Kansas 49, Oregon St. 20
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) _ Chip Hilleary threw for a career-high 286 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as Kansas opened its season with a 49-20 victory over Oregon State.
Oregon State mistakes set up the first three Kansas scores, and then Hilleary took over. The Jayhawks senior completed 19 of 30 passes and wasn’t intercepted. He also rushed for 61 yards in eight carries, including a 20-yard run for his team’s final score.
Hilleary was especially effective in the second quarter, when he completed 10 of 15 for 137 yards, including scoring plays of 30 yards to Rob Licursi and 26 yards to Rodney Harris as the Jayhawks took a 35-7 halftime lead.
The Beavers, losers of 16 of their last 17 games, handed Kansas its first touchdown when punter Tim Kollas couldn’t handle a snap and was tackled on his 1-yard line. Maurice Douglas scored on the next play to make it 7-0 with 4:12 to go in the first quarter.
On the Beavers’ next possession, quarterback Mark Olford fumbled and the Jayhawks’ Hassan Bailey recovered at the Oregon State 27. Kansas needed just four plays to score on George White’s 6-yard run.
Early in the second quarter, the Jayhawks made it 21-0 after Kyle Moore deflected Olford’s pass and Charley Bowen intercepted at the Oregon State 19. Monte Cozzens took a screen pass from Hilleary to move the ball inside the 1, then scored on the next play.
Ian Shields relieved Olford and directed the Beavers 75 yards in nine plays. Chad Paulson scored on a 19-yard run to cut the lead to 21-7.
Hilleary completed four of five passes during a 77-yard drive capped by the touchdown pass to Licursi to end any faint Oregon State hopes. Hilleary’s second touchdown pass, to Harris, came with just nine seconds to play in the half.
Hilleary threw his third touchdown pass, a 9-yarder to Dwayne Chandler, in the third quarter, then ran 20 yards for a score on the second play of the final period.
Oregon State scored two late touchdowns on runs of 9 yards by Cameron Reynolds and 3 yards by Dwayne Owens.