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Pilfer party: KU’s 6 takeaways power blowout win over Rutgers

Rutgers freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski chose a bad time to throw in the direction of University of Kansas safety Mike Lee. On the second snap of the second quarter, Lee already had witnessed enough Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium to commence scheming. KU’s ...

Pooka Williams tops ratings again in rout over Rutgers

1 - Pooka Williams: Rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, averaging 8.8 yards for the game and season. His third touchdown of the season went for 52 yards. 2 - Bryce Torneden: Has steadily improved since joining the program and has stood out three weeks in a row, this time with ...

Tom Keegan: Pooka Williams a fast learner and runner

If you feel like you learn something new every day about Anthony Williams Jr., better known as Pooka, don’t consider yourself out of the loop. Even fourth-year Kansas football coach David Beaty forever picks up fresh material about the sensational running back. Beaty revealed after Kansas ...

Jayhawks pummel Rutgers, 55-14

For the first time since 2011, members of the Kansas football team can say they’ve won back-to-back games. The Jayhawks followed their road losing streak-killing victory at Central Michigan by closing nonconference play with a 55-14 home drubbing of Rutgers on Saturday. Although Peyton ...

Game day Breakdown: KU football vs. Rutgers

— Kansas (1-1) vs. Rutgers (1-1) • 11 a.m. kickoff at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium • Game-time forecast: 82 degrees, mostly sunny, 7% chance of rain • TV: FOX Sports Net • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 — Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog and follow our coverage ...

KU’s athletic director wants to build up football program before tackling stadium

Just six weeks after coming on staff as athletic director at the University of Kansas, Jeff Long is saying that building up the football program should take precedence over a multimillion-dollar remodel of the David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. “The stadium is still very important,” Long ...

Rutgers right opponent at right time for Kansas

The same sort of logic that made so many prognosticators overrate Texas coming into this season made a few of them paint way too optimistic a picture for Rutgers’ 2018 fortunes. Second-year Texas coach Tom Herman received kudos for landing the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class. ...

Tom Keegan: Pooka Williams through the eyes of a Louisiana high school football fan

Hahnville, about 25 miles upriver from New Orleans, is in the region of Louisiana known as the River Parishes. Early in the 20th century, it was famous for being the 1891 birthplace of jazz trumpeter Thomas “Papa Mutt” Carey. Later in the century, it became known as a high school football ...

KU’s Kerr Johnson Jr. a WR ‘you better pay attention to’

Around the Kansas football team’s facilities, it’s easy for Kerr Johnson Jr. to go unnoticed. The senior receiver’s head coach, David Beaty, jokes he sometimes needs to hold a mirror under Johnson’s nose to ensure the calm and quiet California native is in fact alive. No such concerns ...

Where 11 former David Beaty assistants are now

Rob Likens, David Beaty's first offensive coordinator, came to Kansas with a reputation for being one of the more well liked assistant coaches among peers, and did nothing to change that in his two seasons in Lawrence, even though things didn't go well for him. Likens lasted one year in that ...

Tom Keegan: A comparison of KU’s 98 games under Mangino to the 98 since

It took the 98th game of the post-Mark Mangino era for something to happen to make an awakening from a prolonged slump for the Kansas football program feel even possible. Freshman Pooka Williams Jr., the speedy running back from Louisiana, made such an amazing debut Saturday in Mount Pleasant, ...

Freshman CB Corione Harris ‘workmanlike’ in 1st career start

No one figured it would take Corione Harris long to break into the starting lineup at Kansas. Still, the freshman cornerback from New Orleans might have even flew past some of his highest expectations. It only took Harris until the second game of his college football career to graduate from ...

Rutgers coach Chris Ash calls Pooka Williams ‘a good little player’

Pooka Williams has jolted a slumbering Kansas football fan base awake and it took him all of one game, his first in college. How did he look on film to the coach who has to prepare his team to face a KU offense rejuvenated by the freshman running back who ran for 125 yards on 14 carries and in ...

Tom Keegan: Mike Lee early key to Kansas recruiting in Louisiana

No matter how great a new product looks on paper, it’s going to be tough to sell unless the salesman has that first satisfied customer to stand as proof of concept. For the Kansas football program's Louisiana recruiting plan, junior safety Mike Lee represents proof of concept. Associate head ...

KU football offense not perfect, but much cleaner through 2 games

Sure, the season is only two weeks old. But as of this moment, Kansas football, the same program that finished 2017 ranked an ugly 127th out of 129 FBS teams in turnover margin, is sitting pretty in the same category. With seven takeaways (only two less than their previous yearlong total) and ...

Notebook: Game ball from KU’s win at CMU makes the rounds

Inside the visiting locker room at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich., this past Saturday, after he became the first Kansas football coach to win a road game since Mark Mangino’s final season, in 2009, David Beaty received the game ball as the Jayhawks celebrated. He didn’t hang ...

The Best Pooka Williams highlight on Youtube

Multiple highlights of Anthony "Pooka" Williams running around through and even over defenders during his record-breaking career for Hahnville High in Louisiana light up Youtube. My favorite is shown in this Tweet: 2018 RB Anthony “Pooka” Williams (Hahnville HS (Boutte, LA) puts up Over ...

KU football’s ball-hawking defense key to successful road trip

The Kansas football team scored more points against an FBS opponent in Saturday’s road losing streak-killing 31-7 win at Central Michigan than it had since defeating Iowa State at home, 34-14, in 2014. Nonetheless, it was KU’s defense that made sure no doubt crept into the Jayhawks’ ...