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BEST IS YET TO COME FOR JAYHAWKS

September 11, 1995

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Think the performance Kansas University quarterback Mark Williams put on Saturday was something?

As far as KU tight end Jim Moore is concerned, the best is yet to come.

"We knew he'd just keep getting better every week," Moore said after the Jayhawks turned a halftime nail-biter into a 27-10 victory over North Texas at Texas Stadium. "We look for him to take control of our offense."

That's exactly what Williams, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior, did Saturday. After struggling through the first six quarters of the season, Williams completed seven of nine passes for 176 yards after intermission on Saturday. He finished 17-of-23 with three touchdowns, 279 yards and one interception.

It was the most prolific passing day for a KU quarterback in three years.

"I had no idea it had been that long," said Moore, who was the recipient of four tosses for 61 yards. "Coach Mason promised we'd throw the ball more. If our offense continues to get better and our defense continues to play like they have, we'll be OK."

The Jayhawks (2-0) should have a better idea how OK they'll be after Thursday, when they play host to Texas Christian. Kickoff for that ESPN-broadcast game is 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

The Horned Frogs opened their season with a 27-10 victory Saturday over Iowa State.

Led by quarterback Max Knake's 299 yards, TCU rallied for a 31-21 victory over the Jayhawks last season in Fort Worth.

Knake riddled KU's secondary last season and likely will provide a stiffer challenge to the young backfield than either of KU's first foes.

To hear UNT coach Matt Simon tell it, that's exactly what the Jayhawks did Saturday -- pick on an inexperienced backfield. Cornerback Gerald Farley, a starter, was arrested for sexual assault just before last week's season opener and won't return. His replacement, Kelon Wilson, came out of the KU game after aggravating a hamstring injury. And free safety Rogdrick Manor left late in the third quarter with an ankle injury. That left two freshmen and a walk-on junior patrolling the backfield.

"They were able to take advantage of the fact that we had some young players in the secondary," Simon said. "They burned us for two long ones."

Williams' two long ones -- a 47-yard touchdown toss to Isaac Byrd and a 52-yard TD to Ashaundai Smith -- helped turn a three-point halftime lead into a 17-point victory.

"We just ran plays off of what they were giving us," Williams said. "They blitzed us during the first half, but they cooled off in the second half."

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