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
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
Philmore finished with seven catches for 113 yards, and Herron
rushed for 85 yards on 18 carries. Rideau had 84 yards receiving on
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.