By Blair Kerkhoff
Charlie Weis has said all the right things since Kansas’ 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech. The Jayhawks now know good things can happen, there’s been a huge psychological lift, and more gas in everybody’s tank.
Now, Weis and Kansas have to hope history doesn’t repeat itself because the previous two victories over Football Bowl Subdivision opponents, won in improbable fashion like Saturday’s outcome, produced no momentum.
In 2010, the Jayhawks staged an incredible comeback, scoring 35 unanswered points in the final 11 minutes, 5 seconds and beating Colorado 52-45.
Kansas lost the final three games of the season and hasn’t won a Big 12 Conference game since.
In 2011, Jordan Webb threw a 6-yard scoring pass to D.J. Beshears on fourth-and-goal with 9 seconds left, completing a 45-42 victory over Northern Illinois.
The next week, the Jayhawks got crushed 66-24 by Georgia Tech, which started the 22-game winless streak against FBS competition that was broken Saturday.
Louisiana Tech fumbled deep in the red zone twice in the fourth quarter. On the first miscue, freshman quarterback Ryan Higgins, making his first start, was headed to the goal line, fumbled it into the end zone and the ball bounced to the side out of bounds. Louisiana Tech led 10-3 at the time.
The Jayhawks tied the score with their most impressive possession of the game, but the Bulldogs blew an opportunity when Kenneth Dixon, fighting for extra yards, had the ball stripped by Michael Reynolds. KU’s Keon Stowers recovered at his own 5 with 93 seconds remaining, and Kansas drove for Matt Wyman’s game-winning 52-yard field goal at the gun.
“It’s 24-10 if you can just hold on to the football,” Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz said at his news conference Monday.
Instead, it was 13-10 Kansas to end one streak. The Oct. 5 visit from Texas Tech provides another streak-busting opportunity. Kansas has lost 21 straight Big 12 games. The league record is 29 straight by Baylor from 1998-2001, and Kansas provided the bookend victories for the Bears during that stretch.