Jayhawks Host Appalachian State

Sept. 7, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas (1-0) football team plays its second of three consecutive home contests on Saturday as the Jayhawks welcome Appalachian State (1-0) to Memorial Stadium. Kickoff against the Mountaineers is set for 6:05 p.m. KU is coming off a 30-19 win over a talented Florida Atlantic team, while ASU looks for its second road win of the season after knocking off Eastern Kentucky 24-16 in Richmond, Ky.

“They’re (Appalachian State) capable of winning every game where the team that they’re playing against isn’t prepared, focused, or play smart football,” said KU Head Coach Mark Mangino at his weekly session with the media on Tuesday. “We plan on playing good football. We’re confident that we will.”

Saturday has been designated “Heroes Night” at Memorial Stadium, honoring the service of the nation’s armed services personnel, veterans, firefighters, EMS personnel, law enforcement members and teachers. Tickets to the game for these individuals will be $5 each, and their family members can purchase tickets for $25 each.

Against Florida Atlantic last Saturday, the highly-touted Jayhawk defense collected KU’s first points of the season as it sacked FAU quarterback Danny Embick in the end zone for a safety to give KU an early 2-0 lead.

The Jayhawks relinquished the lead in the third quarter but battled back to take a 19-13 advantage on sophomore walk-on Jeff Foster’s 17-yard touchdown reception — his first-ever reception in a Kansas uniform. In the fourth quarter, running back Jon Cornish delighted KU fans with a 29-yard touchdown run — his first-ever for the Jayhawks.

“He has kind of teased us on the practice field,” Mangino said of Cornish earlier this week. “He’s been doing those kinds of things for years out at practice but it just hasn’t translated in the games. He can do a lot of things. We’re in a situation where we can use his help and I think he has proven that he can help.”

Linebacker Nick Reid, the team’s leading tackler each of the last two seasons, led all defensive players with 11 total tackles and four tackles for loss. The Jayhawks held a commanding 30-13 advantage late in the fourth quarter, but FAU scored a touchdown on the final play from scrimmage to make the final score 30-19.

Appalachian State, located in Boone, N.C., and a member of the Southern Conference, heads to Lawrence for its first-ever meeting against Kansas. In fact, the game against the Jayhawks marks the first-ever contest against a Big 12 opponent for the Mountaineers. In its season-opener against Eastern Kentucky, ASU jumped out to a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter and never trailed in the contest while cruising to a 24-16 win.