Appalachian St 8

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Kansas 36

(2-0, 2-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 10, 2005

Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS), Lawrence, KS

1 2 3 4 T
APP 0 0 0 88
KU 7 6 13 1036

Top Performers

Passing: R. Williams (APP) - 159 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Cornish (KU) - 10 CAR, 103 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: B. Murph (KU) - 4 REC, 88 YDS

Kansas 36, Appalachian St. 8

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Reserve running back Jon Cornish rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 carries to lead Kansas past Division I-AA Appalachian State 36-8 Saturday night.

Cornish, a 205-pound junior, scored on runs of 9, 1 and 5 yards for the Jayhawks (2-0). Keyed by a 58-yard burst, he gained every yard in a four-play, 75-yard drive that made it 33-8 in the fourth period. His 58-yard run went to the 5, and he scored on the next play.

The Mountaineers (1-1) of the Southern Conference still have never won a game west of the Mississippi nor beaten any Division I-A opponent except Wake Forest six times.

Brian Luke, the subject of speculation all week over where he or Adam Barmann would start at quarterback, connected on 17 of 26 passes for 212 yards and also scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down.

Barmann did not enter the game until the outcome was clearly decided in the fourth quarter.

Luke connected with Brian Murph over the middle for a 59-yard pass play in the first quarter and a moment later Clark Green scored on a 4-yard run. Green, the starting running back, wound up with 55 yards on 15 carries.

Cornish totaled 30 yards on three carries in the next scoring drive, capped by his 9-yard TD run.

Sophomore place kicker Scott Webb, who had not missed an extra point since high school, was wide left on the point after, breaking a string of 29 straight. In high school, he had been 74-for-76. Webb had a 34-yard field goal in the fourth period.

The Mountaineers mounted their only scoring drive early in the first half, capping an 8-play, 80-yard march with Richie Williams' 6-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Bettis.

Williams was 18-for-25 for 159 yards.

Luke's shovel pass to Green went 15 yards to set up Luke's short TD run and a 20-0 lead in the third.

Charles Gordon's 33-yard punt return and Luke's 19-yard pass to Derek Fine helped the Jayhawks overcome a 15-yard personal foul penalty and go ahead 26-0 on Cornish's 1-yard run.