GAMEDAY College Football

Kansas 56, Tennessee Tech 10

By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Jalon Daniels threw for 182 yards with touchdowns on the ground and through the air, Kansas piled up 297 yards rushing against overmatched Tennessee Tech, and the Jayhawks rolled to a season-opening 56-10 victory.

Devin Neal took a handoff 80 yards for a touchdown and finished with 108 yards rushing and two scores. Nebraska transfer Sevion Morrison, Daniel Hishaw and backup quarterback Jason Bean also had touchdown runs for the Jayhawks.

Kansas also got a 61-yard TD return by Jacobee Bryant off a blocked field goal that set the tone early.

Their revamped defense was just as good: Golden Eagles starter Jeremiah Oatsvall was just 10-of-18 passing for 76 yards with a TD and an interception. The Jayhawks held Tennessee Tech to 93 yards rushing on 43 carries.

After more than a decade of just about everything going wrong, the Jayhawks must have felt good about a first half - albeit against a lower-level opponent - in which just about everything went right.

Daniels connected on 14 of 15 passes for 182 yards, scoring on an 11-yard second-quarter run before passing to Mason Fairchild for a 2-yard score. Three different Jayhawks reached the end zone on the ground. And when Bryant scooped up that blocked field goal late in the first quarter and returned it 61 yards for a score, Kansas had its first such touchdown since Patrick Brown's against Oklahoma in 1996.

Perhaps more importantly, the Jayhawks' rebuilt defense shut down the Golden Eagles.

Kansas forced a three-and-out on Tennessee Tech's first two possessions, then blocked the field goal on the next. And after Tennessee Tech finally converted a field goal to make it 21-3, the Jayhawks forced two more three-and-outs.

The second half wasn't nearly as clean for Kansas. Daniels nearly fumbled the ball away on their first possession before Jacob Borcila missed a 40-yard field-goal try, then the Jayhawks' quarterback threw a pick on his very next snap.

But the Golden Eagles missed a chip-shot field-goal attempt of their own, and on the Jayhawks' next offensive play, Neal split the defense over the right side and ran untouched 80 yards for the score.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tennessee Tech: The Golden Eagles were pushed around at the line of scrimmage while making far too many mistakes on special teams. The blocked field goal was the big one, but Devin Parker's miss on a 29-yarder in the second half hardly helped.

Kansas: The Jayhawks revamped their defense with an influx of Division I transfers, and several made a difference. Lonnie Phelps, a pass rusher from Miami-Ohio, had three sacks and four tackles-for-loss. Ex-Ohio State linebacker Craig Young was always near the ball. And Eriq Gilyard, a transfer from Central Florida, picked off a pass early in the fourth quarter.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TnTechKansas
Kansas TD 11:26 Devin Neal 19 yard TD run (Jacob Borcila Extra Point) 0 7
Kansas TD 9:06 Daniel Hishaw Jr. 9 yard TD run (Jacob Borcila Extra Point) 0 14
Kansas TD 4:42 Cobee Bryant 61 yard blocked field goal return for TD (Jacob Borcila Extra Point) 0 21
Second Quarter TnTechKansas
TnTech FG 14:07 Devin Parker 28 yard field goal 3 21
Kansas TD 3:23 Jalon Daniels 11 yard TD run (Jacob Borcila Extra Point) 3 28
Kansas TD 0:07 Mason Fairchild 2 yard TD pass from Jalon Daniels (Jacob Borcila Extra Point) 3 35
Third Quarter TnTechKansas
Kansas TD 4:21 Devin Neal 80 yard TD run (Jacob Borcila Extra Point) 3 42
Fourth Quarter TnTechKansas
Kansas TD 13:25 Sevion Morrison 11 yard TD run (Jacob Borcila Extra Point) 3 49
Kansas TD 9:46 Jason Bean 7 yard TD run (Jacob Borcila Extra Point) 3 56
TnTech TD 5:00 Heath Price 4 yard TD pass from Jeremiah Oatsvall (Devin Parker Extra Point) 10 56
Team Stats
  Tennessee Tech Kansas
First downs 14 23
  Rushing 4 12
  Passing 8 10
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-17, 24% 6-8, 75%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 43-93 30-297
Passing Yards 97 205
Return Yards 27 49
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-26-1 16-19-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 5-25 0-0
Punts 7 0
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 4-19 4-40
Tennessee Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Oatsvall 12 22 93 1 1
L. Wash 3 4 4 0 0
Kansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 15 18 189 1 1
J. Bean 1 1 16 0 0
Tennessee Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Gist 16 34 2.1 0
J. Oatsvall 14 29 2.1 0
J. Pegues 4 17 4.3 0
O. Ross 2 5 2.5 0
Q. Thornton 1 4 4.0 0
J. Allen 2 4 2.0 0
Q. Cross 1 0 0.0 0
L. Wash 2 0 0.0 0
Kansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Neal 4 108 27.0 2
S. Morrison 8 70 8.8 1
D. Hishaw Jr. 5 56 11.2 1
J. Daniels 3 29 9.7 1
J. Bean 2 16 8.0 1
K. Thomas 7 15 2.1 0
T. Locklin 1 3 3.0 0
Tennessee Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Miller 3 28 9.3 0
M. Fleming 3 21 7.0 0
O. Ross 1 21 21.0 0
B. Clark 1 10 10.0 0
H. Barnhart 1 8 8.0 0
Q. Cross 1 7 7.0 0
H. Price 1 4 4.0 1
Q. Thornton 1 1 1.0 0
J. Pegues 3 -3 -1.0 0
Kansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Arnold 4 56 14.0 0
Q. Skinner 1 56 56.0 0
L. Grimm 2 27 13.5 0
S. McBride 2 23 11.5 0
K. Terry 2 21 10.5 0
D. Neal 1 10 10.0 0
M. Fairchild 2 6 3.0 1
D. Hishaw Jr. 1 5 5.0 0
K. Thomas 1 1 1.0 0
Tennessee Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. McGowan 1 1
Kansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
E. Gilyard 1 11
Tennessee Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Bigelow 7 226 32.3
Kansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
Tennessee Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Grimm 1 0 0
Tennessee Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Fleming 1 26 26.0
Kansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Logan Jr. 1 38 38.0
Tennessee Tech Missed FG
Player Length
D. Parker 50
D. Parker 27
Kansas Missed FG
Player Length
J. Borcila 40




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