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Kansas defeats Louisiana Tech, 13-10

  • 11 a.m., Sept. 21, 2013
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: Matthew Wyman's game-winning, 52-yard field goal sends KU to 13-10 win over LA Tech

Kansas kicker Matthew Wyman drilled a 52-yard field goal with no time remaining, giving KU a dramatic, 13-10 victory over LA Tech on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

KU received two gifts from Louisiana Tech.

With the Bulldogs on the verge of icing the game up 10-3 with 12:59 left in the fourth quarter, quarterback Ryan Higgins fumbled the ball after a 27-yard gain to the KU 2. Though it was originally ruled he stepped out of bounds, replay overturned the call, and because it was fumbled into the end zone, KU received possession at its own 20.

The Jayhawks responded with an eight-play, 80-yard drive, with tight end Jimmay Mundine finishing it off with a 22-yard touchdown reception.

Tech had a chance at a potential game-winning field-goal attempt inside KU's 5 with less than two minutes to go, but running back Tevin King fumbled at the 5, with KU's Keon Stowers recovering.

The Jayhawks followed with an eight-play, 60-yard drive, capped by Wyman's heroics.

KU quarterback Jake Heaps finished 28-for-46 passing for 279 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Tony Pierson added 113 combined rushing and receiving yards.

The Jayhawks (2-1) will have a bye next week before playing host to Texas Tech on Oct. 5.

Box score


First Quarter

0:06 — Hunter Lee 8 pass from Ryan Higgins. Kyle Fisher kick. Louisiana Tech picked off Jake Heaps and began its third drive at its own 43 yard line. Ten plays and 57 yards later, Higgins hung in the pocket, took a monster hit from KU linebacker Ben Heeney but put the pass on the money for Lee, who beat safety Isaiah Johnson and made a diving grab. (LTU 7, KU 0).

Second Quarter

2:20 — Matthew Wyman 39 field goal. The Jayhawks got on the board with an 11-play, 58-yard drive that started at the Jayhawks' 20 after a missed field goal by Louisiana Tech kicker Kyle Fisher. KU quarterback Jake Heaps was 4-of-6 passing on the drive, with back-to-back first down tosses to Brandon Bourbon and Tony Pierson. He also scrambled for five yards to help set up the field goal. (LTU 7, KU 3).

Third Quarter

12:55 — Kyle Fisher 39 field goal. Tech opened up the second half with an eight-play, 53-yard drive that stalled at the edge of the red zone when KU's coverage stiffened. The big blow came when Higgins hit Richie Casey for a 10-yard gain and a first down and received 15 more yards on when Ben Goodman was called for roughing the passer. Fisher's make snapped a streak of four consecutive missed field goals for the LTU sophomore. (LTU 10, KU 3).

Fourth Quarter

9:54 — Jimmay Mundine 22 pass from Jake Heaps. Wyman kick. A huge play by the KU defense at the other goal line that resulted in a touchback for Kansas instead of a first-and-goal for Louisiana Tech set up this eight-play, 80-yard drive that featured two huge plays by wide receiver Christian Matthews, the first a 20-yard grab for a first down and the second a huge block to get Mundine into the end zone. (KU 10, LTU 10).

0:00 — Matthew Wyman 52 field goal. After Michael Reynolds forced a fumble from Louisiana Tech's Tevin King at the KU 5-yard line when Tech was driving for the game-winning score, KU marched 60 yards in eight plays and 1:33 to set up the game-winner, which Wyman drilled as time expired. Heaps hit Pierson for a 29-yard gain over the middle with less than 30 seconds to play to set up the kick. (KU 13, KU 10).


Andrew Moore 9 years, 2 months ago

A win is a win. The offense has to get better, kudos for getting into FG range when it mattered most! What a win!

Bryce Landon 9 years, 2 months ago

Missed most of the game except for the last 2:41. Rubbed my mini Jayhawk helmet right before the fumble and right before the GW FG. I have myself a new superstition. :) Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Benjamin Piehler 9 years, 2 months ago

With great power comes great responsibility. Don't abuse it!

Mark Lindrud 9 years, 2 months ago

Big discussion this offseason was losing games we could've won. We struggled for most of the game, but didn't quit. Defense played great and that's a major improvement. The offense is still struggling, but Heaps improved and now has a comeback win under his belt.

The play calling is still highly suspect, but we did discover a thing called the play action pass. Lets hope we take the next two weeks to make adjustments and keep improving, but we need to take a bigger step because winning in conference still will be a challenge, but team morale is high so lets build off of this win.

Bryce Landon 9 years, 2 months ago

South Dakota State and South Dakota were D-I. I-AA, but still I.

The win over Tech is the first for KU in the Weis era and the first since a win over Northern Illinois in 2011.

Currahee 9 years, 2 months ago

Looks like we still have some work to do. But tough wins like these are good experience and will show that you never give up until the clock hits 0:00 in the 4th quarter.

Pamela Shanks 9 years, 2 months ago

So happy for Wyman and his family. He had a great story before this kick and it is even better now. I hope every kid out there understands that he did not give up and worked very hard to get to this point when the odds were stacked against him. Hard work always pays off and this is a great example of hard work! Happy for the team, but especially for Wyman!!

Andy Tweedy 9 years, 2 months ago

It wasn't quite Reesing to Meier but it was pretty awesome!!! Well done, Matthew!!!

mahkmood 9 years, 2 months ago

Celebrating a 3 point win at home against a team that lost to Tulane last week. We were lucky to even win this game. The KU "shareholders" are not getting what they're paying for ($2.5m a year or something like that). Even if Weis could miraculously get the level of recruits he had at ND here at KU (which will never happen), we'd still be losing to teams like Navy. Two questions: 1) Who will be the next coach?, 2) When?


Bryce Landon 9 years, 2 months ago

Well, since you're so damn smart, who would YOU recommend replace Weis?

Weis has the same project on his hands that Glen Mason did in the late 1980s. Cut the guy some slack until about Year 3 or 4.

Benjamin Piehler 9 years, 2 months ago

Noooo! Without the insight of mahkmood, these boards will surely dwindle to irrelevancy!

Brian Zachary 9 years, 2 months ago

Make sure the door doesn't hit you on the way out

kay_you 9 years, 2 months ago

Who will be the next coach and when? Those are two questions every program can ponder.

Brad Farha 9 years, 2 months ago

If that's what you are going to post, I've got no problem with your absence. Thank you.

Marvin Blackburn 9 years, 2 months ago

Referencing my last comment,the ship is STILL sinking, but the band is playing sweet music.

Joe Ross 9 years, 2 months ago

Winning covers a whole multitude of sins, doesn't it? We played like crap and got the W anyway. Thank goodness we were playing LTech. Thank goodness...

Robert Brown 9 years, 2 months ago

While the finish was exciting, the team we beat was not very good and we were lucky to win. I was expected something like 31-14. I would like to think that the momentum will be a springboard to future success, but I doubt it.

I am still trying to figure out what in Charlie Weis's background gives anyone confidence that he will get the team back to the mediocrity we enjoyed under Mangino? I can't think of any coach in the Big 12 that would trade their current head coach for Charlie Weis.

We are stuck with each other and have to see how this will play out. Good offensive coaches can figure out ways to score even with inferior personnel. We scored 13 points against La Tech. And while the defense had been ok, I'm concerned how they will handle Big 12 offenses.

Mark Lindrud 9 years, 2 months ago

I think our defense will be ok during Big 12 play, but my concern is if the offense struggles to be consistent like it did today then the defense will eventually bend until its broken during games. I can see a 10-10 game at half end up being 31-13 with is on the losing end because the defense can't handle being on the field for the majority of games. We made some adjustments today, but we need to take another step to improve offensively.

kay_you 9 years, 2 months ago

Based on our first three games, 2-10 is not an unreasonable assumption but last year we didn't play well against the non-cons and had a chance to beat several conference opponents. I agree, it was painful to watch. I'm hoping the team will rally around this W.

Jeff Soisson 9 years, 2 months ago

We played the whole game, and we won like Texas. You look terrible for 59 minutes and then magic.

Well Done!

Mark Lindrud 9 years, 2 months ago

This team showed heart, fight and didn't quit. Sometimes heart and desire can overcome a lot. I know we have a ways to go, but we can't quit on our team. I know we all get critical, but we are human and that's ok. I'm sick of thinking about basketball during football. I'd like to focus on one season at a time.

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