, and his beloved Kansas University Jayhawks on Saturday morning at Montpetit Hall. The underdog Redmen out of Montreal showed guts in racing to a 17-4 lead before succumbing to a young, equally gritty KU team that built an 11-point lead before holding on for a 72-67 victory.
It's easy to see why Kansas University's basketball team prefers traveling to Canada over, say, Mexico or France for the Jayhawks' once-every-four-years foreign tour.
Mario Cristobal doesn't have a crystal ball. Cristobal, Florida International's second-year football coach, can't say how many victories his team will wind up with this season, although two would be an improvement on last year's campaign. All he can say is that his Panthers are getting better.
Let's be realistic - the last Kansas football season was a magical year, said Nick Hosler, 29. "You're not going to go 12-and-1 every year," he said from his tailgate spot, dubbed "Camp Mangino," before the season kickoff at Memorial Stadium. KU's Orange Bowl victory in January concluded what Heather Hice, a Kansas University graduate, called "a perfect season."
Kansas University's next football opponent, Louisiana Tech, opened its season with an ugly 22-14 victory Saturday over Mississippi State in Ruston, La.
Missouri and Illinois played another wild one, combining for 92 points and 1,068 yards while leaving fans of both schools totally wrung out by the finish. Again, the sixth-ranked Tigers held on for the victory.
It was Team Canada versus Team USA on Saturday night at Scotiabank Place. Well, not exactly, but close enough. Kansas University's defending NCAA champions and Carleton U's Ravens, who went 26-1 last year and have claimed five of the past six Canadian national titles, put on a classic show of international pride, which the Jayhawks ultimately won, 84-83.
It's tough to say whether the Kansas University football team has the muscle up front to get the better of the behemoths from Oklahoma and Texas, but nobody can question the Jayhawks have the skill players to hang with anybody, any night in any stadium. Never mind that Florida International was the competition in Saturday night's season-opener witnessed by a Memorial Stadium-record 52,112 fans.
Senior receiver Dexton Fields didn't get much of a chance to enjoy his last "first" game Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Kansas University's cross country teams felt compelled to represent for the big dogs on Saturday morning. As the only Division I school present at the Bob Timmons Classic, the Jayhawks weren't about to let anybody else capture the team title at their only home meet of the season.
An eerie silence descended on Ohio Stadium when Ohio State's Heisman Trophy prospect Chris "Beanie" Wells went down with a foot injury in the third quarter of Ohio State's 43-0 rout of Youngstown State.
The Mike Sherman era at Texas A&M got off to a disastrous start.