2:00 PM ET, September 18, 2004
Ryan Field, EVANSTON, IL
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Brett Basanez threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and Northwestern got its first win of the season with a 20-17 victory over Kansas on Saturday.
Basanez was 20-of-33 for 192 yards and Brian Huffman added field goals from 23 and 21 yards for the Wildcats, who beat Kansas (2-1) for the second straight year.
Adam Barmann connected with Brandon Rideau on two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally the Jayhawks from a 13-3 deficit
But Northwestern (1-2) batted down a Barmann pass just in front of the goal line with 1½ minutes left, and Johnny Beck's 43-yard field goal attempt went wide right.
As the ball sailed past the goal posts, Northwestern players jumped up and down and began hugging each other. When the final seconds ticked off, a loud cheer went up from the Northwestern fans, and players ran onto the field pumping their fists.
Huffman's second field goal gave Northwestern a 13-3 lead at the end of the third quarter. But the Jayhawks, who hadn't moved the ball effectively all afternoon, finally found their rhythm.
Barmann found John Randle for a 6-yard gain on second-and-10 from the Northwestern 35. Barmann's arm was hurt on the play, and Jason Swanson replaced him. The Jayhawks gambled with their backup, going for it on fourth-and-4 from the Northwestern 29.
Swanson got hit as he was throwing, but with a Northwestern defender on his back, Mark Simmons somehow managed to catch the ball for an 8-yard gain and a first down.
Three plays later, Barmann found Rideau for a 7-yard score that cut Northwestern's lead to 13-10 with 11:56 left.
After Northwestern was forced to punt, Barmann quickly found Rideau again, this time for a 20-yard score that gave Kansas a 17-13 lead. But the Wildcats answered right back. Basanez hit Mark Philmore for a 52-yard gain, and Noah Herron -- whose status was in doubt up until Friday after a hard hit last week -- followed with a 13-yard run that put the Wildcats at the Kansas 16.
After a short Basanez run, he connected with Brandon Horn on a 12-yard score.
The Jayhawks had one last chance, and they looked like they might be able to pull it out when Charles Gordon caught a 21-yard pass that moved the Jayhawks to the Northwestern 21. But the Wildcats defense wouldn't budge, stuffing another pass for a 5-yard loss and batting down Barmann's throw right in front of the end zone.
Philmore finished with seven catches for 113 yards, and Herron rushed for 85 yards on 18 carries. Rideau had 84 yards receiving on seven catches.
Neither team could get anything going in the first half, and Northwestern finally got a break in the second quarter when a bad snap left Kansas punter Chris Tyrell scrambling to pick up the ball. Tyrell tried to get the punt off, but Northwestern's Kim Thompson got his hand on the ball and blocked it.
Derell Jenkins recovered it, giving Northwestern the ball at the Kansas 23. But the Wildcats couldn't get into the end zone, settling for Huffman's 23-yard field goal.
Kansas tied the game on the next series with a field goal of its own, set up by Gordon's 49-yard run.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-15||4-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-3||1-1|
|FG||8:41||BRIAN HUFFMAN 23 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 18 yards.
|FG||5:28||SCOTT WEBB 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||4:58||BRETT BASANEZ 2 YD RUN (BRIAN HUFFMAN KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yards.
|FG||1:47||BRIAN HUFFMAN 21 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 36 yards.
|TD||11:56||BRANDON RIDEAU 7 YD PASS FROM ADAM BARMANN (SCOTT WEBB KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||6:45||BRANDON RIDEAU 20 YD PASS FROM ADAM BARMANN (SCOTT WEBB KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 51 yards.
|TD||5:25||BRANDON HORN 12 YD PASS FROM BRETT BASANEZ (BRIAN HUFFMAN KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 81 yards.