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Kansas 17, South Dakota 14

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Jason Bean hit Lawrence Arnold for their second touchdown connection with 1:12 remaining Friday night, allowing Kansas to escape with a 17-14 victory over South Dakota in coach Lance Leipold's debut with the Jayhawks.

The Coyotes, who trailed 10-0 late in the third quarter, had pulled ahead when Kansas native Travis Theis ran 25 yards for a go-ahead score with 5:16 to go. But the Jayhawks answered by driving 64 yards in less than four minutes, converting fourth-and-10 along the way and getting some help from a targeting penalty on South Dakota freshman Myles Harden.

How good did it feel to win for Kansas? The student section rushed the field to celebrate the end of a 13-game skid - albeit against an FCS opponent - and the Jayhawks' first win since beating Texas Tech on Oct. 26, 2019.

Bean, the North Texas transfer, also found Arnold for a score late in the second quarter. He finished 17 of 26 for 163 yards while adding 54 yards on the ground. But he didn't get much help from the rest of the offense - Velton Gardner carried 19 times for 21 yards, and the Jayhawks' rebuilt offensive line provided little resistance.

South Dakota couldn't take advantage of it, though.

The Coyotes, who have beaten Minnesota and Bowling Green over the years, were penalized eight times, went 3 for 13 on third down and 0 for 3 on fourth. Carson Camp was just 10-for-22 passing for 98 yards.

Leipold was hired earlier this year when Les Miles, the latest in a growing list of failed Kansas coaches, resigned following sexual harassment allegations dating to his national championship-winning tenure at LSU.

A longtime Division III coach, Leipold promised to bring along fundamentally sound football, relying on the same formula that produced six lower-level national titles in eight seasons and an impressive turnaround at Buffalo.

Instead, the Jayhawks looked a lot like the same team that hasn't had a winning season in more than a decade.

They went three-and-out on their first three possessions, a streak of ignominy interrupted only by two false start penalties, and by the end of the first quarter had more penalty yards (20) than yards of offense (18). And after taking a 10-0 lead on Bean's TD pass to Arnold and Jacob Borcila's field goal, their meager advantage was quickly wiped out.

South Dakota's first score came when Lawrence made a defender whiff in the defensive backfield and scooted 29 yards late in the third quarter. Then, after the Coyotes stuffed Kansas on fourth-and-inches at their own 46-yard line, Theis took a handoff two plays later 25 yards for a touchdown and their first lead of the night.

The Jayhawks managed to answer down the straight to avoid an embarrassing start to Leipold's time in Lawrence.

Kansas athletics press release


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter SouDakKansas
Kansas TD 0:24 Lawrence Arnold 8 yard TD pass from Jason Bean (Jacob Borcila Extra Point) 0 7
Third Quarter SouDakKansas
Kansas FG 6:58 Jacob Borcila 30 yard field goal 0 10
SouDak TD 3:31 Shomari Lawrence 29 yard TD run (Mason Lorber Extra Point) 7 10
Fourth Quarter SouDakKansas
SouDak TD 5:13 Travis Theis 25 yard TD run (Mason Lorber Extra Point) 14 10
Kansas TD 1:12 Lawrence Arnold 15 yard TD pass from Jason Bean (Jacob Borcila Extra Point) 14 17
Team Stats
  South Dakota Kansas
First downs 14 13
  Rushing 6 4
  Passing 6 8
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-14, 21% 6-18, 33%
4th down efficiency 0-3, 0% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 41-155 41-82
Passing Yards 98 162
Return Yards 23 110
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-22-0 17-26-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-7 1-5
Punts 6 7
Fumbles Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-42 6-45
South Dakota Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Camp 10 22 98 0 0
Kansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Bean 17 26 162 2 0
South Dakota Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Theis 19 89 4.7 1
S. Lawrence 11 59 5.4 1
. 1 4 4.0 0
C. Camp 10 3 0.3 0
Kansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Bean 16 51 3.2 0
V. Gardner 16 20 1.3 0
T. Locklin 8 10 1.3 0
D. Neal 1 1 1.0 0
South Dakota Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Case 2 37 18.5 0
T. Theis 1 21 21.0 0
C. Bell 2 16 8.0 0
J. McQuitty 1 15 15.0 0
C. Vander Esch 1 7 7.0 0
W. Eliodor 1 2 2.0 0
S. Lawrence 2 0 0.0
0
Kansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Fairchild 4 58 14.5 0
T. Wilson 5 50 10.0 0
L. Arnold 3 32 10.7 2
K. Lassiter II 2 12 6.0 0
S. McBride 2 8 4.0 0
V. Gardner 1 2 2.0 0
South Dakota Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
South Dakota Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Schutt 6 289 48.2
Kansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Vernon 7 251 35.9
South Dakota Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Dakota Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Case 1 23 23.0
Kansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Grimm 1 27 27.0
K. Logan Jr. 1 83 83.0
South Dakota Missed FG
Player Length
M. Lorber 46
Kansas Missed FG
Player Length




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