Kansas Leads McNeese State At Half, 21-3

Sept. 3, 2011


Kansas football rushed for 191 yards in the first half, highlighted by a 47-yard run by freshman Tony Pierson and a 30-yard rush by sophomore James Sims, to take a 21-3 lead over the McNeese State Cowboys into halftime.

Pierson and Sims had one rushing touchdown apiece, while a 25-yard pass from Jordan Webb to Daymond Patterson accounted for the other Jayhawk score. Pierson finished the half with a team-high 60 rushing yards on two carries, and Sims added 53 yards on 10 rushing attempts.

Sims’ career-long 30-yard rush highlighted an eight-play, 84-yard drive for the Jayhawks’ first touchdown of the season. The drive was capped off by a 25-yard touchdown pass from Webb to Patterson with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter. Webb finished the half 3-for-5 for 34 yards. The 84-yard scoring drive was the longest for the Jayhawks since a 17-play, 99-yard scoring drive against New Mexico State on Sept. 25, 2010.

McNeese State responded with a 17-play, 68-yard drive that lasted 8:31. Kansas was able to stop the Cowboys inside the 10 yard line and force a 26-yard field goal for the only McNeese State points of the half. Senior captain linebacker Steven Johnson led KU’s defense with 11 tackles, including seven solo tackles and one for a loss.

In the second quarter, KU scored on each of its first two possessions. The first scoring drive went for eight plays and 73 yards and was finished by a one-yard run by Sims. The second drive lasted 12 plays and covered 67 yards. Pierson completed the drive with a 13-yard rush into the end zone. Freshman Darrian Miller contributed 46 yards on nine carries to the Jayhawks’ rushing attack, good for an average of 5.1 yards per carry.

* Kansas rushed for 191 yards in the first half Saturday. Last season, the Jayhawks’ highest single-game rushing total was 237 yards.
* Sophomore RB James Sims broke off a 30-yard run in the first quarter, which marked the longest of his career. His previous career-long was a 28-yard touchdown against Colorado last season.
* Sophomore QB Jordan Webb threw a first quarter touchdown pass to WR Daymond Patterson. It was Webb’s first touchdown throw since the Texas A&M game last season and Patterson’s first TD reception since the Baylor game last year.
* Freshman RB Tony Pierson gained 47 yards on a rush in the second quarter. Last season, KU’s longest rush of the season was 51 yards by Daymond Patterson in the season-opener against North Dakota State.
* Senior LB Steven Johnson made 11 tackles in the first half. His career high was 13 last season against Missouri.