Scores

Final

New Mexico St 16

(0-3, 0-2 away)

Kansas 42

(2-2, 2-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 25, 2010

Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS), Lawrence, KS

1 2 3 4 T
NMSU 0 7 0 916
KU 7 14 14 742

Top Performers

Passing: J. Webb (COLO) - 249 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Sims (KU) - 16 CAR, 115 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Allen (NMSU) - 4 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

D.J. Beshears' kickoff return sparks Kansas past New Mexico State

Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- D.J. Beshears scored three touchdowns, including a 96-yard kickoff return, in the first half to propel Kansas to a 42-16 victory over the New Mexico State on Saturday night.

After Seth Smith's 1-yard touchdown plunge for the Aggies (0-3) tied the score at 7-7, Beshears returned the ensuing kickoff, matching the eighth longest return ever for the Jayhawks (2-2).

Beshears, who was a defensive back last season as a freshman and began this season as a wide receiver, rushed for two touchdowns on carries of 10 and 7 yards, putting the Aggies down 21-7 at halftime.

The Jayhawks scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter, including a Jordan Webb 2-yard pass to Tim Biere to cap off a 99-yard 17-play drive. James Sims had touchdowns runs of 11 and 1 yards in the second half.

Webb completed his first six passes for 104 yards, including 35 yards to Jonathan Wilson and 47 yards to Angus Quigley to set up Beshears' first touchdown. Webb finished the night with 17 of 27 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown.

After Kansas quarterbacks had been sacked 12 times in the first three games, Webb and Kale Pick, who came in the fourth quarter, avoided being sacked by the Aggies, who have yet to record a sack this season.

Taveon Rogers returned a Jayhawks' kickoff 51 yards to set up New Mexico State's first touchdown. Smith, a 1,000-yard rusher last season, then got the final yard of 44-yard drive.

Beshears' long kickoff return became the start of the Jayhawks scoring 28 unanswered points.

Sims, a true freshman, led all rushers with 115 yards on 16 carries.

Smith topped New Mexico rushers with 52 yards on 16 carries, while Marcus Allen had 45 yards on four carries and four catches for 89 yards.

The Aggies scored nine points in the fourth quarter with Allen hauling in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Matt Christian. Tyler Stampler kicked a 20-yard field goal with 9:17 left for the final New Mexico State points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NMSU
KU
1st Downs1426
Total Yards275501
Passing147264
Rushing128237
Penalties6-559-67
3rd Down Conversions4-138-13
4th Down Conversions1-12-3
Turnovers00
Possession28:1831:42

Passing Leaders

New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Christian12/201477.410
KansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Webb17/272499.210

Rushing Leaders

New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith16523.3113
Allen44511.3026
KansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sims161157.2213
Beshears8384.8210

Receiving Leaders

New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen48922.3136
Nelson4338.3023
KansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson35719.0035
Sims24924.5030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNMSUKU
TD00:58D.J. Beshears 10 Yd Run (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNMSUKU
TD13:55Seth Smith 1 Yd Run (Tyler Stampler Kick) 77
TD13:42D.J. Beshears 96 Yd Kickoff Return (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 714
TD09:29D.J. Beshears 7 Yd Run (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTERNMSUKU
TD13:09James Sims 1 Yd Run (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 728
TD02:34Tim Biere 2 Yd Pass From Jordan Webb (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 735
FOURTH QUARTERNMSUKU
TD13:56Marcus Allen 25 Yd Pass From Matt Christian (Pat Failed) 1335
TD10:01James Sims 11 Yd Run (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 1342
FG08:33Tyler Stampler 30 Yd 1642