LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- The team that led the Big 12 with 19
interceptions last year was starting to feel a little embarrassed.
In its first two games this season, Kansas had two wins but not a
So after working all week on forcing turnovers, the Jayhawks
made four interceptions in a 34-14 victory over Louisiana Tech
The interceptions were no doubt aided by constant pressure on
the quarterback. Seven times Bulldog quarterbacks were thrown to
the ground. Five of the sacks, a team record, went to linebacker
"Our defense gave us great field position, and that's part of
our strategy," said coach Mark Mangino. "Win the field position
game, be opportunistic."
Perkins, a part-time linebacker who usually comes in only on
passing downs, got the record on the last play of the game.
"Our defensive line put their hands up and created problems in
the throwing lanes," Mangino said. "Our safeties broke on the
ball a little better. So we did create the turnovers. And Brandon
Perkins ... he's just a tremendous team player."
While going 3-0 for the first time since 1997, the Jayhawks wore
red uniforms they hadn't worn in 58 years.
"It was just a whim," said Mangino.
Brian Luke threw three touchdown passes and Kansas scored twice
off interceptions in a 66-second span in the fourth quarter to pull
away from a 7-7 halftime tie against the Bulldogs (0-2).
"I was sure that we were going to come out in the second half
and win the game," said Louisiana Tech coach Jack Bicknell. "I
felt like we were going to get the offense going and I felt that
our defense was going to shut them down. I am very disappointed, to
Luke, a senior who began the season No. 2 behind Adam Barmann,
was 19-for-31 for 236 yards after passing for only 60 yards in the
first half. Mark Simmons caught six balls for 106 yards and figured
prominently in two scoring drives.
Louisiana Tech, which gave up 475 yards in a 41-3 loss to No. 6
Florida in its season opener, held Kansas to 73 yards in the first
half. But Matt Kubik and Donald Allen each threw two interceptions.
"It was pretty tough out there," Louisiana Tech wide receiver
Seneca Chambers of the Kansas defense. "They were everywhere. They
were all around the ball. Their defense did a good job.".
The Jayhawks were leading 14-7 beginning the fourth period when
Perkins tipped Kubik's pass and Theo Baines intercepted on the
A personal foul moved Kansas to the 7, then Luke connected with
Brian Murph in the back of the end zone on a 6-yard scoring pass.
About a minute later, Charles Gordon broke up Kubik's pass to
Seneca Chambers, the ball popped into the air and Aqib Talik made a
diving interception on the 30.
Luke hit Simmons for 29 yards to the 1, and Jon Cornish took it
in on the next play for a 28-7 lead.
"We're our biggest critics, and we knew our first half wasn't
our best," said Luke. "We came in (at halftime) and it really
didn't even need to be said that we needed to pick it up.
Fortunately, we came out in the second half and played much better
The Bulldogs responded to Kansas' fourth TD with a nine-play,
80-yard drive capped by Kubik's 15-yard touchdown pass to Freddie
Kansas' first-half touchdown came down to a battle between
punters. Kansas' Kyle Tucker, after booting a 54-yarder earlier,
pinned the Bulldogs on their own 1 with a perfectly placed 38-yard
A few minutes later on fourth and 10, Louisiana Tech freshman
Chris Keagle stood at the back of the end zone and managed only a
Two plays later, cornerback/wide receiver Charles Gordon,
flanked out wide right, took Luke's pass and went 13 yards into the
The Bulldogs drove 78 yards in 11 plays for their first
touchdown of the year, capped by Kubik's 3-yard touchdown pass to
tight end Anthony Harrison.
Kansas took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter on Luke's 3-yard TD
pass to Derek Fine. Cott Webb had field goals in the final minutes
of 47 and 24 yards for the Jayhawks, who played their first three
games at home but will not play in Memorial Stadium again until
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