University of Kansas

Kansas-Louisiana Tech game report

Updated: 2013-09-22T16:46:11Z

Kansas City Star

First quarter

Key play: Louisiana Tech’s Hunter Lee hauled in an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Higgins, giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 6 seconds left in the quarter.

Key stat: Kansas fell behind in the first quarter for the third straight week.

Second quarter

Key play: KU QB Jake Heaps overthrew receiver Christian Matthews in the back of the end zone. The blown scoring opportunity was complete when the Jayhawks missed a field goal.

Key stat: KU went zero for two on fourth-down attempts.

Third quarter

Key play: With KU pinned deep, punter Trevor Pardula flipped field position, blasting a 78-yard punt to the Louisiana Tech 7-yard line.

Key stat: KU’s three third-quarter drives ended in punts.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Before Matthew Wyman’s game-winning field goal, KU got much-needed momentum from a fumble by Louisiana Tech QB Ryan Higgins. Instead of going down 17-3, KU drove the other way and tied the game 10-10.

Key stat: Charlie Weis topped an FBS team for the first time at KU.

Player of the game: KU kicker Matthew Wyman. After walking on last spring, Wyman had a moment that every kicker dreams of: nailing a 52-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.

Reason to hope: The KU defense is playing like a unit from the Mark Mangino era, physical and holding teams to just 13.3 points per game.

Reason to mope: It’s hard to get too excited about a win over a Louisiana Tech program that is 1-3 and going through its first year with coach Skip Holtz.

Looking ahead: KU heads into a bye week before returning to Memorial Stadium to play host to Texas Tech in its Big 12 opener on Oct. 5.

Report card

D Offense Jake Heaps finished 28 of 46 for 279 yards, but the offensive line was dominated up front. As a result, the normally potent running game suffered. KU has to improve on offense as it enters the Big 12.
B Defense The Jayhawks came up with two huge turnovers in the fourth quarter. There was some good fortune involved, but Ben Heeney (10 tackles) and Victor Simmons (10 tackles and a sack) were solid again.
A Special teams What more do you need? Trevor Pardula, who had a 78-yard punt, is a one-man punting show. And kicker Matthew Wyman shook off an early miss from 28 yards.
C Coaching KU surpassed its 2012 victory total and snapped a long skid against FBS teams. Next up: Break a 21-game Big 12 losing streak.

| Rustin Dodd,

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