On a Saturday where his former BYU teammates lost their rivalry game for the fourth year in a row, Kansas Quarterback Jake Heaps was leading the Jayhawks to a Kansas first in more than two years. Heaps had his best showing in a Kansas uniform as the Jayhawks were able to beat an FBS school for the first time since September 10th, 2011.
The first quarter started out slowly for the Jayhawks offense as they were denied on two early fourth down rushing attempts. The second fourth down try left Louisiana Tech with only 41 yards to go to pay dirt but the Bulldogs weren’t able to take advantage thanks to Victor Simmons and the KU defense.
The third offensive drive of the first quarter started out with a lot of promise as Heaps completed two passes to get out of the shadow of the end zone. The drive stalled three plays later after Heaps took a sack on a third and four forcing the Jayhawks to punt.
The Jayhawks defense came up huge just a few plays later as Ben Heeney was able to intercept a tipped pass at the Bulldogs 47 yard line.
Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, Heaps returned the favor by throwing a pick of his own just three plays later.
This time the Bulldogs capitalized as Louisiana Tech freshman quarterback Ryan Higgins marched them all the way down the field and capped it off with an eight yard touchdown pass to Hunter Lee.
The second quarter finally saw the Jayhawks put together a substantial drive as Heaps completed seven of eight passes for 44 yards. The only incompletion was costly however as Heaps overthrew a wide open Christian Matthews in the end zone.
Kansas marched all the way to the Louisiana Tech six yard line before having to settle for a field goal attempt. After a delay of game penalty which pushed Kansas back to the 11 yard line, freshman kicker Matthew Wyman missed a 28 yarder.
Louisiana Tech returned the favor as it marched all the way to the Kansas 20 yard line before missing a field goal of its own on the next possession.
The following drive for the Jayhawks was all about play action as Kansas marched to the Bulldogs 19 yard line before the drive stalled. This time Wyman was able to convert the field goal, from 39 yards making the score 7-3.
The first half ended at that score after the Bulldogs kicker Kyle Fischer missed his second field goal of the quarter from 40 yards as time expired.
Even though Kansas only put three points on the board it was Heaps best half of the year. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 139 yards.
The third quarter started out the same way for the Bulldogs as the second quarter ended. Higgins marched them all the way down the field before settling for another field goal try. This time Kyle Fischer was good from 39 yards out to put Louisiana Tech up 10-3.
That was the only time until the last play of the quarter that either team took the ball more than one yard into their opponent’s territory.
The play of the game happened less than a minute into the fourth quarter. After Heaps was intercepted on The Kansas 29 yard line on a deflection, it appeared as if Bulldogs quarterback Ryan Higgins had a 27 yard gain to the Kansas two yard line. Upon review, Higgins lost the ball before he stepped out of bounds and it landed in the end zone for a touchback.
With new life, Heaps and the Jayhawks made the Bulldogs pay. Kansas marched 80 yards in two minutes and 49 seconds for its first touchdown of the game. On the drive, Heaps completed all four of his passes for 63 yards, including a 22 yard Completion to Jimmay Mundine for the score.
After the teams traded punts the Bulldogs had another chance to take the lead when the turnover bug bit them again.
Starting at their own 15, the Bulldogs marched all the way down to the Jayhawk 18 yard with just under two minutes remaining. As Tech running back Kenneth Dixon was trying to fight for extra yards after a first down run, the ball was stripped loose by Michael Reynolds and recovered by Kansas.
With 1:33 remaining and the ball at their own five yard line the Jayhawks went to work. Kansas gained two first downs on running plays including a six yard quarterback keeper by Heaps. After an eight yard pass on first down, Heaps made his biggest completion of the season hitting Tony Pierson on a 29 yard post route to the bulldog 35 yard line.
After an incompletion and a reception for no gain the Jayhawks lined up for a 52 yard field goal attempt with 2 seconds remaining. After Louisiana Tech called a time out to ice the KU kicker, Matthew Wyman lined it up and drilled the kick as time expired to lift Kansas to a 13-10 victory.
For the game, Jake Heaps completed 28 of 46 passes for 279 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also carried the ball three times for seven yards as the Jayhawks doubled their win total from a season ago.