Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis discusses the Jayhawks' victory Saturday against Central Michigan. Though KU scored a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, the home team didn't get back into the end zone until the fourth quarter — just in time to break a tie game and win ...
The first play from scrimmage obviously didn’t go the way Central Michigan’s football team planned.
“It shocked us a lot, but we felt like our defense was never going to quit,” CMU sophomore running back Martez Walker said in response to Tony Pierson’s 74-yard touchdown run just 18 seconds into Kansas University’s 24-10 victory over the Chippewas on Saturday in Memorial Stadium.
“No matter what happens, we’ve got to respond and make plays, just like they did,” added Walker, whose 18-yard burst tied the score at 10-10 with 6:11 left in the third quarter.
The Jayhawks (2-1) closed the game with two additional big plays for scores — a 60-yard pass from Montell Cozart to Justin McCay and a 30-yarder from Cozart to Corey Avery.
“KU ... they had a great defense, I believe, a couple All-Big 12 players, very physical,” Chicago native Walker said after galloping for 56 yards off 10 carries in the first extensive duty of his career. “They have a great all-around defense, I feel.”
MAC team Central Michigan (2-2) finished with 279 yards to KU’s 369.
“I told our team after last week, we came in the locker room, and it was a different feeling,” CMU coach Dan Enos said of a 40-3 home loss to Syracuse. The Chippewas this season also have won at Purdue (38-17) and defeated Chattanooga (20-16) at home.
“Today we were very disappointed because we had chances to win, and we weren’t able to make plays. The way we bounced back from the first play of the game ... they score. You could have seen the team get deflated, but I thought our defense responded. Our entire team did.
“We got it to 7-3 at half; 10-10, back-and-forth game, good football game, then they made more plays than we did, but, yes, there’s a lot to build off of. We’ve got a good team,” Enos added.
Central Michigan opens conference play next week at Toledo.