7:00 PM ET, September 4, 2004
Memorial Stadium, LAWRENCE, KS
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Holding Tulsa to just 141 yards and three points surprised even Mark Mangino.
And he's the one who has been telling everyone how improved his Kansas defense was going to be.
"I'll be honest with you. ... I thought we were going to be better (but) I didn't think we were going to have this kind of game," Mangino said Saturday night after the Jayhawks beat the Golden Hurricane 21-3 in their season opener.
Tulsa quarterback James Kilian was pressured all night and hit just 11 of 24 for 91 yards. He was intercepted twice and sacked six times, including once by Tim Allen for a momentum-turning safety as the Jayhawks held a Division I-A team without a touchdown for the first time in almost five years.
"I think Kilian's a really good player," Mangino said. "What did he have, 91 yards passing? Wow, that's a pretty good job."
Adam Barmann threw a touchdown pass and ran for another for the Jayhawks, whose offense was sluggish in a dull first half that ended in a 3-3 tie.
"They did a good job of getting in my face," said Kilian, who moved into 10th place on Tulsa's career total offense list. "Maybe if I would have made quicker decisions, but that would have been the only way to avoid that situation."
Held to 80 total yards and one field goal in a ragged first half, the Jayhawks took advantage of Tulsa mistakes to put the game away with a touchdown and a safety in the fourth quarter.
After Tulsa had stopped Kansas on fourth-and-goal from the 2, Allen blew through the middle and sacked Kilian in the end zone for a safety that put Kansas on top 14-3.
A few minutes later, Kevin Kane intercepted Kilian's pass and returned it 18 yards to the 2. Barmann, a sophomore who is replacing the departed Bill Whittemore, then plowed his way into the end zone from the 1.
Barmann connected with Charles Gordon on a 7-yard TD pass to cap an 80-yard drive and make it 12-3 late in the third period. He wound up hitting 14 of 31 for 99 yards while the Jayhawks totaled only 201 yards themselves.
"We weren't as sharp as we wanted to be the first half," Barmann said. "But in the second half, we started coming around a little bit."
The offense also seemed to get an immediate lift when John Randle entered the game in the third period.
The sophomore running back, who sat out the first half after violating team rules in the offseason, picked up 28 yards in an 89-yard drive late in the third. The drive, also aided by successive penalties of 15 and 10 yards against Tulsa, reached a first-and-goal from the 7 after Randle went 15 yards.
On second down, Gordon beat cornerback Nick Graham in the corner of the end zone. Johnny Beck's extra point was wide, making it 12-3.
Tulsa, whose seven-game improvement last year was the best turnaround in Division I-A, stopped Kansas on fourth-and-goal a few minutes later when Michael LeDet beat his block and brought down Randle on the 2.
But Allen corralled Kilian on the next play.
"Their defense really came out to play tonight," said Tulsa center Derek Warehime. "We really were not able to get anything rolling on offense."
Kilian hit Jermaine Landrum with a short touchdown pass in the first half that was wiped out by an ineligible receiver penalty.
Two plays later, Brad DeVault kicked a 20-yarder to put the Golden Hurricane on top 3-0.
The dull first half ended with Kansas' Johnny Beck kicking a 51-yard field goal to forge a 3-3 tie. The second half began with Beck booting a 20-yarder after the Jayhawks failed to make good on a first-and-goal from the 6 on their first possession.
Greg Haeggans got loose for a 55-yard return of the second-half kickoff. On third-and-4 from the 17, Barmann found Mark Simmons for 11 yards, and then an additional 5 yards were tacked on for a facemask infraction.
But on three stabs from the 6, the Jayhawks got only four yards and called upon Beck, who missed a 48-yarder in the first quarter.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-13||6-19|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-1|
|FG||11:47||BRAD DEVAULT 20 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 50 yards.
|FG||0:13||JOHNNY BECK 51 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yards.
|FG||10:46||JOHNNY BECK 20 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||2:42||CHARLES GORDON 7 YD PASS FROM ADAM BARMANN (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||8:42||ADAM BARMANN 1 YD RUN (JOHNNY BECK KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 2 yards.