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Wyman's Late Field Goal Downs Bulldogs, 13-10

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Press Release University of Kansas:

Down to the final play of the game with two seconds remaining on the clock,freshman kicker MatthewWyman lofted a 52-yard field goal from the left hash mark to give theJayhawks a 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon at MemorialStadium.

Wyman's kick gave Kansas (2-1) its first lead of the contest when it matteredmost and gave the Jayhawks their first walk-off win since Scott Webb kicked afield goal to push KU past Iowa State in 2005. The kick was also the first50-yard make for KU since 2009 and moved the Jayhawks to 3-1 in meetings withLouisiana Tech (1-3, 0-1 CUSA).

Wyman's kick capped 10 unanswered points by the Jayhawks following afourth-quarter fumble by the Bulldogs on the one-yard line that proved to bethe momentum changer of the game. It was the first of two Louisiana Techfumbles inside the five in the fourth quarter.

On the ensuing Kansas possession, KU drove 80 yards on eight plays that endedwith JakeHeaps found JimmayMundine for a 22-yard touchdown connection to tie the game at 10

LA Tech strung together an 80-yard drive of its own late in the fourth quarter,but a fumble by Kenneth Dixon gave KU the ball back on its own 5-yard line with1:33 left in the game. The Jayhawks then drove 60 yards to set-up thegame-winning field goal for Wyman.

Kansas recorded 396 yards of total offense, 117 rushing and 279 in the air,compared to the 443 yards recorded by LA Tech.

Heaps completed a career-high 28 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown. TonyPierson was the Jayhawks leading receiver with nine catches for 82yards, while BrandonBourbon added seven for 47 yards.

On defense, VictorSimmons and BenHeeney each recorded a game-high 10 tackles, while DexterMcDonald added two more pass breakups to his nation-leading mark inthe passes defended column of six. The tackles were a career high for Simmons,who also recorded two tackles for loss.

KU opened the game with a 43-yard drive, thanks to Pierson combining for 33with three rushes and a completion. However, the Jayhawk offense failed toconvert on a short fourth and three from the LA Tech 33, turning the ball overon downs.

The Kansas defense had no trouble finding a rhythm on the ensuing Bulldogpossession, as the squad allowed just one yard and forced a LA Tech punt. Theunit continued to shine on LA Tech's next possession after Heeney recorded hisfirst career interception for the team's fourth on the season.

Heaps threw an interception of his own on the next drive, leading to a 57-yarddrive by the Bulldogs that resulted in a touchdown from Ryan Higgins to HunterLee, putting LA Tech on top 7-0 as the first quarter came to a close.

After back-to-back missed field goals, one by KU's Wyman and the other by LATech's Kyle Fischer, the Jayhawks drove the ball 58 yards late in the secondquarter to score their first points of the game on a make by Wyman. TheBulldogs answered back with another 60-yard drive, however, another missedfield goal by Fischer ended the half with a score of 7-3, in favor of LA Tech.
Fischer gave Louisiana Tech a 10-3 lead early in the third quarter with a39-yard field goal, but that was it for the scoring in the third frame as bothteams jockeyed for field position. Kansas punter TrevorPardula booted a 78-yard punt â€" eighth-longest in school historyâ€" and added a 65-yard kick in the third quarter, part of a single-game,school-record effort of 57.6 yards per punt.

Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon, a freshman All-American a year ago,rushed for a game-high 129 yards and Bulldog freshman quarterback Ryan Higginscompleted 35-of-55 passes for 289 yards. DJ Banks tied Pierson for thegame-high with 82 yards, while hauling in 13 passes.

The Jayhawks return to the gridiron in two weeks for homecoming weekend,Saturday, Oct. 5, and open Big 12 play against Texas Tech.

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Game Notes

SERIESINFORMATION

Kansasleads the series 3-1 after four meetings and have won three straight againstLouisiana Tech. Head coach CharlieWeis improved to 1-0 against Louisiana Tech.  

KANSASCAPTAINS: JakeHeaps(QB),BenHeeney (LB), JamesSims (RB), KeonStowers (DE)

DEBUTSAT KU:None.

FIRSTTIME STARTERS AT KU: Offense- DylanAdmire (OL), RodriguezColeman (WR), RileySpencer (RT)

TEAMNOTES

*LATech won the toss and defered until the second half. KU received and defendedthe north end zone. 

*Forthe ninth-straight game, Kansas' opponent scored first and the Jayhawks trailedat the end of the first quarter.

*Kansasis yet to score a touchdown or field goal in the first quarter.

*LATech's field goal in the third quarter was the first points allowed by the KUdefense in the third quarter this season.

*Itwas the first time since 2005 that the KU won a game on the final play of thegame. The last time was against Iowa State after a Scott Webb, 34-yard fieldgoal gave the Jayhawks a 24-21 win in overtime. 

OFFENSIVENOTES

*Heaps'28 completions against LA Tech was more than he completed in the first twogames combined and set a new single-game best for the junior. His previous bestwas 27 completions at BYU, which was set in 2010 against Utah State.

*Inthe third quarter, RodriguezColeman recorded his first catch as a Jayhawk, a 12-yard pass from JakeHeaps. He finished the game with two catches for 30 yards in hisfirst career start.  

*JamesSims rushed for 78 yards against the Bulldogs and moved into fourthplace on the KU rushing charts with 2,763 yards. Sims passed Clark Green(2,754) and now looks to become the only the fourth Jayhawk to reach 3,000yards in his career. 

*JimmayMundine's touchdown in the fourth quarter was his first of the seasonand fourth of his career. The 22-yard touchdown pass from Heaps tied the gamewith a little less than 10 minutes to play in the game.

DEFENSIVENOTES

*CornerbackDexterMcDonald entered the game tied for the nation's lead in passesdefended with six total. He recorded two broken up passes bringing his 2013total to eight passes defended seven pass break-ups and one interception. 

*Juniornickelback VictorSimmons recorded his first career sack on LA Tech's second drive ofthe game - a nine-yard loss that forced the Bulldogs to punt the ball. He tiedfor the team lead with 10 tackles, which was a new career-high. His previouspersonal best was eight tackles in the season opener against South Dakota.Simmons led the team with 2.0 tackles-for-loss.

*JuniorBenHeeney recorded his first career interception against the Bulldogs inthe first quarter. It was KU's fourth interception of the season and first bythe linebacker position group, with the defensive line and secondary alsorecording interceptions early in the season. Heeney finished tied for the teamlead with 10 tackles, reaching double figures for the seventh time in hiscareer. 

*Seniordefensive lineman KevinYoung recorded his first sack of the year in the third quarter. Itwas a tackle for a loss of 12 yards, which was the largest loss on a stopagainst the Bulldogs.

*Juniordefensive back JaCoreyShepherd tallied a career-high eight tackles. Three of his eightstops were solo, while the other five were assisted. His previous best was fourtackles in a game. 

SPECIALTEAMS NOTES

*Redshirtfreshman kicker MatthewWyman's game-winning field goal, a 52-yarder, was the longest of hiscareer. He has converted 3-of-5 attempts on the year. Wyman's kick was thefirst 50+ field goal for the Jayhawks since Jacob Branstetter hit a 57-yard tryagainst Oklahoma in 2009. 

*Juniorpunter/kickoff specialist TrevorPardula set a new school record for punting average in a game afteraveraging 57.6 yards on five punts. The previous high was 52.5 yards per puntby Ted Rohde on Oct. 2, 1954 versus Colorado. Additionally, three of Pardula'sfive punts were downed inside the 20.

*Pardulabroke his previous career-long punt twice against LA Tech. First, he recorded acareer-long 78-yard punt in the third quarter which tied for eighth longest inschool history and was the longest Jayhawk boot since Rich Reith pinned K-Statedeep after a 78-yard punt Oct. 18, 1986. Later in the third quarter, he added a65 yard kick. Pardula's previous best was 59-yarder against Rice.

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