Kansas 31, South Dakota State 17

Date - Saturday, September 1, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 46601

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
South Dakota State 7 0 0 10 17
Kansas 7 3 14 7 31

Recap


Kansas 31, South Dakota State 17: Tony Pierson and Taylor Cox each rushed for more than 100 yards as host Kansas overcame a sluggish first half to hold off South Dakota State in Charlie Weis' debut as the Jayhawks' coach.

Kansas led by just three at the half but opened up some some breathing room in the third quarter, opening a 24-7 lead on Pierson's 47-yard TD run and Dayne Crist's 2-yard TD toss to Mike Ragone. Pierson ran for 124 yards on 20 carries and Cox added 121 on 16 attempts.

Crist, a Notre Dame transfer, completed 17 of 36 passes for 169 yards in a lackluster first start for the Jayhawks.

After South Dakota State's Zach Zenner stunned Kansas (1-0) with a 99-yard TD run midway through the first quarter to open the scoring, the Jayhawks answered on Pierson's 3-yard TD scamper with six seconds left in the first.  

Zenner finished with 183 yards on 23 carries for the Jackrabbits (0-1), who closed within 24-17 on Justin Syrovatka's 25-yard field goal with 8:39 left. Kansas sealed the win on Cox's 3-yard TD run with 5:36 to play. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: Kansas ranked last in the FBS in total defense last season, surrendering 516 yards per game. The Jayhawks allowed more than 400 yards against the Jackrabbits, an FCS opponent. ... Kansas improved to 69-47-7 in season openers and is now 2-0 all-time against South Dakota State. The only other meeting was an 86-6 victory in 1947 ... Weis posted a 35-27 record in five seasons at Notre Dame from 2005-09.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:33
South Dakota State   TD  Kansas 0 - South Dakota State 7
1st Quarter - 0:06
Kansas   TD  Kansas 7 - South Dakota State 7
2nd Quarter - 5:05
Kansas   FG  Kansas 10 - South Dakota State 7
3rd Quarter - 10:22
Kansas   TD  Kansas 17 - South Dakota State 7
3rd Quarter - 5:29
Kansas   TD  Kansas 24 - South Dakota State 7
4th Quarter - 12:52
South Dakota State   TD  Kansas 24 - South Dakota State 14
4th Quarter - 8:39
South Dakota State   FG  Kansas 24 - South Dakota State 17
4th Quarter - 5:36
Kansas   TD  Kansas 31 - South Dakota State 17
TEAMS

Team Records

  South Dakota State Kansas
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  South Dakota State Kansas
Score 17 31
First Downs 18 22
3rd Down Efficiency 3-for-14
21%
5-for-17
29%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-2
0%
1-for-3
33%
Total Yards 411 432
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 33-204 48-263
Average/Rush 6.2 5.5
Passing
Comp-Att 18-40 17-36
Passing Yards 207 169
Average/Pass Play 4.9 4.6
Penalties-Yards 3-25 5-45
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 4 1
Time of Possession 27:56 32:04

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Sumner 14/31 175 1 4
E. Kline 4/9 32 0 0
Kansas (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Crist 17/36 169 1 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
Z. Zenner 23 183 8.0 1
E. Kline 9 28 3.1 0
A. Sumner 1 -7 -7.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Pierson 20 124 6.2 2
T. Cox 16 121 7.6 1
B. Bourbon 5 17 3.4 0
D. Patterson 2 6 3.0 0
M. Jackson 1 3 3.0 0
D. Crist 2 -6 -3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Hubert 4 83 20.8 0
T. Kool 8 76 9.5 1
Z. Zenner 4 27 6.8 0
J. Schneider 2 21 10.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Pick 5 81 16.2 0
D. Patterson 4 44 11.0 0
D. Beshears 5 27 5.4 0
B. Bourbon 1 12 12.0 0
T. Cox 1 3 3.0 0
M. Ragone 1 2 2.0 1