Archive for Sunday, September 22, 1991

S FLORELL MAKES MOST OF CHANCE

September 22, 1991

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Nate Florell didn't play a down in season-opening football wins over Toledo and Tulsa.

"Two games into the season, you get itchy and ornery," said Florell, KU's sophomore quarterback from Chicago.

He completed two of four passes for 63 yards during the Jayhawks' 54-14 win over New Mexico State Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Florell, used in the second half, also gained 12 yards on five carries, including a one-yard touchdown run.

"I'm happy for Chip (Hilleary, KU starter). He's a great guy. He has my support and I like to think I have his," Florell said.

FLORELL, WHO connected with Matt Gay on a 49-yard completion that set up a fourth-quarter score, said he's never complained about lack of playing time.

"I've never met with coach (Glen) Mason or any of the coaches," said Florell. "It's their decision to play me or not. I'm not a guy to walk in somebody's office. I'm happy backing up Chip."

He was happier after finding Gay, who was tackled at the one.

"It was a great effort by Matt Gay," Florell said.

Dan Eichloff's 64-yard punt was a career high, breaking his old mark of 61 yards set earlier this season. He missed a 46-yard field goal attempt, his first errant kick in five attempts.

"I'm pretty happy with the way things are going, except for the field goal today. I mis-hit it," said Eichloff.

He's battled strong winds the past two weeks at Memorial Stadium.

"It's like a little hurricane out there," the sophomore said. "It seems like all week we have nice weather, then on Saturday it gets overcast."

KU's defense allowed 185 yards and two touchdowns. One Aggie touchdown drive, however, covered just 14 yards following a fumbled punt.

"I think we had 'em overmatched," said tackle Dana Stubblefield. Of being 3-0, he said: "This is where we wanted to be. This was our base point for the season. It helps us a lot going into Virginia (in two weeks after an off week)."

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