COLUMBIA - After three weeks of college football, it was hard to say how Kansas would react to adversity - not only on the field, but also from a week filled with distractions after a fight with members of the Jayhawks' basketball team.
The Jayhawks cruised past Northern Colorado, UTEP and Duke to open the season, but remained tied with Southern Mississippi going into the fourth quarter Saturday in Lawrence, Kan. A quick touchdown pass from Todd Reesing to Kerry Meier with 14:15 to go was the difference in a 35-28 Jayhawks victory.
"Our kids buckled down in the fourth quarter," Kansas coach Mark Mangino said in Monday's Big 12 coaches teleconference. "I think they started to realize what Southern Miss was trying to do, getting a good grip on down and distance plays and things like that, and really felt comfortable. We kept our poise, we didn't get rattled, and we really dug in."
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