Nov 24, 2001
By DOUG TUCKER
AP Sports Writer
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Reggie Duncan ran for 168 yards and Kansas snapped asix-game losing skid with a 27-14 victory over Wyoming on a cold, rainySaturday in a nearly empty stadium.
By the time the game ended, there were probably about 5,000 shivering peoplein 50,250-seat Memorial Stadium.
Wyoming (2-9), ended its season with an eight-game losing streak and is 3-19in Vic Koenning's two years as head coach. The victory enabled the Jayhawks(3-8) to avoid their worst season since 1988 and made Tom Hayes 1-2 as interimcoach.
Hayes, the defensive coordinator, was named interim coach when Terry Allenwas fired with three games to go in his fifth season. In the two previous gamesagainst Texas and Iowa State, as Hayes in effect auditioned for the job, theJayhawks were beaten 59-0 and 49-7.
Kansas scored on its first two possessions and led 27-7 11 seconds into thethird quarter when Johnny Beck connected from 27 yards for his second fieldgoal.
The Cowboys, who came into the game averaging almost 295 yards passing, hadonly 76 yards through the air in the first three quarters. They finished with165. Kansas' Mario Kinsey hit several long passes and was 13-of-22 for 221yards.
Duncan capped an eight-play, 49-yard drive with a 10-yard run up the middlethe first time the Jayhawks got the ball, then made it 14-7 on a 6-yard runwith 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Duncan, a 215-pound sophomore, had 67 yards on 10 carries in the Jayhawks'first two drives as Kansas went to third down only once. He also had two passreceptions for 21 yards, giving him 189 yards from scrimmage.
The extra point try failed after the first touchdown because of an errantsnap. After Duncan's second TD, Kinsey ran it in for a 2-point conversion.
Senior linebacker Algie Atkinson extended his school record to 22.5 sacks,throwing Bramlet for a 6-yard loss late in the second quarter. But Johnny Becka few minutes later missed a 42-yard field goal attempt. Atkinson later hadanother sack, giving him 23.5 for his career and 10.5 for the year.
Beck had a 35-yard field goal early in the second half after Kinsey hitTermaine Fulton for a 40-yard gain on third and 3. A few minutes later,freshman Brandon Rideau caught a 46-yard TD pass from Kinsey for a 24-7 lead.
Kit Bradshaw's 3-yard run made it 27-14 with 10:33 left.
The game was postponed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.