Jones’ Game-Winning Field Goal Earns First Big 12 Victory in Miles Era


Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior kicker Liam Jones nailed a 32-yard field goal as time expired to earn the Kansas football team its first Big 12 Conference win in the Les Miles era, 37-34, Saturday night inside David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

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Jones had two attempts to win the game with his first try from 40 yards being blocked. On the return, Texas Tech (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) fumbled the ball on the 22-yard line where Kansas’ (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) Logan Klusman dove on the ball. That gave Jones and the Jayhawks new life with two seconds remaining in the game, and this time, he sailed it straight through the uprights.

Kansas overcame a 13 point third quarter deficit behind consecutive passing touchdowns from senior quarterback Carter Stanley, one to junior wide receiver Stephon Robinson for a 65 yard touchdown, and another to Andrew Parchment for a 70 yard score. Stanley threw three touchdowns on the day, marking his seventh career game with three or more touchdown passes.

Robinson led the Jayhawks in receiving with six receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns, while both Robinson and Parchment surpassed the century mark, which was the first time since 2016 the Jayhawks had two players with 100+ yards receiving (LaQuvionte Gonzalez, Steven Sims Jr., vs TCU). As an offense, the Jayhawks totaled 527 yards, marking the second consecutive game with 500+ yards and their third this season.

Defensively, Kansas was led by sophomore Davon Ferguson, who made his first-career start on Saturday, and freshman Gavin Potter, who each notched seven tackles.

Next week, the Jayhawks matchup with the Kansas State Wildcats in the Sunflower Showdown presented by Dillons. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 2:30 p.m., and will air on FS1.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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