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KU football aims for first winning streak since 2011

Kansas wide receiver D.J. Beshears caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Webb with nine seconds remaining to give Kansas a 45-42 victory against Northern Illinois with 48,084 on hand at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 10, 2011. That dramatic ending made KU's record 2-0 and stands as the most ...

Pooka Williams expected to play for KU this week vs. Rutgers

Some mystery still surrounds what kept the Kansas football team from playing Pooka Williams Jr. in its season opener. But head coach David Beaty said Monday morning the freshman running back who raced to 125 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his debut will be back in action this Saturday ...

Redshirt seniors Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen revel in their first KU road win

In their four-plus years as members of the Kansas football program, redshirt seniors Daniel Wise and Joe Dineen have experienced more losses than they’d ever care to recall. So many times, the defensive standouts set their minds on carving out ways to bounce back, and far more often than ...

Tom Keegan: Pooka Williams worth price of admission

Mount Pleasant, Mich. — Debuting Kansas freshman running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams killed more than a nine-year road losing streak late Saturday afternoon, so far from his hometown of Marrero, La. He also, at the very least, put on hold the apathy of a football fan base that had ...

Notebook: RB Pooka Williams cleared for debut ‘late, late’ Friday night

Mount Pleasant, Mich. — Exactly what kept Pooka Williams out of the Kansas football lineup a week earlier remained unclear following the freshman running back’s debut Saturday, which sparked a 31-7 road win at Central Michigan. Shortly before kickoff of the Jayhawks’ season opener, the ...

Tom Keegan: KU football’s nightmarish road losing streak ends at 46

Mount Pleasant, Mich. — In sports, long streaks of futility tend to end on a fluke play. Many a hitter has broken his batting slump with a swinging bunt single. A tipped ball that leads to an interception returned for a touchdown or a blocked punt is how football teams are supposed to score ...

Pooka Williams leads ratings in shelling of Central Michigan

1 - Pooka Williams: He’s so fast and changes directions so sharply at full speed that he’s hard to put a hand on, much less slam to the turf. Pooka rushed for 125 yards and had touchdown runs of 20 yards, freeing himself up the middle with sharp cuts, and 41 yards down the left sideline ...

‘Unreal’: Freshman RB Pooka Williams ignites rare KU football road win

Mount Pleasant, Mich. — One man and one result might not prove capable of changing a program’s fortunes. But for one sunny Saturday afternoon at Kelly/Shorts Stadium the Kansas football team, losers of a major college football record 46 consecutive road losses, finally left an opponent’s ...

Notebook: KU wideout Steven Sims Jr. ‘tough’ on himself after TD drop

The play happened early in the second quarter of his team’s season opener, with more than 43 minutes left in regulation. All the same, Kansas senior receiver Steven Sims Jr. had a hard time forgiving himself for dropping what looked like a sure touchdown in the end zone. Sims had beaten the ...

Game day Breakdown: KU football at Central Michigan

— Kansas (0-1) at Central Michigan (0-1) • 2 p.m. CT kickoff at Kelly/Shorts Stadium • Game-time forecast: 67 degrees, partly sunny, 0% chance of rain • TV: ESPN+ • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 — Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog and follow our coverage team on ...

Tom Keegan: Kwamie Lassiter II returns punts, name for KU football

Jon Kirby, who covers Kansas football for Rivals, said hello to Kansas punt returner Kwamie Lassiter II and told him he remembered watching his father play for KU as a defensive back. “He’d hit you,” Kirby said. Responded Lassiter II: “He said he was a hard hitter. I believe ...

KU football interim HC countdown: No. 6, Tony Hull

A former engineer for NASA and then a high school football coach in New Orleans, his hometown, Kansas associate head coach/running backs Tony Hull does more than instruct ball carriers for David Beaty's football program. He heads up The Boot Experiment, Beaty's plan to develop a Louisiana ...

KU football interim HC countdown: No. 7, Kenny Perry

David Beaty’s right-hand man, Kenny Perry, moved from coaching cornerbacks, which he did his first three seasons at Kansas, to coordinating special teams. So far, good move. Kansas had a strong special teams play in the opener, a 26-23 overtime loss to Nicholls State. Stephon Robinson ...

‘Pass-first’ QB Miles Kendrick assesses his KU debut

During his first game wearing a Kansas football uniform, backup quarterback Miles Kendrick only got onto the turf for six snaps. The sophomore dual threat QB carried the ball twice, handed it off once and connected on two of his three throws during his cameo, which included a bit part on the ...

KU football interim HC countdown: No. 8, Jesse Williams

So you think you want to make a career of coaching college football, do you? Well, take a look at the work background of Kansas defensive line coach Jesse Williams and then think about the stress involved every time you have changed addresses. Williams has coached in nine different states: ...

Tom Keegan: Les Miles has 30-year connection to Kansas

The early scouting report that I received on first-year Kansas athletic director Jeff Long included high marks for hiring football coaches in stealth fashion, so don’t necessarily take his decision not to fire David Beaty after the coach’s egregious mismanagement of the overtime loss to ...

Unheralded Kansas WR Stephon Robinson Jr. wants to build on debut showing

Not one other Power Five program actively recruited Stephon Robinson Jr. Yet, there the sophomore junior college transfer was Saturday in his Kansas football debut, tying for the team lead in receptions and blocking a punt on special teams. After a standout freshman season at El Camino ...

KU defensive lineman Isi Holani’s DUI charge dismissed

Kansas football coach David Beaty suggested earlier this week that a resolution was coming on defensive tackle Isi Holani’s summer DUI charge. On Tuesday, Holani’s case was dropped because he didn’t meet the legal standard for the violation. A KU football spokesperson confirmed the ...

Tom Keegan: KU AD Jeff Long responds to questions on reeling football program

A pair of curious substitutions that took starting quarterback Peyton Bender out of the game, as well as ill-timed timeouts, repeated troubles with the snap from center, a drop in the end zone by the team’s best receiver, Steven Sims Jr., and several other tough moments during Saturday’s ...

David Beaty owns up to ‘Hawk Talk’ gaffe

According to Kansas football coach David Beaty, he mistakenly described some of the circumstances surrounding his team’s final offensive play of an overtime home loss to Nicholls State while appearing on his weekly radio show, "Hawk Talk," Monday night. Beaty brought up the blunder during ...