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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Matt Tait’s Kansas football notebook

Kansas receiver Daymond Patterson (15) hangs his head on the bench as time expires against North Dakota State, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. At right is running back Angus Quigley (22) and receiver Bradley McDougald (24).

Kansas receiver Daymond Patterson (15) hangs his head on the bench as time expires against North Dakota State, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. At right is running back Angus Quigley (22) and receiver Bradley McDougald (24).

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Highlights: KU vs. NDSU

Highlights from the low-scoring game that was KU's 2010 season opener. North Dakota State won the contest 6-3.

Turner Gill postgame: NDSU

Turner Gill addresses the media following the Jayhawks' loss to North Dakota State on Saturday, September 4, 2010.

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KU coach Turner Gill talks after the Jayhawks' 6-3 loss

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KU quarterback Jordan Webb says he could feel NDSU's momentum building throughout the game

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KU vs. North Dakota State

Live updates from the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Memorial Stadium where the Kansas Jayhawks are taking on the North Dakota State Bison.

New tunnel debuts

Kansas University’s football team added a new wrinkle to its pregame ritual Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Rather than hopping out of the Anderson Family Football Complex and onto the field like they’ve done in the past, the Jayhawks walked out of the locker room and huddled up in a giant tunnel that sat at the southwest corner of the field.

The tunnel, 30 feet long with two, 20-foot-tall Jayhawks at the mouth, housed the entire team, which then ran through the tunnel and into another season of college football season as smoke guided the way.

The introduction played on the large video board — which also made its gameday debut — also was new, as it no longer featured the Jayhawk plane soaring over the plains and into Memorial Stadium and instead rolled through some highlights of past KU greats, like the introduction video shown at KU men’s basketball games.

In that one, the video of Mario Chalmers hitting the three-point shot to tie Memphis in the 2008 national title game always draws the loudest cheer. In this one, it seems as if the early favorite to become the football equivalent is the replay of Todd Reesing’s game-winning touchdown pass to Kerry Meier that beat Missouri in 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., in the snow.

What are you doing here?

Speaking of Reesing, the former KU quarterback was on hand to cheer on his alma mater. So, too, was former running back Jake Sharp. Both former captains were spotted in the press box before the game.

What’s the score?

The low scoring game was unusual for the Jayhawks in many ways. The three points scored by Kansas were the fewest since a 19-3 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 15, 2005. The six points allowed also were the fewest given up by KU since a 6-3 loss to TCU on Sept. 22, 1962.

Streaks snapped

North Dakota State’s surprising victory represented KU’s first home loss to a nonconference opponent since the Jayhawks fell to Northwestern in the first game of 2003. The loss also snapped KU’s 20-game home winning streak in night games.

Harris records milestone

Kansas cornerback Chris Harris, a senior captain from Bixby, Okla., made his 30th career start, most among KU’s current players. Harris had four tackles — two solo — and was the only Jayhawk to record a sack, a huge, sweeping leg tackle on NDSU quarterback Jose Mohler late in the game that forced NDSU to punt and gave the ball back to the KU offense.

Old friends reunite

Kansas University coach Turner Gill and North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl both played their college ball at Nebraska. Bohl, who was a defensive back, played for the Huskers from 1977-79. Gill was an all-conference quarterback at NU from 1981-83. Gill and Bohl, who also coached together at Nebraska, reconnected before the game near midfield with a hug and lengthy chat while both teams warmed up.

Gill and Bohl visited briefly after the game, as well.

Comments

Lonnie Ross Dillon 4 years, 2 months ago

The comment that this was the fewest points given up since TCU in 1962 missed an important fact...it's the fewest points allowed in a LOSS.

JBurtin 4 years, 2 months ago

Actually the TCU game referenced was also a 6 to 3 loss.

Dyrk Dugan 4 years, 2 months ago

it's sad anyway you look at it....no TDs vs. a non FBS team...pathetic.

Ryan Gerstner 4 years, 2 months ago

Tait, did you attend a single KU home game last year? After last night's loss, pretty much all of us would like to forget the past 2 season. By the way, it's the same exact intro minus Mangino. Youtube is your friend; look at last year's.

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