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Archive for Sunday, September 22, 1991

JAYHAWKS HAMMER NM STATE, 54-14 THIRTY-POINT SECOND QUARTER LEADS TO ROUT

September 22, 1991

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Two points a minute. That's how often Kansas scored in the second quarter Saturday.

Thirty points in 15 minutes.

New Mexico State couldn't recover from that haymaker, and Kansas turned the Aggies into baggies with a 54-14 rout in front of a Band Day crowd at Memorial Stadium.

Asked if he'd ever seen a team score 30 points in a quarter, Kansas coach Glen Mason smiled and quipped: "Not lately I haven't. . .At least not when it was going up on the Kansas side."

Sports information officials researched all the way back to 1965 and couldn't find a more productive quarter by a Kansas football team. KU outgained the Aggies, 204 yards to nine, during that decisive stanza, scoring four touchdowns and recording a safety.

IF THE second-quarter explosion had a catalyst, it might have been something that happened with 12 seconds remaining in the first quarter. At the time, the score was 7-7 and Kansas was on the Aggies' 33-yard line facing a third and two.

Momentarily, quarterback Chip Hilleary, realizing the Jayhawks had the wrong personnel on the field for the play called, asked for time and jogged to the sideline.

Suddenly, Mason erupted. He whipped off his headset and slammed it down, scattering pieces in every direction. Mason was mad, all right, but not at Hilleary. He was hot at his coaches in the press box.

"I don't mind using a time out when the quarterback is confused," Mason said, "but when we make mistakes as a coaching staff, that ticks me off. I was upset we had a communication problem about the formation we were supposed to be in."

ALTHOUGH MASON'S headset was Humpty Dumpty-ed "We're gonna use it for spare parts now," equipment manager Jeff Himes said his outburst may have coalesced the offense.

"It sort of got me excited, too," Hilleary said. "He lost his cool, but I think everybody upstairs got the message."

Six plays later, fullback Roger Robben burst over from a yard out and Kansas led, 14-7. About 2 minutes later, Robben scored again after a short punt out of the end zone and Charley Bowen's 14-yard return gave the Jayhawks the ball on the NMSU 12.

On KU's next possession, Hilleary hit Kenny Drayton on a 43-yard bomb. Five minutes later, Bowen blocked a punt out of the back of the end zone.

That's 23 points.

Now only 1:05 remained until thousands of high school bandsmen would swarm onto the field.

KANSAS NEEDED only 49 of those 65 ticks to traverse 64 yards in 7 plays after the Aggies' free kick. Tailback George White, Tony Sands' caddy, busted runs of 22 and 15 yards, and Hilleary swept the final nine yards with :16 still showing.

Kansas 37, New Mexico State 7. A football TKO. Not that New Mexico State hasn't been counted out before. The Aggies, college football's punchingest bag over the last seven years, was outmanned as usual.

"I've got a lot of empathy for New Mexico State coach Jim Hess," Mason said. "I was talking to him before the game. I know what it's like to be there."

Mason suffered the ignominy of a 42-29 loss to the Aggies during his first season at Kansas in 1988. That's still New Mexico State's last road and non-conference victory.

Back-up quarterback Nate Florell guided Kansas to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in his season debut.

"I thought he did really well considering he was getting his first chance to play," Mason said. "I was proud of him."

MASON IS also proud, obviously, that Kansas is 3-0 for the first time since 1985.

The Jayhawks are idle next week before traveling to Virginia for their last non-conference game on Oct. 5.

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