Jayhawks drop opener against FCS Bison

Even though Kansas outgained North Dakota State by 126 yards and held the Bison to six points, the Jayhawks still dropped their season opener 6-3.

You can blame the three turnovers, among other things, in Kansas coach Turner Gill's disappointing debut as a BCS conference coach.

No turnover was more costly than the fumble by tight end Tim Biere after a 20-plus yard reception with under four minutes to play. The reception would have brought the Jayhawks near midfield, with plenty of time to set up either a game-tying field goal or a go-ahead touchdown.

Offensive struggles forced the Jayhawks to replace starter Kale Pick with redshirt freshman Jordan Webb. But Webb did not significantly outplay Pick, which should provide an interesting week of discussion in Lawrence. You'd expect fans to call for Webb, but we'll see what Gill has to say after the loss.

Pick finished with 138 yards and an interception on 13-of-22 passing. Webb completed 6-of-11 passes for 59 yards.