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
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
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.