South Dakota State knocks off Kansas for first-ever win over FBS school

South Dakota State running back Brady Mengarelli and Kansas cornerback Tyrone Miller Jr. tumble into the end zone at the end of Mengarelli's 25-yard touchdown run. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

The David Beaty era at Kansas got off to a rough start, as FCS South Dakota State toppled the Jayhawks 41-38 in Lawrence.

Here's how it happened:

What the win means for South Dakota State: South Dakota State had never defeated an FBS opponent before Saturday. The Jackrabbits can use this victory as a springboard for the rest of the season as they aim to make another run in the FCS playoffs.

What the loss means for Kansas: The Jayhawks are now staring down the pipe of an 0-12 season. South Dakota State was likely the only opponent Kansas was going to be favored to defeat. The undermanned Jayhawks figure to be heavy underdogs in their final remaining 11 games.

Player of the game: South Dakota State wide receiver Jake Wieneke delivered a huge performance with eight catches for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Wieneke set the tone on the second play of the game, taking a quick out, rumbling over a defender, then racing 60 yards to set up a field goal. The Jackrabbits never relinquished the lead from that point.

Top play: Facing fourth-and-5 at the Kansas 29 and clinging to a 34-31 lead, South Dakota State QB Zach Lujan dropped a gorgeous pass on corner pattern to tight end Dallas Goedert, who hauled it in for a first down as the Kansas 6. The Jackrabbits punched the ball into the end zone two plays later to take a 10-point lead with just over 6 minutes to play. Kansas answered with a touchdown and got the ball again late with a chance to tie on a long field goal. But QB Montell Cozart fumbled the snap as he was trying to spike the ball, and time expired before Kansas could try and spike the ball again.