LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Jon Cornish ran for 105 yards and the
go-ahead touchdown, and Kansas came up with two key interceptions
in a 13-7 victory over South Florida on Saturday night.
The Jayhawks (3-1) won their ninth straight home game and denied
the Bulls (3-1) their first 4-0 start since 1998.
Adam Barmann, who made his first start at quarterback for Kansas
since Oct. 8, 2005, filled in solidly for injured freshman Kerry
Meier. Barmann, a senior making his 14th career start, was
25-for-35 for 273 yards.
Meier, who has a sore right shoulder, was a game-day scratch.
Matt Grothe's 14-yard keeper gave South Florida a first down at
Kansas' 27 with 13 seconds to go. But Grothe's next two passes fell
incomplete, and Justin Thornton's interception in the end zone as
time ran out sealed the Jayhawks' victory.
Grothe, who threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns -- both
school freshman records -- last week against Central Florida, was
17-for-32 for 196 yards against Kansas.
Grothe's 7-yard touchdown carry with just over 3 minutes left in
the third quarter gave South Florida a 7-3 lead. But on the first
play of the fourth quarter, Cornish took a pitch from Barmann,
swept around the left side and leveled cornerback Mike Jenkins as
he entered the end zone.
That put the Jayhawks up 10-7, and Scott Webb added a 42-yard
field goal on Kansas' next possession for a 13-7 lead.
Kansas' defense also made big stops deep in its own territory on
South Florida's first and last drives of the first half. But
turnovers -- an ongoing problem this season -- kept the Jayhawks off
the scoreboard until Webb hit a 37-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead
with 9:15 left in the third quarter.
The Bulls threatened to score on the game's first possession,
but Grothe was stuffed for a 1-yard gain on fourth-and-2 from
Barmann hit Marcus Henry at the Bulls' 13 early in the second
quarter, and Henry spun inside his defender and sprinted for the
end zone. But South Florida's Carlton Williams knocked the ball
away just before Henry could score, and Chris Robinson recovered in
the end zone for a touchback.
Barmann drove Kansas into field-goal range late in the half, but
fumbled the ball away at South Florida's 32. Allen Cray recovered
and Grothe quickly led the Bulls back down the field, but Aqib
Talib intercepted Grothe's pass at the Jayhawks' 1 with 8 seconds
It was the first takeaway for Kansas since the Jayhawks had two
in their season opener. With their two picks and Paul Como's fumble
recovery in the fourth quarter, their turnover margin for the
season improved from minus-7 to minus-6.