Kansas 45, Northern Illinois 42

Sept. 10, 2011

Recap | Final Stats | Quotes |

September 10, 2011
Postgame Notes


  • The Kansas-Northern Illinois series is tied 1-1
  • Today’s attendance: 48,084

CAPTAINS: Jeremiah Hatch (C), Tim Biere (TE), Steven Johnson (LB), and Toben Opurum (DE)

DEBUTS: Anthony Turzilli (WR), Michael Reynolds (LB), Victor Simmons (DB),


  • Kansas won back-to-back games for the first time in the Turner Gill era.
  • Kansas has won 24 of its last 26 non-conference home games dating back to 2003.
  • KU improved to 23-7 in its last 30 home games, including 2-0 this season.
  • Kansas is 24-4 in its last 28 games against non-Big 12 opponents.
  • Kansas improved to 572-559-58 all time.
  • Kansas assistant coach Robert Wimberly’s wife, Tracie, sang the National Anthem prior to kickoff.
  • Kansas won the coin toss for the second-straight week and elected to receive.
  • The KU ROTC did 188 pushups tonight.


  • KU’s offense produced 534 yards against Northern Illinois, which was its highest total since the team recorded 547 yards against Missouri in the final game of the 2009 season.
  • Senior RB Rell Lewis made a 16-yard catch in the first quarter, marking his first catch since the 2009 season.
  • Junior WR D.J. Beshears caught a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, which marked his second career TD reception. It was also his first since the Colorado game last season.
  • Beshears became the sixth different Jayhawk to score a touchdown this season with his catch in the first quarter.
  • Beshears recorded career-highs in catches (seven) and yards (70).
  • Beshears 197 kick return yards is ranked second most in KU history behind Marcus Hereford’s 203 yards on six returns against Nebraska in 2007. His seven returns tied a school record (seven by Dezmon Briscoe vs. Missouri, 11-29-2008).
  • Beshears recorded 285 all-purpose yards – 18 rushing, 70 receiving and 197 in kick returns.
  • Freshman RB Darrian Miller scored a second quarter touchdown on an 18-yard run. He became the seventh different Jayhawk to score a touchdown this season.
  • Sophomore RB James Sims caught a career-long 39-yard pass on a screen late in the first half.
  • Sims ended the night with 110 yards rushing, marking his second-straight game with 100-plus yards. The last Jayhawk to rush for 100 yards in back to back games was Jake Sharp, who did so in the first two games of the 2009 season.
  • Sims had a career-high 26 carries.
  • Sophomore QB Jordan Webb spread the ball around in the first half, hitting eight different receivers.
  • Webb had a career-high 281 yards passing – the most passing yards by a Jayhawk since Todd Reesing threw for 498 yards against Missouri in 2009.
  • Late in the first half, junior WR Kale Pick caught his first career touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Webb.
  • Kansas has scored 12 touchdowns this season by eight different players.
  • The Jayhawks were 8-for-10 on third downs in the first half, and converted their first five of the second half.
  • After C Jeremiah Hatch went out with an injury in the third quarter, junior Trevor Marrongelli handled snapping duties.
  • Senior TE Tim Biere matched a career-high with four catches.


  • Sophomore DE Keba Agostinho made a career high six tackles, including three in the first quarter.
  • Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish became the first opposing player to run for three touchdowns against Kansas since Rodney Stewart scored three times last season.
  • Junior LB Tunde Bakare recorded a season-high nine tackles, surpassing his seven last week against McNeese State.


  • Late in the first half, Ron Doherty attempted a squib kick, which was his first kickoff of the season.
  • In the fourth quarter, freshman PK Alex Mueller connected on a 27-yard field goal which was his first successful field goal this year.
  • Junior KR D.J. Beshears recorded 197 kick-off return yards which was a career high. Beshears had long returns of 52 and 51 yards.