No. 14 Bruin Football Cans Kansas, 41-17
Sept 8, 2001
By DOUG TUCKERAP Sports Writer
LAWRENCE, Kan. - You have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat UCLA.
Coach Bob Toledo, worried that his travel-weary Bruins might be out of sorts with an 11:30 a.m. kickoff in Kansas on Saturday following a night game last week at Alabama, had them out of bed at the crack of dawn all week.
His strategy - and DeShaun Foster's 179 yards rushing - seemed to work. The No. 14 Bruins (2-0) capped what Toledo described as 'one of the most difficult weeks I've had as a football coach' with a 41-17 victory over the outmanned Jayhawks.
'I don't know how many people travel all the way across the country one week and then have to do it again, basically,' said Toledo, who had the Bruins on the practice field at 9:30 every morning.
'We were tired. It was exhausting. But our kids did a great job responding to morning practices.'
The early-to-bed, early-to-rise Bruins did not have a turnover or penalty in the 20-17 victory at Alabama. But they had one of each in the first seven minutes and handed Kansas (1-1) the early momentum.
Cory Paus' fumble with Kansas already leading 3-0 gave the Jayhawks a first down at the UCLA 20 less than halfway through the first period.
But Ryan Nece recovered Zach Dyer's fumble at the 30 and then the Bruins, the highest-ranked nonconference opponent to visit Kansas since 1980, got a touchdown and two field goals on their next four possessions.
'They had their adrenaline going and when the adrenaline's rushing, you play a little bit better,' Foster said. 'But once we settled down, it was a different game.'
The Bruins had a wakeup call Saturday at 4 a.m. California time.
'It was cool,' Foster said.
Kansas rushed for only 89 yards, consistently getting beat along the line of scrimmage, and fell behind 41-10 early in the fourth period.
'It was a huge disappointment,' said coach Terry Allen. 'It was a missed opportunity that was lots of fun early.'
In the second quarter, Mario Kinsey threw a pass straight into Nece's arms, and the senior linebacker returned it 22 yards for another TD and a 20-3 lead.
'The linebacker just flashed to the play and took it to the house,' said Kinsey, who caught Nece at the goal line but could not keep him out.
'All of a sudden, the quarterback came out of nowhere,' Nece said. 'I was just glad to get it into the end zone.'
Foster, who had 110 yards at Alabama, totaled 179 yards on 28 carries against the slower Kansas defense. Paus was 10-of-16 for 160 yards and one touchdown.
A few minutes after Nece's touchdown return, Tab Perry got behind the Kansas secondary and hauled in a 49-yard TD pass from Paus, beating Quincy Roe for a 27-3 lead.
Right before halftime, Kinsey sparked the Jayhawks' only sustained drive of the first half, running for 13 yards and passing for 49 on a 13-play, 80-yard touchdown march capped by his 2-yard run.
The Bruins, following a 17-yard Kansas punt, went ahead 34-10 late in the third when Craig Bragg ran an end-around 37 yards.
Freshman Johnny Beck's 52-yard field goal put the Jayhawks up 3-0 4:42 into the game.
But Foster gained 36 yards in a 12-play, 70-yard drive capped by Paus' 1-yard plunge.
'Foster is one of the best running backs in the country, maybe the best,' Kansas linebacker Algie Atkinson said. 'Very good upper-body strength. He's hard to catch and he's hard to bring down.'
After Chris Griffith's 31-yard field goal, Paus set him up for a 36-yarder with a terrific play, heaving the ball as he was being sacked to Foster, who turned it into a 35-yard gain.
UCLA, following Ricky Manning's interception of Dyer's pass, went 74 yards in eight plays for a 41-10 lead on Foster's 4-yard run.
Kinsey, who sat out the season-opening victory over Southwest Missouri State because of a violation of team rules, added a 1-yard plunge with 7:04 to go for Kansas' second touchdown. He was 6-of-17 for 93 yards.