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.