(Saturday, September 10th)
Final Score: Kansas 45, Northern Illinois 42
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Jordan Webb hit D.J. Beshears with a six-yard scoring pass with nine seconds remaining in regulation to lift Kansas Jayhawks to a 45-42 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies in a non-conference game at Memorial Stadium.
Webb was 21-of-30 through the air for the Jayhawks (2-0) for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Beshears caught seven passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns while James Sims ran for 110 yards on 26 carries and scored twice.
Chandler Harnish had a big night for the Huskies (1-1), going 27-of-33 through the air for 315 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 89 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. Nathan Palmer caught nine balls for 86 yards.
The Jayhawks opened the scoring when Webb found Beshears with a 15-yard scoring strike midway through the first quarter.
Harnish responded for the Huskies with a seven-yard touchdown run with just under three minutes remaining.
Harnish engineered a pair of second-quarter scores by running 12 yards for a touchdown just over a minute into the period and hitting Martel Moore on an eight-yard touchdown toss five minutes later.
Darren Miller brought the Jayhawks closer with an 18-yard run with just over four minutes left in the half.
Webb tied the game for Kansas in the closing seconds of the half when he connected with Kale Pick on a 36-yard scoring pass.
The Huskies moved back in front when Harnish ran for his second touchdown of the game on a 26-yard burst to give his team a 28-21 lead two minutes into the third quarter.
Sims scored for Kansas from eight yards out two-and-a-half minutes later. Sims scored again from a yard out to give the hosts a 35-28 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter.
Harnish found Da'Ron Brown on a 10-yard hookup to bring the Huskies to a 38-38 tie with just over a minute remaining in the period.
Alex Mueller put the Jayhawks in front once more with a 27-yard field goal six minutes into the fourth quarter.
The Huskies regained the lead when Jasmin Hopkins scored from a yard out with 5:03 remaining to set up the dramatic finish. The winning kick concluded an 11- play, 47-yard drive.
The two teams combined for 996 offensive yards
09/11 01:23:21 ET