Webb Helps Jayhawks Knock Off No. 15 Georgia Tech, 28-25 In Turner Gill's First Win At KU

Sept. 11, 2010

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Webb tossed three touchdown passes as Kansas upset No. 15 Georgia Tech, 28-25, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Webb, who earned his first career start versus the Yellow Jackets, spurred the Jayhawks to the win as Turner Gill collected his first victory as the head coach at Kansas.

The win, which snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Jayhawks, marked KU’s first win over a ranked team since defeating 12th-ranked Missouri in the final regular-season game of the 2008 season. It was KU’s first win at home over a ranked team since beating No. 23 Missouri on Sept. 27, 2003.

Webb and the Jayhawks rebounded well from a season-opening loss to North Dakota State by using a balanced offensive attack. Webb found seven different receivers on his way to completing 18-of-29 passes. He accumulated 179 yards through the air, while connecting with three different receivers for touchdowns.

The Jayhawks were led on the ground by true freshman running back James Sims who recorded 101 yards on 17 carries. Sims, who was seeing action for the first time in his collegiate career, also scored his first career touchdown. Sims is the first KU running back to amass more than 100 rushing yards in his freshman debut. His 101 rushing yards are also the most by a Jayhawk freshman since Toben Opurum tallied 109 yards versus Southern Miss on Sep. 26, 2009.

After trailing 17-14 at the half, KU quickly took the lead back on its’ first possession of the second half as Sims scored on a two-yard run. Sims accounted for KU’s final 15 yards on the drive and gave the Jayhawks a 21-14 lead with 10:21 to play in the third quarter.

The Kansas defense continued to hold the stout Georgia Tech offense in check through much of the third quarter. Kansas gave up 50 yards on the Yellow Jackets’ next possession, before shutting down the Tech offense on fourth down at its’ own 30 yard line.

Webb was intercepted on the Jayhawks’ next possession on a bobbled-catch by sophomore wide receiver Bradley McDougald at the Georgia Tech 32-yard line, but the KU defense again stepped up, forcing a Yellow Jacket punt with just over a minute to play in the third quarter.

Webb found sophomore Bradley McDougald in the end zone on a 15-yard score to tie the game at 7-7 with 6:54 to play in the opening period. KU’s first touchdown of the season came on a seven-play, 60-yard scoring drive.

Webb then connected on a two-yard TD pass to junior tight end Tim Biere as KU forged a 14-7 lead over Georgia Tech with 14:57 showing on the clock in the second quarter.

On the Jayhawks’ next possession, Sims had a 26-yard rush and Webb completed three passes and was roughed by a Georgia Tech player as KU moved the ball to the Yellow Jacket 32-yard line. Webb then completed a pass to junior wide receiver Daymond Patterson, who scrambled and broke several tackles on his way to what ended up being the winning touchdown with 14:13 remaining in the game.

Kansas led 28-14 as both teams traded possessions for much of the final quarter before Georgia Tech All-American quarterback Joshua Nesbitt connected on two passes of more than 40 yards to lead the Yellow Jackets to the end zone with 7:42 left in the game. Nesbitt also completed a pass to sophomore Stephen Hill for a two-point conversion, trimming the KU lead to 28-25.

The Jayhawks gained 30 yards on their ensuing drive before being forced to punt. Georgia Tech was aided by two Kansas 15-yard penalties on their final possession, but were not able to capitalize as the Jayhawk defense made one final stand. Nesbitt’s pass to Hill on fourth and eight at the KU 40 fell incomplete and the victory went to KU.

The Yellow Jackets entered halftime with a 17-14 lead off a 28-yard field goal with 37 seconds left in the half, but the Kansas offense dominated for the majority of the first half. KU used a no-huddle offense on several occasions in the first half to keep the Yellow Jackets on their toes.

Webb found McDougald for a 15-yard TD in the first period and then hit junior tight end Tim Biere for a two-yard TD to open the second quarter. He connected on 11 of his first 13 passes in the game.

In addition to Sims’ outstanding day on the ground, senior running back Angus Quigley was also effective with 46 yards rushing on eight carries.

Patterson led KU in receiving with 85 yards and the game-winning touchdown on seven receptions. McDougald had five catches for 44 yards and a TD, while senior wide receiver Johnathan Wilson had two catches for 24 yards.

Nesbitt was held to just 33 yards rushing on 15 carries and was 5-of-15 passing for 116 yards. He did account for all three of Georgia Tech’s touchdowns, as he had two on the ground and one through the air.

Senior linebacker Justin Springer was all over the field for the Jayhawk defense as he has collected a career-best 15 tackles, including seven solo hits. Springer also has KU’s lone sack as he downed Nesbitt for a five-yard loss. Junior linebacker Steven Johnson was also in double figures in tackles as he had 11 stops, including five solo tackles.

Georgia Tech outgained KU 291-141 on the ground, but the Jayhawks were better through the air as they tallied 179 passing yards compared to 116 for the Yellow Jackets. KU also benefitted from Georgia Tech’s nine penalties for 91 yards.

The Jayhawks will hit the road for the first time during the 2010 season when they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., Friday, Sept. 17 to take on Southern Miss. KU and USM will kick-off at 7 p.m. (Central), with a live broadcast on ESPN.