A 2-2 Jayhawk team is what you would expect heading into Big XII Conference play. It was an up and down non-con that finished with a better sign than when it had started. Behind the skills of Dj Beshears and James Sims, the Jayhawks easily rolled over the visiting Aggies of New Mexico State, 42-16. Beshears rushed for two scores on the ground, plus a kickoff return for another touchdown. Sims also had a big day on the ground with a 116 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Things looked good in the rain early as KU took its second possession right down the field for a touchdown in only 49 seconds. Unfortunately the Aggies scored to begin the second quarter making it 7-7, and with fans thinking here we go again. We are going to be in a dog fight with a team we should be destroying. But as most most fans couldn’t even finish that thought, Beshears took the following kickoff 96 yards to the house, and the Jayhawks never looked back, scoring twenty-eight unanswered points. The Aggies closed the gap early in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass making the game 35-13, but the Jayhawks answered quickly with their own drive. It was finished off by James Sims’ second rushing touchdown of the evening. The Aggies also added a late field goal. KU looked very impressive, which is what they needed heading into conference play, which starts off with a trip to Waco next Saturday to face the Baylor Bears. The defense looked solid once again holding the Aggies down after an early score, while the offense looked really good for the most part. Jordan Webb has shown us that he can play the role of a good quarterback at home, and it doesn’t hurt when you have teammates that go off like Sims and Beshears did. I have to believe that there are still a few more potholes in KU’s season, but I’m starting to think the future will be a little less bumpy after that.
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Written by David Freivogel