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After taking big league against Southeast Missouri State, Kansas stumbles to lackluster win

  • Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart drops back for a pass during the second quarter of an NCAA football game against Southeast Missouri State Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

    Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart drops back for a pass during the second quarter of an NCAA football game against Southeast Missouri State Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas running back De'Andre Mann (23) tries to make his way around Southeast Missouri State's Wisler Ymonice (5) during the third quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas won 34-28. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

    Kansas running back De'Andre Mann (23) tries to make his way around Southeast Missouri State's Wisler Ymonice (5) during the third quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas won 34-28. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas wide receiver Tony Pierson runs for a 67-yard touchdown pass against Southeast Missouri State during the third quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas won 34-28. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

    Kansas wide receiver Tony Pierson runs for a 67-yard touchdown pass against Southeast Missouri State during the third quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas won 34-28. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)  (The Associated Press)

For one quarter, Kansas looked like everything its fans hoped it would be when Charlie Weis was hired two years ago, racing to a 24-point lead against Southeast Missouri State.

The final three quarters, the Jayhawks looked a lot like they have the past two years.

An offense that had been humming like a Ferrari started to sound like a beat up Pinto. A defense that resembled an iron gate suddenly looked like tissue paper. And a rebuilding program from the Football Championship Subdivision nearly pulled off a dramatic fourth-quarter rally.

Kansas managed to hold on for a 34-28 victory in its season opener Saturday night, but the uneven performance — some good and some very bad — left Weis wondering about the future.