The Kansas Jayhawks won their home opener on Sept. 3, scoring a 17-14 win over South Dakota at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
Matthew Postins of the College Football America Yearbook staff covered the game. His photo gallery is on our Facebook page and photos of the game could end up in the 2022 edition of the Yearbook. The photos may also be used by the American Football Coaches Association for its web site, social media and publications.
The Jayhawks (1-0) were down by four points with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jason Bean, who was making his first start for Kansas after transferring from North Texas, helped engineer an 11-play, 64-yard drive that ate up nearly four minutes of clock. He finished off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence Arnold, which gave the Jayhawks the lead with just 1:10 left on the clock.
Arnold caught just three passes in the game, but two of them went for touchdowns.
Bean threw for 163 yards and two touchdown, while rushing for another 54 yards. Tight end Mason Fairchild had 58 receiving yards. A trio of Jayhawks — Kyron Johnson, Gavin Potter and Kenny Logan Jr. — had seven tackles each. The game was the first of the 2021 season at Kansas Stadium, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
South Dakota (0-1) actually outgained Kansas in the contest, 263-245.
Quarterback Carson Camp threw for 98 yards. Travis Theis rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown, while Shomari Lawrence rushed for 59 yards, including a touchdown.
Linebacker Jack Cochrane led South Dakota defense with 13 tackles, three of which were for loss.
Kansas faces Coastal Carolina on Friday, Sept. 10, while South Dakota faces Northern Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 11.
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