The Jayhawks won the first game of the Lance Leipold era over South Dakota and students and fans were so excited they stormed the field despite failing to cover against an FCS opponent. In their defense, that’s what happens when you rally to end a woeful 13-game losing streak and are likely to be an underdog in every remaining game this season.
Kansas rallied on a 16-yard TD pass from North Texas transfer Jason Bean to second-year freshman Lawrence Arnold with 1:10 left and then held on to defeat the Coyotes but were out-gained 263-245 and surrendered a pair of long TD runs, which doesn’t bode well for their chances against the Chanticleers on the “Surf Turf” in Conway, SC on Friday.
Coastal will have an extra day of rest after crushing The Citadel 52-14 on Sept. 2 to improve to 13-1 over their last 14 games. Jamey Chadwell’s Chants are expected to again be one of the Sun Belt’s top teams after going 8-0 in league play in 2020 with 18 starters who were utilized last season in the mix for the opener. Coastal scored on its first seven possessions against the FCS-member Bulldogs in posting a drama-free win. Star QB Grayson McCall threw for 262 yards and a score, completing 16 of 19 passes and connecting with top receiver Jaivon Heiligh six times for 133 yards as the junior wideout racked up his third straight 100-yard game. Kansas will be the first Power-5 school to visit Coastal’s Brooks Stadium and the school is hoping for 20,000 fans, which would make it one of the most highly attended games in school history. Coastal Carolina has beaten KU in Lawrence in each of the last two seasons as an underdog but will enter this one as a 27-point favorite ranked in the Top 25. The Jayhawks haven’t defeated a ranked foe since 2010.