Pardula’s day special
After shanking his first punt of the second half, KU punter Trevor Pardula wanted to make amends. He did that and more. Pardula, a junior-college transfer, averaged 57.6 yards on five punts, including a booming 78-yarder in the third quarter.
“It really felt good,” Pardula said. “When you hit one, especially those ones when you get a hold of it, it doesn’t feel like you’re even kicking anything, it just pops off so quick.”
On a day when the KU offense was struggling, Pardula helped keep field position in the Jayhawks’ favor. After his 78-yarder to the Louisiana Tech 7, he added a 65-yard punt that was downed at the 3.
“Pardula did a great job of controlling field position in the game,” KU coach Charlie Weis said. “He flipped the field multiple times for us, and that was big. Obviously, our specialists came up huge for us.”
• Sophomore receiver Tre’ Parmalee, who was set to make his first start of the season, missed Saturday after having an appendectomy.
• Sophomore Dylan Admire started in place of Pat Lewandowski at center, while senior Riley Spencer made his first start at right tackle.
• Junior running back Tony Pierson finished with a career-high nine catches for 82 yards. Those numbers included a crucial 29-yard reception on KU’s game-winning drive.
| Rustin Dodd, email@example.com.